Supportive Care of Children with Cancer: Current Therapy and Guidelines from the Children's Cancer Group

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Because six of every seven children and adolescents with cancer can now be cured, the quality of life during and after treatment is displacing cure as the paramount objective. With this shift in emphasis, attention to supportive care in pediatric cancer therapy has become as important as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. In this book, now in its second edition, the discipline of supportive care in pediatric oncology is covered in depth.

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Overview

Because six of every seven children and adolescents with cancer can now be cured, the quality of life during and after treatment is displacing cure as the paramount objective. With this shift in emphasis, attention to supportive care in pediatric cancer therapy has become as important as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy. In this book, now in its second edition, the discipline of supportive care in pediatric oncology is covered in depth.

Supportive Care of Children with Cancer is a ready-reference handbook designed for use at the hospital bedside, in the oncology outpatient clinic, or in the physician's office. Five new chapters have been added and significant revisions have been made in each of the others. The new chapters reflect new ideas in the management of heretofore incompletely understood mechanisms of hemorrhage and thrombosis, the recognition of the increasing numbers of patients with various kinds of transplants and the more prominent role their long-term follow-up plays in pediatric oncology, the socioeconomically driven rapid changes in the practice and delivery of health care, and the deservedly increased attention to the child with terminal illness. Other important changes in individual chapters continue to keep this bedside handbook current.

Approaches to supportive care were recommended by leading experts in each field, then critically reviewed by members of the Children's Cancer Group, the world's largest cooperative study group for children's cancer. For students, house officers, fellows, pediatric oncologists, surgeons, nurses, nutritionists, social workers, and psychologists, this book provides convenient access to essential information aboutthe care of pediatric oncology patients.

"An excellent reference for a pediatric oncology unit as well as being as useful companion to nursing staff and medical staff and practicing oncologists." -- Journal of Pediatrics and Child Health, reviewing the first edition

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Robert C. Trueworthy, MD (University of Kansas Medical Center)
Description: This is a revised and updated patient care handbook reflecting the improved, important, intensive services ancillary to diagnosis and therapy required by patients with pediatric malignancies. The first edition was published in 1993. The structure is an outline style providing succinct definitions and statements followed by recommendations.
Purpose: This text is designed to make up-to-date recommendations for supportive care of pediatric patients. A new edition is needed to update information in this rapidly changing field. New chapters have been added which cover hemorrhagic and thrombotic complications, the care of stem cell transplant patients, alternative medicine, home care, and the terminal care of children with cancer.
Audience: This handbook is written for any healthcare giver who actually writes or responds to orders or recommendations regarding the clinical care of pediatric cancer patients. The editor and contributing authors are recognized medical and allied health professionals in pediatric oncology.
Features: The text is somewhat didactic, giving a "cookbook" approach to management with little discussion of the derivation of current management strategies. The illustrations are limited to a few figures, mostly algorithms and tables which are pertinent to the form of the handbook. The references are pertinent and current, but are not specific citations. The index is adequate for the outline format, but not for details.
Assessment: This is a most useful, inexpensive text on the subject of the supportive or clinical care of pediatric cancer patients. It can be consulted for quick review and is up-to-date. The editor has succeeded in his stated aim of providing a handbook for all those participating in the care of pediatric oncology patients.
Robert C. Trueworthy
This is a revised and updated patient care handbook reflecting the improved, important, intensive services ancillary to diagnosis and therapy required by patients with pediatric malignancies. The first edition was published in 1993. The structure is an outline style providing succinct definitions and statements followed by recommendations. This text is designed to make up-to-date recommendations for supportive care of pediatric patients. A new edition is needed to update information in this rapidly changing field. New chapters have been added which cover hemorrhagic and thrombotic complications, the care of stem cell transplant patients, alternative medicine, home care, and the terminal care of children with cancer. This handbook is written for any healthcare giver who actually writes or responds to orders or recommendations regarding the clinical care of pediatric cancer patients. The editor and contributing authors are recognized medical and allied health professionals in pediatric oncology. The text is somewhat didactic, giving a ""cookbook"" approach to management with little discussion of the derivation of current management strategies. The illustrations are limited to a few figures, mostly algorithms and tables which are pertinent to the form of the handbook. The references are pertinent and current, but are not specific citations. The index is adequate for the outline format, but not for details. This is a most useful, inexpensive text on the subject of the supportive or clinical care of pediatric cancer patients. It can be consulted for quick review and is up-to-date. The editor has succeeded in his stated aim of providing a handbook for all those participating in thecare of pediatric oncology patients.
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The new edition of this handbook (previous edition, 1993) includes five new chapters addressing hemorrhagic and thrombotic complications, care of the hematopoietic stem cell transplant patient after leaving the transplant center, alternative medicine in pediatric oncology, and home and terminal care for children with cancer. Paper edition (unseen), $29.95. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801857270
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 11/25/1997
  • Series: Series in Hematology Oncology
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 327
  • Product dimensions: 5.42 (w) x 8.47 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Arthur R. Ablin, M.D., is professor of clinical pediatrics at the School of Medicine, University of California, San Francisco.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
List of Abbreviations
Contributors
1 The Prevention of Infection 1
2 The Management of Fever 13
3 Blood Component Therapy 25
4 Modifications for Toxicity 37
5 Chemotherapy-Induced Nausea and Vomiting 59
6 The Management of Pain 67
7 The Management of Oncologic Emergencies 85
8 Recombinant Human G-CSF and Recombinant Human GM-CSF 99
9 Nutritional Support 107
10 Mouth Care 113
11 The Prevention and Treatment of the Complications of Radiotherapy 119
12 Immunization of Patients with Malignant Disease 131
13 The Treatment of the Complications of Venous Access Devices 137
14 The Management of Drug Extravasation 145
15 The Management of the Adolescent Postmenarchal Patient 149
16 Psychosocial Support 153
Index 163
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