The Science of Cancer Treatment

  • B. A. J. Ponder
  • M. J. Waring

Part of the Cancer Biology and Medicine book series (CABM, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Current Approaches to Cancer Treatment: Empiricism or Applied Biology

    1. M. Baum
      Pages 1-13
    2. M. H. N. Tattersall
      Pages 37-42
    3. J. Waxman, N. James
      Pages 43-54
  3. New Approaches

    1. R. Brown, S. B. Kaye
      Pages 55-82
    2. B. L. Samuels, J. E. Ultmann
      Pages 83-101
    3. R. L. Souhami, H. Earl
      Pages 103-125
    4. S. A. Kelly, S. Malik, F. R. Balkwill
      Pages 127-159
    5. R. H. J. Begent
      Pages 161-184
    6. N. F. Boyd, M. Cousins, V. McGuire
      Pages 185-204
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 205-211

About this book


Many of the most effective treatments for disease have been discovered empir­ ically. Nowadays, however, we think that understanding the biology of a disease will lead us to design better treatments, and to improve the application of treatments we already have. To accomplish this, vast sums are expended on cancer research. Even so, to the casual observer of clinical oncology the proliferation of studies and trials of ever-different combinations of therapies looks like empiricism, at the best. In the first part of this book, we have asked practising clinicians in different specialities to assess the contributions of biology and of empiricism to current approaches to treatment. In the second part, we have asked researchers in different areas of biology applied to cancer to assess the present and likely future impact of their type of biology on cancer treatment and control. IX 1 Surgery M.BAUM OBJECTIVES OF CANCER TREATMENT The objectives of cancer treatment can be defined according to population requirements or according to the needs of the individual. As far as the population is concerned, Government authorities are entitled to expect that cancer treatment will lead to mortality reductions and cost containment.


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Editors and affiliations

  • B. A. J. Ponder
    • 1
  • M. J. Waring
    • 2
  1. 1.CRC Human Cancer Genetics Research Group, Department of PathologyUniversity of CambridgeUK
  2. 2.University of CambridgeUK

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1990
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-6804-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-0709-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0928-8945
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