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Fast Facts: Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias

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Multiple Myeloma accounts for approximately 0.8% of cancers worldwide, with about 114 000 new cases each year. Rapid progress is being made in the development of new treatments and, although myeloma is incurable at present, survival has almost tripled over the past 10 years and it is now projected that a third of patients will survive more than 10 years after diagnosis.

Fast Facts: Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Dyscrasias emphasizes the importance of early diagnosis for a favourable outcome, covers the ever-increasing role of genetics in diagnosis and treatment, and discusses new and gold-standard treatments. A chapter on supportive care also features and briefs the health care professional on long-term outcomes and quality of life issues. Primarily intended for primary care providers, specialist nurses, junior doctors and allied healthcare professionals, this highly readable resource provides a comprehensive overview of myeloma and other plasma cell dyscrasias, from bench to bedside, putting the pathogenesis, diagnosis and treatment of these disorders in the context of daily clinical practice.


  • Epidemiology and etiology
  • Precancerous conditions associated with multiple myeloma
  • Pathophysiology of myeloma and MGUS
  • Diagnosis, staging and monitoring of myeloma
  • Genetics and myeloma
  • Induction therapy for newly diagnosed multiple myeloma
  • Transplantation and myeloma
  • Relapsed and refractory myeloma
  • Bone disease and renal complications in myeloma
  • AL amyloidosis
  • Rare plasma cell dyscrasias
  • Supportive care
  • Useful resources

What do the reviewers say?

"a very clear, well-written and up-to-date review of myeloma and associated disorders. I would thoroughly recommend it to anyone new to the field including medical students, junior doctors, chemotherapy trained nurses, and to anyone keen to learn more about myeloma. This book provides an excellent grounding in the field.”
Professor Graham Jackson, Professor of Clinical Haematology, Newcastle University

“Very good reading, with easy to follow information.”
Anne-Marie Kelly, Myeloma Clinical Nurse Specialist, Haematology & Transplant Department, The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, UK

“This book gives a thorough but concise explanation of the pathophysiology, diagnosis and treatment of myeloma, plasma cell dyscrasias and related disorders. It is a great resource to refer to when working with patients to help understand the consequences of their specific diagnosis and treatment.”
Rebecca Weeks, Support Services Coordinator, Leukaemia & Blood Cancer New Zealand

Fast Facts: Ophthalmology, 2nd edn

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This fully updated new edition has been designed for ease and speed of use in clinical practice. It will empower you with the knowledge to triage your patients into three main groups: emergencies requiring immediate referral; non-emergencies requiring routine referral; or those with treatable conditions.

Primarily intended for doctors, optometrists, ophthalmic nurses and other health professionals involved with eye care within the community, this refreshingly readable handbook discusses the major ophthalmological symptoms in the context of daily clinical practice.


  • Basic eye assessment: history and examination
  • Red eye
  • Blurred vision
  • Double vision
  • Other important symptoms
  • Gritty, itchy or watery eyes
  • Abnormal eye appearance and/or eye examination
  • Diabetes, hypertension and systemic medications
  • Eyelid disease
  • Children’s eye problems
  • Eye trauma
  • Useful resources

What do the reviewers say?

“Fast Facts: Ophthalmology is a fantastic companion for all clinicians involved in primary eye care. The authors accurately describe a variety of common ophthalmological conditions, which are carefully organized in order of their associated symptoms, allowing the reader to quickly identify the problem, thereby facilitating appropriate referral or management.”
Dr Amit N. Jinabhai, Lecturer in Optometry, The University of Manchester

“A great practical book for working in the field. I particularly liked the opportunity to self-test online”
Pam Armstrong, President, Australian Ophthalmic Nurses' Association Victoria

“This very well set out handbook is ideal for those involved in triaging eye problems, enabling them to decide what to refer to an optometrist or ophthalmologist, and how urgently.” 
The Association for Independent Optometrists and Dispensing Opticians



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Fast Facts: Acne, 2nd edn

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What do the reviewers say?

“This easy to navigate gem is packed full of up to date information on how to individualize management for your acne patient … the summaries at the end of each chapter make for great speed reading!”
Dr Jo-Ann See, College Fellow, Australasian College of Dermatologists

“It’s a great go-to resource which presents each section in an easy to read format, perfect for referring back to. … The British Skin Foundation is especially glad to see a section on 'Future trends and areas of need' which details the future research needed in antibiotic resistance.”
The British Skin Foundation

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