Library services & resources for Oncology and Palliative Care

Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books  

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library and gives details of selected content available in
Oncology and Palliative Care
for staff/students
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community.
Click here to visit our main library website.

You may also wish to visit our Haematology library page

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources please
phone 39111 or email marking FAO Laura.

NHS England COVID-19 Specialty guides
Oncology guides
Palliative care guides

NICE COVID-19 Rapid guideline
Managing COVID-19
Systemic anticancer
Haematopoietic stem cell transplantation

Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland 
COVID-19 guidance

COVID-19 daily alert research bulletin
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They also have created the Finding the evidence: Coronavirus page.


31/08/2021 New ebook content added
Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine
 you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)


Search the NHS healthcare databases:

AMED- covers topics for allied health professions
British Nursing Index (BNI)- primarily of use for nurses but also includes allied health, CINAHL- international nursing & allied health
EMBASE- European biomedicine– good for pharmacology & drug therapy
EMCARE-international nursing & allied health
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most health topics including pre-hospital and emergency care
psychology & psychiatry including psychological aspects of trauma/injury

Note- you will need an NHS Athens login.

Databases contain bibliographic records i.e. references. Whilst you won’t have fulltext access to all the articles, for some journals there will be a link to online access or details of library print holding. If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

See the library website for details of our information skills training programme and literature searching support services.

Evidence Based Practice and CPD

A range of evidence-based and other resources available to help inform patient care or support your study including:

BMJ Best Practice (don’t use Internet Explorer, choose alternative browser)
Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).
When prompted, set up a personal account to download free App

BNF and BNF for Childrenshould work automatically on NHS networked machine, if outside NHS network login with NHS Athens account.
Click here to find out about the free BNF/BNFC App.

ClinicalKey clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and other fulltext resources
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)

Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) provided by NICE. Summaries of the current evidence base & practical guidance on best practice for >300 primary care presentations, incl Cancer (suspected)

Cochrane Library collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments.

Elearning for Health (ELfH) -Health Education England’s suite of high quality content free of charge training (topics incl. COVID-19 programme Cancer in the Community, Advanced RadiotherapyEnd of Life Care) in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies.
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)

NICE Evidence– access to authoritative clinical & non-clinical evidence and best practice through a web-based portal, provided by NICE, incl Cancer topics.

TRIP Database– clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.

UpToDate– ‘an evidence-based clinical decision support resource authored by physicians to help healthcare practitioners make the best decisions at the point of care’. Note you will need a University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Athens account (register here).


Full A-Z list of all journals– you will need an NHS Athens account- click here to register.

Selected Oncology and Palliative Care journals below

If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

Asia-pacific journal of clinical oncology2005-
BMJ Case Reports2008-You can also submit cases for consideration for publication in BMJ Case Reports, without having to individually pay the fellowship fee (Please email to obtain our fellowship number)
Please see the guidelines for writing & publishing an interesting case report , instructions for authors and instructions as to how to submit a BMJ Case Report
Brachytherapy2007 –
Breast, The2007 –
Cancer1996 –
Cancer Cytopathology1997 –
Cancer Epidemiology2009 –
Cancer Genetics2011 –
Cancer Letters2007 –
Cancer Nursing : an International Journal for Cancer Care1996-
Cancer Treatment Reviews2007 –
Cancer Treatment and Research Communications2016 –
Clinical Breast Cancer2007 –
Clinical Colorectal Cancer2007 –
Clinical Genitourinary Cancer2007 –
Clinical Lung Cancer2007 –
Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia2010 –
Clinical Oncology2007 –
Critical Reviews in Oncology and Hematology2007 –
Current Opinion in Oncology1999 –
Current Problems in Cancer2007 –
Drug Resistance Updates2007 –
European Journal of Cancer2008 –
European journal of cancer care1997-
European Journal of Cancer Supplements2007 –
European Journal of Oncology Nursing2007 –
European Journal of Surgical Oncology2007 –
Hematological oncology1996-
Gynecologic Oncology2007 –
Genes, chromosomes and cancer1996-
Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Therapy2013 –
Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America2007 –
International journal of cancer1996-
International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics2007 –
International Journal of Palliative Nursing1998 –
Journal of Bone Oncology2012 –
Journal of Clinical Oncology2004 –New route of access 16/02/2021
Journal of Geriatric Oncology2010 –
Journal of Immunotherapy2000-
Journal of medical imaging and radiation oncology2008-
Journal of medical imaging and radiation oncology2008-
Journal of surgical oncology1996-
Lancet Oncology2007 –
Lung Cancer2007 –
Medical Dosimetry2007 –
Molecular carcinogenesis1996-
Neoplasia2011 –
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990-
Oral Oncology2007 –
Pediatric blood and cancer1996-
Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy2007 –
Radiotherapy and Oncology2007 –
Seminars in Cancer Biology2007 –
Seminars in Oncology2007 –
Seminars in Radiation Oncology2007 –
Surgical Oncology2007 –
Translational Oncology2011 –

Books (guide)

The majority of Oncology print books held at Discovery Library will be found on shelf QZ. There are guides on the ends of book shelving to help you identify sections.

