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From The CriticsReviewer: Melody L. McKinney, DNS, RN (Indiana State University)
Description: This book was written for cancer patients and families as a reference on selected treatment options and the management of treatment effects. Information is included on the latest advances in cancer diagnosis and treatment including diagnostic and therapeutic radiology, chemotherapy, and the dietary and pharmacological management of pain and treatment side effects.
Purpose: According to the authors, the book was written to provide basic information to assist cancer patients and their families in coping with the treatment effects from radiation and chemotherapy.
Audience: The book was designed for cancer patients and their families. It might also be useful in providing an overview of cancer and its management for students and professionals in related healthcare fields.
Features: This oncology resource is divided into three parts with part one providing an overview of the basics of radiation therapy, side effects, and chemotherapy, along with a discussion of diet, lifestyle, and emotional concerns. Part two provides information on the management of specific cancers including the use of chemotherapy, radiation, bone marrow transplantation, gene therapy, and monoclonal antibody therapy. Additional information is provided on assessing and managing pain. Part three includes information on diagnostic testing and frequently asked questions. The book also contains an index, table of contents, glossary, and a listing of additional resources in the form of books, websites, and organizations.
Assessment: This publication covering the basic management of multiple cancers is not likely to be any more useful than detailed booklets from cancer organizations or website information covering specific cancers. The patient and family interested in a specific cancer and related issues would have to wade through irrelevant areas while searching for information, and in that process could overlook relevant information. The section on frequently asked questions, though relevant, should have done more to encourage patients to review specific concerns with their healthcare providers. I believe that the book, some of it very technical, may be of interest to selected patients but not to the average person with cancer.