Texas Children’s physicians and Baylor faculty contribute to leading textbook in field

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Dr. Susan Blaney, director of Texas Children’s Cancer and Hematology Center, co-edited the recently published Pizzo & Poplack’s Pediatric Oncology, the leading textbook in the field. Over 40 members of Texas Children’s and Baylor are contributing authors to this textbook. In addition, the photograph of the child on the cover of the textbook was beautifully captured by Allen Kramer, one of Texas Children’s award-winning photographers.

This thoroughly updated edition contains 53 chapters, over 1,200 pages and is the most comprehensive resource on the biology and genetics of specific childhood cancers including recent advances in the diagnosis, multimodality treatment and long-term management of cancer in young patients.

“As former mentees of Drs. Pizzo and Poplack, Drs. Peter Adamson, Lee Helman and I are beyond privileged to serve as co-editors of the eighth edition of this textbook and to carry forward the work of these visionary and iconic leaders,” Blaney said. “The first edition was published in 1989 and covered a broad range of topics in both conceptual and practical terms and rapidly established itself as the most comprehensive text of its kind. Despite remarkable research progress in the field, there remain countless challenges to improve the outcome for children with cancer. In the 1960’s, less than 20% of children with cancer were cured and today the overall cure rate is over 80%. That’s phenomenal progress but it’s not good enough because 20% of our patients are still not cured.”

Besides being used by all medical schools, pediatric oncologists and institutions pursuing pediatric oncology research around the world, this textbook also provides helpful information geared specifically to caregivers and families of children with cancer, which adds to the unique quality of the book.

“This resource guide also comes in an e-book format,” Blaney said. “We will have periodic updates on the major chapters that will be available electronically to subscribers.”

Members of Texas Children’s and Baylor who contributed to this textbook include:
Susan M. Blaney, MD, co-editor
Adekunle M. Adesina, MD, PhD
Carl E. Allen, MD, PhD
Wendy Allen-Rhoades, MD, PhD
Patricia Baxter, MD
Stacey L. Berg, MD
Lisa Bomgaars, MD, MS
Malcolm K. Brenner, MD, PhD
Jessica A. Casas, MD, MPH
Patricia Chevez-Barrios, MD
Murali M. Chintagumpala, MD
Nilesh K. Desai, MD
Dan S. Gombos, MD, FACS
M. Monica Gramatges, MD, PhD
Andras Heczey, MD
Meenakshi G. Hegde, MD
Helen E. Heslop, MD, DSc
M. John Hicks, MD, DDS, MS, PhD
Marilyn Hockenberry, PhD, RN, FAAN
Sujith K. Joseph, PhD
Lisa S. Kahalley, PhD
Kala Y. Kamdar, MD, MS
Tammy I. Kang, MD, MSCE
Stephen F. Kralik, MD
Holly Lindsay, MD, MS
Dolores H. López-Terrada, MD, PhD
Joseph Lubega, MD, MS, CPE
Philip J. Lupo, PhD, MPH
Kenneth L. McClain, MD, PhD
Swati Naik, MBBS
Shoba A. Navai, MD
Jed. G. Nuchtern, MD
D. Williams Parsons, MD, PhD
Arnold C. Paulino, MD
Sharon E. Plon, MD, PhD
David G. Poplack, MD
Samara L. Potter, MD, MBA
Karen R. Rabin, MD, PhD
Rachel E. Rau, MD
Cliona M. Rooney, PhD
Michael E. Scheurer, PhD, MPH
Charles Philip Steuber, MD
Sanjeev A. Vasudevan, MD
Rajkumar Venkatramani, MD, MS, MBA, FAAP
Richard S. Whitlock, MD
Amber M. Yates, MD