Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Oncology, 2nd Edition

Preface

The Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Oncology is a clear, concise, and comprehensive reference book for the busy clinician to use in his or her daily encounters with patients. The book has been compiled by clinicians who are working or are trained at the National Cancer Institute and National Institutes of Health as well as by scholars from MD Anderson Cancer Center, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins Oncology Center, and other academic institutions. To limit the size of the book, less space has been dedicated to etiology, pathophysiology, and epidemiology and greater emphasis has been placed on practical clinical information. For easy accessibility to the pertinent information, long descriptions are avoided, and more tables, pictures, algorithms, and phrases are included.

The Bethesda Handbook of Clinical Oncology is not intended as a substitute for the many excellent oncology reference textbooks essential for a more complete understanding of the pathophysiology and management of complicated oncology in patients. We hope that the reader-friendly format of this book, with its comprehensive review of the management of each disease and with treatment regimens including dosage and schedule, will make this book unique and useful for oncologists, oncology fellows, residents, students, oncology nurses, and allied health professionals. For the second edition, we have updated the sections and have added two relevant topics (on targeted therapy and on complementary and alternative medicine).