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Communicating with Cancer Patients

1st Edition

By John F. Smyth

CRC Press

100 pages | 3 B/W Illus.

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Published in association with the European Society of Medical Oncology, this book is designed for trainee oncologists, oncology nurses, and those working with cancer patients on a day-to-day basis. Using an accessible writing style suitable for a wide audience of caregivers, the book focuses on the "soft skills" required in communicating with patients.

Topics include the aetiology of cancer, diagnosis and staging, and explaining the purpose of treatment, including chemotherapy, hormone treatment, and immunological and gene-based therapies. The book also discusses patient support groups, monitoring remission, and relapse. Communicating with Cancer Patients is written by UK oncologists but has wide international application.


"… a super little book. On the whole this is a well written and easy to read text. one that I would recommend … "

—Dr Karin Baria, Retired Consuftam Oncologist, Oncology News, Volume 10 Issue 1 - March/ApriI 20 15

Table of Contents


The different phases of management

The aetiology of cancer

Diagnosis and Staging


Referral letter

Results and investigations to date




Performance status


Next steps


Primary Treatment

Cytotoxic chemotherapy

Hormone treatment

Immunological therapy

Gene-based therapies

Explaining the purpose of treatment

Communication within the Context of Multidisciplinary Care

Oncology nurses

Psychosocial oncologists

Patient support groups and the internet

Explaining Follow-up

Monitoring remission


Progression and Terminal Care

Explaining Research

Complementary and Alternative Medicines and Integrative Oncology

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Family & General Practice
MEDICAL / Internal Medicine
MEDICAL / Oncology