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Living with Lymphoma: A Patient’s Guide

By interweaving explanations of the science of lymphoma with reflections on her own experiences of the condition, the author has produced a unique and engaging book that offers a great deal more than many others on the subject.

The author’s background as a neurobiologist has helped her to illuminate skilfully the multifaceted nature of lymphoma.

She provides clear and succinct explanations of complex tests, such as serum protein electrophoresis, chemotherapy regimens used across the varieties of lymphoma, monoclonal antibodies and stem cell transplants.

Nursing students and nurses new to oncology and haematology settings should find these aspects of the book especially helpful in getting to grips with the complexity of diagnosing and managing lymphoma in its various forms.

The chapter on unconventional therapies explores lifestyle-oriented approaches, psychosocial interventions and herbal medicines, and will help experienced nurses provide appropriate responses to patients considering these approaches to improve their quality of life.

The author addresses cell biology, classifications and staging, and possible causes of lymphoma in the final part. This section is detailed and will meet the needs of experienced oncology and haematology nurses who want to build on their knowledge.

Reading this text is an enlightening experience and all nurses caring for lymphoma patients should ensure it is on their reading list.

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