Topics in Palliative Care: Volume 3

Hardcover | October 1, 1998

EditorRussell K. Portenoy, Eduardo Bruera

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Palliative care is a rapidly evolving field focused on the management of problems that undermine the quality of life of patients with progressive incurable medical disorders. It is fundamentally concerned with all factors- physical, psychological, social, and spiritual- that contribute tosuffering, and prevent a death with comfort and dignity. Palliative care is a fundamental aspect to good clinical practice, the "parallel universe" to therapies directed at cure or prolongation of life. All clinicians who treat patients with chronic life-threatening diseases are engaged in providingpalliative care, continually attempting to manage complex symptomatology and functional disturbances. The scholarly foundation of palliative care is advancing, and resources are needed to highlight the findings of empirical research. TOPICS IN PALLIATIVE CARE has been designed to meet the need for enhanced communication in this field. To highlight the diversity of concerns in palliative care, eachvolume of the TOPICS IN PALLIATIVE CARE Series is divided into sections that address a range of salient issues: symptom control, psychosocial functioning, spiritual or existential concerns, and ethics. The authors present and evaluate existing data, provide a context drawn from both the clinical andresearch settings, and integrate knowledge in a manner that is both practical and readable. The specific topics in this volume are: Pediatric Palliative Care, Management of Bone Pain, Psychopathology in Patients with Cancer, and Skin Disorders and their Management.

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Palliative care is a rapidly evolving field focused on the management of problems that undermine the quality of life of patients with progressive incurable medical disorders. It is fundamentally concerned with all factors- physical, psychological, social, and spiritual- that contribute tosuffering, and prevent a death with comfort and ...

Russell K. Portenoy is at Beth Israel Medical Center. Eduardo Bruera is at University of Alberta.

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Format:HardcoverPublished:October 1, 1998Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195102460

ISBN - 13:9780195102468

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Table of Contents

I. Pediatric Palliative CareIntroduction: Pediatric Palliative Care: A Field in EvolutionSteven J. Weisman: 1. John J. Collins: Pharmacologic Management of Pediatric Cancer Pain2. Betty Davies and Rose Steele: Families in pediatric Palliative Care3. Marcia Levetown: Treatment of Symptoms Other Than Pain in Pediatric Palliative CareII. The Management of Bone PainIntroduction: Bone Pain: Defining the Need for New ApproachesRussell K. Portenoy: 4. Jose Pereira: The Management of Bone Pain5. D. Scott Ernst: The Role of Bisphosphonates and Other Bone Resorption Inhibitors in Metastatic Bone Pain6. Frank J. Frassica, Deborah Anne Frassica, Steven A. Lietman, Cameron A. Huckell, Edmund Y.S. Chao, and Franklin H. Sim: Surgical Palliation of Malignant Bone PainIII. Psychopathology in Patients with CancerIntroduction: Psychiatric Disorders in Patients with Progressive Medical Disease: The Importance of DiagnosisWilliam Breitbart: 7. Freidrich Stiefel, Patrice Guex, and Olivier Real Del Sarte: An Introduction to Psycho-oncology with Special Emphasis on Its Development in the Historical and Cultural Context8. Maryfrances R. Porter, Dominique L. Musselman, J. Stephen McDaniel, and Charles B. Nemeroff: From Sadness to Major Depression: Assessment and Management in Patients with Cancer9. Steven D. Passik and Jennifer L. Hay: Symptom Control in Patients with Severe Character PathologyIV. Skin Disorders and Their ManagementIntroduction: Medical and Psychosocial Implications of Skin DisordersEduardo Bruera: 10. Lloyd R. Hale and Terence J. Ryan: Palliative Care and the Clinical Approach to Disorders of the Skin11. Paul Walker: The Pathophysiology and Management of Pressure Ulcers12. Richard S. Tunkel and Phyllis Rampulla: Lymphedema: Current Treatments and ControversiesIndex

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"This book presents four topics in palliative care: pediatric palliativecare, management of bone pain, psychopathology in patients with cancer, and management of skin disorders. It is concise, yet it contains extensive de- tailed references. Its language is flowing and easy to read, yet thebook includes many tables for ready reference.... "This book is a good addition to the literature, and the editors have to be credited for bringing together these four topics." From the 'Annals of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada."