Where do you begin to look for a recent, authoritative article on the diagnosis or management of a particular malignancy? The few general oncology textbooks are generally out of date. Single papers in specialized journals are informative but seldom comprehensive; these are more often preliminary reports on a very limited number of patients. Certain general journals frequently publish good in-depth reviews of cancer topics, and published symposium lectures are often the best overviews available. Un- fortunately, these reviews and supplements appear sporadically, and the reader can never be sure when a topic of special interest will be covered. Cancer Treatment and Research is a series of authoritative volumes that aim to meet this need. It is an attempt to establish a critical mass of oncology literature covering virtually all oncology topics, revised frequently to keep the coverage up to date, easily available on a single library shelf or by a single personal subscription. We have approached the problem in the following fashion: first, by dividing the oncology literature into specific subdivisions such as lung can- cer, genitourinary cancer, pediatric oncology, etc.; second, by asking emi- nent authorities in each of these areas to edit a volume on the specific topic on an annual or biannual basis.
Each topic and tumor type is covered in a volume appearing frequently and predictably, discussing current diagnosis, staging, markers, all forms of treatment modalities, basic biology, and more.
I. Basic Biology and Immunology.- 1. Characteristics of cultured human melanocytes from different stages of tumor progression.- 2. Gangliosides as antigens of human melanoma.- II. Molecular genetics.- 3. The cytogenetics of human malignant melanoma and premalignant lesions.- 4. The ha-ras-1 oncogene and the molecular genetics of human melanoma.- III. Epidemiology.- 5. Epidemiologic aspects of intraocular malignant melanoma.- 6. Abnormal nevi, excess total nevi, and melanoma: an epidemiologic perspective.- IV. Diagnosis and Prognosis.- 7. Fine needle aspiration biopsy of metastatic melanoma.- 8. Radioimmunoimaging of malignant melanoma with monoclonal antibodies.- 9. Flow cytometry in melanoma.- V. Therapy.- 10. Randomized trials of heated perfusion of extremity melanoma.- 11. Vaccinia virus oncolysates in the treatment of malignant melanoma.- Appendix to Chapter 6.