Clinical Management of Renal Tumours.
Article Type: Book review
Subject: Books (Book reviews)
Author: Cornish, Stephen M.
Pub Date: 08/01/2008
Publication: Name: South African Journal of Surgery Publisher: South African Medical Association Audience: Academic Format: Magazine/Journal Subject: Health Copyright: COPYRIGHT 2008 South African Medical Association ISSN: 0038-2361
Issue: Date: August, 2008 Source Volume: 46 Source Issue: 3
Topic: NamedWork: Clinical Management of Renal Tumours (Nonfiction work)
Persons: Reviewee: Bukowski, Ronald M.; Resnick, Andrew C.
Accession Number: 204550615
Full Text: Clinical Management of Renal Tumours. Ed. by Ronald M. Bukowski and Andrew C. Resnick. Humana Press, 2008. $149. ISBN 978-1-588-29251-3

This is a well-written tome really intended for the urologist, oncologist and others with a direct interest in renal cancer. It assumes there is already familiarity with the subject matter. The book has been edited by two globally acknowledged experts. The 38 chapters are written by recognised specialists on that particular topic. Each article has been given a similar format and is laid out clearly and logically. Each chapter comes with a long list of references.

The book covers every aspect of clinical renal cancer including chapters dealing with common problems faced by the clinician such as diagnostics, surveillance strategies, adjuvant therapy, metastatic disease management and the mysterious subject of spontaneous regression. The last 20 years have brought great progress in our understanding of the pathogenesis of renal cancer, and this is dealt with in clear fashion without massive technical jargon. Minimally invasive surgery and nephron-sparing surgery are becoming the norm today, especially as the number of incidental tumours continues to rise. These subjects are given prominence and include detailed aspects of surgical technique. In similar fashion all the current advances in adjuvant therapy are discussed in great depth.

In summary this book is a comprehensive, thoroughly researched, state-of-the-art treatise that is actually quite easy to read. My only criticism is that there is a paucity of colour illustrations.
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