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European Journal of Cancer Care

Anton Larnebratt, Victoria Fomichov, Bergthor Björnsson, Per Sandström, Anna Lindhoff Larsson, Jenny Drott
Fast-track programmes are aimed at improving perioperative care. The purpose of this study was to identify and explore patient participation among patients who had surgery for liver, bile duct or pancreatic cancer and followed a fast-track programme. A total of 116 questionnaires to investigate patient participation were analysed. Information was important for the patients, as was having the opportunity to ask questions and express personal views. The results showed differences by sex; men responded to a greater extent that they did not want to make decisions as a patient (p = 0...
November 8, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Lindsay Dearden, Natalie Shalet, Cristiana Artenie, Andrew Mills, Claire Jackson, Laura Grant, Adam Gater
Clinical studies have demonstrated the benefits of abiraterone acetate + prednisone (AAP) and enzalutamide (ENZ) in significantly improving survival among metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) patients. However, evidence regarding patient's real-world experience, particularly with respect to fatigue, treatment satisfaction and health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is limited. Interviews were initially conducted with patients (n = 38) and carers (n = 12) to elicit qualitative data regarding their experiences...
November 8, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Pandora Patterson, Kimberley R Allison, Natalie Hornyak, Kathryn Woodward, Rebecca H Johnson, Adam Walczak
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November 8, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Kristen R Haase, Roanne Thomas, Wendy Gifford, Lorraine Holtslander
In this study, we document cancer healthcare professionals' views of patients' use of cancer-related Internet information (CRII) and their views on how it informs the ways patients interact with healthcare professionals and services from the point of view of health professionals. We used an interpretive descriptive approach, conducting interviews and focus groups with oncology healthcare professionals (n = 21) at a University-affiliated western Canadian cancer treatment centre. Data were analysed using thematic analysis...
October 30, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Corinne Daly, Selena Micic, Marcia Facey, Brittany Speller, Samantha Yee, Erin D Kennedy, Arden L Corter, Nancy N Baxter
Women undergoing cancer treatments and their healthcare providers encounter challenges in fertility preservation (FP) discussions and decision-making. A systematic review of qualitative research was conducted to gain in-depth understanding of factors influencing FP discussions and decision-making. Major bibliographic databases and grey literature in English from 1994 to 2016 were searched for qualitative research exploring patient/provider perspectives on barriers and facilitators to FP decision-making. Two researchers screened article titles, abstracts and full-texts...
October 30, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Evelyne Liuu, Nicolas Guyot, Simon Valero, Amelie Jamet, Houria El Ouazzani, Patrick Bouchaert, Jean-Marc Tourani, Virginie Migeot, Marc Paccalin
This study aimed to determine cancer prevalence occurring after the age of 75 in 45 French nursing homes (NH), as well as residents' characteristics and parameters associated with cancer-specific management. Descriptive retrospective study including 214 residents (mean age, 89.7 years) with cancer diagnosed after age 75. The studied parameters were sociodemographic, functional, nutritional and cognitive data; comorbidity assessment; date of tumoral diagnosis; cancer type; tumoral stage; treatment plan; multidisciplinary staff decision and oncologic follow-up...
October 29, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Janyne Afseth, Lis Neubeck, Thanos Karatzias, Robin Grant
This systematic review describes tools which could be considered for use for holistic needs assessment (HNA) in brain cancer. MEDLINE, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) and PsycINFO were searched. Studies were included which met the following criteria; primary research published in English which reported the development, psychometric testing or clinical utility testing of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) for the assessment of adult brain cancer patients' needs, problems or concerns or generic cancer needs assessment tools developed specifically on a brain cancer or brain tumour population...
