Oncology from Oxford Medicine

With an ageing population, there is an inevitable increase in the number of patients given a cancer diagnosis; however, patients diagnosed with advanced cancers are now living longer due to improved cancer treatment options. Technologies in the field of oncology are developing rapidly; therefore oncologists are faced with an increased need to keep up-to-date with the latest developments.

Our content collection, curated alongside topics covered during the 2019 European Society for Medical Oncology annual conference, aims to illustrate new advances in treatments and therapies for the management of cancer, as well as providing principles of communication and advice when diagnosing patients. 

Chapters free until December 6th 2019

The impact of immunization on cancer control: the example of HPV vaccination
from Cancer Control 


Read this chapter outlining the role of infections as causal agents in cancer and the how HPV is seen as the new front for cancer prevention. 

Melanoma Pathology
from Melanoma


Once the diagnosis of melanoma has been made, the pathologist is called on to evaluate histological features, some of which carry vital importance in terms of prognostication.


Read the importance of these prognostic factors here

Clinical Trials of Ovarian Cancer Immunotherapy and Future Directions
from Ovarian Cancer Immunotherapy


Advances in the identification of numerous cancer immunotherapeutic targets and in the translation of novel agents has produced great excitement in the potential of immunotherapy.


Discover the future possibilities of immunotherapy for treatment of ovarian cancer here

Cancer immunology
from Oxford Textbook of Cancer Biology


The issue of tumour immunogenicity has been, and continues to be, a dilemma for immunologists.


Discover the ‘why’ behind cancer immunology with this free chapter. 

Radiotherapy planning for metastatic disease
from External Beam Therapy 


Read this free chapter discussing radiotherapy planning for metastatic disease such as bone metastasis, spinal cord compression, and brain metastasis. 

Systematic anti-cancer therapy
from Oxford Handbook of Cancer Nursing


Learn more about systemic anti-cancer therapy (SACT) with this free chapter containing three large sections on cytotoxic chemotherapy, biological and targeted therapies, and hormonal therapies.

Sustainability of Cancer Practices and Programs
from Advancing the Science of Implementation across the Cancer Continuum


As the field of implementation science has matured, increasing attention has been paid to sustainability.


Find out how cancer practices and programs can be sustained and the possible implications with this free chapter

Cancer’s place in nature


Why does cancer exist and why do we get it? Is it inevitable?


Read this article by Francesco Pezzella, co-editor of the Oxford Textbook of Cancer Biology, and learn more about the position of cancer in nature and the difference across species.  

The brain cancer patient experience – why is it so hard to get right?


How do you tread that fine line between telling the truth and nourishing hope?


Read this article discussing the importance of communication when diagnosing a brain tumour as well as offering guiding principles on what to say to patients. 

Communication in Cancer Care


Read this article by Dr Byland, editor of the Oxford Textbook of Communication in Oncology and Palliative Care, and discover why communication during cancer care falls short and what can be done to improve it. 


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