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Principle of Nursing in Oncology

New Challenges

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  • Supported by the Association of European cancer Leagues (ECL)
  • Focuses on the new skills expected of oncology nurses
  • Addresses a range of new challenges facing oncology nurses
  • Focuses on advanced nursing practices in oncology and innovation
  • Highlights the new role of the patient as a partner in treatment

Part of the book series: Principles of Specialty Nursing (PSN)

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This book provides a unique overview of oncology nursing care in a new health environment, one in which oncology nurses play an increasingly important role. In this regard, it addresses not only the biomedical aspects of new drugs but also the challenges they pose in day-to-day nursing practice. It also highlights the new skills that oncology nurses will need to develop in light of the changing care setting.

Drawing on evidence-based practice in Europe and around the globe, the book offers a holistic approach to nursing for adult and pediatric patients. Written by respected professionals in the field, it provides nurses interested in oncology with clear and comprehensive information on the specific abilities required, with a focus on therapeutic education, supportive care, genetic counseling and e-health. In addition, it addresses the new role of patients as decision makers and full partners throughout their treatment cycle.

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Table of contents (28 chapters)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Unicancer, Paris, France

    Françoise Charnay-Sonnek

  • University Hospital of Geneva, Geneve, Switzerland

    Anne E. Murphy

About the editors

Françoise Charnay-Sonnek has studied foreign languages, nursing, pedagogy and management. She graduated as a Nurse in 1992 from the School of Nursing at University Hospital in Heidelberg, Germany. She worked as a nurse in oncology and hematology in Germany and moved to France in 1998. She had been nurse manager in the Strasbourg university hospital and later in the Strasbourg comprehensive cancer center.  Françoise was Education Head for the continuous training in oncology at the FNCLCC-EFEC School of Oncology in Paris, and in January 2018 she moved to a new job within UNICANCER as Education coordinator. 

She was engaged in different professional nursing associations, She was a board member of AFIC (French Association of Oncology Nurses) before joining the EONS executive board (from 2007 to 2013). In addition, she became an active member of the EAU (European Association of Urology) guidelines panel team on “pain management and palliative care” from 2012 to 2014. She represented EONS at ESNO (European Specialist Nurses Organization) board before getting in the president 2014. Her mandate ended December 2017 after 5 years leadership.

Anne E. Murphy is currently working as a nurse and genetic counselor in Geneva University Hospital. She graduated as a nurse in 1981 and has been working in Geneva and abroad with “Doctors without borders”. Since 1991, she is active in the field of oncology and has been involved in the Swiss Oncology Nursing Association. She was a member of the EONS education group from 1993 to 1997 and accreditation committee from 1997 to 2005. She represented Europe at ISNCC (International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care) from 2000 to 2004. After a Bachelor’s degree in Education and a Master in genetic counselling, she has been active in the creation of the Oncogenetics Unit of Geneva University Hospital. Since 2014, she is involved in the first Swiss Helpline for rare diseases. She is currently member of the AFCG (French Association of Genetic Counselors) and President of the Swiss Association of Genetic Counselors. 

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: Principle of Nursing in Oncology

  • Book Subtitle: New Challenges

  • Editors: Françoise Charnay-Sonnek, Anne E. Murphy

  • Series Title: Principles of Specialty Nursing

  • DOI:

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Medicine, Medicine (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-76456-6Published: 27 May 2019

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-76457-3Published: 17 May 2019

  • Series ISSN: 2366-875X

  • Series E-ISSN: 2366-8768

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XV, 452

  • Number of Illustrations: 7 b/w illustrations, 90 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Nursing, Oncology

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