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Medicine - Oncology & Hematology | Ethical Issues in Cancer Patient Care

Ethical Issues in Cancer Patient Care

Series: Cancer Treatment and Research, Vol. 140

Angelos, Peter (Ed.)

2nd ed. 2008, XII, 258 p.

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  • Examines the complex ethical issues raised by the care of cancer patients
  • This updated edition addresses important topics relevant to the management of individuals with cancer
  • Brings together a multidisciplinary group of experts who present commentary on controversial subjects frequently debated in the field

This updated edition addresses a variety of ethical issues that arise in the care of oncology patients.  Many volumes have been written on medical ethics in the past 30 years.  However, few have focused on ethical issues specific to the care of cancer patients.  This book brings together such a focused examination.  The contributors include clinicians, (doctors, nurses, and social workers), ethicists, medical humanists, medical educators, and a cancer survivor.  The issues raised have direct relevance to the care of oncology patients in treatment as well as research settings.  The chapters address issues that are central to contemporary medical practice and medical ethics inquiry.  Ethical Issues in Cancer Patient Care, Second Edition will have direct importance for practicing physicians, nurses and others caring for cancer patients.  In addition, medical students, medical educators and ethicists will find this book of interest.

Series Editor's comments:
"Ethical issues remain a critical component of cancer care.  Advances in science often demand a re-evaluation of the human considerations. This text incorporates the philosophy of several leading investigators in the field."
Steven T. Rosen, M.D.
Series Editor

Content Level » Professional/practitioner

Keywords » Clinical Trials - Cultural Issues - Ethical Issues - Pain and Suffering - Palliative Medicine - Spiritual Needs - ethics - medical ethics

Related subjects » Applied Ethics & Social Responsibility - Medicine - Oncology & Hematology

Table of contents 

An Open Letter to Doctors.- Physicians and Cancer Patients: Communication and Advance Directives.- Information is Not Enough:The Place of Statistics in the Doctor–Patient Relationship.- Cross-Cultural Issues in Caring for Patients with Cancer.- Hope and Communication in Cancer Care: What Patients Tell Us.- Addressing The Spiritual Needs Of Patients.- Pediatric Cancer Care: Special Issues in Ethical Decision Making.- The Ethics of Responding to Pain and Suffering.- Are There Limits to Oncology Care? (Futility).- The Role of Palliative Medicine in Cancer Patient Care.- Holding on and Letting Go: Ethical Issues Regarding the Care of Children with Cancer.- Communicating Errors.- Research Ethics and the Ethics of Research: Should We Offer Clinical Trial Participation or Clinical Research Partnership to Oncology Patients in the New Millennium?.- Does Reimbursement Affect Physicians’ Decision Making? Examples from the Use of Recombinent Erythropoietin.

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