This text is a primer on the care of the patient with cancer of the
gastrointestinal tract, for nurses who may not have experience in this
The book begins with a comprehensive look at the issues and scope of the
frequently used term "quality of life". Chapters two and three take an
in-depth look at the impact of cancer on the individual and the family.
Chapters four to six then introduce the principal aspects of cancer as a
disease from both a medical and nursing perspective, beginning with
cancers of the aerodigestive tract through to lower gastrointestinal
Chapter seven covers the role of nutrition in the prevention of cancer
and the nutritional management of patients with cancer. Chapters eight
and nine provide a guide to the management of patients undergoing
radiotherapy and chemotherapy in order to familiarize the
gastroenterology nurse with what may lie ahead for the patient.
The final chapter outlines the principles of symptom management and
palliative care for integration into patient care throughout the course
Table of Contents:
Chapter 1 Quality of life and the cancer journey, Suzanne
Nikoletti and S. Robin Cohen.
Chapter 2 The impact of cancer on self-concept, Liz Ashton.
Chapter 3 The impact of cancer on the family, Linda J.
Kristjanson and Sue Davis.
Chapter 4 Cancer of the upper aerodigestive tract: head and neck,
Peter Rhys Evans and Fran Rhys Evans.
Chapter 5 Cancfer of the upper gastrointestinal tract, Karen
Tarbuni, Hanif Shiwani and Peter Sedman.
Chapter 6 Cancer of the lower gastrointestinal tract: colon and
rectum cancer, Mandi Bulmer and Graeme Duthie.
Chapter 7 Nutrition and gastrointestinal cancer, Diane Palmer
and Pamela Barker.
Chapter 8 Care of the patient receiving radiotherapy, Davina
Chapter 9 Care of the patient receiving chemotherapy, Sally
Chapter 10 Symptom management and palliative care, Julie
MacDonald and Tracey McCready.