A friend of mine (hi Peter!) has told me about the book review in the latest issue of Nature. The review is by no less than Robert Weinberg, one of grandees of cancer research and the book is entitled Dynamics of Cancer: Incidence, Inheritance, and Evolution by Steven A. Frank, at the department of ecology and evolution at the University of California, Irvine.
Unfortunately, the review itself does not say that much about the book so I might have to wait until I get hold of a copy before I can tell if it would be a good idea to buy it or not. It is clear thought that Weinberg sees it as a revival of the mathematical biology school that started in the University of Chicago in the 60s. If he thinks that mathematical biology is of any use in cancer research or not does not come very clear in his review and one suspects that he is quite skeptical about its future role.