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.


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Association for Palliative Medicine of Great Britain and Ireland 
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New ejournal content added 17/02/2021
Journal of Clinical Oncology 2004- (new route of access)
Journal of Immunotherapy 2000-
you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)



New ebook content added 14/12/2020
Breast Cancer and Gynecologic Cancer Rehabilitation
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


New ebook content added 01/12/2020
Drug Repurposing in Cancer Therapy

Neuro-Oncology for the Clinical Neurologist
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (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
  • 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 Nursing : an International Journal for Cancer Care 1996-
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 Clinical Oncology 2004 – New route of access 16/02/2021
Journal of Geriatric Oncology 2010 –
Journal of Immunotherapy 2000-
Journal of medical imaging and radiation oncology 2008-
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 –
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) 1990-
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 (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

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
Atlas of reconstructive breast surgery 2020 Pu
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 and Gynecologic Cancer Rehabilitation 2021 Cristian
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
Children’s Palliative Care: an International Case-Based Manual
2020 Downing
Chimeric antigen receptor t-cell therapies for cancer: a practical guide 2020 Lee
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
Diagnostic Atlas of Cutaneous Mesenchymal Neoplasia 2020 Calonje
Diagnostic histopathology of tumors 2021 5th Fletcher
DNA repair in cancer therapy 2017 2nd Kelley
Dorfman and Czerniak’s Bone Tumors 2016 2nd Czerniak
Drug Repurposing in Cancer Therapy
2020 To
Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer: head and neck cancer 2010 Koch
End of life care for people with dementia: a person-centred approach. 2017 Middleton-Green
Enzinger and Weiss’s soft tissue tumors 2020 7th Goldblum
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
Gunderson & Tepper’s Clinical Radiation Oncology 2021 5th Tepper
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
Living with the long-term effects of cancer: acknowledging trauma and other emotional challenges. 2020 Galgut
Management of cancer in the older patient 2012 Naeim
Meyler’s side effects of drugs in cancer and immunology 2010 Aronson
Minimally invasive (endoscopic and robotic) breast surgery 2020 Mok
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
Neuro-Oncology for the Clinical Neurologist 2021 Strowd
Oncology at a glance 2013 Dark
Oncology : Lecture notes 2015 3rd Bower
Oncologic imaging : a multidisciplinary approach 2012 Silverman
Onco-nephrology 2020 Perazella
Oncoplastic Surgery of the Breast 2020 2nd Nahabedian
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
Proton Therapy 2021 Frank
Supportive oncology 2011 Davis
Textbook of interdisciplinary pediatric palliative care 2011 Wolfe
The way we die now 2016 O’Mahony