May 31, 2002
Volume XXXV, No. 22

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UTHSC physician's book may improve cancer treatment for patients worldwide

PHOTO Dr. Joseph W. Basler, associate professor in the department of surgery, shows off his new book "Management of Urologic Malignancies." The first edition of the book became available earlier this month.

Dr. Joseph W. Basler, associate professor in the department of surgery, offers doctors a practical approach to treating urologic cancers in his new book "Management of Urologic Malignancies." Dr. Basler is one of four editors and wrote or co-wrote many chapters of the book.

"The book covers diagnosis, management, treatment algorithms and what doctors and patients can expect after treatment," Dr. Basler said. "It also offers options if a particular course of treatment fails. This takes a much more practical approach than a traditional medical textbook."

More than 70 authors from a number of countries contributed to the book. "We wrote this book, in part, to bridge the gap between treatment management in Europe and the United States," Dr. Basler said. "It is important to have an international forum because you need a perception of what is offered in other countries. Some cancers may be rare here but are common in Europe or Africa."

The hardcover book is 336 pages and retails for about $149. Dr. Basler and his co-editors are considering an additional electronic (online) format with the second edition.


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