The Oncology Nursing Society Expands Its Library


ONS released its spring catalog of publications at the annual meeting.

Gynecologic Cancers

Genitourinary Cancers

Skin Cancer

Breast Cancer

Lung Cancer

Gastrointestinal Cancer

The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) released its spring catalog of publications at the annual meeting. ONS has introduced several new titles in its site-specific cancer series, including , edited by L. Almadrones-Cassidy; , edited by J. Held-Warmkessel; and , edited by P. Muehlbauer and C. McGowan. This adds to existing publications in the series on prostate, breast, lung, and gastrointestinal cancers (, , and are available in print and as eBooks).

Gynecologic Cancers

Genitourinary Cancers

Skin Cancer

All these publications are written by oncology nurse experts and provide comprehensive overviews of the unique challenges each cancer presents for the oncology nurse. updates nurses on the most recent evidence-based information for diagnosing, treating, preventing, and screening all the major types of gynecologic cancers. In addition to discussing treatments, includes a chapter on sexual function and sexual rehabilitation, which features assessment tools and a discussion of treatments for sexual dysfunction in men and women with genitourinary cancer. Concerns about sex are common in patients treated for a genitourinary malignancy, but they can be difficult to broach, making this a useful resource for nurses who deal with these questions routinely. is timely, with statistics showing an increase in melanoma rates, and especially in the incidence of advanced melanoma.

Cancer Basics

Other new publications include , edited by Julie Eggert, which is written for nurses who have just started in oncology and for non-nurses working with cancer patients. It includes four sections: Foundations, on cancer biology, staging, and prevention; Treatment Options, with chapters addressing parmacogenomics and the various types of surgery; Symptom Management, with everything relevant to supportive care issues surrounding numerous cancers and treatments; and Issues for Cancer Survivors and Their Families, focusing on sexual and reproductive concerns, psychosocial issues, and more. It is essentially a primer on cancer care.

Genetics and Genomics in Oncology Nursing Practice

With the multitude of advances in cancer genetics, , edited by Kathleen A. Calzone, Agnes Masny, and Jean Jenkins, is definitely a helpful read. Oncology nurses have an increasing need to be familiar with genetic biomarkers and how they relate to disease risk and management. There are also ethical concerns unique to this field. For example, are there special considerations with genetic testing of children? The ongoing drive to personalize cancer care makes it inevitable that genetics will become increasingly important in this specialty.

Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Scenarios

ONS Clinical Top 20 Answers to Your Questions About Chemotherapy and Biotherapy

Chemotherapy and Biotherapy Guidelines an Recommendations for Practice

Two new publications focus on chemotherapy and biotherapy: and . These go well with , which is now in its third edition.

One of the most popular ONS offerings is the Guide to Oncology Symptom Management, edited by Carlton G. Brown, an oncology nurse. This book addresses the full range of oncology-specific symptoms and conditions. Several case studies are featured to help nurses see how clinical practice recommendations might apply in real time. As a companion to the publication, nurses can take a new ONS online symptom management course for CNE credit. Course dates are July 7-August 4, August 25-September 22, October 6-November 3, and November 17-December 15, with registration available at

To learn more about the publications offered through the ONS, visit

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