The oncology literature proliferates, and pundits have identified a new "growth industry." Multiauthored texts abound and now cover virtually every aspect of cancer. The publisher of the current effort proclaims it mandatory reading for anyone involved in cancer patient care. As with many "one size fits all" products, this book leaves much to be desired. It represents the second publication in a series titled Fundamentals of Cancer Management. Editor John Laszlo and colleagues at the Duke University Comprehensive Cancer Center, Durham, NC, attempt a detailed discussion of cancer care complications. An excellent early chapter reviews the economic complications of cancer. Commendable efforts explore ethical and psychosocial ramifications of cancer, with special attention to pediatric oncology and terminal care. Editor Laszlo has produced a comprehensive 84-page chapter on complications of chemotherapy.
The remainder of the book does not satisfy. The chapter on radiation therapy describes complications and says little about management.