Testicular cancer affects a younger group of men than any other adult urological cancer. Despite the huge advances in management over the last 30 years, it is still a devastating diagnosis for the young man discovered to have a malignant testicular mass. The book deals with the changing prevalence of this form of cancer, brings us up to date on its pathogenesis, and tackles the continued controversies on its management, include the extent of surgery.
The International Consultation on Testicular Cancer was designed to present state-of-the-art information on, and understanding of, the man aspects of this neoplasia that factor into decisions related to its assessment and therapy. This book represents the consensus recommendations of five committees of international experts, whose task it was to review the literature based on the best evidence, summarize a text overview of each chapter, and finally to make recommendations. The task of the committee chairs was to unify the material and reach a consensus wherever possible.
It is now time to share this textbook with our readers, in the hope that the concepts discussed herein will prove useful in caring for their patients, as well as inspire further studies and research in the this disease. We would be amiss in not under-scoring the invaluable contribution of the editors, our colleagues Susanne Osanto and Jerome P. Richie, whose tireless efforts have brought this volume to fruition.
Paul Abrams, MD
Chairman of the International Consultation on Urological Diseases
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