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Edited by Mark Foulkes, Verna Lavender, Nalayini Kumaralingam and Karen Campbell

Illustrations by Isobel Mee



  • a practice-focused guide for staff working in clinical practice in primary and acute cancer care, particularly nursing
  • a valuable tool for learners at multiple levels of practice, from pre-registration to specialized cancer care roles
  • a compendium of stories of patient experiences of cancer
  • produced in partnership with the UK Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS)


As cancer treatment and care evolves, the demand for staff with specialist knowledge and skills in cancer care grows. This new text is supported by the UK Oncology Nursing Society. It has been written by a team of over 30 experienced and expert cancer care professionals and patients, and it provides an illustrated primer for staff caring for patients with cancer.


Including chapters on the patient experience, cancer biology, cancer treatments and care, and cancer policy, this volume is an essential companion and handbook for health professionals.


Contents: Glossary. What is cancer? Metastatic cancer: The patient experience of cancer; The cancer pathway; Screening and early diagnosis; Staging of cancer; Decision making; Cancer surgery; Systemic anti-cancer therapy; Cytotoxic drugs; Small molecule inhibitors; Anti-cancer endocrine therapy; Biotherapies; Immunotherapy; Radiotherapy; Radiotherapy side effects; Clinical research; Principles of treating side effects; Acute oncology; Living with and beyond cancer; Principles of palliative care; Care of the dying person; Understanding cancer policy and strategy; The cancer nursing response to the COVID-19 pandemic; Index. Patient experience of cancer. Index.

Fundamentals of Cancer Care

SKU: 978-173988140-5
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