Library services & resources for Oncology and Palliative Care

How to literature search for ARTICLES ON A SUBJECT (Databases)

How to search for EVIDENCE and BEST PRACTICE on a topic (Evidence Summaries)


How to find PRINT + ELECTRONIC BOOKS (SWIMS Catalogue)

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 email


New ebook content added 15/12/2022
Bone cancer: Bone Sarcomas and Bone Metastases – From Bench to Bedside
Cardio-Oncology Practice Manual: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease
DiSaia and Creasman Clinical Gynecologic Oncology
Lung Cancer Rehabilitation
Perioperative Care of the Cancer Patient 
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

New ejournal content added 17/10/2022
BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2011-
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)

How to literature search for ARTICLES ON A SUBJECT (Databases)

If you need an search assistance or training on the use of resources please 
contact Discovery Library.

AMED (via Ovid)– allied and complementary medicine including palliative care
BNI (via Proquest)– nursing, midwifery and community healthcare
CINAHL (via Ebsco)– nursing and allied health
Embase (via Ovid) – biomedical and pharmaceutical literature
Emcare (via Ovid) – nursing and allied health
HMIC (via Ovid) – healthcare management
Medline (via Ovid or via EBSCO)- biomedical, life sciences, allied health and pre-clinical sciences literature
PsycINFO (via Proquest) – psychological, social, behavioral sciences.
Social Policy and Practice (via Ovid)- health and social care

To access the NHS subscribed databases you will need an NHS Athens account.

  • Search Cochrane Library
    Collection of databases incl:

    -Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    -Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)

    Cochrane Clinical Answers

    that can be searched simultaneously and contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making

  • Search NHS Library and Knowledge Hub (Guide)
    Whilst it is advisable to search the databases above for more detailed and systematic searches, the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub can be used for more simple searches to find a couple of papers on a simple topic.

    To access content on the Library and Knowledge Hub you will need an NHS Athens account.

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How to search for EVIDENCE and BEST PRACTICE on a topic

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

BMJ Best Practice- (Help and training resources)

Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

On 1st access you’ll be asked to create personal account to download free App**
***Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).

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 (provided by NICE)-
Summaries of the current evidence base & practical guidance on best practice for >300 primary care presentations and regular updates to all topics

DynaMed (Help pages and tutorial)
clinical decision support tool with quality evidence-based information, expert guidance and a user-friendly, personalized experience to deliver accurate answers fast at the point of care. 

Note you will need a University Hospitals Plymouth or Plymouth Community Health Athens account (UHP, Livewell Plymouth GP staff/students register here). 
Available to University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Plymouth Community Health (Livewell SW + Plymouth General Practice) only.

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

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To access articles you will need a NHS Athens account.


For each option you should either be able to

  • Access the fulltext of the article where we have a subscription to journal or
  • Complete a form to request a copy of an article not held
  • The ARTICLE TITLE via the Knowledge and Library Hub (Guide)

    If you have the article title please copy and paste into the main search box of the hub.
    If the title is a short title using common healthcare terms, then you might want to add the Author name and/or Journal title to the search to specify your chosen article.


    A Digital Object Identifier (DOI)  is a string of numbers, letters and symbols used to permanently identify an article or document and link to it on the web.
    It is usually in the format:
    The bit in italics which starts all DOIs can be ignored- please copy and paste the rest of your specific into the search box.

    A PubMed identifier (PMID) is a unique value assigned to each PubMed record usually 8 digits long

The search only includes journals for which organisation has a subscription.
If a journal is embargoed the embargoed article will still be listed but when you click to access content you will receive a article request form rather than the fulltext.

  • BROWSER EXTENSION to check all scholarly pages for local access via Nomad

Enter Plymouth (includes UHP, Livewell and GP options), South Western Ambulance or South Central Ambulance as organisation when asked.

Please note: On University Hospitals Plymouth and Livewell SW networked machines IT have already made Nomad automatically available via Microsoft Edge.
You will need to manually download to any other browsers you use on NHS Personal Device

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
BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care2011-
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 –
Practical Radiation Oncology2011-
Radiotherapy and Oncology2007 –
Seminars in Cancer Biology2007 –
Seminars in Oncology2007 –
Seminars in Radiation Oncology2007 –
Surgical Oncology2007 –
Translational Oncology2011 –

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SWIMS Library Catalogue

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select
‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’
to limit your search to print books held at Discovery Library, Derriford.
The shelfmark will correspond with shelf in library collection.

