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Prognosis in Advanced Cancer


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PART 1: SCIENCE OF PROGNOSTICATION 1: Paul Glare and Nicholas Christakis: Overview: advancing the clinical science of prognostication 2: William J. Mackillop: Differences in prognostication between early stage cancer and advanced cancer 3: Elizabeth B. Lamont: Foreseeing: formulating an accurate prognosis 4: Phyllis Butow, Rebecca Hagerty, Martin Tattersall, and Martin Stockler: Foretelling: communicating the prognosis 5: Phyllis A. Gimotty: Statistical concepts and issues related to prognostic models 6: Paul Glare, Marco Maltoni and Cinzia Brunelli: Evidence based medicine 7: Jay F. Piccirillo and Anna Vlahiotis: Tools for formulating prognosis 8: Bert Broeckaert and Paul Glare: Ethics PART 2: PROGNOSTICATION IN SPECIFIC CANCERS 9: C. Martin Tammemagi: Lung cancer 10: Tony Geoghegan and Michael J. Lee: Colorectal cancer 11: Fabio Efficace and Laura Biganzoli: Breast cancer 12: Luigi Schips and Richard Zigeuner: Bladder cancer 13: Timothy Gilligan: Prognosis of prostate cancer 14: Moritz Koch, Jurgen Weitz and Markus W. Buchler: Pancreatic cancer 15: Kelvin K. Ng and Ronnie T. Poon: Hepatoma 16: Ceri Hughes and Steve Thomas: Head and neck cancer 17: Jonathan Carter: Gynaecological cancer 18: Hiroko Ohgaki: Brain cancer 19: Charles Dumontet and Catherine Thieblemont: Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma (NHL) 20: Paul Glare: Leukaemia and myeloma 21: Katherine T. Morris and Murray F. Brennan: Sarcoma 22: Jonathan Dowell: Unknown primary 23: Anne Hamilton and Katherine Clark: Melanoma PART 3: PROGNOSIS IN PALLIATIVE CARE 24: Edward Chow and Albert Yee: Bone secondaries 25: Andrew Broadbent and George Hruby: Brain secondaries 26: Vicki Jackson and Lida Nabati: Leptomeningeal disease 27: Angela Byrne and Michael Lee: Liver metastases 28: David Currow and Christine Sanderson: Lung secondaries 29: Niklas Zojer and Martin Pecherstorfer: Hypercalcemia 30: Nora Janjan, Anita Mahajan, Eric L. Chang, Edward Lin, Sunil Krishnan, and Edward Chow: Spinal cord compression 31: Maria Montoya and Eduardo Bruera: Pain relief 32: Sebastiano Mercadante: Malignant bowel obstruction 33: Lara Alloway, Vaughan Keeley and Irene Higginson: Breathlessness 34: Miriam Friedlander and David Kissane: Delirium 35: Aminah Jatoi: Weight loss 36: Tugba Yavuzsen and Mellar P. Davis: Fatigue

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Highly commended in the Oncology Category of the BMA Book Awards 2009

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Dr Paul Glare has been a Fellow of the Royal Australian College of Physicians since 1990, a Fellow of the Chapter of Palliative Medicine since it was created in 2000 and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Pain Medicine. As well as maintaining a full clinical load, he is an active teacher and researcher. His principal research interests are prognostication and the anorexia cachexia syndrome. He was the inaugural Research Fellow in the Palliative Care Program at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Ohio USA, from 1989 until 1991. For more than 15 years he has taken a leadership role in the development of the specialty of palliative medicine, both locally and internationally, and is currently managing major initiatives in palliative care education and service delivery for the New South Wales Department of Health. Nicholas Christakis is an internist and social scientist who conducts research on social factors that affect health, health care, and longevity. His clinical work is in the field of palliative medicine. Dr. Christakis's past research has examined the accuracy and role of prognosis in medicine, ways of improving end of life care, and the determinants and outcomes of hospice use. He is currently concerned with health and social networks, and specifically with how ill health disability, health behaviour, health care, and death in one person can influence the same phenomena in others in a person's social network, including issues related to caregiver burden. Dr. Christakis was the recipient of the Distinguished Researcher Award, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, awarded for an "outstanding body of work contributing to the enhancement of hospice and palliative care" in 2006.


...the quality of this book is outstanding...very necessary for physicians and other medical personnel. * Marlene S. Foreman, BSN, Hospice of Acadiana, Inc. *

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