Pathology of the Gastro-Intestinal Tract by A.C. BranfootPathology of the Gastro-Intestinal Tract by A.C. Branfoot

Pathology of the Gastro-Intestinal Tract

byA.C. BranfootEditorB. Morson

Paperback | November 12, 2011

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Immunology, in all its facets of immunochemistry, humoral immunity, cellular immunity, immunodiagnosis, and immunotherapy, is currently the most rapidly advancing discipline of clinical and experimental oncology. But as in most developing subjects, it is continually beset with problems of methodology and nomenclature, both of which are often intertwined. Indicative of this problem are our circular definitions of antigen and antibody. Another fre­ quent problem is the use of the words "specific" and "associated" when characterizing re­ actions to tumors or the antigenic properties of neoplasms. When applied to cancer, these terms are obviously very dependent upon the methods used to demonstrate these qualities. Indeed, the very diverse nature and multitude of types of cancer preclude our making gen­ eralizations or categorical statements regarding tumor "specificity. " Similar problems arise when one considers that many antigens found in malignant tumors share certain properties with embryonic or fetal tissues. First, these observations emphasize a lack of true tumor specificity, for which reason the category of oncofetal antigens has been established. Second, whether or not such antigens are truly oncofetal depends upon the method of detection used, and it has been found that here too specificity decreases as the antigen assay increases in sen­ sitivity. Thus, whether substances can be truly oncofetal in nature still remains a matter of debate, and such terms must therefore be used in an operational sense.
Title:Pathology of the Gastro-Intestinal TractFormat:PaperbackDimensions:356 pages, 24.4 × 17 × 0.07 inPublished:November 12, 2011Publisher:Springer NatureLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Early Gastric Cancer.- Pathology of Coeliac Disease.- Histologic Classification of Gastric Polyps.- Polyps and Cancer of the Large Bowel.- Mucin Histochemistry of the Colon.- The Precarcinomatous Phase of Ulcerative Colitis.- The Endocrine Cells of the Gastro-Intestinal Tract and the Neoplasms which Arise from Them.- Immunological Aspects of Gastro-Intestinal Pathology.- Oncofetal and Other Tumor-Associated Antigens of the Human Digestive System.