Women's Cancers / Edition 1

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Patients with breast and gynaecological cancers have to contend with a large number of difficult and challenging issues. To help them to do this it is vital that their health carers are fully informed in all aspects of women's cancers. This book provides a comprehensive and meaningful picture of this oncological area, including epidemiology, histopathology, staging, genetic predisposition, sexual function, fertility, treatment and management, survivorship, and palliative care. To give this book added credibility and holistic application, contributions of women with cancer have been included, and the text is interspersed with patient accounts and experiences.

Women's Cancers is essential reading for all nurses and health care professionals working in cancer care settings, as well as patients and families.

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Editorial Reviews

Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: 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.
From the Publisher
"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." (Doody's, 7 October 2011)

"This book provides a comprehensive overview of the care of women with breast or gynaecological cancers . . . This book would be a useful resource for hospital and university libraries, and should be avaialable on gynaecological wards. It will benefit nursing and medical students as well as qualified nurses." (Cancer Nursing Practice, 1 September 2011)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405188517
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/3/2011
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Alison Keen is a Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gynaecological Oncology at Southampton University Hospitals Trust. She is an active member of the Forum of Gynaecological Oncology Nurses, and Network Site Specific Group.

Elaine Lennan is Consultant Nurse in Oncology and an academic practitioner at Southampton University Hospitals Trust.

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Table of Contents


Foreword by Professor Stan Kaye.


1 The History of Women in Relation to Health and Cancer (Victoria Harmer and Maureen Royston-Lee).

2 The Epidemiology of Women's Cancers (Louisa G. Gordon, Christina M. Nagle and Penelope M. Webb).

3 Pathology and Staging of Major Types of Gynaecological and Breast Cancers (Neeta Singh and Rachel Howitt).

4 Tumour Markers (Michelle L. Harrison, Ana Montes and Martin Gore).

5 Genetic Susceptibility to Female Cancers (Gillian Crawford).

6 Lifestyle and Prevention (Elaine Lennan).

7 Cancer of the Breast (Alison Farmer).

8 Cancer of the Ovary (Kate Gregory).

9 Cancer of the Ovary: the Patient's Perspective (Noeleen Young).

10 Cancer of the Cervix (Ken Metcalf and Katherine McCarthy).

11 Cancer of the Endometrium (Ellen Bull and Robert Woolas).

12 Cancer of the Vagina (Sandra Tinkler).

13 Cancer of the Vulva (Beccy Hoddinott Isaac and Lisa Young).

14 Fertility and Cancer in Women (Susan Ingamells, C. Basu, J. Tucker and A. Umranikar).

15 Sexual Health and Dysfunction (Karen Donelly-Cairns).

16 Women and Cancer: Rehabilitation and Survivorship (Alison Keen).

17 Palliative Care (Jane Grant and Carol L. Davis).


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