From Library Journal
Making informed medical decisions for a child with cancer is difficult, but this textDa cutting-edge textbook on pediatric cancer written expressly for lay readers by St. Jude's clinicians and scientistsDprovides compassionate advice and information that should help ease the process. (Founded in 1962 by entertainer Danny Thomas, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital is today recognized as a leader in children's diseases and, specifically, in children's cancer.) This one-volume resource is outstanding in every wayDorganization, content, authority, scope, and special features. Organized around seven broad sections for the comprehensive coverage of key issues (basics, diagnosis, treatment, patient care, cancer types, and recovery), the 56 chapters are each authored by a specialist in the field. The writing is intelligent and clear but never patronizing. Information on hard-to-find topics such as the late effects of cancer treatments (e.g., adverse effects that may show up years later) and an excellent introduction to the genetics of cancer is included. A first-rate list of information resources as well as a chapter on how to find reliable web-based information (authored by a medical librarian) are added bonuses. An exceptional contribution to cancer patient information, this is essential for all consumer health collections.DGail Hendler, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Ctr., New York
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About the Author
Dr. R. Grant Steen is currently studying brain cancer at the St. Judge Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He is an expert in tumor physiology and tumor cell biology, and his research interest is the metabolic imaging of cancer. He employs magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to estimate tumor perfusion, in an effort to predict tumor drug delivery. He received his doctorate from the University of California at Los Angeles, and he was furthur trained in research at the California Institute of Technology and the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He taught at the University of Washington, where he was an Assistant Professor of Radiology and of Bioengineering, and he has written more than 25 papers which appeared in scientific journals.