Oncology practice is a continuously changing and demanding healthcare specialty. When the first edition of this publication was released in 2000, the nurse practitioner role was relatively new in the United States. A resource was needed to guide this growing profession on the best care for patients with cancer who present with acute and chronic medical issues. In the more than 20 years since, oncology nursing has seen numerous changes in therapies and diagnostic techniques, an increase in overall survival in cancer, and revolutionary discoveries in cancer care—and the role of the advanced practice nurse has become more important than ever.
This fourth edition of Clinical Manual for the Oncology Advanced Practice Nurse is an incomparable resource to guide nursing professionals. Each chapter is presented in an outline format and is extensively cross-referenced to allow easy identification of symptoms to determine a medical diagnosis. As with previous entries, leading experts in oncology nursing have penned all chapters, including six new to this edition. Updated tables, figures, and appendices offer quick access to information on topics important to the current advanced practice landscape. This publication is the essential reference for guiding oncology nursing practice because it addresses the care of patients with cancer during treatment, after treatment, and in all the nuance in between.