This is the third book in a new international, multi-contributed series aimed at providing practical, clinical guidance on how to deal with difficult symptoms related to specific cancer sites. There are few more distressing problems for patients and families than the development of a primary or secondary brain tumor. Treatment is often palliative, though intensive, from the start. Little firm evidence exists to guide the physician in caring for patients with seizures refractory to standard treatment. Most of the work is based on case reports or personal experience. This book draws the information together in an easily accessible form so that the book can be read and referred to on the ward, or before a domiciliary visit.
Specialists in palliative care and oncology settings, working in the acute sector and in hospices, will find this book invaluable. It will also appeal to consultants as well as specialist registrars, clinical nurse specialists and nurse practitioners in palliative care, oncology and neurology.
This is a useful book. It is brief, well written and easy to read. Any chapter can be read independently according to interest; all provide a wealth of information. Journal of Advanced Nursing ... this concise text is a welcome addition to the palliative-care series; it will be easily accessible to a team of multiprofessionals working with these patients, from the junior resident to medical and paramedical specialists. As a neurosurgeon, I have found this title valuable in re-inforcing, complementing, and aiding the multidisciplinary treatment of these patients. The Lancet Neurology, Vol 4 This is a useful and up to date synopsis of the interface between neuro-oncology and palliative care. It will be a useful addition to the library shelf of any palliative care service. IAHPC Website
1: Neil G. Burnet, V. Ramesh Bulusu & Sarah Jeffries: Management of primary brain tumours
2: Vinay K. Puduvalli & Terri S. Armstrong: Management of patients with brain metastasis
3: David Oliver: The prevention and treatment of seizures in intracranial malignancy
4: F.A. Malik, E.J. Hall & P. Edmonds: The palliative management of raised intracranial pressure
5: Anne E. Kayl & Christina A. Meyers: Neuropsychological complications in patients with brain tumours
6: Linda Launchbury & Annette Landy: Family care whilst the patient is attending the oncology centre
7: Helen White: Acquired communication & swallowing difficulties in patients with primary brain tumours
8: Mohammad Z. Al-Shahri & Robin L. Fainsinger: Nutritional problems in patients with primary cerebral malignancies
9: Odette Spruyt: The last days of life