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    Carolyn Compton.
    Summary: This comprehensive, ground-breaking title presents, in simplifying style, the driving and organizing principles of cancer, making this multidimensional, highly complex disease easily understandable for readers. Developed out of the renowned author's many years of teaching a widely popular, several-hundred-student college course, this 12-chapter book begins with an account of the history of cancer as a medical and public health problem, as well as the major milestones and setbacks in the ongoing quest to understand the wide variety of cancers that continue to impact the world. Subsequent chapters then address pathogenesis, incidence and mortality statistics, risk factors, causal factors, screening challenges and victories, treatment strategies, and disease prevention approaches. This wealth of clinical information is further supplemented with socioeconomic discussions on the financial, social, ethical, technological, regulatory, political, and logistical challenges that limit progress in cancer research. A soon to be gold-standard text that thoroughly and expertly describes cancer as a composite, adaptive system, Cancer: The Enemy from Within equips and empowers all undergraduate students and graduate students to better understand this continually perplexing disease. Clinicians across all disciplines may also find this work of great interest.

    Chapter 1. The Nature and Origins of Cancer
    Chapter 2. Cancer Initiation, Promotion and Progression and the Acquisition of Key Behavioral Traits
    Chapter 3. Understanding the Hallmark Characteristics of Cancer
    Chapter 4. A Short History of Cancer
    How Did We Get Here?
    Chapter 5. Who Gets Cancer and Why? What Are the Consequences for Human Life and .-Longevity? How Can We Intervene? How Can We Track Progress?
    Chapter 6. Screening for Cancer: Find It Early; Treat It Early; Save Lives
    Chapter 7. Fundamentals of Cancer Diagnosis and Assessment
    Chapter 8. Local Therapy for Cancer
    Chapter 9. Systemic Therapy for Cancer
    Chapter 10. Palliative Care, Hospice, and End of Life
    Chapter 11. Development of New Cancer Therapies
    Chapter 12. Cancer and Society.
    Digital Access Springer 2020