Recent developments are seeing a dynamic merging of basic and clinical science, with translational research increasingly becoming a new paradigm in cancer research. The merging of different basic and clinical science disciplines towards the common goal of fighting against cancer has long ago called for the establishment of a comprehensive reference source both as a tool to close the language gap between clinical and basic science investigators and as a platform of information for students and informed laymen alike.
While the First Edition had featured scholarly contributions from approximately 300 scientists/clinicians in one Volume, the Second Edition includes more than 1.000 contributors in 4 Volumes with an A-Z format of more than 7.000 entries. It provides definitions of common acronyms and short definitions of related terms and processes in the form of keyword entries. In addition to the keyword entries, there are detailed essays, which provide comprehensive information on syndromes, genes and molecules, and processes and methods. Each essay is well-structured, with extensive cross-referencing between all entries.