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Oncology is facing rapid developments across most tumour entities which include targeted systemic therapy, the essence of treatment in medical oncology and various approaches of locally directed therapy including novel surgical as well as radio-oncological strategies. Head and neck tumours as well as brain tumours are paradigmatic for parallel innovative developments both in the area of local and systemic therapies. This issue of the ESMO essentials on head and neck tumours and neuro-oncology acknowledges these developments and summarises in overall 25 chapters the current state of the art in diagnosing and treating these tumours. This is a valuable, up-to-date source of information, notably since head and neck as well as brain tumours may not represent the major workload of most medical oncologists in training or practice. Each chapter follows the same stringent design and is supported by instructive figures and illustrations supporting the key messages. Each chapter ends with a synopsis of the most important take-home messages and a selection of important publications for further reading.
Book review: Essentials for Clinicians: Head and Neck Tumours and Neuro-Oncology. The book is available to download from http://oncologypro.esmo.org/Publications/Essentials-for-Clinicians (full text access is restricted to ESMO members).
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