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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 547

A Guide to Symptom Relief in Palliative Care

Clinical Assistance, Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital, S.V. Road, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai 400 049, India

Date of Web Publication8-Oct-2013

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Mukul Roy
Clinical Assistance, Dr. Balabhai Nanavati Hospital, S.V. Road, Vile Parle (W), Mumbai 400 049
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Roy M. A Guide to Symptom Relief in Palliative Care. J Can Res Ther 2013;9:547

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Roy M. A Guide to Symptom Relief in Palliative Care. J Can Res Ther [serial online] 2013 [cited 2021 Jan 27];9:547. Available from: https://www.cancerjournal.net/text.asp?2013/9/3/547/119356

Author: Regnard, Claud F B

Publishers: Jaypee Pharma Customised Imprints (P) Ltd.

ISBN: 9781846193569

The book is a very comprehensive and concise guide for management of patients with advanced malignancies. It gives a basic skeleton of managing the most common manifestations and complications encountered in cancer. The treatment is outlined in the form of tables and algorithms outlining the management in clear and simple steps. The additional information regarding the pathology, symptoms, and assessment is explained briefly. The key points are highlighted making it easier for a busy oncologist to quickly browse the text and gather maximum information. The language is simple and easy to understand. The content is very well organized and the flowcharts in tabular form are very helpful. The chapter on pain management needs a special mention as it gives a very crystal clear workflow to manage cancer-associated pains. It gives very clear information on the management of pain related to cancer, the drug of choice according to the World Health Organization (WHO) pain ladder along with the dose titration necessary to ameliorate the pain.

The common symptoms of dysphagia, nausea, and vomiting are comprehensively explained highlighting the importance of managing these simple complaints. The treatment is explained in easy to follow charts.

There is a special section on emergencies and drugs used in oncology with updated information on various drug interactions. The psychosocial aspect and psychological care needed in cancer patients is also outlined very effectively. It stresses upon the importance of giving adequate time to the patient and their relatives and the way an oncologist can allay the patient's anxiety and depression.

Terminal phase of cancer is an inevitable stage in spite of the advances in oncology. Every oncologist encounters these patients and the book guides briefly on the drugs to be used in terminal phase and the Do's and Don'ts in such scenario.

I would suggest it as a very good handbook for oncologists.


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