Handbook For The Care Of The Older Adult With Cancer

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Barbara E. Livingston
In this handbook the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual issues of older adults are addressed as they are screened for, diagnosed with, treated for, survive, and succumb to cancer. Some quality of life assessment tools are included. The book is designed to be a reference for nurses dealing with an elderly population diagnosed with, or at risk for, cancer. The U.S. population is aging rapidly, and since age is the number one risk factor for developing cancer, it is important that nurses are aware of the special needs of the elderly. The editors succeed in comprehensively addressing cancer issues in this population. The book is targeted to oncology and geriatric nurses, but at times the content seems more appropriate for patients and their families. The experienced nurse will find much of the content a review, since, as Betty Ferrell states in her forward, "...virtually all oncology nurses are gerontologic nurses..." In the major sections of this comprehensive book primary prevention issues are addressed, as are the "big four" cancers in the elderly, quality of life issues, and symptom management. The book is very well researched and statistical data are presented whenever possible. Areas where more research is needed are also acknowledged. The chapter on symptom management is one of the best -- the elderly patient is the focus, but there is not a lot of redundancy. However, in many of the other chapters basic principles such as tumor pathology and staging are reviewed, and this will bore the experienced oncology nurse. The editors' objectives are excellent, but the usefulness of this book is limited in that the bulk of the text is mostly a review of basic oncologic principles.The information related to the older adult, although valuable, seems to be difficult to locate in the wordy chapters. The editors need to streamline the chapters for this to be an effective handbook.
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Reviewer:Barbara E. Livingston, RN, NP, AOCN (Mount Sinai Hospital and Medical Center)
Description:In this handbook the physical, psychosocial, and spiritual issues of older adults are addressed as they are screened for, diagnosed with, treated for, survive, and succumb to cancer. Some quality of life assessment tools are included.
Purpose:The book is designed to be a reference for nurses dealing with an elderly population diagnosed with, or at risk for, cancer. The U.S. population is aging rapidly, and since age is the number one risk factor for developing cancer, it is important that nurses are aware of the special needs of the elderly. The editors succeed in comprehensively addressing cancer issues in this population.
Audience:The book is targeted to oncology and geriatric nurses, but at times the content seems more appropriate for patients and their families. The experienced nurse will find much of the content a review, since, as Betty Ferrell states in her forward, "...virtually all oncology nurses are gerontologic nurses..."
Features:In the major sections of this comprehensive book primary prevention issues are addressed, as are the "big four" cancers in the elderly, quality of life issues, and symptom management. The book is very well researched and statistical data are presented whenever possible. Areas where more research is needed are also acknowledged. The chapter on symptom management is one of the best — the elderly patient is the focus, but there is not a lot of redundancy. However, in many of the other chapters basic principles such as tumor pathology and staging are reviewed,and this will bore the experienced oncology nurse.
Assessment:The editors' objectives are excellent, but the usefulness of this book is limited in that the bulk of the text is mostly a review of basic oncologic principles. The information related to the older adult, although valuable, seems to be difficult to locate in the wordy chapters. The editors need to streamline the chapters for this to be an effective handbook.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781890504168
  • Publisher: Oncology Nursing Society
  • Publication date: 1/1/2000
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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