Book Review: Head and Neck Cancer (second edition)

★ ★ ★ ★

This reference book is a useful addition to any head and neck or ear, nose and throat nurse or nursing student.

The importance of the nursing role is fully acknowledged throughout, but in the context of a multidisciplinary team approach.

The explanations of chemotherapy drugs and the development of future treatments are particularly interesting, as these topics are not often given much focus in books aimed mainly at nurses.

Recommendations for identifying patients’ sexual practices are probably not routinely carried out by nurses in the UK. The reference to treatment for carotid blowouts needing to be ‘aggressive and immediate’ gives a fascinating insight into the differences between care in the US and the UK.

The book has a heavy US bias in its referencing and outlook, but this does not diminish its messages, which is of global relevance.


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