Molecular Biology of Cancer: Mechanisms, Targets, and Therapeutics, 3rd Edition

Molecular Biology of Cancer Mechanisms targets and therapeuticsBy

  • Lauren Pecorino, University of Greenwich

Cells in our body undergo tightly regulated replication to enable growth to occur in a precise, and to ensure that damaged or worn out tissues are replaced. Regulation is mediated via many different mechanisms; it is when these mechanisms fail, and regulation is lost, that cancer can result. Recent advances in molecular cell biology have greatly expanded our understanding of the processes and mechanisms which underpin the regulation of cell replication, and what is happening at the molecular level when these fail.

The third edition of The Molecular Biology of Cancer: Mechanisms, Targets, and Therapeutics offers a fresh approach to the study of the molecular basis of cancer, by showing how our understanding of the defective mechanisms which drive cancer is leading to the development of new targeted therapeutic agents.

Opening with an overview of the key hallmarks of cancer as a disease state, the book then leads us through the principal processes that become altered in cancer cells, and explains how the failure of these processes can lead to the onset of cancer. Uniquely, within each chapter, students are shown how this molecular knowledge is being applied to develop new targeted therapeutic strategies.

Written with the student learner in mind, the book features a variety of learning features to help students engage with, and master, the concepts presented. The emphasis is not on exhaustive coverage of the field, but on acquiring a solid understanding of the essentials of the subject – and an appreciation of how a theoretical understanding can be transformed into therapeutic benefit.

The Molecular Biology of Cancer is an invaluable resource for any student wishing to gain an insight into the molecular basis of the disease, and possible solutions for its effective control.

Online Resource Centre
The Online Resource Centre to accompany The Molecular Biology of Cancer features:

For students:
· Hyperlinks to primary literature articles featured in the text
· News feeds relevant to cancer biology, drawn from a variety of publications

For registered adopters of the book:
· Figures from the book, available to download
· A test bank of questions, with feedback linked to the book, for use in formative or summative assessment

  • Provides a carefully-structured overview of the molecular mechanisms that regulate cell signaling, and relates defects in these mechanisms to the onset of cancer
  • Shows how an understanding of the molecular processes underpinning cancer can be directly applied to the development of new therapeutics, giving students a clear appreciation of how the theory relates to real life scenarios
  • Draws on the latest research in this dynamic field but presents it in a manner readily accessible to the student
  • Online Resource Centre features additional resources for both lecturers and students, enhancing the educational value of the text

New to this edition

  • Increased depth in coverage of cancer stem cell biology, metastasis, and micro RNAs
  • Additional background information and enhanced explanation of immunology
  • New topics covered, including evidence for the role of chromothripsis in carcinogenesis and the therapeutic potential of gene signatures


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