Oxford American Mini-Handbook of Cancer Supportive Care

Oxford American Mini-Handbook of Cancer Supportive Care

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In recent years, rapid progress in the understanding and treatment of cancer has occurred, with many new and exciting treatment therapies now available to clinicians. Cancer mortality rates have begun to fall as greater and greater progress has been made in both the diagnosis and treatment of malignant diseases. Moreover, there has been considerable progress in our understanding of the basic biology and molecular genetics of cancer as well as the development and
availability of an increasing array of novel therapies to complement the traditional modalities of surgery, radiation therapy and chemotherapy. These modalities greatly improved the ability of oncologists to reduce the adverse impact of cancer and its treatment; furthermore, they have enabled patients
to complete potentially curative treatments in an optimal fashion. Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines are emerging from a variety of professional organizations to guide clinical decisions and optimize the management of patients with malignant diseases. However, with literally hundreds of medical journals attempting to disseminate the vast amount of new medical knowledge about cancer, it has become an enormous challenge for both trainees and clinical oncologists to remain abreast of the
latest and most reliable of new information to provide the best care for their patients. Therefore, a need remains for an updated and portable cancer-care resource that enables the physician to treat the patient with the best information currently available.

As part of the Oxford American Mini-Handbook series, this concise yet comprehensive pocket guide provides primary care practitioners, oncologists and other healthcare professionals who regularly treat cancer patients with essential, evidence-based guidance on the all major elements related to cancer supportive care, including pain management and end-of-life care. Edited by a world renowned expert in oncology, this volume outlines management and complication issues common in cancer supportive
care, including metabolic emergencies, febrile neutropenia, and spinal cord compression. In the final section, the authors address both physical and psychological end-of-life concerns: nausea and vomiting, anorexia, depression, and caregiver and patient distress. Supplemented with numerous, helpful
point-of-care tables and figures, this volume will serve as a key tool for any busy clinician seeking to provide informed and compassionate cancer supportive care.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 160 pages
  • 133 x 203 x 10mm | 176g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195390466
  • 9780195390469
  • 2,331,920

Table of contents

1. Anemia and fatigue
Overview of treatment of anemia
Recommendations for the treatment of anemia
Safety considerations
Fatigue in patients with cancer

2. Febrile neutropenia
Risk of febrile neutropenia
Complications of febrile neutropenia
Evaluation of the patient with febrile neutropenia
Empiric antibiotic therapy
Prophylaxis of febrile neutropenia
Key point summary

3. Pain management
Causes of cancer patient
Understanding the patient's cancer pain
Management of cancer pain
Management of breakthrough pain
Other pain management interventions
Further reading

4. Venous thromboembolism
Risk of venous thromboembolism
Consequences of venous thromboembolism
Clinical presentation
Prevention and treatment of venous thromboembolism
Clinical practice guidelines for venous thromboembolism prophylaxis
Key point summary
Thrombosis of central venous catheters

5. Metabolic emergencies
Hyperglycaemia and hypoglycaemia
Acute renal failure (ARF) in patients with malignant disease
Renal tubular dysfunction
Tumour lysis syndrome

6. Paraneoplastic syndromes
Endocrine paraneoplastic syndromes
Neurological paraneoplastic syndromes
Hematological paraneoplastic syndromes
Dermatologic and skeletal paraneoplastic syndromes
Further reading

7. Superior vena cava syndrome and raised intra-cranial pressure
Superior vena cava syndrome
Raised intracranial pressure (ICP)

8. Spinal cord compression

9. Other obstructive complications
Bronchial obstruction and stridor
Intestinal obstruction
Obstructive jaundice
Urinary tract obstruction
Further reading

10. Late effects of cancer treatment
Endocrine and metabolic dysfunction
Fertility issues
Organ-specific problems
Secondary malignancies
Neuropsychological consequences
References and further reading

11. End-of-life care
Management of physical symptoms
Anorexia and cachexia
Death rattles
Nausea and vomiting
Nutrition and hydration
Management of psychosocial symptoms
Distress (patient)
Distress (caregiver)
Spiritual suffering
Terminal agitation
Care in the last days of life
Further reading
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Review quote

Supplemented with numerous, helpful point-of-care tables and figures, this volume will serve as a key tool for any busy clinician seeking to provide informed and compassionate cancer supportive care. * Anticancer Research *
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About Gary H. Lyman

Gary H. Lyman, M.D.
Professor of MedicineDirector, Health Services and Outcomes Research
Division of Medical OncologyDuke University Medical Center and
The Duke Comprehensive Cancer Center
Durham, NC
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