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Clinical Challenges of Paediatric Oncology

Charles A. Forscher, MD, Reviewer
Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2001;155(1):98-99. doi:10.1001/archpedi.155.1.98.
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This British text reviews the current approaches to the management of pediatric malignant tumors. It is divided into 3 sections: leukemias and lymphomas, brain tumors, and solid tumors. Each specific disease entity is presented in a concise and cogent manner with ample use of radiographs and excellent color photomicrographs. Key points are summarized in clear tables. Treatment guidelines and algorithms are presented in similar color-keyed boxes

There are several major strengths to this book. First, it actually has a point of view, and the authors are willing to express their opinions. In general, these opinions come from 2 specialist hospitals: Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children, London, England, and the Royal Marsden Hospital, Sutton, England. Second, the authors make useful distinctions between treatment and staging for pediatric and adult populations. Testicular tumors are one such example. In addition, differences betweenpediatric groups concerning areas such as staging for rhabdomyosarcoma (International Society of Paediatric Oncology [SIOP] vs Intergroup Rhabdomyosarcoma Study [IRS]) are explained. Furthermore, the authors are frank in acknowledging areas of medicine in which answers are less certain such as the role of megatherapy in anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

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