The 180-page publication, divided into 16 chapters with 23 figures and 19 tables, has been edited by Prof Patrick Bradley from UK and co-edited by Prof Hans Eckel from Austria. The book has contributions by authorities from all over the world, with the majority from Europe.
The editors have pointed out that hypopharyngeal cancer is rare and often bundled together with laryngeal cancer. In this book, they have focused wholly on hypopharyngeal cancer, with chapters ranging from epidemiology, presentation and treatment options to outcomes of treatment, swallowing, voice, supervised rehabilitation and quality of life. Being a cancer that presents late in patients having multiple co-morbidities and nutritional deficiencies, its management has many challenges. The final chapters highlight the importance of salvage treatment options, palliation and supportive care for patients with hypopharyngeal carcinoma.
There is also a chapter by Johan Fagan (South Africa), P Chaturvedi (India) and LP Kowalski (Brazil) on the challenges of treating these patients in the developing world. The final chapter is by Pat Bradley and Hans Eckel on future perspectives with prospects in advances in molecular research and gene therapy and emphasis on preventive measures by reducing excessive exposure to the causative agents such as tobacco, alcohol and betel nut chewing.
Overall, a complete and up-to-date reference book for trainees and surgeons who deal with hypopharyngeal cancers and a must for every head & neck departmental library. Very good value for the money.