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From The CriticsReviewer: Melody L. McKinney, DNS, RN (Indiana State University)
Description: Caring for the cancer patient and family can be both rewarding and challenging. The cancer care professional must continually keep up with new developments in technology, pharmacology, and disease-related knowledge in order to provide competent, comprehensive care. This handbook includes essential components of oncology practice, such as disease pathology, diagnostics, clinical trials, 2003 ACS prevention and detection guidelines, specific treatments, drug and infusion therapies, oncologic emergencies, symptom management, and resources. This book can be used as a reference in the practice setting or as an educational resource, thereby assisting professional cancer caregivers in meeting the challenge of maintaining clinical competency.
Purpose: The book was developed to improve cancer-related theoretical knowledge and clinical practice by serving as a comprehensive, quick clinical reference and a study source for oncology education or certification.
Audience: It should be useful to all professionals, novice to expert, who are involved in cancer prevention and care. The author is a well known oncology consultant with a background as an oncology clinical nurse specialist.
Features: The book consists of five units. Unit one provides general information on cancer pathophysiology, epidemiology, prevention, treatment, and research including clinical trials. Unit two includes technical information on the diagnosis, treatment, and management of specific adult cancers within virtually every body system and also includes a pediatric cancers chapter. Unit three covers traditional and contemporary treatment modalities, along with nutrition, symptom management, palliative care, grief and bereavement. Unit four provides detailed information on 12 different oncologic emergencies such as artery rupture and tumor lysis syndrome. Unit five provides a comprehensive listing of professional, governmental, and support services websites and/or 800 numbers. The book is also available in a handheld software format. One relatively minor editorial flaw is the repeated use of the phrase "support surfaces resources" when "support services resources" was the likely intent.
Assessment: This succinct handbook is packed with practical, clinically relevant information essential to oncology nursing practice. It is a well indexed, well referenced oncology care resource that meets the author's goals of a comprehensive quick clinical reference and study source, and should be readily available to every cancer care clinician.