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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Celeste Taylor-Ryman, BSN, CPON (University of New Mexico Hospital)
Description: This succinct presentation of the diagnosis, epidemiology, and treatment of lung cancer can be a reference for patients with lung cancer or their family members. It is one in a series of books from the U.K. that discuss a medical diagnosis in a short, factual manner. The first edition was published in 1984.
Purpose: The aim is to give quite detailed information, in a clear and simple way, about all aspects of lung cancer, with an emphasis on the practical side of its treatment.
Audience: The book is a good source of teaching material for patients with lung cancer and their families, nursing students, medical students, and anyone who has an interest in the disease.
Features: In a concise, organized way, the book presents the pathophysiology, epidemiology, side effects, and treatments of lung cancer. Graphs and pictures, as well as their explanations, are easy to understand. The chapter on dealing with lung cancer provides good information on getting the best treatment and lists resources in the U.K.
Assessment: This is a great resource for someone who is newly diagnosed with lung cancer and a great help for the practitioner who can use it as a teaching aid.