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Breast Cancer Nursing Care and Management, 2nd Edition

Breast Cancer Nursing Care and Management, 2nd Edition

Victoria Harmer, HRH The Prince of Wales (Foreword by)

ISBN: 978-1-118-78492-1 September 2013 Wiley-Blackwell 673 Pages

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"This book is an excellent resource for nurses working in either a hospital or primary care"
Breast Cancer Care News

"This book would be really helpful to other breast cancer nurses and students about to embark on work in this field"
Journal of Community Nursing

This comprehensive handbook is for nurses and other healthcare professionals involved in the care of people with breast cancer. It gives up-to-date evidence-based information and practical advice on nursing care throughout diagnosis, treatment, recovery and end-of-life care.

Each chapter is written by an expert in the field. Topics include the anatomy of the breast, available treatments, complementary therapies, the psychological care of patients and their families, and the role of the specialist nurse. This book provides a well-balanced approach to all aspects of managing breast malignancy. The importance of writing from a nursing perspective is underlined so that the essence of support and bedside care is maintained.

This second edition includes:

  • Updates on guidelines as well as references to recent trials and changes to the breast screening programme
  • A new chapter on survivorship issues covering the long-term consequences and effects of recovering from breast cancer

Preface vii

Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales ix

Words of Encouragement for Nurses from Stella McCartney x

Contributors xi

Acknowledgements xiii

1 An Overview of the Breast and Breast Cancer 1
Elisabeth Grimsey

2 The Histopathology of Breast Cancer 19
Helen E. Froyd and Victoria Harmer

3 Genetic Factors in Breast Cancer 35
Audrey Ardern-Jones

4 Breast Screening 58
Ann-Marie Fretwell
(previous contribution by Linda Lee)

5 Surgery for Breast Cancer 81
Victoria Harmer

6 Physiotherapy for Patients with Breast Cancer 103
Helen Macleod and Pauline Koelling

7 Breast Reconstruction 122
Nicola West

8 Chemotherapy as a Treatment for Breast Cancer 149
Elaine Lennan
(previous contribution by Joan Klein nee McCoy)

9 Radiotherapy as a Treatment for Breast Cancer 173
Karen Burnet

10 Endocrine Treatment for Breast Cancer 190
Deborah Fenlon and Kay Townsend

11 Lymphoedema and Breast Cancer 215
Mary Woods

12 Fungating Wounds 232
Victoria Harmer
(previous contribution by Rachael King)

13 Advanced Disease 251
Elizabeth Sumner

14 Complementary and Alternative Therapies 282
Rosemary Lucey

15 Psychological Issues for the Patient with Breast Cancer 309
Jane Rogers and Mary Turner

16 Survivorship Issues 329
Carmel Sheppard

17 Specialist Nursing Roles: What Are the Challenges? 342
Emma Pennery

Index 355

Colour plate section follows page 114

“This book is essential reading for everyone working in breast cancer care in primary and secondary settings, from nursing students to breast care nurse specialists.”  (Nursing Standard, 1 May 2012)

"This is a valuable resource for all nurses working with breast cancer patients; it should become essential reading for those in training in the field, as well as for those with more experience." (Cancer Nursing Practice, 1 July 2011)

"This is a well-written and well-organized resource for nurses caring for patients diagnosed with breast cancer. The organization is extremely user friendly and this update is justified." (Doody's, 12 August 2011)

"This edition has updated guidelines and references to recent trials and changes to the UK screening program and a new chapter on survivorship issues and the long-term consequences and effects of recovery." (Booknews, 1 April 2011)