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Fast Facts: Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias

This book provides a comprehensive overview of multiple myeloma, enabling nurses to respond effectively to patients’ questions about their illness and treatments.

Although the book deals specifically with the care of patients with multiple myeloma, it includes an end of life care section in the ‘supportive care’ chapter. Here the authors advise early introduction of palliative care before significant symptoms develop.

Numerous figures and images help to clarify some of the more scientific aspects, for example, the relationship between genetic abnormalities and clinical outcomes in myeloma, and the diagnostic pathway for AL amyloidosis.

The book is user friendly and visually engaging, with clear titles and colour codes separating the 12 chapters. The authors also provide explanations for all abbreviations used in the tables and figures, a useful inclusion for novice cancer nurses.

A comprehensive and engaging read, this is an ideal quick guide for nurses caring for patients with multiple myeloma, both in outpatient and inpatient settings. It would also be useful for experienced nurses to fill any knowledge gaps on the more scientific aspects of myeloma and plasma cell dyscrasias.

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