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Case Studies in Oncology Nursing: Text and Review

Author(s): Cathy Fortenbaugh, RN, MSN, AOCN, Pennsylvania Oncology Hematology Associates, Pennsylvania
Margaret A. Rummel, RN, MHA, OCN, Pennsylvania Hospital, Pennsylvania
  • ISBN-13: 9780763734558
  • ISBN-10:0763734551
  • Paperback    220 pages      © 2007
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Case Studies in Oncology Nursing: Text and Review consists of 23 case studies with learning objectives and references. This text promotes critical thinking by allowing students and practicing nurses to apply concepts to the interactive case studies. Oncology is rapidly changing due to advances in chemotherapy, biotherapy, hormonal therapy, genetics, and supportive care. This is an excellent introductory text for nursing students and will assist the oncology nurse generalist in keeping current with changes and updates. In addition, this resource covers many items listed in the OCN Test Blueprint and serves as a great way for oncology nurses to prepare for the OCN exam.

Features & Benefits

Useful for both oncology nursing students and practicing nurses in medical-surgical or oncology settings

Case-based approach to learning a broad range of oncology related topics

Reinforces didactic teaching

Oncology generalist certification exam (OCN®) review

Competency validation

Applicable Courses

This book is appropriate for use in undergraduate medical-surgical courses at the junior or senior level and master’s programs in Oncology Nursing. This book is not intended to be a stand-alone course textbook; it should be used in conjunction with a main textbook to reinforce the material learned in class by applying it to case studies.


Chapter 1 Cancer and Treatment-Related Anemia Case Study

Chapter 2 Anxiety in the Cancer Patient Case Study

Chapter 3 Brachytherapy Case Study

Chapter 4 Breast Cancer Case Study

Chapter 5 Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting Case Study

Chapter 6 Constipation Case Study

Chapter 7 Diarrhea Case Study

Chapter 8 End of Life Case Study

Chapter 9 AIDS Related Lymphoma Case Study

Chapter 10 Hypercalcemia Case Study

Chapter 11 Mucositis Case Study

Chapter 12 Neutropenic Sepsis Case Study

Chapter 13 Ovarian Cancer Case Study

Chapter 14 Pain Case Study

Chapter 15 Chemotherapy-Related Peripheral Neuropathy Case Study

Chapter 16 Lung Cancer with Pleural Effusion Case Study

Chapter 17 Safe Chemotherapy Administration Case Study

Chapter 18 Sexuality Case Study

Chapter 19 Spinal Chord Comprehension Case Study

Chapter 20 Spirituality Case Study

Chapter 21 Stem Cell Transplantation Case Study

Chapter 22 Leukemia and Thrombocytopenia Case Study
Chapter 23 Venous Access Device Case Study

Cathy Fortenbaugh, RN, MSN, AOCN-Pennsylvania Oncology Hematology Associates, Pennsylvania

Cathy Fortenbaugh is an AIM Higher Nurse Champion at Pennsylvania Oncology Hematology Associates in Philadelphia, PA. AIM Higher is a nationwide quality improvement initiative designed to improve the assessment, information provision, and management of 5 chemotherapy related symptoms. She earned her BSN from Widener University in Chester, PA in 1981 and then completed her MSN in 1992 in the Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist program at the University Of Pennsylvania School Of Nursing in Philadelphia, PA.

Ms. Fortenbaugh has 25 years of oncology nursing experience in diverse settings including bone marrow transplant, medical oncology, surgical oncology, and nursing education. She has over 8 years of experience as a Clinical Nurse Specialist in the inpatient oncology setting. Ms. Fortenbaugh is also published in several journals including Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing and Nursing Spectrum. She regularly provides lectures and in-services on a variety of oncology related topics for both oncology nurses and patients.

Margaret A. Rummel, RN, MHA, OCN-Pennsylvania Hospital, Pennsylvania

Margaret Rummel RN, MHA, OCN, CAN is the Inpatient Oncology Nurse Manger at Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. She has practiced in a wide variety of settings as a staff nurse and manager including medical surgical units, medical/surgical oncology, and nursing education. Ms. Rummel received her BSN from Holy Family University and her MHA from Saint Joseph’s University, both in Philadelphia, PA.

Margaret Rummel has published and presented on various topics at both local and national levels.

  • "This book provides an original and highly effective way of providing practical, useful and interesting teaching methods and information. The authors draw on years of experience in oncology nursing in their creative approach to the process of continuing education."

    --Mary Pat Lynch, CRNP, MSN, AOCN

    Oncology Nurse Practitioner and Administrator

    Joan Karnell Cancer Center at Pennsylvania Hospital

    Philadelphia, PA


    “Active learning! This book provides the educators as well as the learner with a tool to encourage discussion, problem solving, critical thinking, and engagement in the learning process.  Quite an accomplishment.”


    --Margaret Crowely, RN, MSEd, OCN

    Oncology Clinical Nurse Specialist

    Pennsylvania Hospital

    Philadelphia, PA


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