Occupational Therapy in Oncology and PalliativeCare 2e
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Now in its second edition, this is the only book on occupational therapy in oncology and palliative care. It has been thoroughly updated, contains new chapters, and like the first edition will appeal to a range of allied health professionals working with patients with a life-threatening illness.

The book explores the nature of cancer and challenges faced by occupational therapists in oncology and palliative care. It discusses the range of occupational therapy intervention in symptom control, anxiety management and relaxation, and the management of breathlessness and fatigue.

The book is produced in an evidence-based, practical, workbook format with case studies. New chapters on creativity as a psychodynamic approach; outcome measures in occupational therapy in oncology and palliative care; HIV-related cancers and palliative care.


Jill Cooper has been head occupational therapist for 13 years at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, the largest cancer centre in Europe and world-renowned for its research and treatment of cancer. She has published articles with colleagues on different aspects of clinical areas within oncology and palliative care including radiation-induced brachial plexopathy, outcome measures and specifics of working practice in palliative care. She works alongside other medical, nursing and allied healthcare professionals to ensure patients in oncology and palliative care receive the highest standard of care available.


List of Contributors.

Foreword (Derek Doyle, MD, OBE).




1 What is Cancer? (Jill Cooper).

2 Challenges Faced by Occupational Therapists in Oncology and Palliative Care (Jill Cooper).

3 Occupational Therapy Approach in Symptom Control (Jill Cooper).

4 Occupational Therapy in Anxiety Management and Relaxation (Jill Cooper).

5 Occupational Therapy in the Management of Breathlessness (Jill Cooper).

6 Occupational Therapy and Cancer-Related Fatigue (Daniel Lowrie).

7 Client-centred Approach of Occupational Therapy Programme – Case Study (Gemma Lindsell).

8 Occupational Therapy in Paediatric Oncology and Palliative Care (Claire Tester).

9 Occupational Therapy in HIV-related Cancers and Palliative Care (Will Chegwidden and Camilla Hawkins).

10 Occupational Therapy in Neuro-oncology (Helen Barrett and Julie Watterson).

11 Occupational Therapy in Hospices and Day Care (Anne Bostock, Shelley Ellis, Sara Mathewson and Lilias Methven).

12 The Use of Creativity as a Psychodynamic Activity (Kathryn Boog).

13 Measuring Occupational Therapy Outcomes in Cancer and Palliative Care (Gail Eva).






"I would recommend this practical text to both students and professionals in the field."  (British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 2007)