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ERCP and EUS: A Case Based Approach

Author: Edited by Linda S. Lee, MD

ERCP and EUS: A Case Based Approach serves as a valuable resource for physicians who perform or refer patients for endoscopic retrograde cholangiopancreatography (ERCP), a specialized technique used to study the bile ducts, pancreatic duct and gallbladder; and endoscopic ultrasound (EUS) and trainees interested in these procedures. This book provides a comprehensive review of ERCP and EUS and the clinical conditions for which they are employed utilizing a case-based format with accompanying videos, and is written by the world’s leading experts in the field.

The text highlights major techniques involved in ERCP, reviews complications and recent data on preventing post-ERCP pancreatitis, and discusses important issues in training in ERCP, including use of endoscopic simulators and assessment of competency as emphasized in the recently updated ACGME guidelines. Novel techniques and advances in minimally invasive endoscopic techniques for biliary and pancreatic diseases are covered in depth, with special considerations given to the pediatric population, pregnant women and patients with a history of abdominal surgeries.

Chapters devoted to EUS review the breadth of equipment available for performing EUS and EUS-FNA, detail techniques used, explore pertinent issues with training and assessing competency analogous to ERCP training as well as contain valuable insights on the basics of cytopathology and staging luminal cancers. Therapeutic EUS is also explored and focuses on endoscopic necrosectomy, EUS-guided biliary and pancreatic access as well as the exciting possibilities of EUS-guided radiofrequency ablation and injection of anti-tumor agents.

The book provides a concise yet comprehensive summary of the current status of ERCP and EUS to help guide patient management and stimulate clinical research. It is available in print as well as e-book format for all reading devices.

 

Oncology Informatics: Using Health Information Technology to Improve Processes and Outcomes in Cancer

Author: David K. Ahern, PhD, and co-authors

Oncology Informatics: Using Health Information Technology to Improve Processes and Outcomes in Cancer encapsulates National Cancer Institute-collected evidence into a format that is optimally useful for hospital planners, physicians, researchers, and informaticians alike as they collectively strive to accelerate progress against cancer using informatics tools.

This book is a formational guide for turning clinical systems into engines of discovery as well as a translational guide for moving evidence into practice. It meets recommendations from the National Academies of Science to “reorient the research portfolio” toward providing greater “cognitive support for physicians, patients and their caregivers” to “improve patient outcomes.” Data from systems studies have suggested that oncology and primary care systems are prone to errors of omission, which can lead to fatal consequences downstream. By infusing the best science across disciplines, this book creates new environments of “Smart and Connected Health.”

Oncology Informatics is also a policy guide in an era of extensive reform in health care settings, including new incentives for health care providers to demonstrate “meaningful use” of these technologies to improve system safety, engage patients, ensure continuity of care, enable population health and protect privacy. Oncology Informatics acknowledges this extraordinary turn of events and offers practical guidance for meeting meaningful use requirements in the service of improved cancer care.