Patients with breast and gynaecological cancers have to contend with a large number of difficult and challenging issues. To help them to do this it is vital that their health carers are fully informed in all aspects of women's cancers. This book provides a comprehensive and meaningful picture of this oncological area, including epidemiology, histopathology, staging, genetic predisposition, sexual function, fertility, treatment and management, survivorship, and palliative care. To give this book added credibility and holistic application, contributions of women with cancer have been included, and the text is interspersed with patient accounts and experiences. Women's Cancers is essential reading for all nurses and health care professionals working in cancer care settings, as well as patients and families.
Alison Keen is a Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist in Gynaecological Oncology at Southampton University Hospitals Trust. She is an active member of the Forum of Gynaecological Oncology Nurses, and Network Site Specific Group. Elaine Lennan is Consultant Nurse in Oncology and an academic practitioner at Southampton University Hospitals Trust.
Contributors vii Foreword by Professor Stan Kaye xi Introduction xiii 1 The History of Women in Relation to Health and Cancer 1 Victoria Harmer and Maureen Royston-Lee 2 The Epidemiology of Women s Cancers 9 Louisa G. Gordon, Christina M. Nagle and Penelope M. Webb 3 Pathology and Staging of Major Types of Gynaecological and Breast Cancers 32 Neeta Singh and Rachel Howitt 4 Tumour Markers 54 Michelle L. Harrison, Ana Montes and Martin Gore 5 Genetic Susceptibility to Female Cancers 68 Gillian Crawford 6 Lifestyle and Prevention 89 Elaine Lennan 7 Cancer of the Breast 100 Alison Farmer 8 Cancer of the Ovary 119 Kate Gregory 9 Cancer of the Ovary: the Patient s Perspective 133 Noeleen Young 10 Cancer of the Cervix 142 Ken Metcalf and Katherine McCarthy 11 Cancer of the Endometrium 157 Ellen Bull and Robert Woolas 12 Cancer of the Vagina 172 Sandra Tinkler 13 Cancer of the Vulva 183 Beccy Hoddinott Isaac and Lisa Young 14 Fertility and Cancer in Women 199 Susan Ingamells, C. Basu, J. Tucker and A. Umranikar 15 Sexual Health and Dysfunction 216 Karen Donelly-Cairns 16 Women and Cancer: Rehabilitation and Survivorship 230 Alison Keen 17 Palliative Care 239 Jane Grant and Carol L. Davis Index 263