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From The CriticsReviewer: Melody L. McKinney, DNS, RN (Indiana State University)
Description: The growing number of cancer survivors has increased the need for a reliable source of information on managing long-term effects, preventing secondary cancers, and improving quality of life. This book provides up-to-date information from 60 scientist-practitioners and the editor, a cancer survivor. Guidance is offered on specific issues related to the burden of cancer, common problems, and living with advanced cancer. Chapters are also cover cancer survivorship worldwide and future directions in research, practice, and policy involving cancer survivorship.
Purpose: The purpose is to compile the work of professionals from multiple disciplines in a comprehensive resource for cancer care clinicians and researchers.
Audience: The book should be useful to cancer survivors, persons living with advanced cancer, family, friends, healthcare providers, and researchers. Contributors include a broad range of scientists and clinicians from fields including medicine, nursing, psychology, behavioral health, physical and occupational therapy, and nutrition.
Features: Part one of the book's six parts provides perspectives on the burden created by the pandemic of treatment success and its impact on quality care and quality of life. Part two deals with common problems associated with exercise, fatigue, pain, depression, interpersonal relationships, and adaptation to advanced cancer. Part three discusses secondary prevention in the areas of emotional well-being, physical activity, nutrition, chemotherapy-related cognitive dysfunction, smoking cessation, psychological distress, stress, pain, work, and long-term follow-up. Part four presents survivor perspectives on quality care and living with cancer. Part five provides the epidemiology of cancer survivorship worldwide and the resulting international health burden. Part six provides future directions in research, practice, and policy on cancer survivorship. Additional features include multiple tables and figures, extensive chapter references, and a comprehensive index.
Assessment: The book has met the goal of being a comprehensive multidisciplinary reference that can serve as a foundation for research and practice in the rapidly growing field of cancer survivorship. This scholarly, well written book would be useful to the broad range oncology care professionals who guide cancer patients and families through their diagnosis, treatment, symptom management, emotional adjustment, daily living activities, prevention of secondary cancers, and long-term survival.