TGen's Von Hoff, colleagues, publish comprehensive pancreatic cancer textbook
54 chapters and commentary from over 100 international experts in the field

Phoenix, Arizona, May 17, 2005--The Translational Genomics Research Institute's (TGen) Daniel Von Hoff, MD, and colleagues at M. D. Anderson Cancer Center and Johns Hopkins have edited and published the first comprehensive reference book on pancreatic cancer. The text, titled Pancreatic Cancer, features contributions from over 100 international experts in the field and boasts 54 chapters and supporting commentaries that provide expert analysis and counterpoint on selected topics.

Until now, physicians and researchers interested in pancreatic cancer had to track down and gather each individual scientific paper on the subject.

"Our goal was to create a definitive text that will allow current and future researchers entering the field to get up to speed in a short period of time," says Dr. Von Hoff, Senior Investigator and head of TGen's Pancreatic Cancer Research Division.

The book offers a knowledge base to anyone with an interest in pancreatic cancer, from a young surgeon to scientists to patients and their families, says Dr. Von Hoff, one of the world's leading experts on pancreatic cancer.

In 2005, an estimated 32,000 individuals in the U.S. will be diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. As the fourth leading cause of death from cancer in the US, the disease is the most deadly of all cancers with the 1-year survival rate of only 24 percent and the 5-year survival rate of approximately 4 percent.

Published by Jones and Bartlett Publishers, the groundbreaking new text is dedicated to improving these statistics by providing comprehensive information about the epidemiology, molecular biology and pathogenesis of the disease.

The Heriette Pickelner Fund for Pancreatic Cancer Research at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center donated the funding to colorize the graphic elements including photos, charts and MRI scans.

"I hope patients, their families and healthcare professionals will use this book as a knowledge instrument," explains Von Hoff.

In addition to Von Hoff, Douglas B. Evans, MD, a distinguished professor of surgery at the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and Ralph H. Hruban, MD, a professor of pathology and oncology at the Sol Goldman Pancreatic Cancer Research Center at Johns Hopkins, edited the book.

To purchase the book, contact Jones and Bartlett Publishers at 800-832-0034 or [email protected].

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