A Physician's Guide to Pain and Symptom Management in Cancer Patients
- List Price: $63.00
- Binding: Hardcover
- Publisher: Johns Hopkins Univ Pr
- Publish date: 03/01/2000
- ISBN: 9780801862458
- ISBN10: 0801862450
In Part I, Dr. Abraham reviews a variety of important issues facing cancer patients and their families, focusing particularly on the "unasked questions" they are afraid to raise but that weigh heavily on their minds. She reviews, for example, how to break bad news, how to discuss advance directives and living wills; how to answer requests for assisted suicide; how to overcome misconceptions and persuade patients to take the opioids they really need, and how to help patients and families cope when cure is no longer possible.
Part II is a comprehensive guide to controlling pain, managing other symptoms, providing comfort during the patient's last days, and helping the bereaved survivors. This thorough and compassionate manual is symptom-oriented and patient-focused, featuring the input of all members of the health care and hospice teams, as well as useful case histories, extensive tables of medications, illustrations of pain assessment scales, "practice points" for easy reference, and bibliographies for physicians and for patients and their families.