These are exciting times in oncology. The novel imaging techniques, improved supportive care, and the availability of several new agents that have novel mechanisms of action hold considerable promise in improving the outcomes of cancer patients. In this era of information overload, it is critically important to have a practical manual that is helpful to physicians taking care of patients with cancer.
The chapters are arranged in a logical order beginning with evaluation of symptoms and proceeding in an orderly fashion through the work-up, staging, and stage-directed therapy, and finally ending with discussion on epidemiology and current focus of research. We have embarked on this first edition of The Washington Manual of Oncology to provide a very practical manual that is helpful to medical residents, fellows in training, nurse practitioners, and other practitioners of clinical oncology. Our plan is to publish this book in a timely fashion every two years to keep the information current and up-to-date.