May 23, 1980

Recent Results of Cancer Treatment in Japan

Author Affiliations

Michael Reese Hospital & Medical Center Pritzker School of Medicine Chicago


edited by Tamaki Kajitani, Yoshiyuki Koyama, and Yoichiro Umegaki (Japanese Cancer Association, GANN Monograph on Cancer Research, No. 22), 221 pp, with illus, $44.50, Baltimore, University Park Press, 1979.

JAMA. 1980;243(20):2096. doi:10.1001/jama.1980.03300460062040

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In this monograph the Japanese Cancer Association reviews the results of cancer treatment in Japan. Its 21 chapters deal with carcinomas of the head and neck, lung, thyroid, esophagus, stomach, colon and rectum, male and female genital tracts, and breast; leukemia and lymphoma; and childhood tumors. The last chapter presents cancer statistics. Clearly, the monograph addresses a limited audience, namely, active investigators in cancer treatment.

I found many of the chapters to be mediocre in content and style; these include the chapters on head and neck, thyroid, colon, rectum, prostate, and uterine cervix. The chapter on leukemia and lymphoma is outdated and does not reflect the current state of the art. Archaic terms such as reticulum cell sarcoma and lymphosarcoma are still used. No attempt has been made to describe the influence of histology and tumor architecture on survival and outcome.

The chapters on breast and esophageal carcinoma are of