If you are unable to visit the library in person please email to request postal delivery of required book(s)

Ebooks select your location based on your organisation :

Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY (for UHP, Livewell and GP staff)
-South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust SWASFT
South Central Ambulance Service SCAS
You will need an NHS Athens login to to access ebooks.

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 below- click title to login with Athens account. 

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 and Soft Tissue Pathology 20232ndGoldblum
Bone cancer: Bone Sarcomas and Bone Metastases – From Bench to Bedside20223rdHeymann
Brain Metastases from Primary Tumors: Volume 1, Volume 2, & Volume 3Hayat
Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Rehabilitation2021Cristian
Breast Cancer Screening2016Houssami
Breast Cancer: the Facts20192ndSaunders
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
Cardio-Oncology Practice Manual: A Companion to Braunwald’s Heart Disease 2023Herrmann
Central nervous system cancer rehabilitation2019Cristian
Children’s Palliative Care: an International Case-Based Manual2020Downing
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 ophthalmic oncology2007Singh
Community Palliative Care and COVID-192020Blackmore
Diagnostic Atlas of Cutaneous Mesenchymal Neoplasia2020Calonje
Diagnostic histopathology of tumors20215thFletcher
DiSaia and Creasman Clinical Gynecologic Oncology 202310thCreasman
DNA repair in cancer therapy20172ndKelley
Dorfman and Czerniak’s Bone Tumors20162ndCzerniak
Drug Repurposing in Cancer Therapy2020To
Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer: head and neck cancer2010Koch
End of life care for people with dementia: a person-centred approach.2017Middleton-Green
Enhanced Palliative Care: A handbook for paramedics, nurses and doctors2022Pryde
Enzinger and Weiss’s soft tissue tumors20207thGoldblum
Evidence-based practice of palliative medicine2013Goldstein
Fast facts: biosimilars in hematology and oncology2020Cornes
Fast facts: Bladder cancer20183rdLerner
Fast facts: blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm 2021Deconinck
Fast facts: car t-cell therapy in diffuse large b-cell lymphoma2021Buka
Fast facts: car t-cell therapy : insight into current and future applications2021Buka
Fast facts: cholangiocarcinoma 2021Shroff
Fast facts: Chronic and cancer pain20154thCousins
Fast facts: chronic lymphocytic leukemia2022Eyre
Fast facts: clinical trials in oncology 2021Hackshaw
Fast facts for patients and supporters: cholangiocarcinoma 2021Denlinger
Fast facts for patients and their supporters: advanced cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma2020Arron
Fast facts: glioblastoma2020McNamara
Fast facts: immuno-oncology 20212ndClarke
Fast facts: leukemia20222ndLoke
Fast facts: non-small-cell lung cancer20222ndO’Brien
Fast facts: Ovarian cancer2017Fotopoulou
Fast facts: Pancreas and biliary tract diseases20172ndBhutani
Fast facts: prostate cancer 202010thKirby
Fast facts: treatment-free remission in chronic myeloid leukemia 2020Potluri
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 Oncology20227thFish
    Leibel and Phillips textbook of radiation oncology20103rdPhillips
    Living with the long-term effects of cancer: acknowledging trauma and other emotional challenges.2020Galgut
    Lung Cancer Rehabilitation 2023Cristian
    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 Children20123ndGoldman
    Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine 20216thCherny
    Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing20195thRolling Ferrell 
    Oxford Textbook of Palliative Social Work20222ndAltilio
    Palliative and End of Life Care for Paramedics2020Blackmore
    Palliative care nursing at a glance2016Ingleton
    Pathology of melanocytic tumors2019Busam
    Perioperative Care of the Cancer Patient 2023Hagberg
    Practical Radiation Oncology Physics2016Dieterich
    Principles of gynecologic oncology surgery2019Ramirez
    Prostate cancer: science and clinical practice20162ndMydlo
    Proton Therapy2021Frank
    TNM Atlas 20217thBrierley
    The way we die now2016O’Mahony

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