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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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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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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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