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European Journal of Cancer Care

Roma Maguire, Grigorios Kotronoulas, Peter T Donnan, Catherine Paterson, Lisa McCann, John Connaghan, David G G Di Domenico, Nora Kearney
Close monitoring of chemotherapy toxicity can be instrumental in ensuring prompt symptom management and quality care. Our aim was to develop a brief clinical tool to enable daily assessment of chemotherapy toxicity and investigate/establish its content validity, feasibility/applicability, internal consistency and stability. Development of the Daily Chemotherapy Toxicity self-Assessment Questionnaire (DCTAQ) was based on an initial item pool created from two scoping reviews. Expert panel review (n = 15) and cognitive debriefing with patients with cancer (n = 7) were used to establish content validity...
July 11, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Marijanne Engel, Arianne Brinkman-Stoppelenburg, Daan Nieboer, Agnes van der Heide
We aimed to assess the level of satisfaction with hospital care of patients with advanced cancer and its association with quality of life and other patient characteristics. Eligible patients were asked to fill out the EORTC INPATSAT-32 questionnaire, measuring patient satisfaction, and the EORTC QLQ-C15-PAL, measuring quality of life. Factor analysis was performed to identify underlying patterns in satisfaction. Multivariable regression analyses were used to assess associations of quality of life and other patient characteristics with satisfaction...
July 11, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Nelson C Y Yeung, Yiwei Zhang, Lili Ji, Guohua Lu, Qian Lu
Caregiver guilt (i.e., feeling of inadequacy in providing care to patients) is commonly experienced and studied among husbands of breast cancer survivors in Western countries. However, little is known about the psychosocial correlates of caregiver guilt in their Chinese counterparts. A total of 176 husbands of Chinese breast cancer survivors completed a cross-sectional survey in Weifang, Shandong province, China. As expected, hierarchical regression results showed that higher caregiving burden was associated with higher levels of caregiver guilt...
June 29, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Gemma Skaczkowski, Penelope Sanderson, Melissa Shand, Amanda Byrne, Carlene Wilson
To improve understanding of the triage process following distress and problem identification and the factors associated with offer and acceptance of supportive care referrals. Review of patient records/charts at a metropolitan hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Data were collected on problem identifications from 1/1/13 to 30/6/14, including patient demographics, disease and treatment information, responses to the NCCN Distress Thermometer (DT) and Problem Checklist (PC), whether referrals to supportive care services were offered and accepted/declined...
June 29, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Elizabeth M La, Emily Nash Smyth, Sandra E Talbird, Li Li, James A Kaye, Aimee Bence Lin, Lee Bowman
This study evaluated the patterns of care and health care resource use (HCRU) in patients with metastatic squamous cell carcinoma of the head and neck (SCCHN) who received ≥3 lines of systemic therapy in the United Kingdom (UK). Oncologists (n = 40) abstracted medical records for patients with metastatic SCCHN who initiated third-line systemic therapy during 1 January 2011-30 August 2014 (n = 220). Patient characteristics, treatment patterns and SCCHN-related HCRU were summarised descriptively for the metastatic period; exploratory multivariable regression analyses were conducted on select HCRU outcomes...
June 21, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Anne Herrmann, Alix Hall, Rob Sanson-Fisher, Nicholas Zdenkowski, Rochelle Watson, Heidi Turon
We examined whether not having been asked by their clinicians about how involved cancer patients would like to be in their treatment decisions is related to discordance between patients' preferred and perceived involvement in treatment decision-making. This was a cross-sectional survey of adult cancer patients recruited from five medical and radiation oncology outpatient clinics in Australia. Discordance of patients' preferred and perceived decision-making roles was assessed via an adapted version of the Control Preferences Scale...
June 14, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Munjae Lee, Kichan Yoon, Mankyu Choi
This study examines the effects of private health insurance (PHI) on the incidence of catastrophic health expenditures (CHE) for households with a patient with cancer. This study uses 1-year data from 2013 and households with cancer patients as the unit of research rather than individual household members. The sample thus includes 468 households with members with cancer who also used emergency, outpatient and hospitalisation services. Households with PHI had a lower incidence of CHE for all thresholds than those without did...
