The Gale Encyclopedia Of Cancer: A Guide To Cancer And Its Treatments (Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer) 2 Volume Set by Jacqueline L. Longe
Publisher: Gale; 2 edition (November 9, 2005) | ISBN: 1414403623 | Pages: 1419 | PDF | 25.31 MB
In a statement immediately preceding the introduction, the publisher states clearly that this encyclopedia is "is intended to supplement, not replace, consultation with a physician or other healthcare professional." That said, this second edition of a work first published in 2001 is an excellent resource for anyone seeking a greater understanding of cancer. Specific cancers, diagnostic procedures, treatments, and much more are discussed thoroughly and in straightforward lay language. Cancer biology, Carcinogenesis, Cancer prevention, Clinical trials, and other cancer-related topics are among the 450 or more entries presented in A-Z format. Uniform entries on specific types of cancer begin with a definition, a description, and demographic and statistical information before focusing on the details–causes, symptoms, diagnosis (including tests and procedures), e-treatment, prognosis, patient coping, home care, prevention, and special concerns. The frank and rather clinical-sounding treatment discussion includes staging, standards, and, when appropriate, alternative therapies, anticipated side effects, and even questions for the doctor. Key terms used in the discussion are identified and explained; clinical trials are noted.