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Radiation oncology in palliative cancer care.


Radiation oncology in palliative cancer care.

Ed. by Stephen Lutz, Edward Chow, and Peter Hoskin.



376 pages




Lutz, a radiation oncologist, and coeditors Chow and Hoskin offer a 28-chapter guide to radiation oncology in palliative cancer care, for radiation oncologists in training and practice, hospice and palliative medicine physicians, nurses, medical oncologists, and geriatricians. Oncologists and palliative care physicians from North America, Europe, Australia, Asia, and Uganda describe the general principles of radiation oncology, including the history of palliative radiation oncology, radiobiology, physics concepts, curative vs. palliative intent radiation oncology, and side effects, then general principles of palliation and symptom control, including the history of hospice and palliative medicine, radiation therapy and hospice care, the current status of palliative care and radiotherapy, care in low and middle income countries (focusing on sub-Saharan Africa as an example), and pain management. They then discuss specific cancers, metastatic disease, and the integration of radiation oncology and palliative care, with coverage of design challenges for clinical trials, cost-effectiveness, quality measures, and advanced techniques.

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Date:Dec 1, 2013
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