© 2004 – CRC Press
552 pages | 17 Color Illus. | 284 B/W Illus.
Children with brain and spinal tumors account for 20-25% of childhood cancers. Until the early 1990s there had been little progress in the development of new treatments, and outcomes were not improving despite advances seen in other childhood cancers. During the past 10 years, however, there has been a dramatic increase in interest in the subject among pediatric specialists worldwide, and new multi-disciplinary teams have become established. There are encouraging early signs of improvement in outcomes, and more are anticipated.
The appearance of this comprehensive, but practical, evidence-based review of brain and spinal tumors in children is therefore very timely. The content includes detailed coverage of the diagnosis, clinical management, after care and monitoring, and underlying biology of brain and spinal tumors in children. International in approach, it draws on the experience of the European Childhood Brain Tumour Committee, linked to the International Society of Paediatric Oncology, and various multi-centre clinical trials to reflect the various approaches to management that have arisen around the world.
… an excellent reference book for all practitioners at any level in neurology, neurosurgery and oncology… [it] has many unique features, which make it a 'must have' textbook for all who care for children with CNS tumours.
British Journal of Cancer
In the introduction to this excellent book a stated aim is 'to further develop neuro-oncology paediatirc practise and facilitate service development' . Certainly in the UK the driving force of Clinical Governance quite correctly focuses clinicians' minds to the provision of gold standard care, I feel this book contributes greatly in laying down 'the mark' in the definition of such a standard in paediatric neuro-oncology.
This book set out to develop the sub-speciality of paediatric neuro-oncology. It is an immense achievement to bring together the list of eminent contributors to a single coherent readable text. The editors have certainly achieved their original aim and I have no reservation in recommending this text as a valuable aid to all involved in the multidisciplinary care of children with brain and spinal tumours.
Clinical Oncology 17:204
The last word of the editors of this most enjoyable book says that 'pediatric neuro-oncology is an expanding and specialised that needed a new book. A better book? Well we are already working on it.' We are looking forward to reading another new contribution of the same quality from such an experienced group of authors.
Part 1. Introduction
2 The historical basis of neuro-oncology
Part 2. Epidemiology
(b) Tumor biology
5 Pathology and molecular classification
Part 3. Diagnosis and treatment planning
6 Clinical syndromes
7 Diagnostic imaging
8 Clinical trials
Part 4. Treatment techniques and neurotoxicities
9 Neurosurgical techniques
10 Radiotherapy techniques
11 Neuropsychological outcome
12 Drug delivery
Part 5. Disease-specific multi-disciplinary management
13 Astrocytic tumors â€“ low grade
(a) General considerations
(b) Treatment considerations by primary site and tumor dissemination
14 Astrocytic tumors â€“ high grade
15 Brain stem tumors
16 Embryonic tumors
17 Ependymal tumors
18 Germ cell tumors
(a) Germ cell tumors of the central nervous system
(b) A commentary
19 Infant brain tumors
21 Intradural spinal tumors
22 Rare tumors
23 Exploiting biology for therapeutic gain
Part 6. Late consequences & supportive care
24 Toxicity and late effects
25 Physical care, rehabilitation and complementary therapies
26 Cognitive development and educational rehabilitation
27 Quality of life
28 Information needs for children and families
29 Future challenges