Description : An authoritative survey of the scientific background for therapeutic cancer vaccines, the challenges to their development, and their current uses in treating cancer. The authors examine the basic issues that effect all vaccines (such as immune adjuvants and prime-boost strategies), describe the methods for antigen discovery, and review the preclinical development phases for each major vaccine strategy. They also spell out the clinical results for cancer vaccines now beginning to be used in the treatment of many common cancers.
Description : Skeel's Handbook of Cancer Chemotherapy combines in one place the most current rationale and specific details necessary to safely administer chemotherapy for most adult cancers. The handbook is a practical, diseased-focused pocket reference that emphasizes the best current medical practice as it relates to the delivery of chemotherapeutic drugs. By focusing on specific plans for treatment, the book is an invaluable resource for the daily care of cancer patients.
Description : This new companion book to AMP's highly successful Everyone's Guide to Cancer Therapy, now in its fourth edition, is a comprehensive hands-on guide for patients and their families who face cancer's many challenges. Knowledge and information provide the greatest tools--and greatest comforts--for anyone fighting cancer or helping a family member or friend who is. Now AMP bolsters that strength-giving arsenal with Everyone's Guide to Cancer Supportive Care. Through more than 50 chapters, cancer care specialists Ernest and Isadora Rosenbaum--along with nearly 80 other medical experts--answer every conceivable question concerning a cancer patient's physical, psychological, and spiritual needs. This extremely effective format first appeared as Supportive Cancer Care (Sourcebooks 2001), but we've completely revised and updated the entire book to reflect the latest care advances and techniques. The wide range of covered topics includes: * Understanding cancer and its treatments * Chemotherapy and bone marrow transplant side effects * Stress and cancer * The will to live * Cancer and spirituality * Sexuality * Nutritional considerations * Rehabilitation and fitness With this book, cancer patients and those who care for them can make informed decisions, face the disease with renewed courage, and care for both their well-being and their bodies. The Rosenbaums provide an incredible source of information and hope in the face of this frightening illness.
Description : Cervical cancer is the second most common form of cancer found in women, and it is responsible for more than a quarter of a million deaths worldwide each year. With approximately 70% of cervical cancers now known to be caused by two types of the human pailloma virus (HPV), there is great interest surrounding the approval of the first preventative vaccines for clinical use. Despite this excitement, many questions remain about how the new vaccines should best be implemented and how cervical cnancer screening will change following vaccination. Part of the Oxford Oncology Library series, this practical handbook provides an overview of the role of HPV in the pathology of cervical cancer and its current screening and management, the principles of immune control of HPV infection in cervical cancer, and the challenges of implementing HPV vaccines and future developments.
Description : Peptides play a crucial role in many physiological processes including actions as neurotransmitters, hormones, and antibiotics. Research has shown their importance in such fields as neuroscience, immunology, pharmacology, and cell biology. The Handbook of Biologically Active Peptides presents, for the first time, this tremendous body of knowledge in the field of biologically active peptides in one single reference. The section editors and contributors represent some of the most sophisticated and distinguished scientists working in basic sciences and clinical medicine. The Handbook of Biologically Active Peptides is a definitive, all-encompassing reference that will be indispensable for individuals ranging from peptide researchers, to biochemists, cell and molecular biologists, neuroscientists, pharmacologists, and to endocrinologists. Chapters are designed to be a source for workers in the field and will enable researchers working in a specific area to examine other related areas with which they would not ordinarily be familiar. *Chapters are designed to be a source for workers in the field and will enable researchers working in a specific area to examine other related areas that they would not ordinarily be familiar. *Fascinating relationships described in the book include the presence of some peptides originally found in frog skin that persist in the human human and brain where they can affect food intake and obesity.
Description : This monograph contains the proceedings of a conference devoted to progress and emerging issues in therapeutic cancer vaccine development since the 1998 FDA/NCI workshop. The emphasis is on progress in the clinical trials of cancer vaccines in late-stage development, but the volume also includes presentations and discussions on exciting earlier-stage products as well as updates on regulatory positions in the USA, Canada, Europe, and Australia. Session I concentrates on regulatory considerations in cancer vaccine development, including a round table of regulatory agency representatives from North America, Europe, and Australia. Session II continues with a consideration of several different types of cancer vaccines, including whole cells, cell lysates, multivalent recombinants and peptides. Session III highlights dendritic cell vaccines and dendritic cells fused to tumour cell vaccines. Session IV focuses on preventive cancer vaccines for cervical carcinoma and liver cancer and various aspects of the immune response to cancer vaccines.
