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Designed to keep pace with the many demands and challenges placed upon the oncology and medical-surgical nurse, this handy resource contains "must-know" oncology information in a quick access format. Using a symptom-management approach to oncology nursing, this easy-to-use reference features succinct coverage of common types of cancer, including a chapter on pediatric cancers. The drug information section of the book and appendix features content from the Saunders Nursing Drug Handbook 2004.
  • Practical, clinical information provided in a concise outline format.
  • Clear, consistent organization makes information easy to find.
  • Topics are listed at the beginning of each chapter with corresponding book pages numbers to facilitate ease of use.
  • Written by an experienced practitioner and author.
  • Oncologic Emergencies chapter details 12 different emergencies.
  • Covers important end-of-life and psychosocial issues with chapters on Hospice & Palliative Care and Grief & Bereavement Issues.
  • Includes chapters on support therapies such as Complementary, Alternative, & Herbal Medicine, Hormonal Therapy, and Nutrition.
  • Symptom Management chapter helps practitioners identify and share important comfort information with patients.
  • Appendix includes the most commonly prescribed chemotherapeutic agents and pain medications for cancer patients.
  • Spiral binding allows easy carrying and reference while in a clinical setting.
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Reviewer: 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.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323025171
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 10/6/2003
  • Format: Spiral Bound
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Consultant, Formerly Clinical Nurse Specialist, Via Christi Regional Medical Center, St. Francis Campus, Wichita, KS

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Table of Contents

Unit I: General Cancer Principles & Concepts
1. Pathophysiology
2. Genetics
3. Epidemiology
4. Prevention, Screening, and Detection (PSD)
5. Diagnostic & Staging
6. Research and Cancer Clinical Trials

Unit II: Cancer Types
7. Brain and CNS Cancers
8. Breast Cancer
9. Colorectal and Gastrointestinal Cancers
Small Intestine
10. Genitourinary Cancers
11. Gynecological Cancers
Fallopian Tube
Gestational Trophoblastic Disease (GTD)
12. Head and Neck Cancers
13. Human Immunodeficiency Virus and related cancers
14. Leukemia
Acute Lymphoid Leukemia
Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Chronic Lymphoid Leukemia
Chronic Myeloid Leukemia
Myelodysplastic Syndrome
Hairy Cell Leukemia
15. Lung Cancers
16. Lymphoma
Hodgkin’s Disease
Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
17. Multiple Myeloma
18. Skin Cancers
Basal Cell Cancer
Squamous Cell Cancer
Malignant Melanoma
19. Pediatric Cancers
Osteogenic Sarcoma
Ewing’s Sarcoma
Brain and Intraspinal Malignancies
Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (MHL)
Hodgkins Disease (HD)
Wilms’ Tumor

Unit III: Cancer Treatment, Therapies, And Management
20. Surgical Oncology
21. Radiation Therapy
22. Chemotherapy
23. Biotherapy
24. Bone Marrow and Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Transplantation
25. Pharmacological and Infusion Therapies
Blood and Blood Products, Transfusion Therapies
Vascular Access Devices
26. Complementary, Alternative Therapies and Herbal Medicines
27. Hormonal Therapy
28. Nutrition
29. Symptom Management
Hemorrhagic Cystitis
Myelosuppression (Anemia, Neutropenia, Thrombocytopenia)
Mucositits, Stomatitis
Nausea and Vomiting
Pain Management
Peripheral Neuropathy
Reproductive and Sexuality Issues
Skin Care
30. Hospice and Palliative Care
31. Grief and Bereavement Issues

Unit IV: Oncologic Emergencies
32. Oncologic Emergencies
Anaphylaxis, Hypersensitivity
Cardiac Tamponade
Carotid Artery Rupture
Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation
Increased Intracranial Pressure
Malignant Pleural Effusion
Septic Shock
Spinal Cord Compression
Superior Vena Cava Syndrome
Syndrome Inappropriate Antiduretic Hormone
Tumor Lysis Syndrome

Unit V: Resources
33. Cancer Resources
Dressings, Equipment, Infusion Pumps
Patient, Family, Caregiver Organizations and Resources
Pharmaceutical Indigent Drug Programs
Professional Organizations

Appendix: Commonly Used Medications

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