I love writing. I’ve even been known to spend some of my holidays abroad sitting on a beach, or a balcony overlooking the ocean, doing some writing on my laptop or in my moleskin notebook. Unlike research papers, books take a long while to finish, but I’ve recently had really exciting projects come to fruition.
Cancer and Cancer Care (First edition, published by Sage, 2015)
Edited with my colleague, Debbie Wyatt, Cancer and Cancer Care is a complete study of cancer, the care of people with the illness, and its impact on everyday life. Addressing the physical and psychosocial aspects of the illness in detail, it covers all fundamental aspects of cancer diagnosis, treatment, survival and support for all those affect by cancer: patients, their families, and their healthcare providers.
The book is essential reading for all those on cancer care courses at undergraduate and postgraduate level. It will be valuable reading for nurses, oncologists, psychologists, social workers, and all healthcare practitioners and researchers working with people affected by cancer.
Other book contributions
Published in 2015, The Research Journey of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) written by Nic Hooper & Andreas Larsson offers a fantastic introduction to the evidence-base behind ACT. I was asked to write a brief expert opinion on the place of ACT in cancer care.
With Dr Ray Owen and Dr Chris Nelson, I’ve published a chapter on Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) for cancer patients in the third and fourth editions of Psycho-Oncology, a leading textbook edited by William Breitbart, Phyllis Butow, Paul Jacobsen, Wendy Lam, Mark Lazenby, and Matthew Loscalzo.
I co-authored a chapter focussed on cancer care for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (with Drs Karolina Lisy, Jane Ussher, Alison Alpert, Charles Kamen and Michael Jefford) for the Psycho-Oncology Companion Guide for Clinicians (Book 2): Sexual Health, Fertility & Relationships, edited by Maggie Watson and David Kissane.
I am currently co-authoring a chapter with Dr Lee Hulbert-Williams on the use of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) in the palliative care setting for the forthcoming edition of the Handbook of Psychiatry in Palliative Medicine: Psychosocial Care of the Terminally Ill. Published by Harvey Chochinov and Williams Breitbart, this volume will be published in 2022.