Description : Whether to promote platelet recovery or to ameliorate the complications of cancer and the side effects of chemotherapy, hematopoietic growth factors (HGFs) now account for more than $5 billion per year of the US health care budget. In Hematopoietic Growth Factors in Oncology: Basic Science and Clinical Therapeutics, leading oncologists, hematologists, and nephrologists comprehensively review the role of HGFs in clinical practice, explain the molecular basis of their effects, and consider potential future developments. The authors focus on the use of HGFs in oncology, describing their cutting-edge application to patients with lung cancer, Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, breast cancer, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, AIDS-related malignancies, myelodysplastic syndromes, and aplastic anemias. Among the HGFs described are granulocyte colony-stimulating factor, erythropoietc factors, thrombopoietic factors, and stem-cell factor and its receptor, c-kit. To complete their survey, the contributors also consider the safety and economic implications of HGFs and the future potential for HGF antagonists in oncology. Comprehensive and up-to-date, Hematopoietic Growth Factors in Oncology: Basic Science and Clinical Practice offers an integrated survey of the role of HGFs in treating and preventing anemia, neutropenia, and thrombocytopenia in patients with malignant and nonmalignant diseases, along with fresh insights into drug development and how basic discoveries in this area can be optimally translated into clinical benefit.
Description : Using state-of-the-art and evidence-based literature references and reviews, the authors present an overview of translational research that is both reliable and easily understood. The book begins with principles of normal cell biology and normal immunology. It examines tumor biology and basic tumor immunology. It then discusses limitless replicative potential, self-sufficiency in growth signals, insensitivity to anti-growth signals, and evading apoptosis. The book concludes with a chapter on angiogenesis, tissue invasion and metastasis, treatment, and evaluation of treatment.
Description : Transforming Growth Factor- ß in Cancer Therapy, Vols. 1 and 2, provides a compendium of findings about the role of transforming growth factor- ß (TGF- ß) in cancer treatment and therapy. The first volume, Basic and Clinical Biology, is divided into three parts. This volume’s companion, Cancer Treatment in Therapy, examines transforming growth factor- ß in other developing and advanced cancers and methods of treatment and therapy.
Description : Do you manage patients with gastrointestinal cancer? Do you need a rapid reference handbook to guide you through your diagnosis and management options? If so, then Handbook of Gastrointestinal Cancer is the book for you, providing clear, practical guidance to the diagnosis and clinical management of all forms of GI cancer, in a highly accessible format. Perfect for GI/Oncology trainees and junior gastroenterologists/oncologists and designed for point-of-care consultation, each chapter is structured in a uniform way and contains a variety of handy text features to help the reader such as case histories, key practice points, key weblinks and potential pitfalls The authors emphasize the best clinical assessment and management methods of patients and dedicate an entire chapter to each cancer, from esophageal to lower GI, and from biliary to pancreatic cancer. This attractive new book features: Comprehensive yet quick and easy display of key points Case studies to illustrate cardinal lessons or dilemmas A fully integrated GI/oncologic approach An outstanding and international editor and author team of great experience Illustrations of key clinical or investigative features Handbook of Gastrointestinal Cancer answers all your clinical needs and is a must-have tool on the ward for all trainee and junior gastroenterologists and oncologists. "Handbook of GI Cancer ... does an excellent job of indicating which clinical recommendations are solidly evidence-based, and highlighting those that would benefit from further research." —Monica M. Bertagnolli, MD, Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology, Dana Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center, Boston, USA "Handbook of Gastrointestinal Cancer is a comprehensive text that should be on the bookshelf of every physician and surgeon who deals with GI malignancies. The editors, who are internationally renowned, have assembled an all-star cast of contributing authors from around the world. The inclusion of key points and case studies, and the use of an evidence-based approach, make this a stand-out reference." —Mark K. Ferguson, MD,Professor, Department of Surgery and The Cancer Research Center, The University of Chicago Medicine & Biological Sciences, Chicago, USA