Churchill's Pocketbook of Oncology


  • Lester Barr, ChM, FRCS, Cousultant Surgeon, University Hospitals of South Manchester, and Christie Hospital, Manchester, UK
  • Richard Cowan, MD, MRCP, FRCR, Consultant Clinical Oncologist, Christie Hospital, Manchester, UK
  • Marianne Nicolson, MD, FRCP, Consultant Medical Oncologist, Aberdeen Royal Hosptials Trust, Aberdeen, UK

A pocket handbook on the management and treatment of cancer, written in a style and at a level suitable for junior doctors and trainees (SHOs, Registrars), medical students and allied health professions. All the information will be carefully checked by an international panel of advisers to ensure that the treatment described reflects common clinical practice and (where available) agreed guidelines. Also includes sections on oncological emergencies, common patient problems and screening.
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Junior doctors and medical students, trainees in oncology, family physicians, and professionals allied to medicine - nursing and therapeutic radiography.


Book information

  • Published: September 2004
  • ISBN: 978-0-443-07239-0

Table of Contents

Section 1 - Managing a Patient with Cancer

1. Principles of surgery

2. Principles of radiotherapy

3. Principles of chemotherapy

4. Palliative care

5. Screening

6. Consent to treatment

7. Complementary therapy

8. Patient support groups and information

Section 2 - Managing Specific Tumours

9. GI

10. Breast

11. Urology

12. Gynaecology

13. Head and neck

14. Skin

15. Lung

16. CNS

17. Bone

18. Soft tissue sarcomas

19. Paediatrics - solid tumours

20. Haematology - malignancy

21. Cancer of unknown primary site

22. AIDS-related cancer

Section 3 - Problems in practice

23. Alopecia

24. Ascites

25. Carcinoid syndrome

26. Cardiomyopathy

27. Constipation

28. Diarrhoea

29. Haemorrhagic cystitis

30. Infertility and contraception

31. Mucositis

32. Nausea and vomiting

33. Neuropathy

34. Nutrition

35. Opportunistic infections

36. Pain

37. Pleural effusion

38. Radiation enteritis

39. Secondary malignancy

40. Syndrome of inappropriate ADH

41. Stoma management

42. Thromobcytopenia

43. Venous access

Section 4 - Oncological Emergencies

44. Should you resuscitate?

45. Septic shock

46. Bleeding

47. Cardiac tamponade

48. Stridor

49. Superior vena cava obstruction

50. Spinal cord compression

51. Raised intracranial pressure

52. Pulmonary embolus

53. Acute abdomen

54. GI obstruction

55. GI perforation

56. Hypercalcaemia

57. Pathological fracture

58. Acute confusional states

59. Hyperkalaemia

60. Ureteric obstruction

61. Graft v. host disease


Commonly used chemotherapy drugs

WHO performance scale

Common toxicity criteria

Criteria of response

Surface area nomogram

Dermatomal anatomy

Drug development and clinical trials

Incidence and risk

Names and addresses of patient support groups

Web sites - clinical information; clinical trials

Molecular biology and therapy