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ABC of Cancer Care


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ABC of Cancer Care is a practical primary care guide to help health professionals better inform their patients, manage and recognize the common complications of cancers and their treatment, and understand the rationale and implications of decisions made in secondary and tertiary care.

 It provides coverage of the diagnosis, management, treatment and on-going surveillance of common cancers within the multidisciplinary context of primary care. Individual chapters assess the different treatment options, including surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, and examine their possible side effects. The contribution of clinical trials and new advances in cancer treatment including biological and targeted therapies, robotic surgery and advanced radiotherapy techniques are all described. Other aspects of cancer care, from nursing support and nutrition to psychological care and survivorship, are also covered.

Edited by a specialist and general practitioner team, with multidisciplinary contributors, ABC of Cancer Care is ideal for general practitioners, practice nurses, cancer care nurses, medical students, and all healthcare professionals treating and supporting cancer patients.

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List of Contributors vii

Preface xi

Acknowledgements xiii

1 Multidisciplinary Care 1
Richard Simcock

2 Cancer Imaging 5
Guy Burkill and Adrian K.P. Lim

3 Surgery 10
Daniel Richard Leff and Richard Simcock

4 Surgery for Metastatic Disease 15
Timothy W.R. Briggs Elizabeth J. Gillott Lewis W. Thorne and Long R. Jiao

5 Chemotherapy 20
Catherine Harper-Wynne and Catherine M. Kelly

6 Toxicities of Chemotherapy 26
Sacha Jon Howell Alison Jones and Colin R. James

7 Radiotherapy 30
Alastair Thomson and Mark Beresford

8 Toxicities of Radiotherapy 34
Russell Burcombe Jonathan Hicks and Richard Simcock

9 Endocrine Therapy 39
Carlo Palmieri Matthew Flook and Duncan C. Gilbert

10 Biological and Targeted Therapies 44
Ruth E. Board Jennifer W. Pang Carlo Palmieri and Suzy Cleator

11 Trials in Cancer Care 50
Evandro de Azambuja David Cameron and Janet E. Brown

12 Oncological Emergencies 55
Thomas E. Newsom-Davis and Mohammed Rizwanullah

13 Cancer in the Elderly 61
Alistair Ring and Juliet E. Wright

14 Nutrition 64
Mhairi Donald

15 Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Cancer Patients 69
Richard Simcock and Sarah Cavilla

16 Specialist Nursing Care 74
Clare Sullivan Beverley Longhurst Amelia Cook Elizabeth Bowman and Jean Rodell

17 Cancer Survivorship 78
Esther Bird Amy Guppy and Carlo Palmieri

Index 83

I have recently been given a donation of £150 to be used to benefit cancer services.  I now know what to do with it.  I am going to buy a copy of this book for each of our site-specific cancer teams in the hospital.”  (Cancer Nursing Practice, 1 December 2013)