June 11, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Kasper Mønsted Pedersen, Graziella Zangger, Nana Brochmann, Birk Mygind Grønfeldt, Ann-Dorthe Zwisler, Hans Carl Hasselbalch, Lars Hermann Tang
The aim of the study was to determine the impact of an interdisciplinary exercise-based rehabilitation intervention on fatigue and quality of life (QOL) in patients with Philadelphia-negative myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs). At the Danish Knowledge Centre for Rehabilitation and Palliative Care, a 5-day interdisciplinary exercise-based rehabilitation intervention was carried out on 48 patients with MPN. It was followed by 12 weeks of self-exercising prior to follow-up. Initially and at follow-up, participants filled out validated questionnaires; Brief Fatigue Inventory, Multidimensional Fatigue Inventory, European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality-of-Life questionnaire, Myeloproliferative Neoplasm Symptom Assessment Form and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale...
June 11, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Jeanette M Daly, Raul Calderon, Daniel J Hoffman-Zinnel, Laura A Wynohrad, Brandy N Powers, Tami L Mohr, Barcey T Levy
Cancer prevention efforts at the community level are essential in the fight against cancer. Understanding community dynamics provides insights into building meaningful relationships between researchers and community organizations. In this study, community assistants were hired to organize and host forums to encourage interdisciplinary collaboration, with the goal of strengthening and transforming relationships between a university academic health center and communities. A 19-item questionnaire was developed to determine the strategies community assistants used to schedule and host community forums...
June 6, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Thamer Ali Al Khawaldeh, Mayyada Wazaify
This study aimed to describe types, frequencies and stages of errors which occurred during administration of commonly used intravenous (IV) cancer chemotherapy medications inclusive of "aseptic technique." A disguised direct observational cross-sectional prospective study was performed. A checklist consisting of appropriate process of administration of injectable chemotherapy agents along with the "aseptic technique" was developed and used. The study was conducted at the haematology and oncology wards at King Hussein Medical Centre/Jordanian Royal Medical Services (KHMC/JRMS)...
June 6, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Friedrich Stiefel, Mirjam de Vries, Céline Bourquin
This systematic review synthesises the literature on Communication Skills Training (CST) programmes for oncology professionals to identify their core components and compare them with the recommendations formulated in a position paper based on a European expert consensus meeting. A systematic literature search was conducted using MEDLINE (OVID and PUBMED), CINAHL, EMBASE, PSYCHINFO, Web of Science and the Cochrane Library. The analytic approach relied on an a priori framework based on the position paper's recommendations, generating several themes...
June 5, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Li Jiang, Julie Gilbert, Hugh Langley, Rahim Moineddin, Patti A Groome
The length of the cancer diagnostic interval can affect a patient's survival and psychosocial well-being. Ontario Diagnostic Assessment Units (DAUs) were designed to expedite the diagnostic process through coordinated care. We examined the effect of DAUs on the diagnostic interval among female patients with symptomatic breast cancer in Ontario using the Ontario Cancer Registry linked to administrative healthcare data. The diagnostic interval was defined as the time from patients' first referral or test to the cancer diagnosis...
June 5, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Ana Gabriela Jover-Esplá, Antonio Palazón-Bru, David Manuel Folgado-de la Rosa, Joaquín de Juan-Herrero, Vicente Francisco Gil-Guillén
Only one prognostic model for laryngeal cancer has been published, but it has not been properly validated and is only applicable to patients treated with radiotherapy. Consequently, we constructed, internally validated and implemented in an App (Android), a predictive model of 5-year mortality in patients with glottic cancer in a cohort study of 189 patients with glottic cancer in 2004-2016 in Spain. The main variable was time-to-death. Secondary variables were age, gender, TNM, stage, smoking, alcohol consumption, histology and treatment...
