Supportive Care in Cancer Patients

  • Hans-Jörg Senn
  • Agnes Glaus
  • Luzius Schmid

Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 108)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XII
  2. Management of Cancer Pain

  3. Management of Bleeding and Infection

  4. Management of Treatment Side-Effects

    1. R. J. Gralla, M. G. Kris, L. B. Tyson, R. A. Clark
      Pages 89-101
    2. M. S. Aapro
      Pages 102-111
    3. R. A. Joss, J. Kiser, S. Weston, K. W. Brunner
      Pages 117-126
    4. L. Franzén, U. Hellsing, R. Henriksson, B. Littbrand
      Pages 127-133
  5. Palliative Surgery in Cancer Patients

About these proceedings

Introduction

The symposium on supportive care in cancer patients, which took place in St. Gallen, Switzerland, on February 18-21, 1987, wel­ comed renowned experts in the field and more than 600 partici­ pants from 25 countries with the aim of stimulating discussion on how to improve our professional skills and personal attitudes to­ ward cancer patients in all stages of their disease. Why did we or­ ganize such a symposium on supportive care in cancer patients? Recent decades have witnessed remarkable success in cancer treat­ ment, and we have learned how to cure a finite number of neoplas­ tic diseases. Some malignant tumors that previously entailed high fatality rates, such as leukemias, lymphomas, and testicular can­ cers, can now be cured, even when at an advanced stage. Yet it seems to many that our struggle to improve results and to fight death from cancer has also imposed greater toxicity on patients. Conventional scientifically based oncology has only recently made adequate efforts to improve the subjective quality of life of cancer patients, for example through prophylaxis against emesis, nausea, and scalp hypothermia, pain control and the development of psy­ chosocial support structures. The search for less toxic and yet equally effective treatment measures has not been one of our pri­ mary goals in the past. Supportive care has always been part of nurses' professional aim, even though many have not known how best to offer it.

Keywords

cancer cancer therapy chemotherapy leukemia oncology pain psychotherapy quality of life radiation therapy radiotherapy social work steroids surgery transplantation tumor

Editors and affiliations

  • Hans-Jörg Senn
    • 1
  • Agnes Glaus
    • 1
  • Luzius Schmid
    • 1
  1. 1.Medizinische Klinik CKantonsspital St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-82932-1
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1988
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-82934-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-82932-1
  • Series Print ISSN 0080-0015
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