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The Basic Science of Oncology [Paperback]

Ian Tannock , Richard Hill , Robert Bristow , Lea Harrington
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August 1, 2004 0071387749 978-0071387743 4
This concise text examines cancer causation and biology as well as the biology underlying cancer treatment. Thoroughly updated and reorganized with five new chapters, the Fourth Edition emphasizes new development in molecular biology, hormone therapy, and the pharmacology of anti-cancer drugs. Features updated coverage of the basic science of radiotherapy and experimental radiation in addition to expansive coverage of new drugs developments.

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About the Author

Ian F. Tannock, MD, PhD
Daniel E. Bergsagel Professor of Medical Oncology
Princess Margaret Hospital
University Health Network
Professor of Medicine and Medical Biophysics
University of Toronto
Senior Scientist, Division of Experimental Therapeutics
Ontario Cancer Institute
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Richard P. Hill, PhD
Senior Scientist, Division of Experimental Therapeutics
Ontario Cancer Institute
Professor, Departments of Medical Biophysics and Radiation Oncology
University of Toronto

Robert G. Bristow, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Departments of Radiation Oncology and Medical Biophysics
University of Toronto
Associate Scientist, Division of Experimental Therapeutics
Ontario Cancer Institute

Lea Harrington, PhD
Senior Scientist, Division of Cellular & Molecular Biology
Ontario Cancer Institute/ Amgen Institute
Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics
University of Toronto

The authors represent the premier cancer research center in Canada. The contributors are primarily located at the Ontario Cancer institute as well.


Product Details

  • Paperback: 558 pages
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Professional; 4 edition (August 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0071387749
  • ISBN-13: 978-0071387743
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,385,583 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding introduction to the field of Oncology February 9, 1998
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Format:Paperback
This is probably the best introductory oncology book I have found. I taught out of it in classes for advanced undergrades, first year graduate students and doctor of pharmacy students. It is comprehensive and easily readable, and the treatment of general concepts is second to none. Some of the listings of identified oncogenes and such are a bit dated, but that should be rectified when the 3rd edition is published (currently expected April 1, 1998). The section on the biology underlying cancer treatment is particularly useful, and hopefully the 1998 update will continue to be so.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Having heard so much about this book, I was very dissapointed by the fact that this book really wasnt so basic . It does provide a comprehensive analysis of many other aspects of oncology ,but it most certainly is not a book for beginners and at times you feel overwhelmed by the sheer detail with an inability to bring across basic concepts. This is a book for oncologists who have a more than basic grasp of the basic sciences.Read somehing simpler first.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a great book for cancer overview in all aspects December 7, 2010
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I really think that this book is an excellent academic source on cancer. We went through many chapters of the previous edition in a course I have taken during my PhD education, 7 or 8 years ago. I recently purchased the last edition, as it is now among the sources I use and recommend in the PhD classes I offer to our students. I think a little background scientific knowledge on cancer will help get the best out of this book. It covers all aspects of cancer, refers to connections between different topics on cancer, which helps greatly in seeing the "big picture" also.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Basic???? April 25, 2010
By Finn
Format:Paperback
This book was recommended reading for my postgraduate degree in medical oncology. It is awful! While the content is generally good, it is unfortunately presented poorly:
1) Figures are in black and white (like in textbooks from the 70s)
2) It seems the target audience are molecular biologists, because the content is far from "basic".

I ended up reading Alberts "Molecular Biology of the Cell" and Weinberg's "Biology of Cancer" instead. Those are amazing textbooks, easy to read, and they cover the same topics as Tannock/Hill' book. Sure, Alberts/Weinberg together are close to 2000 pages, but this turned out to be easier, faster and far more enjoyable than reading Tannock/Hill.
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