Manual for Radiation Oncology Nursing Practice and Education

Manual for Radiation Oncology Nursing Practice and Education
5th Ed.
2021 © Oncology Nursing Society
Maurene McQuestion, RN, BA, BScN, MSc, CON(C); Lorraine C. Drapek, DNP, FNP-BC, AOCNP®; Mary Ellyn Witt, MS, RN, AOCN®
ISBN-13: 978-1-63593-043-6
eISBN-13: 978-1-63593-044-3


Caring for an individual receiving radiation therapy as part of overall cancer care requires a patient-focused approach. To support this patient population, nurses across treatment settings must constantly expand and refine their knowledge of advancements in radiation therapy technology, research, and evidence-based practice.

In this fifth edition of the Oncology Nursing Society Manual for Radiation Oncology Nursing Practice and Education, nurses of all experience levels will advance their knowledge of radiation biology and protection, diverse radiation therapy modalities, combination treatments, site- and disease-specific issues, symptom management, special populations, and much more.

This expanded and revised resource includes significant updates and additions to best reflect advancements in radiation oncology.

New topics include:

  • • patients with cognitive changes and dementia
  • • general distress and coping
  • • special populations including individuals with mental illness
  • • special needs related to late effects of treatment and cardiac toxicities, and the latest treatment modalities.

This manual will serve oncology nurses, advanced practice clinicians, educators, and administrators seeking the education and skills required to care for patients receiving radiation therapy and their families.

Doody's Reviews

Doody's Core Titles (DCT)
Specialty Score: 2.67 Nursing - Oncology
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Quotes, Reviews or Testimonials

"This book should be on the "must have" list for every oncology unit whether actively treating the patient or caring for the patient afterwards. The updated version is timely in the ever changing world of oncology."

-- Kathy Bannon, ADN, OCN (Union Hospital) Doody's Review - previous edition


Written for nurses caring for and managing the side effects experienced by patients receiving radiation. The authors have experience in oncology and most are nationally certified in the field.

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