June 5, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Noemie Travier, Genevieve Buckland, Joan J Vendrell, Sonia Fernandez-Veledo, Immaculada Peiró, Sonia Del Barco, Sonia Pernas, Esther Zamora, Meritxell Bellet, Mireia Margeli, Beatriz Cirauqui, Montserrat Muñoz, Ignasi Tusquets, Angels Arcusa, Casimiro Javierre, Ferran Moreno, Ana Rodriguez, Antonio Agudo
Adiposity and physical activity are modifiable factors that could be important determinants of breast cancer (BC) prognosis through their effects on endogenous reproductive hormones, chronic inflammation and metabolic changes. Therefore, it is necessary to evaluate whether offering lifestyle interventions to BC survivors could affect the levels of certain biomarkers involved in these mechanisms. We designed a pre-post intervention study offering diet and exercise sessions over 12 weeks to 42 overweight/obese BC survivors...
June 5, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Matthew Johnson, Angela Mary Tod, Stephen Brummell, Karen Collins
Patients with lung cancer who undergo surgery may potentially be cured. The resulting pathological staging gives an indication of 5-year survival and whether further treatment is recommended. To date, there is little research evidence regarding the way potential recurrence is communicated to patients by staff. This qualitative research used case studies to explore how information disclosure about possible recurrence was managed following lung cancer surgery and aimed to identify practice implications for clinical teams...
June 4, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
Sultan M Mosleh
Understanding the factors associated with patients' health-related quality of life along with their social networks can help identify who may benefit from supportive programmes. This study sought to evaluate the impact of a cancer diagnosis on Jordanian cancer patients' health-related quality of life and its relationship with social support and emotional status. A descriptive design was utilized, and 226 clients were participated. Participants completed European Organization for Research and Treatment of cancer quality of life questionnaire (EORTC-version 3), the Hospice Comfort Questionnaire, and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression scale...
June 4, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
N Erickson, K Paradies, D Buchholz, J Huebner
In order to quantify gaps in the provision of medical nutrition care in Germany and pinpoint specific areas of need, we collected data from patients, nurses and physicians. The results from the patient survey were published separately. A total of 506 participants from 69 certified centers answered the questions developed in cooperation with representatives from different professional groups (physicians, nurses and dietitians). Only about a third of participants reported that their institution provides structured pathways to nutritional counseling...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
De-Ping Tong, Li-Qin Wu, Xiao-Ping Chen, Yi Li
The care of 40 patients with primary liver cancer with obstructive jaundice treated with liver puncture bile drainage or biliary stent implantation was reported. Treated with the interventional therapy, patients were observed closely to identify symptoms of hepatic encephalopathy and pain; diet care was well performed. Bile drainage tube and skin acre were performed carefully. Liver function, bilirubin and other biochemical indicators were monitored; occurrence of bleeding, acute pancreatitis, biliary tract infection, leakage of ascites around drainage tube and other complication were observed with good discharge instruction...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
S Morishita, A Tsubaki, J B Fu, Y Mitobe, H Onishi, T Tsuji
We investigated the difference in relationship between muscle strength and quality of life (QOL)/fatigue in long-term cancer survivors and healthy subjects. Thirty-six cancer survivors and 29 healthy subjects were assessed for body composition and bone status at the calcaneus using the Osteo Sono Assessment Index. Muscle strength was evaluated via handgrip and knee extensor strength. Health-related QOL was assessed using the Medical Outcome Study 36-item Short-Form Health Survey. Fatigue was measured using the brief fatigue inventory...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
W K Hou, K M Lau, T C Y Shum, A C K Cheng, T M C Lee
This study examined concordances of cancer patients' received and caregivers' provided support and dyadic relationship quality, and their predictive utility in prospective psychological distress and well-being. A total of 83 Chinese cancer patient-caregiver dyads were recruited in two government-funded hospitals in Hong Kong. Participants reported received (patient)/provided (caregiver) emotional and instrumental support and dyadic relationship quality within 6 months after diagnosis (T1), and anxiety and depressive symptoms, positive affect and life satisfaction at both T1 and 6-month follow-up (T2)...
May 16, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
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