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The Biological Basis of Nursing : Cancer - William T. Blows

The Biological Basis of Nursing


Paperback Published: 30th June 2005
ISBN: 9780415327466
Number Of Pages: 360

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In 2000 the Department of Health issued a number of initiatives, with improving cancer treatment and research, and providing greater resources for cancer care being made a priority. Nurses and their colleague will be at the forefront of these changes.
The book presents specialized biological information on what cancer is, how it damages the body, and how cancer treatments work. Engaging, accessible and illustrated throughout, this unique text:
*explains the basic biology of cancer
*discusses the biology of wide range of common cancers
*identifies and explains the biological causes of cancer
*explains drug action in chemotherapy and analgesia
*explains the link between diet and cancer, and how diet is important in cancer therapy
*discusses the biological basis of a range of nursing skills linked to cancer.
This book will provide nurses with the essential knowledge required for working with cancer patient and their families, and will enable them to work with current and new forms of cancer treatment. It will also be of great use to clinical staff and nurse educators.

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'William Blows begins this book by stating: 'Life is all about biology.' He sees biology as a living and happening event, and his book explains the biology behind the hows and whys of cancer.' - Nursing Standard

List of figuresp. ix
List of tablesp. xiii
Prefacep. xiv
Cell biology and cancerp. 1
Introductionp. 2
The cellp. 2
The cell cycle and growthp. 7
Tissues of the bodyp. 15
The malignant cellp. 24
A classification of malignancyp. 28
Key pointsp. 29
The causes of cancerp. 33
Introductionp. 34
The hormones and genetics of growth and cancerp. 34
Environmental factors: carcinogensp. 45
Key pointsp. 62
Body defences against cancerp. 65
Introductionp. 66
The immune systemp. 66
The chemical defencesp. 81
Immunity and cancerp. 87
Key pointsp. 90
Blood and lymphatic cancersp. 93
The biology of bloodp. 94
Bone marrow cancersp. 98
The lymphatic systemp. 104
Lymphatic cancersp. 107
Nursing skills: stem cell treatment and blood transfusionp. 108
Key pointsp. 113
Cancers of the digestive tractp. 117
Introductionp. 118
The digestive systemp. 118
Cancers of the mouthp. 123
Oesophageal cancerp. 124
Gastric cancerp. 125
Cancer of the small bowelp. 130
Cancer of the pancreasp. 131
Neoplasms of the colon and rectump. 132
Nursing skills: surgery and stomasp. 141
Key pointsp. 146
Cancers of the respiratory and renal systemsp. 149
Introductionp. 150
Nursing skills: carbon dioxide and oxygen administrationp. 150
Laryngeal cancersp. 155
Cancer of the bronchus and the lungp. 157
The renal systemp. 160
Cancer of the kidneyp. 165
Bladder cancersp. 167
Key pointsp. 170
Cancers in womenp. 173
Introduction: the oestrogensp. 174
The breasts and breast cancerp. 176
The ovaries and ovarian cancerp. 190
The female reproductive tractp. 197
Uterine and cervical cancerp. 198
Vaginal and vulval cancerp. 201
Key pointsp. 203
Male cancersp. 205
Introduction: the androgensp. 206
The male reproductive systemp. 206
Prostate cancerp. 211
Testicular cancerp. 214
Penile cancerp. 217
Nursing skills: catheterisationp. 218
Key pointsp. 221
Metastasesp. 225
Introduction: cell attachmentp. 226
Metastasesp. 229
The liverp. 233
Liver cancerp. 236
Lung secondary tumoursp. 241
Bone cancerp. 241
The brainp. 243
Brain and intracranial cancerp. 244
Malignant melanomap. 247
Key pointsp. 250
Pain and analgesiap. 255
Introductionp. 256
The neurophysiology of painp. 256
Chronic pain in cancerp. 264
Nursing skills: pain assessment and monitoringp. 265
Pain in childrenp. 269
Nursing skills: drug management of painp. 270
Key pointsp. 280
Nutrition and the cancer patientp. 285
Introductionp. 286
The elements of nutritionp. 286
Nursing skills: nutritional considerations in cancer carep. 304
Foods as a cause or prevention of cancerp. 312
Key pointsp. 315
The treatment of cancerp. 319
Introductionp. 320
Surgeryp. 320
Chemotherapyp. 322
Nursing skills: the administration of cytotoxic drugsp. 330
Radiotherapyp. 334
Hormonal treatment and immunotherapyp. 338
Adjunct therapyp. 342
Prevention of cancerp. 343
Key pointsp. 344
Indexp. 347
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ISBN: 9780415327466
ISBN-10: 0415327466
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 360
Published: 30th June 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.64 x 17.53  x 1.75
Weight (kg): 0.74
Edition Number: 1