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Women's Cancers

Alison Keen (Editor), Elaine Lennan (Editor), Stanley B. Kaye (Foreword by)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-8851-7
288 pages
April 2011, Wiley-Blackwell


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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Table of Contents

Contributors vii

Foreword by Professor Stan Kaye xi

Introduction xiii

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

2 The Epidemiology of Women’s Cancers 9
Louisa G. Gordon, Christina M. Nagle and Penelope M. Webb

3 Pathology and Staging of Major Types of Gynaecological and Breast Cancers 32
Neeta Singh and Rachel Howitt

4 Tumour Markers 54
Michelle L. Harrison, Ana Montes and Martin Gore

5 Genetic Susceptibility to Female Cancers 68
Gillian Crawford

6 Lifestyle and Prevention 89
Elaine Lennan

7 Cancer of the Breast 100
Alison Farmer

8 Cancer of the Ovary 119
Kate Gregory

9 Cancer of the Ovary: the Patient’s Perspective 133
Noeleen Young

10 Cancer of the Cervix 142
Ken Metcalf and Katherine McCarthy

11 Cancer of the Endometrium 157
Ellen Bull and Robert Woolas

12 Cancer of the Vagina 172
Sandra Tinkler

13 Cancer of the Vulva 183
Beccy Hoddinott Isaac and Lisa Young

14 Fertility and Cancer in Women 199
Susan Ingamells, C. Basu, J. Tucker and A. Umranikar

15 Sexual Health and Dysfunction 216
Karen Donelly-Cairns

16 Women and Cancer: Rehabilitation and Survivorship 230
Alison Keen

17 Palliative Care 239
Jane Grant and Carol L. Davis

Index 263

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Author Information

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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"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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