Ethical Issues in Cancer Patient Care / Edition 2

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This updated edition addresses a variety of ethical issues that arise in the care of oncology patients. Many volumes have been written on medical ethics in the past 30 years. However, few have focused on ethical issues specific to the care of cancer patients. This book brings together such a focused examination. The contributors include clinicians, (doctors, nurses, and social workers), ethicists, medical humanists, medical educators, and a cancer survivor. The issues raised have direct relevance to the care of oncology patients in treatment as well as research settings. The chapters address issues that are central to contemporary medical practice and medical ethics inquiry. Ethical Issues in Cancer Patient Care, Second Edition will have direct importance for practicing physicians, nurses and others caring for cancer patients. In addition, medical students, medical educators and ethicists will find this book of interest.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Becket Gremmels, BA (Saint Louis University)
Description: The contributors to this book deal with a variety of ethical issues related to the care of cancer patients in an accessible, nontechnical manner. Seven new chapters have been added to this second edition, and the remainder have been updated. The first edition was published in 1999.
Purpose: The editor's aim is three-fold: to raise awareness of ethical issues, to help caregivers prepare themselves better for addressing these types of issues, and to persuade healthcare teams to take ethical conflicts seriously. While most chapters meet these goals, some arguments and expositions are not as sophisticated as they might be.
Audience: The authors' varied backgrounds make the book, which is intended for physicians, nurses, students, educators and ethicists, accessible to a wide range of readers. While not written for patients, the inclusion of a cancer survivor as a contributor makes the book of interest to cancer sufferers and other patients who want to understand the perspectives of their caregivers.
Features: Contributions cover such topics as patients' spiritual needs, the openness and communication between patients and physicians, determining medical errors and how best to disclose them, futility in oncology, ethics of human research, and others. Of particular note is a letter from a cancer survivor to physicians, relating his story and emphasizing the importance of the physician's demeanor when interacting with the patient.
Assessment: The variety of authors, revision of old chapters, and the addition of seven new chapters all make this a significant improvement over the first edition. Contributors not only discuss ethical theories, but also provide practical steps and frameworks for implementing them at the bedside. Several competing viewpoints are not as intricately discussed as some might like, but the depth and breadth of content make up for this drawback.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780387877174
  • Publisher: Springer US
  • Publication date: 10/14/2008
  • Series: Cancer Treatment and Research Series, #140
  • Edition description: 2nd ed. 2007
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 258
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Contributors
1 Physicians and Cancer Patients: Communication and Advance Directives 1
2 Information is not Enough: The Place of Statistics in the Doctor-Patient Relationship 13
3 Cross-Cultural Issues in Caring for Patients with Cancer 23
4 Religious/Spiritual Concerns in Caring For the Cancer Patient 39
5 Are there Limits to Oncology Care? (Futility) 49
6 Role of Palliative Medicine in Cancer Patient Care 65
7 Informed Consent, The Cancer Patient, And Phase I Clinical Trials 77
8 The Ethical Lessons of Managed Care Applied to Clinical Trials 91
9 Kids and Cancer: Ethical Issues in Treating the Pediatric Oncology Patient 99
10 Does Reimbursement Affect Physician Decision Making? 137
Index 151
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