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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Melissa R. Mason, RN (University of New Mexico Hospital)
Description: This well-researched guide describes the nutritional challenges that cancer patients face and the etiology of these challenges. It provides thorough guidance to clinicians in helping patients maintain and improve their nutritional status.
Purpose: The authors aim to describe the nutritional issues cancer patients face before, during, and after cancer treatment. Additionally, they would like to help readers obtain an in-depth understanding of the adverse effects of compromised nutritional status and methods to provide nutritional support based on research and expert opinion. These worthy objectives are met in this helpful book, which comprehensively summarizes the challenges of managing the nutritional demands of cancer patients.
Audience: The book is written for dietitians, doctors, and nurses, among other healthcare professionals. This is an excellent resource for all of these disciplines, as it can guide the identification of high-risk patients and facilitate their referral to dietitians and other appropriate healthcare professionals to address nutrition-related problems.
Features: This exhaustive book explores the range of nutritional issues in cancer patients related to diagnosis as well as treatment modality. It offers methods of screening and assessment of patients at nutritional risk as well as research and expert-opinion based interventions for assisting cancer patients in maintaining and improving their nutritional status before, during, and after treatment. The first half of the book presents information common to all cancer types, while the latter half delves into the nutrition-related problems associated with specific cancer types. Throughout, charts succinctly summarize key points and current research. The only shortcoming is the lack of information regarding the role of dietary factors in cancer prevention, although this could be the subject of a separate book.
Assessment: This is a thoroughly researched and detailed guide for clinicians on the range of nutrition-related problems in cancer patients and appropriate interventions. It is comparable to Nutritional Issues in Cancer Care, Kogut and Luthringer (Oncology Nursing Society, 2005), but it is more comprehensive and up to date.