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“... Useful background information is displayed in blueboxes, and good use is made of numerous tables and diagrams... auseful book for the undergraduate medical or allied healthprofessional...” –Oncology News, May/June 2010


This forward looking cancer biology book appeals to a wide rangingaudience. Introductory chapters that provide the molecular,cellular, and genetic information needed to comprehend the materialof the subsequent chapters bring unprepared students up to speedfor the rest of the book and serve as a useful refresher for thosewith previous biology background. The second set of chaptersfocuses on the main cancers in terms of risk factors, diagnosticand treatment methods and relevant current research. The finalsection encompasses the immune system’s role in theprevention and development of cancer and the impact that the HumanGenome Project will have on future approaches to cancer care.

While best suited to non-majors cancer biology courses, thedepth provided satisfies courses that combine both majors andnon-majors. Also, and deliberately, the authors have incorporatedrelevant information on diagnosis and treatment options that lendappeal to the lay reader.

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