‘’This is a brilliant book - everyone should read it’
Title: Cancer and Cancer Care
Edited by: Debbie Wyatt and Nicholas Hulbert-Williams
Reviewer: Rebecca Myatt
What was it like?
This is an excellent text book. As well as being engaging and eloquent, the book covers cancer care from multiple perspectives, which means it can be accessed by all members of the team and covers subjects not usually given a great deal of consideration. The chapter on histopathology was fascinating, offering an insight into an area that is an integral part of the diagnostic pathway but despite that, it is not usually given much attention.
The book itself is extremely well presented. The text is clear and easy to follow, there are numerous tables, charts and bullet points to enhance the visual appeal. Each chapter starts with a short overview and ends with a concise summary. There are also key learning points and a list of recommended further reading. All references are included at the end of the book prior to the subject index.
What were the highlights?
Perhaps the most important area covered, and what makes this text stand out, is the focus on vulnerable and special populations. This includes those with intellectual disabilities and mental health issues. The chapter covering this subject is excellent and has particular relevance for healthcare professionals today in respect of recent public inquiries into treatment of these groups. The case studies contained within this section are extremely thought provoking and will prompt reflection and discussion of individual practice
Strengths & weaknesses:
This is an important addition to the cancer care literature and I am sure it will become a recommended reading text. It covers all aspects in an in-depth but easy to read style. The only possible addition for future editions would be a chapter on pain management including the psychological effects of fear and anxiety on pain perception. Despite all efforts this is one area that is repeatedly highlighted, by both patients and staff, as a cause for concern when dealing with those with cancer.
Who should read it?
This is an invaluable book on cancer care, which is relevant for health professionals across the multidisciplinary spectrum, researchers and policy makers. It is written in a style that is extremely contemporary in terms of treatment as well as outlook towards the disease and those who develop it.
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