Oxford Desk Reference: Oncology

Thankamma V. Ajithkumar; Natalie Cook; Helen Hatcher; Ann Barrett
Oxford Desk Reference Series

This easy-to-read, practical guide distils and compiles all the disparate literature on cancer into one succinct volume. With most of the topics fitting onto a double-page spread it allows for quick reference whilst on the ward. The text also includes the essential, evidence-based clinical guidelines needed for the safe and effective management of patients with cancer. All aspects of cancer and its management are covered, including prevention, screening, diagnosis and treatment. This practical guide also offers information about coping with the physical and social issues that may arise with a diagnosis of cancer, such as insurance, travel and survivorship. A unique chapter of management flow charts assists fast, appropriate decision-making. Multidisciplinary management and palliative care are also covered in detail.


1. Introduction
2. Clinical approach to suspected cancer
3. Concepts of multidisciplinary management
4. Site-specific cancer management
4.1 Tumours of head and neck
4.2 Tumours of central nervous system
4.3 Thoracic tumours
4.4 Breast cancer
4.5 Cancers of gastrointestinal system
4.6 Cancers of genitourinary system
4.7 Cancers of Female genital system
4.8 Cancers of skin
4.9 Cancers of musculoskeletal system
4.10 Tumours of haemopoietic system
4.11 Endocrine tumours
4.12 Paediatric tumours
4.13 Rare cancers in adults
5. Oncological emergencies
6. Special situations in oncology
7. Palliative care
8. Clinical management of cancer - flowcharts
9. Appendix
9.1 Chemotherapy regimens
9.2 Radiotherapy fractionation schedules
9.3 Calculation of glomerular filtration rate (GFR)
9.4 Diagrams for clinical consultation


Dr Thankamma V Ajithkumar MD, FRCP, FRCR, is at present a Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Previous to that he was a Consultant Clinical Oncologist at the Bristol Haematology & Oncology Centre, and a Specialist Registrar in Clinical Oncology at Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge. He has also lectured in clinical oncology at the Regional Cancer Centre in Kerala, India, and was employed as Assistant Professor there.; Dr Natalie Cook is a final year Specialist Registrar in Medical Oncology at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. She is currently completing her PhD in Oncology and has a special interest in medical education and gastrointestinal cancers.; Dr Helen Hatcher is a Consultant Medical Oncologist at Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. She is also Honorary Consultant Medical Oncologist and Academic Consultant and Research Group Leader at Cambridge University. Her special interests are Teenage and Young Adult Cancers, Sarcoma and Ovarian cancer. ; Ann Barrett, OBE, MD, FRCR, FRCP, FMed Sci, is Professor Emeritus at the University of East Anglia. She has won various prestigious awards, including the Frank Ellis Medal for the best publication in Clinical Oncology, the President's Medal of the Royal College of Radiologists and the ESTRO lifetime achievement award. Ann was Professor of Oncology and Deputy Dean of the School of Medicine at the University of East Anglia from 2002-2008, whilst also working as a Consultant in Oncology at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.