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August 1985

Endocrine Problems in Cancer: Molecular Basis and Clinical Management

Arch Surg. 1985;120(8):979-980. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1985.01390320095027

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Surgeons are often caught unprepared by the occasional tumor that secretes an inappropriate hormone. When thus surprised, this book is a good place to run for cover (paperback). It deals with tumors such as small-cell lung carcinoma, certain sarcomas, and renal tumors that occasionally dedifferentiate and produce disorderly amounts of hormones. This problem lies at the interface between oncology and endocrinology. The text specifically omits hormone therapy for tumors. The organization of the book allows the clinician to determine which tumors are likely to secrete a given hormone, and the reverse: what hormone a given tumor is liable to secrete. The text is aimed at the sophisticated clinician, providing enough basic science background to be understandable, but with sufficient exotica to make the reader feel he or she is intellectually stimulated. Summary statements, tables, and graphics simplify controversial areas, whilst (the authors are British) avoiding distracting controversies. The manageably sized

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