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Acute Care of the Cancer Patient

2005 Edition, August 18, 2005

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ISBN: 978-0-8247-2689-8
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  • Revision: 2005 Edition, August 18, 2005
  • Published Date: August 18, 2005
  • Status: Active, Most Current
  • Document Language: English
  • Published By: CRC Press (CRC)
  • Page Count: 1157
  • ANSI Approved: No
  • DoD Adopted: No

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This book has been written in an effort to collect in one place the knowledge and expertise of the many individuals who provide acute medical care for cancer patients while they receive chemotherapy, radiation treatment and=or undergo surgical resection. Over the past five years we have received many ‘‘curbside consults'' from colleagues and friends in other institutions about how we do certain things or approach difficult oncological problems, all with the theme ‘‘there's no book, so I called to ask.'' We have thus attempted to organize the ‘‘para-oncological'' problems of cancer patients into logical groups, and then provide a contemporaneous account of what the issues are and how they are solved in each author's unit. We have divided the book into five sections, according to how we deal with these issues on a daily basis. Thus the first section describes the general principles of oncological practice — a primer for the non-specialist. The second section describes the perioperative care of patients undergoing cancer resection surgery, with surgical, anesthesiological and critical care perspectives in most cases. In the third section of the book we address the acute medical problems encountered by cancer patients, with an emphasis on critical care medicine and physiology. Section four deals with pediatric issues, while the final section covers the problems of pain management and palliative care. Each chapter has been written by one or more individuals whom we would trust to care for ourselves or our families, and thus whose opinions we trust. We feel that this is the ultimate test of faith in any one physician's skill, and was thus a natural benchmark when deciding whom we would invite to write each chapter. All of our authors have surpassed our expectations, and we think the result is a truly global collection of experience, skill and knowledge that was previously available only on individual cerebral hard drives. Inevitably there are differences in style when a book is written by more than 100 authors; however, we have tried to maintain consistency of philosophy wherever possible.

We hope that this book provides guidance to those who seek it, reassurance to those who are doubtful, and a challenge to those who may choose to do things a different way. It is our view that there are many ways to practice medicine, and not all are suitable in all places, for all patients, and for all physicians. Thus we have tried to emphasize themes, principles and approaches rather than to provide a recipe for every different situation. Please write and let us know what we did badly, so we may improve it next time around.