Published: 06/12/2001, Volume III, No. 5784 Page 33

By Dr Jeffrey Tobias and Kay Eaton

Publisher: Bloomsbury. ISBN: 0 7475 5410 2. 224 pages.£14. 99.

Living with Cancer was published to accompany the BBC1 television series of the same name, filmed at University College London Hospital trust, with the support of the Cancer Research Campaign.

Its pages are densely packed with information - the symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of common types of cancer are covered in considerable detail.

However, the book also tries to be as user-friendly as possible.

The opening chapter, 'Who gets cancer?', for example, is subtitled 'Why me?'Other difficult questions - 'How long have I got?' - are tackled openly.

The text is also broken up with personal stories and fact files dealing with issues such as the psychological aspects of the disease and the side-effects of common drugs.