A Guide to Oncology Symptom Management (Second Edition)

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A Guide to Oncology Symptom Management (second edition) is a comprehensive, evidence-based resource to lead oncology nursing practice, education, and research. Each chapter addresses a particular symptom, such as pain or fatigue, or an area of impact, such as spirituality or electrolyte imbalances. It takes a holistic approach, addressing a range of common concerns—physical, emotional, social, and spiritual. Some chapters also address specific populations that may have unique symptom experiences, including older adults and caregivers.

All chapters provide

  • Definitions of relevant constructs and inclusion of useful theoretical perspectives
  • A review of pathophysiology and etiology related to cancer and specific treatments
  • A framework for symptom assessment, including diagnostic criteria
  • An evidence-based review of pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic management
  • Delineation of the expected outcomes
  • Recommendations for future research.

In addition, the authors have provided case studies, patient teaching points, and links to useful information, such as clinical practice guidelines, ONS Putting Evidence Into Practice evidence reviews, and resources for patient teaching.

All new to the second edition are chapters that address symptom management at the end of life, family caregiver burden, and distress, which you’ll find most helpful given the new American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer’s distress screening and management standards. Also included are emerging data related to the genomics of certain symptom phenotypes such as anticipatory nausea and vomiting.

The new edition is a must-have resource for oncology nurse clinicians, educators, and scientists. Add it to your medical library today.

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Oncology Nursing Society
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Chapter 11 - Distress

Karen J. Hammelef
Susan S. Tavernier
Chapter 11 examines the symptom of distress in patients with cancer.

Chapter 20 - Pain

Jeannine M. Brant
Lee H. Stringer
Chapter 20 details issues surrounding pain in patients with cancer.