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From The CriticsReviewer: Melody L. McKinney, DNS, RN (Indiana State University)
Description: This oncology reference provides an overview of information essential for the nursing care of persons with cancer in an easy to use, question and answer format. The third edition, extensively updated and revised, includes new information on sleep-wake disturbances, caregiver care, genetics, targeted therapy, myelodysplastic syndrome, thrombosis, and expert advice on strategies for effective oncologic decision making.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide oncology nurses with quick and easy access to practical and relevant information that will enhance nursing care and symptom management for their patients.
Audience: The book was written specifically for busy oncology nurses who contribute to the care of cancer patients and thus need clinically relevant information at their fingertips. The more than 90 contributing authors include a well credentialed mix of nurses, physicians, and other clinicians essential to the field of oncology nursing.
Features: The seven broad sections include a cancer overview; cancer treatments; hematological malignancies; solid tumors; symptom management; oncologic emergencies; and caring for the person with cancer. Each section contains multiple chapters that include information boxes on key points and Internet resources and a bibliography. Along with the unique question and answer format, other features include a large number of tables and figures that present clinically relevant information. The book ends with a comprehensive index.
Assessment: As a practical, concise, and up-to-date clinical reference and educational text, this is a significant contribution to oncology nursing. Written by experts, the book's timely, evidence-based content and strong clinical focus make it valuable for both novice and expert oncology nurses in a variety of practice settings. The new edition is justified by the extensive updates and revisions, including new information in the relevant areas of caregiver care, oncologic decision making, genetics, targeted therapy, and treatment complications. The book is a must-have for every oncology unit or clinic and is recommended for every oncology nurse's personal use.