Communicating with Cancer Patients

John F. Smyth

October 14, 2013 by CRC Press
Reference - 100 Pages - 3 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781482226782 - CAT# K22504


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  • Presents the insight of a high-profile oncologist with many years experience communicating with cancer patients
  • Addresses the soft skills of communication required by oncologists - information not commonly available in major text or reference books
  • Uses an accessible writing style suitable for a wide audience of caregivers


Published in association with the European Society of Medical Oncology, this book is designed for trainee oncologists, oncology nurses, and those working with cancer patients on a day-to-day basis. Using an accessible writing style suitable for a wide audience of caregivers, the book focuses on the "soft skills" required in communicating with patients.

Topics include the aetiology of cancer, diagnosis and staging, and explaining the purpose of treatment, including chemotherapy, hormone treatment, and immunological and gene-based therapies. The book also discusses patient support groups, monitoring remission, and relapse. Communicating with Cancer Patients is written by UK oncologists but has wide international application.