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1st Edition

Communicating with Cancer Patients

ISBN 9781482226782
Published October 14, 2013 by CRC Press
104 Pages 3 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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.

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


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"… 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