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.




New ebook content added 29/08/19
Watson, M. (2019) Oxford handbook of palliative care. 3rd ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)



New print content added 04/09/2019 (click title to check availability)
Costello, J. (2019) Adult palliative care for nursing, health and social care. London: Sage.
Walshe, C., Preston, N. and Johnson, B. (2018) Palliative care nursing: principles and evidence for practice. 3rd ed. London: Open University Press.



New ebook content added 29/08/19
Hillman, K. (2019 rev ed) A good life to the end: taking control of our inevitable journey through ageing and death. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen and Unwin.
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)












Databases (handout)

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

Journal Coverage Notes
Asia-pacific journal of clinical oncology 2005-
BMJ 1840-
BMJ Case Reports 2008- 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
Brachytherapy 2007 –
Breast, The 2007 –
Cancer 1996 –
Cancer Cytopathology 1997 –
Cancer Epidemiology 2009 –
Cancer Genetics 2011 –
Cancer Letters 2007 –
Cancer Treatment Reviews 2007 –
Cancer Treatment and Research Communications 2016 –
Clinical Breast Cancer 2007 –
Clinical Colorectal Cancer 2007 –
Clinical Genitourinary Cancer 2007 –
Clinical Lung Cancer 2007 –
Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia 2010 –
Clinical Oncology 2007 –
Critical Reviews in Oncology and Hematology 2007 –
Current Opinion in Oncology 1999 –
Current Problems in Cancer 2007 –
Drug Resistance Updates 2007 –
European Journal of Cancer 2008 –
European journal of cancer care 1997-
European Journal of Cancer Supplements 2007 –
European Journal of Oncology Nursing 2007 –
European Journal of Surgical Oncology 2007 –
Hematological oncology 1996-
Gynecologic Oncology 2007 –
Genes, chromosomes and cancer 1996-
Hematology/Oncology and Stem Cell Therapy 2013 –
Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America 2007 –
International journal of cancer 1996-
International Journal of Radiation Oncology Biology Physics 2007 –
International Journal of Palliative Nursing 1998 –
Journal of Bone Oncology 2012 –
Journal of Cancer Research and Practice 2014 –
Journal of Clinical Oncology 2004 – 01/08/2018 Now works with Athens account
Journal of Geriatric Oncology 2010 –
Journal of medical imaging and radiation oncology 2008-
Journal of surgical oncology 1996-
Lancet 2007-
Lancet Oncology 2007 –
Lung Cancer 2007 –
Medical Dosimetry 2007 –
Molecular carcinogenesis 1996-
Neoplasia 2011 –
Oral Oncology 2007 –
Pediatric blood and cancer 1996-
Photodiagnosis and Photodynamic Therapy 2007 –
Psycho-oncology 1996-
Radiotherapy and Oncology 2007 –
Seminars in Cancer Biology 2007 –
Seminars in Oncology 2007 –
Seminars in Radiation Oncology 2007 –
Surgical Oncology 2007 –
Translational Oncology 2011 –




Books (handout)

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.

Check our print and electronic book holdings at  -you will need an NHS Athens account to access ebooks- click here to register.
This is a regional NHS catalogue so select ‘just in these libraries’ or click here to limit your search to books held in Plymouth.

You can also renew your books here.

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

Title Year Edition Author
ABC of Colorectal Cancer 2011 2nd Young
Abeloff’s clinical oncology 2020 6th Niederhuber
Atlas of breast surgical techniques 2010 Klimberg
Atlas of diagnostic oncology 2010 4th Skarin
Being mortal: illness, medicine and what matters in the end 2014 Gawande
Bone cancer: primary bone cancer and bone metastases 2015 2nd Heymann
Brain Metastases from Primary Tumors: Volume 1, Volume 2, & Volume 3 Hayat
Breast Cancer Screening 2016  Houssami
Breast Surgery: A Companion to Specialist Surgical Practice 2019 6th Dixon
The breast: comprehensive management of benign and malignant diseases 2009 4th Bland
Cancer in children and young people: acute nursing care 2008 2nd Gibson
Cancer treatment and the ovary: clinical and laboratory analysis of ovarian toxicity 2015 2nd Anderson
Central nervous system cancer rehabilitation 2019 Cristian
Chordomas and chondrosarcomas of the skull base and spine 2018 2nd Harsh
Chronic and cancer pain 2011 2nd Cousins
Clinical Gynecologic Oncology 2018 9th Di Saia.
Clinical ophthalmic oncology 2007 Singh
Clinical Radiation Oncology 2016 4th Gunderson
Diagnostic Atlas of Cutaneous Mesenchymal Neoplasia 2020 Calonje
DNA repair in cancer therapy 2017 2nd Kelley
Dorfman and Czerniak’s Bone Tumors 2016 2nd Czerniak
Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer: breast cancer 2011 Jacobs
Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer: colorectal cancer 2011 Gearhart
Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer: head and neck cancer 2010 Koch
Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer: ovarian cancer 2010 Bristow
Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer: prostate cancer 2010 Su
End of life care for people with dementia: a person-centred approach. 2017 Middleton-Green
Evidence-based practice of palliative medicine 2013 Goldstein
Fast facts: Bladder cancer 2018 3rd Lerner
Fast facts: Chronic and cancer pain 2015 4th Cousins
Fast facts: Immuno-oncology 2017 Clarke
Fast facts: Ovarian cancer 2017 Fotopoulou
Fast facts: Pancreas and biliary tract diseases 2017 2nd Bhutani
Fast facts: Prostate cancer 2017 9th Kirby
Fundamentals of Oncologic PET/CT 2019 Ulaner
Gene therapy of cancer 2014 3rd Lattime
Glioblastoma 2016 Brem
A good life to the end: taking control of our inevitable journey through ageing and death 2019
rev ed
IASLC Thoracic Oncology 2018 2nd Pass
Jatin Shah’s head and neck surgery and oncology 2020 5th Shah
Lanzkowsky’s Manual of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology 2016 6th Lanzkowsky
Leibel and Phillips textbook of radiation oncology 2010 3rd Phillips
Management of cancer in the older patient 2012 Naeim
Meyler’s side effects of drugs in cancer and immunology 2010 Aronson
The molecular basis of cancer 2015 4th Mendelsohn
Nathan and Oski’s Haematology and Oncology of Infancy and childhood. 2015 8th Orkin
Neuroblastoma: molecular mechanisms and therapeutic interventions 2019 Ray
Oncology at a glance 2013 Dark
Oncology : Lecture notes 2015 3rd Bower
Oncologic imaging : a multidisciplinary approach 2012 Silverman
Oxford handbook of cancer nursing
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2019 2nd Tadman
Oxford Handbook of Oncology
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
2015 4th Cassidy
Oxford handbook of palliative care.(Download for up to 3 months at a time) 2019 3rd Watson
Palliative care : core skills and clinical competencies 2011 2nd Emanuel
Palliative care nursing at a glance 2016 Ingleton
Pathology of melanocytic tumors 2019 Busam
Practical Radiation Oncology Physics 2016 Dieterich
Principles of gynecologic oncology surgery 2019 Ramirez
Prostate cancer: science and clinical practice 2016 2nd Mydlo
Radiation oncology: rationale, technique, results 2010 9th Cox
Supportive oncology 2011 Davis
Textbook of interdisciplinary pediatric palliative care 2011 Wolfe
Visual guide to musculoskeletal tumors: a clinical, radiologic, histologic approach 2010 Wodajo
The way we die now 2016 O’Mahony