Academics from the University of Chester have edited a book about cancer care which is being welcomed by health professionals across the world.

Published by Sage Publications, Cancer and Cancer Care provides a complete study of cancer, the care of people with the disease and its impact on everyday life.

It has been edited by Debbie Wyatt, a senior lecturer in the faculty of health and social care, and Professor Nicholas Hulbert-Williams, coaching psychologist and professor of behavioural medicine at the university where he is also director of the Chester research unit for the psychology of health.

Addressing the physical and psychosocial aspects of the illness in detail, the book covers all fundamental aspects of cancer diagnosis, treatment, survival and aspects of psychosocial support for all those affected by cancer.

Explaining how the book came about, Debbie Wyatt said: “As a nurse and educator, I have witnessed the positive impact that education can have on practice. This became the impetus to write the book – to provide a source of key evidence-based information which could be accessed by any health and social care practitioner, or those who do not have direct patient contact, such as researchers and managers.”

Experts line up to praise book

Professor Hulbert-Williams added: “Cancer continues to be a leading cause of mortality and morbidity, and the impact of the disease and its treatments on individuals and their families cannot be underestimated.

“Cancer is a complex disease and we feel that this book provides that context for all stages of cancer,”

The book has already been welcomed by health professionals in the UK and further afield.

It has drawn praise in reviews from, among others, Caroline Adcock (Clinical Practice Educator – Haematology and Oncology, Royal Shrewsbury Hospital); Gillian Knight (Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse for the South Wales Cancer Network and Board Member of the UK Oncology Nursing Society); Phyllis Butow (Professor at the University of Sydney and Senior Principal Research Fellow, National Health and Medical Research Council, Australia); Carolyn Morris and Adrienne Moran (of the Independent Cancer Patients’ Voices Advocacy Group); and Professor Jane Maher (Joint Chief Medical Officer, Macmillan Cancer Support).