2nd Edition

The Biological Basis of Cancer

By William T. Blows Copyright 2025
    408 Pages 219 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    408 Pages 219 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    Introducing the biology of neoplastic disorders, this accessible book looks at how cancer damages the body, and how the treatments work. Updated with the most recent research evidence, this unique text: • explains the basic biology of neoplastic disease; • discusses the biology of the wide range of common cancers, now including neurological disorders; • identifies and explains the biological causes of cancer, with a focus on genetics, hormones and environmental factors; • explains drug action in chemotherapy and analgesia; • discusses the role of nutrition in neoplastic disorders and their treatment; • discusses the biological basis of a range of relevant nursing skills. Presenting the essential knowledge for working with cancer patients and their families, this textbook is an important read for nurses working in cancer care or undertaking study in this area.

    1. Cell Biology and Cancer


    2. The Causes of Cancer 1: Genes and Epigenetics


    3. The Causes of Cancer 2: Chemical and Radiation


    4. The Causes of Cancer 3: Viruses and Hormones


    5. Immunology and Immunotherapy


    6. Metastases


    7. Blood and Lymphatic Cancers


    8. Cancers of the Digestive System


    9. Cancer of the Respiratory System


    10. Cancer of the Renal System


    11. Cancers of the Female Reproductive System


    12. Cancers of the Male Reproductive System


    13. Skin Cancers


    14. Cancer of the Skeletal and Nervous Systems


    15. Pain and Analgesia


    16. Treatment of Cancer 1: Pharmacology and Chemotherapy


    17. The Treatment of Cancer 2: Other Therapies and Screening


    18. Nutrition and the Cancer Patient


    William T. Blows was formerly a lecturer at City University of London, UK where he taught biology to nurses.