1st Edition

Communicating with Cancer Patients

By John F. Smyth Copyright 2014
    104 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations
    by CRC Press

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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.

    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



    John F. Smyth

    "… 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