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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Margaret R Hurst, BSN (University of New Mexico Hospital)
Description: This overview of women's cancers, including breast and gynecological cancers, updates nurses about treatment developments that have emerged over the last 5-10 years.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide those caring for women with cancer up-to-date information from genetics through treatment and survivorship issues. These are worthy objectives, since those who care for these patients must be knowledgeable about all the current thinking.
Audience: Nurses working with this particular patient population are the intended audience.
Features: The book covers a variety of concerns in women's cancers, including genetics, testing, and treatment, as well as survivorship issues of fertility and sexuality. One chapter addresses palliative care, as well. One particularly good contribution to the book is the collection of quotes from patients with these cancers, lending the book a human touch. Nurses caring for these patients need to communicate with empathy, and first-hand patient accounts personalize the clinical information.
Assessment: This is a wonderful overview of women's cancers for nurses new to caring for this population and nurses wanting to update their knowledge and practice.