’This impressive book includes all the key oncological emergencies in a clear, accessible format’
Title: Understanding and Managing Oncologic Emergencies: A resource for nurses. 3rd edition
Author: Edited by Marcelle Kaplan MS, RN, CNS
Publisher: Oncology Nursing Society Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reviewer: Rebecca Myatt, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust
What was it like?
This impressive book includes all the key oncological emergencies in a clear, accessible format. Each chapter extensively covers a key topic in a logical, easy to read format. The text follows a logical progression identifying the incidence, background, risk factors and aetiology before covering the pathophysiology, clinical manifestation and treatment modalities. All of this is extremely up-to-date and well referenced should further information be required. As well as discussing treatment of the condition itself, the text also helps with identification of those patients who are at increased risk of an emergency situation developing.
Also included is detailed nursing management, which contains excellent coverage of patient assessment including history taking, physical examination, diagnostic evaluation and evidence based treatment options. Although this is aimed at advanced practitioners, it would be extremely useful for those in more junior positions to give an overview and understanding of the assessment process. As well as this there are detailed sub headings on patient/caregiver education, family involvement and the nursing care required.
Throughout the text there are numerous tables, charts, diagrams and images to support and clarify key points.
What were the highlights?
The chapters are clear and the style is approachable. At the start of each chapter is an extremely useful ‘Fast facts’ section, which highlights key points under the headings description, incidence, clinical manifestations, evaluation/diagnostic tests, treatment modalities, nursing management and outcome. This gives a rapid overview of the subject in a concise manner.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The book is written and published in US so occasionally the terminology may be unfamiliar, however this does not detract from the content or ideas.
Who should read it?
This book would be extremely useful for those working in any area of oncology as many of the situations discussed are seen throughout the speciality. It would also be useful as a reference point in the emergency care setting or any area where patients with oncological conditions are likely to present unexpectedly with acute problems.