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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Arlenda C Thompson, BSN (University of New Mexico Hospital)
Description: This book explains the psychosocial sequelae patients endure as a result of cancer and its treatment. It describes the benefits and drawbacks of clinicians' approaches to these problems.
Purpose: It is "intended to provide oncology clinicians with a readily accessible clinical resource that will assist them in identifying and addressing the unique psychosociospiritual needs of their patients [as they journey through their challenges and terrors of their illness...]", according to the preface. This is a very real issue with this patient population, and this book meets its objective.
Audience: The authors intend this book for all clinicians treating patients with cancer. It also may be helpful to healthcare providers for other patient populations with difficult diagnoses.
Features: The book discusses matters of coping with diagnosis and treatment of cancer, which can include decision making, providing and receiving prognoses, substance abuse, compliance with treatment, fatigue, sleep disturbances, and pain. The flow charts are very helpful algorithms as a guide for the approach to a problem. The various topics are well thought out, organized, and complete.
Assessment: This is a very helpful guide for continuity of care in addressing these often silent issues with cancer patients. It also will assist in the often difficult conversations that need to take place with these patients, such as poor prognosis, failed treatment, or noncompliance. It compares well to other offerings in the field, Psychosocial Dimensions of Oncology Nursing Care, 2nd edition, Burke, (Oncology Nursing Society, 2009), and Oncology: An Evidence-Based Approach, Chang et al. (Springer, 2005).