Prognosis in Advanced Cancer

Prognosis in Advanced Cancer

by Paul Glare
     
 

ISBN-10: 0198530226

ISBN-13: 9780198530220

Pub. Date: 11/28/2007

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Predicting survival and other outcomes is increasingly being recognized as an important skill for palliative care doctors and nurses, oncologists, and other healthcare professionals who treat patients with advanced cancer. Accurate prognosis is essential if we are to offer quality of care and 'a good death', as well as to aid decision-making. There is much

Overview

Predicting survival and other outcomes is increasingly being recognized as an important skill for palliative care doctors and nurses, oncologists, and other healthcare professionals who treat patients with advanced cancer. Accurate prognosis is essential if we are to offer quality of care and 'a good death', as well as to aid decision-making. There is much prognostic information available that is scattered throughout the palliative care and oncological literature but this is the first time it has been gathered systematically in one place.

Glare and Christakis, leaders in the field of prognosis, bring together a team of international contributors from across the fields of palliative care and oncology. This comprehensive but practical guide begins with the principles of prognostication, including formulating the prediction and then communicating it. Topics such as statistical issues, evidence-based medicine, and the ethics of prognostication are also covered. The second section addresses prognostication in 15 specific cancer sites once they have reached the advanced stage, following a standard template for consistency and easy access to the key information. The third section deals with prognostication in patients with a variety of common clinical conditions at the end of life, such as bowel obstruction, hypercalcaemia, and brain metastases. In addition, survival curves are provided within each chapter, palliative care conditions are examined for the first time, and a summary table of long and short term prognosis ensures this book remains practical.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780198530220
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
11/28/2007
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 9.60(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents


Contributors     ix
The science of prognostication
Overview: Advancing the clinical science of prognostication   Paul Glare   Nicholas A. Christakis     3
Differences in prognostication between early and advanced cancer   William J. Mackillop     13
Foreseeing: Formulating an accurate prognosis   Elizabeth B. Lamont     25
Foretelling: Communicating the prognosis   Phyllis Butow   Rebecca Hagerty   Martin Tattersall   Martin Stockler     33
Statistical concepts and issues related to prognostic models   Phyllis A. Gimotty     55
Evidence-based medicine   Paul Glare   Marco Maltoni   Cinzia Brunelli     63
Tools for formulating prognosis   Jay F. Piccirillo   Anna Vlahiotis     79
Ethical perspectives   Bert Broeckaert   Paul Glare     89
Prognostication in specific cancers
Lung cancer   C. Martin Tammemagi     97
Colorectal cancer   Tony Geoghegan   Michael J. Lee     111
Breast cancer   Fabio Efficace   Laura Biganzoli     123
Bladder cancer   Luigi Schips   Richard Zigeuner     133
Prostate cancer   Timothy Gilligan     143
Pancreatic cancer   Moritz Koch   Jurgen Weitz   Markus W. Buchler     151
Hepatoma   Kelvin K. Ng   Ronnie T. Poon     161
Head and neck cancer   Ceri Hughes   Steven J. Thomas     175
Gynaecological cancer   Jonathan Carter     187
Brain cancer   Hiroko Ohgaki     201
Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma   Charles Dumontet   Catherine Thieblemont     215
Leukaemia and myeloma   Paul Glare     225
Sarcoma   Katherine T. Morris   Murray F. Brennan     239
Unknown primary   Jonathan E. Dowell     249
Melanoma   Anne Hamilton   Katherine Clark     257
Prognosis in palliative care
Bone secondaries   Edward Chow   Albert Yee     269
Brain secondaries   Andrew Broadbent   George Hruby     285
Leptomeningeal disease   Vicki Jackson   Lida Nabati     295
Liver metastases   Angela Byrne   Michael J. Lee     301
Lung secondaries   David Currow    Christine Sanderson     311
Hypercalcaemia   Niklas Zojer   Martin Pecherstorfer     319
Spinal cord compression   Nora Janjan   Anita Mahajan   Eric L. Chang   Ian McCutcheon   Edward Lin   Prajnan Das   Sunil Krishnan   Edward Chow     329
Pain relief   Maria Montoya   Eduardo Bruera     345
Malignant bowel obstruction   Sebastiano Mercadante     361
Breathlessness   Lara Alloway   Vaughan Keeley   Irene Higginson     371
Delirium   Miriam Friedlander   David Kissane     381
Weight loss   Aminah Jatoi   Phuong L. Nguyen     395
Cancer-related fatigue   Tugba Yavuzsen   Mellar P. Davis     401
Prognostication in the imminently dying patient   James Stevenson   John Ellershaw     411
Index     433

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