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1st Edition

The Biological Basis of Nursing: Cancer

ISBN 9780415327466
Published September 29, 2005 by Routledge
376 Pages

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Book Description

Presenting specialized biological information on what cancer is, this book looks at how it damages the body, and how cancer treatments work. Engaging, accessible and illustrated throughout, this unique text:

  • explains the basic biology of cancer
  • discusses the biology of the wide range of common cancers
  • identifies and explains the biological causes of cancer
  • explains drug action in chemotherapy and analgesia
  • explains the link between diet and cancer, and how diet is important in cancer therapy
  • discusses the biological basis of a range of nursing skills linked to cancer.

Providing nurses with the essential knowledge required for working with cancer patients and their families, this book will enable them to work with current and new forms of cancer treatment. 

Table of Contents

Preface  1. Cell Biology and Cancer  2. The Causes of Cancer  3. Body Defences Against Cancer  4. Blood and Lymphatic Cancers  5. Cancers of the Digestive Tract  6. Cancers of the Respiratory and Renal System  7. Cancers in Women  8. Male Cancers  9. Metastases  10. Pain and Analgesia  11. Nutrition and the Cancer Patient  12. The Treatment of Cancer  Index

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William T. Blows RMN, RGN, RNT, OStJ, BSc (Hons), PhD, is Lecturer in Applied Biological Sciences at St Bartholomew School of Nursing and Midwifery, City University, London.  He is the author of The Biological Basis of Nursing: Clinical Observations (2001) and The Biological Basis of Nursing: Mental Health (2002) also published by Routledge.


'William Blows begins this book by stating: 'Life is all about biology.' He sees biology as a living and happening event, and his book explains the biology behind the hows and whys of cancer.' - Nursing Standard