Indian Journal of Medical Research

BOOK REVIEW
Year
: 2015  |  Volume : 141  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 254--255

Dermatologic principles and practice in oncology: Conditions of the skin, hair and nails in cancer patients


Uday Khopkar 
 Department of Dermatology, KEM Hospital & GS Medical College, Mumbai 400 012, India

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Uday Khopkar
Department of Dermatology, KEM Hospital & GS Medical College, Mumbai 400 012
India




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Khopkar U. Dermatologic principles and practice in oncology: Conditions of the skin, hair and nails in cancer patients.Indian J Med Res 2015;141:254-255


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Khopkar U. Dermatologic principles and practice in oncology: Conditions of the skin, hair and nails in cancer patients. Indian J Med Res [serial online] 2015 [cited 2019 Nov 20 ];141:254-255
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Full Text

Dermatologic principles and practice in oncology: Conditions of the skin, hair and nails in cancer patients, M.E. Lacouture, editor (Wiley-Blackwell, UK) 2013. 456 pages. Price: not mentioned.

ISBN 978-0-470-62188-2

Skin disorders in patients with internal malignancy are usually of interest to dermatology departments affiliated to oncology centers. This book focuses on this small subset of patients who are exposed to anticancer drugs or therapy. The vast experience of the authors of oncology centres the world over has been collated.

The book is well organized into six sections. The first section prepares the readers by detailing the basic considerations in dermatology and medical oncology. A chapter dedicated to grading system for adverse reactions to anticancer drugs emphasizes the importance given by oncologists to such reactions in prognosticating and the important role played by dermatologists in their management. The second section, albeit brief, describes paraneoplastic dermatologic disorders with classical illustrations. The third section deals elaborately with miscellaneous skin and mucosal affections in cancer patients and has lucid chapters covering subjects as varied as radiation mucositis and generalized pruritus.

The fourth section is the real strength of the book and relates to side effects of chemotherapeutic agents. In recent times, there has been an exponential growth in the number of anticancer drugs in use and some of these induce rashes that require dermatologists to be familiar with them. These side effects have been detailed according to the pharmacological category of anticancer agents and are supported by representative illustrations.

A separate section elaborates the late coetaneous complications of cancer therapy. The last section is dedicated to day to day management of cancer patients by dermatologists and gives well designed algorithms for management as well as useful practical tips for prescribing topical and systemic agents for treatment of skin complaints.

The text is lucid and abundantly punctuated with well designed Tables. The book is illustrated with adequate clinical photographs including histopathology though there is scope for addition of more such photographs in future editions. This book would prove to be a valuable addition to dermatologic and oncologic experts all over the world. It will also be of immense help to practicing dermatologists who give care to such patients.