Gastrointestinal Cancer Care for Oncology Nurses
According to 2017 statistics reported by the American Cancer Society, gastrointestinal cancers, including all cancers of the digestive system, are the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. With many public awareness efforts focused on other cancers, such as breast and lung, patient and healthcare professional education is lacking on treatment and prevention options for this deadly disease. Unfortunately, many of these cancers are surgically unresectable at the time of diagnosis, placing more emphasis on the oncology nurse to provide knowledge of current treatment and screening strategies to educate patients.
Gastrointestinal Cancer Care for Oncology Nurses provides much-needed insight on the current treatment and prevention efforts in this constantly evolving field. This all-inclusive text includes detailed chapters focusing on esophageal, gastric, neuroendocrine, pancreatic, liver and biliary tract, small bowel, and colon, rectal, and anal cancers. Information on cancer etiology and risk factors, diagnostic evaluation, signs and symptoms, prevention, surveillance, treatment, nursing care, and other current issues is also intensively discussed. The emerging treatment option of immunotherapy is prominently featured throughout. The broad but developed knowledge provided in this text makes it an essential reference for the nursing care of patients with gastrointestinal cancer.