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Books, Journals, New Media
May 7, 2003

Breast Cancer

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;289(17):2285-2286. doi:10.1001/jama.289.17.2285-a

While it has been 8 years since the fourth edition of Cancer of the Breast, edited by Donegan and Spratt, the reader is well rewarded for the wait. The fifth edition has changed to reflect current understanding of breast cancer, its diagnosis and treatment. The authors have added about 200 pages to accommodate new information. The publishers have changed to a less reflective paper, making the text much easier to read.

Seven entirely new chapters have been added, including coverage of new surgical techniques of sentinel lymph node biopsy and skin-sparing mastectomy. Each stage of breast cancer is addressed with a separate chapter, including a new addition focused on in situ breast cancer. The chapter on surgical technique covers removal of biopsy tissue, breast tissue, and axillary tissue, and supportive care, such as central line and port placement and management of lymphedema.