Topics in Palliative Care: Volume 1 by Russell K. Portenoy

Topics in Palliative Care: Volume 1

EditorRussell K. Portenoy, Eduardo Bruera

Hardcover | March 15, 1997

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Palliative care focuses on the management of disease symptoms that produce discomfort and pain, compromise function, or otherwise undermine the quality of life of patients with progressive medical disorders. It is a fundamental part of clinical practice, the necessary companion to therapiesdirected at the prolongation of life and the cure of disease. As a clinical specialty, palliative care is just beginning to define itself in the United States. The appearance of Topics in Palliative Care meets the growing need for information in this rapidly evolving field. This first volume in this series concentrates in four crucial areas: pharmacotherapy of pain, psychosocial adjustment to cancer, management of delirium, and gastrointestinal disorders. Contributors at the forefront of their fields come from varied medical backgrounds to address the controversiesand clinical relevance of these topics from the viewpoint of their respective disciplines. They summarize the rapidly advancing scientific foundation of palliative care and discuss the methods necessary to meet patient needs, always keeping in mind practitioners at the bedside. Every volume of Topics in Palliative Care explores many interdisciplinary concerns in the area of palliative care, including the management of physical symptoms, psychosocial and spiritual concerns, and ethical issues. The in-depth treatment will be sure to appeal to professionals in a wide rangeof medical fields. Each author selected for inclusion presents the most up-to-date research and places it within the clinical context in a highly readable manner. All clinicians who treat patients with chronic life-threatening diseases will benefit from the numerous insights this bookprovides.

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Russell K. Portenoy, M.D., is Co-Chief, Pain and Palliative Care Service, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. He is also Associate Professor of Neurology at Cornell University Medical College, and the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Eduardo Bruera, M.D., is Professor of Oncology, Alberta Cancer Found...
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Title:Topics in Palliative Care: Volume 1Format:HardcoverDimensions:328 pages, 9.45 × 6.38 × 0.91 inPublished:March 15, 1997Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0195102444

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Table of Contents

I. Delirium in Cancer PatientsIntroduction: Critical Issues in Delirium1. Epidemiology and Clinical Features of Delirium2. Assessment and Management of Reversible Delirium3. Counseling the Confused Patient and the FamilyII. Gastrointestinal Disorders in Patients with Advanced CancerIntroduction: A Call for Research to Elucidate Causes, Assessment, and Management of Common Gastrointestinal Symptoms4. Gastrointestinal Motility Disorders in Advanced Cancer5. Assessment and Management of Opioid-Induced Constipation6. Assessment and Management of Mechanical Bowel ObstructionIII. Advances in the Pharmacotherapy of PainIntroduction: What Might the Future Hod for Opioid Pharmacotherapy?7. Pharmacology of Opioid Drugs: Basic Principles8. Clinical Implications of Morphine Metabolites9. The Emerging Role of the Fentanyl Series in Chronic Cancer Pain10. Intraindividual Variability in Opioid Response: A Role for Sequential Opioid Trials in Patient CareIV. Normal Adjustments to CancerIntroduction: Psychopathology in Patients with Progressive Medical Disorders: Where Does "Normal" End?11. "Normal" Adjustment to Cancer: Characteristics and Assessment12. The family as a Unit of Treatment13. Denial, Misinformation, and the "Assault of Truth"14. Clinical Response to Spiritual IssuesIndex

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"The book is remarkable for its very existence and is a mark of the growing interest in palliative medicine."--Doody's Journal