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    A resource that combines oncologic principles with treatment plans for the surgical management of neoplasms

    Textbook of General Surgical Oncology is a practical and comprehensive reference that offers authoritative coverage of a wide variety of oncologic concepts and disorders. The book opens with detailed discussion of the general principles of molecular biology, cancer epidemiology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, medical oncology, immunotherapy, nuclear imaging, and molecular diagnostics.  The text then focuses on site-specific neoplasms, such as those of the skin, soft tissue, bone, head/neck, brain, lung, mediastinum, breast, pleura, peritoneum, as well as tumors that affect various systems, including the endocrine, gastrointestinal, hepatobiliary, genitourinary, gynecologic, and hematopoietic.

    ·        Each chapter is written by an internationally recognized expert on the topic

    ·        Learning aids include chapter-ending Q&A and Practical Pearls

    ·        Outstanding review for the new General Surgical Oncology certification examination

    This new textbook addresses an interesting topic, that is, “complex” surgical oncology. This term, a relatively new one in the lexicon of cancer management, refers to those complicated procedures that tend to be centralized and performed by experienced surgeons. However, there is much more here than complex procedures.

    The book is in an interesting format. The section editors are a “who's who” of the surgical oncological leadership. The editors have gathered together a collection of international and national authors, all part of the emerging leadership in surgical oncology—a most enlightened approach. Many of the authors are young, actively involved, and part of the development of a new cadre of surgeons focused on oncology. There is, however, a smattering of seniors who have not yet reached their “use by date.” All of these provide a comprehensive text.

    Somewhat politically correct, the book avoids the concern that, as the majority of cancer surgery is per-formed in the United States by general surgeons, no attempt is made to confuse the issue of just what constitutes a complex cancer operation that should be done by a surgical oncologist. The text, 165 chapters, addresses much more than the principles of complex surgical oncology. The chapters include what might be considered standard procedures, particularly in breast and colon, readily performed by well-trained surgeons. It does provide for all surgeons the indications, roles, and efficacy of adjuvant therapy, both pre- and post-operatively.

    As always, trying to be all things to all people provides certain challenges. Many of the chapters adhere to conventional approaches without prediction but are well balanced. There is enough to generate controversy, always a good thing. In this writer's opinion the willingness to address over diagnosis, over investigation, and over treatment is a welcome emergence, albeit hesitatingly. In an age where much of oncologic management is defined and provided by online access, this text will provide a comprehensive source readily searchable for individual topics.

    As we move further into the 21st century, we must emphasize that cancer care is a multidisciplinary approach and a dynamic process. The Textbook of Complex General Surgical Oncology is constructed to serve as a comprehensive resource for clinicians treating cancer patients. The focus of this book is to ensure discussion of core principles as well as to provide guidance in the management of various cancer sites and types. The initial aspect of the book contains an overview of germane general concepts while the vast majority comprises sections categorized as breast, endocrine, gastrointestinal, head and neck, hepatobiliary, melanoma and other cutaneous malignancies, pancreatic, peritoneal, sarcoma and other soft tissue neoplasms, reconstruction, and thoracic.

    Surgical oncology is now recognized by the American Board of Surgery as a distinct specialty of general surgery. This textbook is primarily written by contributors who have been formally trained in surgical oncology. The strength lies in the ensemble of world-class thought leaders who have offered their unparalleled expertise within their niche. Every effort has been made to include institutions from all aspects of the globe.

    It is beyond the scope of this book to include every cancer, as surgical oncologists typically do not manage tumors encompassing the hematopoietic, neurologic, orthopedic, genitourinary, or gynecologic systems. However, it is the intent of the editors that any health-care provider who seeks to learn more about surgical oncology utilize this book as we acknowledge that most operations today on cancer patients are performed by general surgeons.

    Table of Contents

    Part I. Oncologic Concepts

    1. Molecular Biology
    2. Cancer Epidemiology
    3. Cancer Genetics
    4. Surgical Oncology
    5. Radiation Oncology
    6. Medical Oncology
    7. Immunotherapy
    8. Nuclear Imaging
    9. Molecular Diagnostics

    Part II. Oncologic Disorders

    10. Skin Neoplasms
    11. Soft Tissue Neoplasms
    12. Neoplasms of the Bone
    13. Head and Neck Cancer
    14. Neoplasms of the Brain
    15. Lung Cancer
    16. Neoplasms of the Mediastinum
    17. Breast Cancer
    18. Neoplasms of the Pleura
    19. Neoplasms of the Peritoneum
    20. Neoplasms of the Endocrine System
    21. Neoplasms of the Gastrointestinal Tract
    22. Neoplasms of the Hepatobiliary Tree
    23. Neoplasms of the Genitourinary System
    24. Neoplasms of the Gynecologic System
    25. Neoplasms of the Hematopoietic System