October 26, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Takuya Fukushima, Jiro Nakano, Shun Ishii, Ayumi Natsuzako, Tatsuya Hirase, Junya Sakamoto, Minoru Okita
OBJECTIVE: In this study, we investigated the muscle function of patients with haematological malignancy and healthy controls and examined the effect of cachexia on muscle function. METHODS: Seventy-one patients with haematological malignancy, hospitalised for chemotherapy, and 71 healthy controls underwent examination of skeletal muscle mass (SMM; total body and upper and lower limbs), handgrip strength and isometric knee extensor strength. Patients with haematological malignancy were divided into three groups based on Glasgow Prognostic Score: non-cachexia (n = 31), pre-cachexia (n = 23) and cachexia (n = 17) groups...
October 25, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Regina Gironés, Francisco Aparisi, José García-Sánchez, Alfredo Sánchez-Hernández, Francisco García Piñón, Óscar Juan-Vidal
Therapeutic decision-making for older patients with stage IV non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with no identifiable activating mutation is complex. In this prospective study, we evaluated the usefulness of geriatric assessment (GA) in identifying frail patients. Stage IV NSCLC patients ≥70 years of age were evaluated with GA and classified according to this evaluation into three different groups: fit, vulnerable and frail. Classifications based on GA, treatment decision, toxicity and overall survival were analysed...
October 24, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Valentina Biagioli, Michela Piredda, Ombretta Annibali, Maria Cristina Tirindelli, Adriana Pignatelli, Francesco Marchesi, Maria Rita Mauroni, Sonia Soave, Elisabetta Del Giudice, Elena Ponticelli, Marco Clari, Sandra Cavallero, Pierina Monni, Laura Ottani, Simona Sica, Marco Cioce, Lorella Cappucciati, Francesca Bonifazi, Rosaria Alvaro, Maria Grazia De Marinis, Gianpaolo Gargiulo
The aim of this study was to develop and psychometrically test a questionnaire assessing patients' perception of protective isolation following haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). The conceptual framework for developing the questionnaire was a three-dimensional model that emerged from a metasynthesis: isolation-related suffering, relationship with oneself and relationship with others. Item selection was performed through a focus group, comparison with the findings of two phenomenological studies, and content validity with 22 experts...
October 24, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Karin Piil, Mary Jarden, Kathrine Hoffmann Pii
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to identify future research agendas that reflect the concerns and unexplored areas of interest for patients with life-threatening cancer, their relatives and the clinical specialists during the cancer trajectory. METHODS: Six focus group discussions were conducted addressing two different cancer trajectories: primary malignant brain tumour and acute leukaemia. For each of the two cancer trajectories, separate FGIs were carried out with patients, relatives and clinical specialists to identify important concerns, challenges and uncertainties...
October 21, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Andreas Hinz, Michael Friedrich, Susanne Kuhnt, Markus Zenger, Thomas Schulte
The objective of this study was to analyse whether general self-efficacy and resilient coping are negatively impacted when people are sick with cancer (compared with people from the general population), and whether these resource variables predict quality of life outcomes in that patient group. A sample of 959 patients recruited in an oncologic rehabilitation clinic was examined once while hospitalised and once again six months thereafter. The outcome variables were quality of life (EORTC QLQ-C30) and distress (PHQ-4)...
October 18, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Jéssica Guerra, Miguel Patrício
The main aim of this review is to evaluate the burnout levels experienced by radiation therapists. PubMed, Lilacs and Google Scholar were searched for articles reporting burnout levels in radiation therapists. Only studies explicitly assessing burnout and using a validated instrument were retrieved. Meta-analyses were undertaken, based on articles that used the Maslach Burnout Inventory to assess burnout, to determine 95% confidence intervals for the overall prevalence of radiation therapists with high burnout risk in three dimensions: emotional exhaustion, depersonalisation or low personal accomplishment...
October 18, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Dawn Doran, Susan Williamson, Karen Margaret Wright, Kinta Beaver
Following a diagnosis of prostate cancer, men require information and support from healthcare providers which is tailored to their individual needs. Studies reporting on the needs of gay men with prostate cancer, and their experiences of healthcare provision, are lacking. This study highlights the issues affecting this group of men and the implications for healthcare delivery in the United Kingdom. In-depth interviews were conducted with 12 gay men who had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. A phenomenological approach was used to collect and analyse data...
