A Physician's Guide to Pain and Symptom Management in Cancer Patients

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JHU Press, May 20, 2005 - Medical - 489 pages
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Janet L. Abrahm argues that all causes of suffering experienced by people with cancer, be they physical, psychological, social, or spiritual, should be treated at all stages: at diagnosis, during curative therapy, in the event that cancer recurs, and during the final months. In the second edition of this symptom-oriented guide, she provides primary care physicians, advanced practice nurses, internists and oncologists with detailed information and advice for alleviating the stress and pain of patients and family members alike.

The new edition includes the latest information on patient and family communication and counseling, on medical, surgical, and complementary and alternative treatments for symptoms caused by cancer and cancer treatments, and on caring for patients in the last days and their bereaved families. Updated case histories, medication tables, Practice Points, and bibliographies provide clinicians with the information they need to treat their cancer patients effectively and compassionately.

 

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Contents

EARLY DAYS
3
HELPING PATIENTS ACCEPT OPIOID PAIN MEDICATION
46
APPROACHING THE END
62
Pain Control and Symptom Management
105
ASSESSING THE PATIENT IN PAIN
107
PHARMACOLOGIC MANAGEMENT OF CANCER PAIN
148
NONPHARMACOLOGIC STRATEGIES FOR PAIN AND SYMPTOM MANAGEMENT
279
MANAGING OTHER DISTRESSING PROBLEMS
317
THE LAST DAYSAND THE BEREAVED
396
Clinician Bibliography
437
Patient and Family Bibliography
455
Index
471
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Janet L. Abrahm, M.D., is an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and director of the Pain and Palliative Care Programs at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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