This introductory text explains the broad principles underlying cancer chemotherapy. The first part uniquely integrates the diversity of available drug treatments with the natural history of cancer. The second part discusses practical issues - methods of drug delivery, including central lines, PICC lines and regional chemotherapy, drug toxicity, prevention and management. The third part covers the role of systemic therapy in cancer management, how drug treatment integrates with surgery and radiotherapy in the overall treatment of cancers, with statistics on the outcomes that can be expected as a result.
Providing basic understanding of the complex area of therapeutics, this practical book is invaluable for junior doctors ‘passing through’ for 4-6 months as part of their rotational training in medicine as well as those who intend to go on and specialise. It will also be useful for oncology nurses, pharmacists and all other health professionals (including managers) involved in the provision of chemotherapy services.