Search our print and electronic book holdings.
Note- you will need an NHS Athens login to to access ebooks.

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select ‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’ to limit your search to books held here.

You can also log in and renew your books here (if you have not already made a pin number for your library account follow the instructions on screen).

If we don’t have the book you require you can consider making a book request. (Service for registered borrowers, undertaking NHS work. Registration forms are available here).

Selected oncology ebooks- click title to login with Athens account. If asked you should always select to login with OpenAthens

ABC of Colorectal Cancer20112ndYoung
Abeloff’s clinical oncology20206thNiederhuber
Atlas of breast surgical techniques2010Klimberg
Atlas of diagnostic oncology20104thSkarin
Atlas of reconstructive breast surgery2020Pu
Being mortal: illness, medicine and what matters in the end2014Gawande
Bone cancer: primary bone cancer and bone metastases20152ndHeymann
Brain Metastases from Primary Tumors: Volume 1, Volume 2, & Volume 3Hayat
Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Rehabilitation2021Cristian
Breast Cancer Screening2016Houssami
Breast Surgery: A Companion to Specialist Surgical Practice20196thDixon
The breast: comprehensive management of benign and malignant diseases20094thBland
Cancer in children and young people: acute nursing care20082ndGibson
Cancer treatment and the ovary: clinical and laboratory analysis of ovarian toxicity20152ndAnderson
Central nervous system cancer rehabilitation2019Cristian
Children’s Palliative Care: an International Case-Based Manual
Chimeric antigen receptor t-cell therapies for cancer: a practical guide2020Lee
Chordomas and chondrosarcomas of the skull base and spine20182ndHarsh
Chronic and cancer pain20112ndCousins
Clinical Gynecologic Oncology20189thDi Saia.
Clinical ophthalmic oncology2007Singh
Community Palliative Care and COVID-19
Diagnostic Atlas of Cutaneous Mesenchymal Neoplasia2020Calonje
Diagnostic histopathology of tumors20215thFletcher
DNA repair in cancer therapy20172ndKelley
Dorfman and Czerniak’s Bone Tumors20162ndCzerniak
Drug Repurposing in Cancer Therapy
Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer: head and neck cancer2010Koch
End of life care for people with dementia: a person-centred approach.2017Middleton-Green
Enzinger and Weiss’s soft tissue tumors20207thGoldblum
Evidence-based practice of palliative medicine2013Goldstein
Fast facts: Bladder cancer20183rdLerner
Fast facts: Chronic and cancer pain20154thCousins
Fast facts: Immuno-oncology2017Clarke
Fast facts: Ovarian cancer2017Fotopoulou
Fast facts: Pancreas and biliary tract diseases20172ndBhutani
Fast facts: Prostate cancer20179thKirby
Fundamentals of Oncologic PET/CT2019Ulaner
Gene therapy of cancer20143rdLattime
A good life to the end: taking control of our inevitable journey through ageing and death2019
rev ed
Gunderson & Tepper’s Clinical Radiation Oncology20215thTepper
  • Handbook of Cancer Treatment-Related Toxicities
  • 2022Velcheti
    IASLC Thoracic Oncology20182ndPass
    Jatin Shah’s head and neck surgery and oncology20205thShah
    Lanzkowsky’s Manual of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology20166thLanzkowsky
    Leibel and Phillips textbook of radiation oncology20103rdPhillips
    Living with the long-term effects of cancer: acknowledging trauma and other emotional challenges.2020Galgut
    Meyler’s side effects of drugs in cancer and immunology2010Aronson
    Minimally invasive (endoscopic and robotic) breast surgery2020Mok
    The molecular basis of cancer20154thMendelsohn
    Nathan and Oski’s Haematology and Oncology of Infancy and childhood.20158thOrkin
    Neuroblastoma: molecular mechanisms and therapeutic interventions2019Ray
    Neuro-Oncology for the Clinical Neurologist2021Strowd
    Oncology at a glance2013Dark
    Oncology : Lecture notes20153rdBower
    Oncologic imaging : a multidisciplinary approach2012Silverman
    Oncoplastic Surgery of the Breast20202ndNahabedian
    Oxford handbook of cancer nursing
    (Download for up to 3 months at a time)
    Oxford Handbook of Oncology
    (Download for up to 3 months at a time)
    Oxford handbook of palliative care.(Download for up to 3 months at a time)20193rdWatson
    Oxford Textbook of Palliative Care for Children20122ndGoldman
    Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine 20216thCherny
    Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing20195thRolling Ferrell 
    Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work2011Altilio
    Palliative and End of Life Care for Paramedics
    Palliative care : core skills and clinical competencies20112ndEmanuel
    Palliative care nursing at a glance2016Ingleton
    Pathology of melanocytic tumors2019Busam
    Practical Radiation Oncology Physics2016Dieterich
    Principles of gynecologic oncology surgery2019Ramirez
    Prostate cancer: science and clinical practice20162ndMydlo
    Proton Therapy2021Frank
    The way we die now2016O’Mahony