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"The book's strength is its global perspective on cancer pain. ... The book's technical quality is excellent, with graphics that enhance the text by providing visuals for complex information. ... Cancer Pain is an important cancer pain resource for any healthcare professional interested in up-to-date, evidence-based information on cancer pain."
Reviewed by Linda Easton, MN, RN. Oncology Nursing Forum 2011;38(6):741.
"There are many aspects of each chapter that can advance researchers' and clinicians' knowledge of cancer pain. ... Unlike other books on cancer pain, the chapters are succinct, firmly rooted in empirical findings from the research literature, and include practical suggestions for healthcare providers. Each chapter ends with a conclusion that synthesizes its main points. This book will be a valuable reference for researchers and clinicians with expertise in cancer pain, and will also be of considerable value to healthcare professionals and investigators who are new to the field."
Reviewed by Lara K. Dhingra, PhD. Psycho-Oncology 2011:20:792.
"The book guides you logically from the basic science of cancer, through to clinical aspects (treatment and research), and on to improving education for all stakeholders. ... There is good use of figures and tables to summarize the latest research findings in a clear form which the non-scientist can understand. ... I recommend this book to all those wishing an up-to-date review of all aspects of cancer pain."
Reviewed by M. Serpell, Glasgow, UK. British Journal of Anaesthesia 2011;106(5):757-8.
"Although the expressed purpose in writing the volume was to bring together current research related to cancer pain, it contains much information with everyday clinical applicability. ... The IASP text is a must have for anyone who wishes to gain an international perspective on where key research in this area is headed, including in developing countries, and who might wish to join this global effort to alleviate cancer-related pain."
Reviewed by Daniel B. Carr, MD. Anesthesia and Analgesia 2011;113(3):668-9.
"From a practising clinician's perspective, the chapters outlining the mechanisms of chemotherapy induced neuropathic pain, radiotherapy induced pain relief and the mechanisms of malignant bone pain bridge the gap between the basic sciences and the care of the individual patient. This is a very useful addition to the list of International Association for the Study of Pain publications. The editors have achieved their goal of providing a text that will be an excellent resource for researchers and clinicians."
Reviewed by T. Cramond. Anaesthesia and Intensive Care 2011;89(3):519.
"Its style of presenting the clinical problem, underlying pathophysiology, emerging research and the clinical application, as well as offering a final conclusion if you have missed the details of the science, is very helpful. ... The breadth and depth of the key areas covered will make this book an invaluable addition to any library and will help readers to gain understanding of the significant complexities and challenges in cancer pain research. ... [T]his book should be on the shelf of healthcare professionals wanting to better understand cancer pain."
Reviewed by Dr Declan Cawley, Pilgrims Hospices/University of Kent. Hospice Information Bulletin; August 2011.
"The editors of Cancer Pain: From Molecules to Suffering effectively meet their goal of providing an inspiring and comprehensible text on cancer pain for both clinicians and researchers. The editors are to be congratulated for a book that has impeccable consistency and a seamless transition from bench research to bedside application. This book facilitates the understanding of physiology and pharmacology of cancer pain that can readily be translated into better treatment and satisfactory outcome. ... I highly recommend Cancer Pain: From Molecules to Suffering to all trainees in pain management as a supplemental text to standard references on pain management. The first three parts may well be selected as topics for journal clubs or clinical symposia. This book can certainly inspire the entire team of health-care professionals in both oncology and pain management. Medical students and resident physicians in not only primary care but also all other specialties could benefit from studying this book in their early stage of training. In addition, many bench and clinical researchers devoted to advance cancer pain management may also find this book and its future editions to be a valuable resource."
Anesthesiology 2011;115:218–20, reviewed by Eric Shen-Zen Hsu, MD, David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California
"It is not another classical textbook about cancer pain. Instead this book focuses on the most important current scientific and clinical issues of cancer pain. It successfully closes the gap between basic science and clinical practice by linking basic scientific findings with clinical questions. All authors are well-known specialists in their particular fields."
European Journal of Pain 2011;15:333, reviewed by M. Schenk, Center of Palliative Care Medicine and Pain Therapy, Berlin, Germany
"Cancer Pain: From Molecules to Suffering is a wide-ranging update on cancer pain for anyone whose curiosity takes them beyond the basics of cancer pain management. It reveals the progress made in understanding the complexity of cancer pain at the molecular, pharmacological, individual, organizational, and national levels – but also highlights multiple barriers still blocking the way."
Journal of Palliative Care 2011;27:181, reviewed by Romayne Gallagher, MD, University of British Columbia
"When I finished reading [this book], I felt as though I had just attended a spectacular conference where I was not forced to pick and choose among concurrent sessions but had the luxury of listening to all the experts in their respective fields. The breadth of subject matter here is wide and varied, giving the reader a profound appreciation for the multidisciplinary approach demanded by the nature of this complex set of clinical problems. There is cogency between the efforts of bench research and bedside applicability. ... The chapters are bursting with references, acting as a natural launch point for new projects. This is truly the ‘‘Up-To-Date'' of cancer pain, the ultimate resource during the next few years for each topic ... The chapters tasked to expound on the psychology of cancer pain poignantly bring to life the mood disorders commonly found alongside cancer pain but too often neglected. The discussion on attention management was something this reviewer found fascinating, introducing me to concepts that necessitate integration into my role as a clinician-educator. The closing chapters on education and resources assist the reader in gaining a better worldwide perspective while providing tools for effective educational initiatives, from local to national in scope."
Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2011;41:809-10, reviewed by Stephen J. Bekanich, MD
"This book covers in depth the issues that complicate effective cancer pain management. ... [It] is well written and ... fills the gap between research and clinical practice in an accessible format."
Doody's Book Review Service (Score: 95/100, 4/5 stars), Nov. 2010, reviewed by Tariq M. Malik, MD
"Each of the clearly written chapters is based on a speaker’s presentation and is well referenced, analogous to a review article on the relevant topic. ... Essentially, the book offers readers a wide-ranging review of the issues surrounding cancer pain management and the direction of future research. ... [T]his well written, predominantly scientific review by experts conveys up-to-date information on the subject of cancer pain. The book is not written specifically for anesthesiology or pain medicine practitioners, as there are no sections devoted to the interventional management of chronic cancer pain, which would generate more interest from this peer group. Nonetheless, the book provides interesting background reading and is to be recommended, particularly for those with cancer pain patients in their care."
Reviewed by Christopher Green, MBBCh, The Ottawa Hospital, Ottawa, ON, Canada; Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, December 7, 2010
"This book ... brings together discussions of the cutting-edge of developments in our understanding of the basic biological, clinical and social aspects of cancer pain; hence the title From Molecules to Suffering. … What do we know about the molecular mechanisms involved with malignant bone pain, chemotherapy-induced neuropathic pain, and cancer pain in general? What do we know about the mechanism of opioid tolerance, the effectiveness of opioid switching, and other drugs that act against opioid tolerance? ... This book will be of interest to those involved in both basic and clinical research into cancer pain."
Reviewed by Roger Woodruff, December 2010 issue of the International Association of Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) Newsletter