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Cancer Chemotherapy for the Veterinary Health Team

Kenneth Crump (Editor), Douglas H. Thamm (Editor)
ISBN: 978-0-8138-2116-0
670 pages
July 2011, Wiley-Blackwell
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Cancer Chemotherapy for the Veterinary Health Team is a clinically relevant and practical manual designed as a guide for the safe and effective administration of cancer chemotherapy. Coverage includes patient assessment, chemotherapy equipment, drug preparation, safety considerations, handling, administration, waste disposal, and management of chemotherapy side effects. An alphabetical listing of common chemotherapy agents offers information on their uses, indications, and toxicities, as well as administration guidelines for methods, routes, and speeds.

With background information for effectively communicating with clients, including coverage of veterinary cancer surgery and radiation therapy, the book provides specific strategies that address the challenging emotional issues surrounding the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in pets. With particular insight into the technician's role, Cancer Chemotherapy for the Veterinary Health Team is a must-have reference for any practice offering chemotherapy.

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Table of Contents



1 Dispelling the Myths of Animal Cancer and Its Treatment (Douglas H. Thamm).

2 Cancer Basics (Kenneth Crump).

3 Preparation for Chemotherapy Administration (Kenneth Crump).

4 Assessment of the Chemotherapy Patient (Kenneth Crump and Douglas H. Thamm).

5 Chemotherapy Handling, Safety and Disposal (Richard Allen and Kenneth Crump).

6 Workflow for Chemotherapy Administration (Kenneth Crump).

7 Chemotherapy Agents (Douglas H. Thamm).

8 Management of Chemotherapy Side Effects (Douglas H. Thamm).

9 Compassionate Client Communication (Erin Allen and Gail Bishop).



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Author Information

Kenneth Crump, AAS, AHT, has over 25 years of experience as an animal health technician at Colorado State University. He also served as an adjunct faculty member at the Front Range Community College in the veterinary technician program.

Douglas Thamm, VMD, DACVIM (Oncology), is an associate professor of oncology at Colorado State University. He has over 12 years of oncology practice experience and lectures internationally on animal cancer and its treatment.

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“This would be a useful resource for any veterinary clinic that elects to offer chemotherapy as an option for its clients. It details a comprehensive approach in an easy to follow format.”  (Doody’s, 6 April 2012)

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