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From The CriticsReviewer: Melody L McKinney, DNS, RN(Indiana State University)
Description: Cancer patients are at risk for disease and treatment related complications from the time of initial diagnosis to years after completing treatment. This book covers the epidemiology, pathophysiology, assessment, and management of the 10 most common oncologic emergencies. The nurse who is aware of the early signs and symptoms of impending crises can intervene to help prevent and effectively manage such events, potentially improving quantity and quality of life for the patient.
Purpose: The book's primary purpose is to examine major cancer and treatment related complications so they can be prevented or identified early and effectively managed.
Audience: This is designed as a comprehensive resource on oncologic emergencies for nurses and other healthcare professionals.
Features: This cancer resource consists of 10 chapters covering the cancer-related emergencies of cardiac tamponade, disseminated intravascular coagulation, hypercalcemia, increased intracranial pressure, pleural effusion, sepsis, syndrome of inappropriate antiduretic hormone secretion, spinal cord compression, superior vena cava syndrome, and tumor lysis syndrome. Each chapter begins with an introduction and concludes with an extensive list of references. Definitions, incidence, risk factors, pathophysiology, clinical manifestations, patient assessment, diagnostic evaluation, treatment modalities, nursing management, and education for the patient and caregiver are also included. The book contains a comprehensive index, table of contents, and numerous tables andillustrations.
Assessment: Oncologic emergencies can occur any time during the cancer continuum, as a result of a malignancy, its treatment, or as a long-term consequence. This comprehensive, well written resource provides a clear picture of the etiology, treatment, and care management of 10 major oncologic emergencies. A wealth of practical information is succinctly presented along with helpful figures, tables, and references. This book is a valuable source of information with potential to enhance the cancer patient's quantity and quality of life.