With increasing emphasis on the early diagnosis and management of urologic tumours, it is imperative that the practising urologist comprehend the relevance of the morphology for the clinical diagnostic and therapy. Moreover, the clinician should be fully informed of the importance of modern morphological methods for the diagnosis and management of urological tumours. Not only is this highly illustrated text a necessary adjunct in the attending urologist's armamentarium, it will also satisfy the needs of residents in pathology or even of pathologists, who are not daily faced with urological tumours.The structure of the chapters follows a uniform schema: short introduction with the definition of the tumour/ tumours, clinical history epidemiology, aetiology, gross morphology, microscopy, tumour genetics, importance of ancillary methods for the diagnosis, differential diagnosis, principles of grading and staging, morphological prognostic factors, and clinical course. The tables showcase the latest WHO histological classification of the tumours of the single organs, the integral (or complete) form of the latest TNM staging version, and the principles of the international accepted grading systems (kidney, bladder, prostate, penis ). A short chapter is devoted to handling procedures for surgical specimens and biopsies by clinicians.
Reviewer:Tvrtko Hudolin, MD, PhD(KBC Zagreb)
Description:This compact book deals primarily with urogenital tumors, which are presented systematically using an organ-based approach. Numerous macroscopic and microscopic pictures illustrate the book, which also contains numerous useful tables.
Purpose:The book was compiled to present not only the classic pathological characteristics of various tumors, but also to show how modern technology has contributed to the better characterization of these pathological entities. The authors discuss the intricacies of modern diagnosis and differential diagnosis of urologic tumors. These pathological data are then correlated with the clinical aspects of urologic oncology, in an effort to illustrate the usefulness of pathology findings for formulating a prognosis and predicting the clinical course of the disease and response to therapy.
Audience:Aimed at pathologists, urologists, and urologic oncologists, the book also will be of interest to researchers who are involved in the study of urological cancers. The authors of each section are international experts with longstanding experience in urogenital pathology.
Features:Eight of the nine sections cover urogenital organs and their tumors with one section on the handling of surgical specimens of penis cancer. The book covers the pathology of all urological organs and male genital organs. Each section covers etiology and epidemiology of tumors, clinical manifestation, pathohistological findings with pictures of the tumors (both macroscopic and microscopic), classification of tumors, differential diagnosis, and prognosis. All types ofurogenital tumors, even rare forms, are presented in detail with text and pictures accompanied by a discussion of the clinical significance of pathological findings. Special attention is given to new prognostic (molecular) markers of tumors with citations of relevant literature which give readers precise, up-to-date information. At the end of most sections are instructions on how to handle and report surgical specimens from appropriate organs, important for urologists and pathologists alike. Standardized procedures such as those described here should ensure a uniform approach to urologic tumors and enable teams in various medical centers to obtain comparable qualitative and quantitative results in the work-up of urologic tumors.
Assessment:Although this book is smaller in scope and size than the leading urologic pathology books (Urologic Surgical Pathology, by Bostwick and Eble (Mosby, 1997) or Urologic Pathology, by Petersen (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 1992), it still it covers in sufficient detail all major tumors of the urinary system and male genital system. Overall, this is a very good, clinically oriented, practical book that combines classic pathohistological and new molecular medicine characteristics of tumors. Data are presented clearly and concisely and could be useful not only to pathologists but also to surgeons and oncologists who are working with patients with urogenital cancer.