From left: Janet Abrahm, Amanda Moment and Arden O’Donnell.

“A Physician’s Guide to Pain and Symptom Management in Cancer Patients”

Author: Janet L. Abrahm, MD, with chapters contributed by Amanda Moment, LICSW and Arden O’Donnell, LICSW

Some of the biggest challenges in caring for patients are pain and symptom management and communication with patients and their families.

Through the clinicians who have used the comprehensive guide, “A Physician’s Guide to Pain and Symptom Management in Cancer Patients,” author Janet L. Abrahm, MD, has helped tens of thousands of patients and families manage pain and other symptoms of cancer and make a connection with their health care team. This third addition provides busy practicing primary care physicians, advanced practice nurses and oncologists with detailed information and advice for providing the best quality of life for their patients and family members.

Abrahm uses a combination of expert approaches to symptom management and palliative care as well as the lessons she learned from patients and their families during her thirty years as a teacher and clinician. In her third edition, Abrahm includes updates to medications and clinical stories, as well as two new chapters written by her social work colleagues: “Working with Patients’ Families” and “Sexuality, Intimacy, and Cancer.”

Abrahm is a professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and a member of the Department of Psychosocial Oncology and Palliative Care at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and the Adult Palliative Care Program at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center. Co-authors Amanda Moment, LICSW, and Arden O’Donnell, LICSW, are in BWH Social Work Services.