October 16, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Elka Humphrys, Jenni Burt, Greg Rubin, Jon D Emery, Fiona M Walter
Low health literacy has been associated with poor cancer screening uptake, difficulty in making treatment choices and reduced quality of life following a cancer diagnosis, yet it is unclear whether and how health literacy influences the pathway to diagnosis for patients with cancer symptoms. This systematic review aimed to evaluate the influence of health literacy on the timely diagnosis of symptomatic cancer. Literature was searched between January 1990 and May 2017 using MEDLINE, Embase, Scopus, ASSIA, CINAHL and PsycINFO...
October 16, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Gisela Riu-Viladoms, Esther Carcelero San Martín, M Teresa Martín-Conde, Natàlia Creus
The main objective of the study is to determine the pharmacist detection of drug-drug and drug-food interactions in patients receiving oral antineoplastic drugs (OADs). Descriptive, prospective study in a tertiary-care teaching hospital. The study population included patients who received OADs from the Outpatient Pharmacy of the hospital. The study population was attended by a pharmacist who checked potential interactions. The severity of interactions was evaluated using the summary of product characteristics of each drug and three different databases...
October 16, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Lawson Eng, Dan Pringle, Jie Su, Osvaldo Espin-Garcia, Chongya Niu, Mary Mahler, Oleksandr Halytskyy, Rebecca Charow, Christine Lam, Ravi M Shani, Jodie Villeneuve, Kyoko Tiessen, Aditi Dobriyal, Aein Zarrin, Ashlee Vennettilli, M Catherine Brown, Shabbir M H Alibhai, Doris Howell, Jennifer M Jones, Peter Selby, Wei Xu, Geoffrey Liu
Continued consumption of alcohol after a cancer diagnosis is associated with poorer outcomes. We evaluated whether perceptions of the effects of continued alcohol use and receiving information on moderating alcohol reduced alcohol consumption in adult cancer survivors. A total of 509 cancer survivors were cross-sectionally surveyed at follow-up for their alcohol use before and after cancer diagnosis and perceptions of continued drinking. Multivariable logistic regression models evaluated factors associated with changes in alcohol consumption after diagnosis...
October 16, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Chin-Mei Wang, Shih-Yu Lee, Keng-Fu Hsu, Cheng-Feng Lin, Mi-Chia Ma, Yu-Yun Hsu
The prevalence of lower limb lymphoedema and its impact in gynaecological cancer patients is underestimated. However, a valid and reliable scale to measure lower leg lymphoedema in Taiwan has not been available. The purpose of the study was to translate the English version of Lymphoedema Functioning, Disability and Health Questionnaire for Lower Limb Lymphoedema into a Chinese version (Lymph-ICF-LL-C), and evaluate the psychometric properties of the Lymph-ICF-LL-C in Taiwanese women with gynaecological cancer surgery...
October 12, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Takuya Fukushima, Jiro Nakano, Shun Ishii, Ayumi Natsuzako, Junya Sakamoto, Minoru Okita
This study aimed to investigate the effects of low-intensity exercise therapy (LIET) on the physical and mental symptoms and functions in patients with haematological malignancies undergoing chemotherapy. Forty-four patients hospitalised for chemotherapy performed LIET. The exercise intensity of LIET was defined as achieving <40% of the predicted maximum heart rate calculated using the Karvonen formula. LIET consisted of aerobic and resistance training, which was carried out on weekdays. The intervention was omitted in the case of poor general health status and strong patient refusal...
October 12, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Mette Sandager, Henry Jensen, Henriette Lipczak, Cecilie Dyg Sperling, Peter Vedsted
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to explore whether cancer patients urgently referred to a cancer patient pathway (CPP) (CPP referred) by a general practitioner report experiences of pre-diagnosis cancer care differently than patients not referred to a CPP (non-CPP referred). METHODS: Data were collected from cross-sectional questionnaire surveys among cancer patients and their GPs and linked to National registries. Poisson regression was used to generate adjusted prevalence ratios (PR) to compare reported experiences...
October 10, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
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