Site-Specific Cancer Series: Central Nervous System Cancers
Considered one of the most devastating and frightening of all cancers, cancers of the central nervous system (CNS) attack the complex organs that control not only the CNS but also the peripheral nervous system and many of the voluntary and involuntary body systems, with 20%–40% of CNS cancers metastasizing to the brain. Site-Specific Cancer Series: Central Nervous System Cancers details the cancers of the brain and spinal cord. Chapters examine issues such as
- Anatomy and physiology of the brain and spine
- Patient assessment
- Pathology, histology, and molecular markers of primary brain tumors
- Adult and pediatric cancers of the brain and spinal cord.
Other issues include treatment modalities (surgical treatments, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy), as well as pediatric therapeutic modalities, symptom management and psychological issues, and the current state of evidence-based practice. This volume will guide you in treating your patients and providing sensitive and realistic care that optimizes quality of life and hopefulness for patients who may feel pain and fear.