Nutritional Issues in Cancer Care

ISBN: 9781890504540
ISBN-10: 1890504548
Copyright: 2005
Edition: 1st
Editors: Kogut, Valerie J., Luthringer, Sandra L.,
Doody's Expert Review    Score: 100
Reviewer: Susan  Eley,  PhD, MS, RN, FNP-BC  (Indiana State University)
This book offers the healthcare provider comprehensive information on disease prevention, treatment, education, and resources for effective nutritional management of not only the oncology patient but all patient populations, empowering the nurse and therefore the patient through the sharing of knowledge. The use of tables, algorithms, and references complement the text and facilitates the dissemination of information.
The purpose is to provide first-hand suggestions for the many problems, frustrations, and difficulties in managing the nutritional needs of patients with cancer before, during, and after their treatment. The book meets these objectives, and I would add that physicians would benefit from this book as well.
According to the editors, the collaboration between nurses and dietitians can result in the best nutritional care for patients. The book is for those healthcare providers who are new to the field of oncology as well as seasoned professionals. All those on the healthcare team would be the target audience for this book, including students, patients, and significant others. The editors and authors are credible.
The book addresses the prevention of cancer through lifestyle changes as well as the individual types of cancer and their accompanying sequelae, including considerations during different treatment options. The book also covers immunonutrition, which includes immune-enhancing diets that are applicable to patients who are immunocompromised. The authors devote a chapter to alternative therapy which is much needed. The chapter on palliative care and hospice and the unique challenges of providing care to those at end of life is especially good. The book would have benefited from art or illustrations.
This book is comprehensive and provides information on prevention and nutritional therapy that is useful for both the novice and the expert. This is the first book solely devoted to nutrition and the cancer patient that I have read. I could have used this information a few years ago when my mother had colon cancer. In addition, much of this information would have been helpful for my father who had an artificial heart for 103 days prior to his death. He experienced the same complications that many cancer patients do: poor appetite, weight loss, and protein imbalance.
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1-10 Is this a worthwhile contribution to the field? 10
1-10 If this is a 2nd or later edition, is this new edition needed? N/A