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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28925569/prescribing-errors-intercepted-by-pharmacist-intervention-in-care-of-patients-hospitalised-with-breast-and-gynaecological-cancer-at-a-brazilian-teaching-hospital
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A C Ferracini, A T Rodrigues, A A de Barros, S F Derchain, P G Mazzola
Oncologic inpatients often require multiple drug therapy. They may be at higher risk of experiencing prescribing errors, which pharmacist interventions may help to avoid. This study aimed to evaluate the types of prescribing errors, pharmaceutical interventions and differences in clinical significance, in prescriptions for hospitalised patients with breast and gynaecological cancer. A cross-sectional, prospective study was conducted at the oncology ward of a clinic specialised in breast and gynaecology cancer...
September 19, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921739/a-rapid-review-of-needs-assessment-tools-for-post-treatment-cancer-survivors
#2
REVIEW
M Jiao, A E Hall, L Nolte, A Piper, K Lisy, M Jefford
Relevant, comprehensive and psychometrically rigorous needs assessment tools are needed to ensure appropriate care is delivered to cancer survivors who have completed treatment. The aim of this rapid review was to identify and describe needs assessment tools that are used in cancer survivors post-treatment, assess their psychometric properties and describe their use in clinical care. The electronic databases Medline, Cochrane Library, CINAHL and PsycINFO were searched. Six studies were identified that described five needs assessment tools used in cancer survivors post-treatment...
September 18, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921733/effects-of-individual-and-partner-factors-on-anxiety-and-depression-in-taiwanese-prostate-cancer-patients-a-longitudinal-study
#3
C H Chien, C K Chuang, K L Liu, C T Wu, S T Pang, P K Tsay, Y H Chang, X Y Huang, H E Liu
Studies exploring the mediating and predictive factors of anxiety and depression for prostate cancer patients in Eastern countries are scant. Guided by the transactional model of stress and coping, this study determined the predictors and mediators of anxiety and depression in prostate cancer patients. The participants comprised 115 prostate cancer patients and 91 partners. The patients and partners completed questionnaires regarding physical symptoms, disease appraisals, coping behaviours, anxiety and depression in the period before confirmation of treatment decisions and 1, 3, 6 and 12 months after treatment...
September 18, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913954/the-relationship-between-pain-fatigue-sleep-disorders-and-quality-of-life-in-adult-patients-with-acute-leukaemia-during-the-first-year-after-diagnosis
#4
Mojtaba Miladinia, Shahram Baraz, Monir Ramezani, Amal Saki Malehi
The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between pain, fatigue, sleep disorders and quality of life and assess the most powerful predictor of quality of life in patients with acute leukaemia. In this cross-sectional multicentre study, 406 patients were recruited. Data were collected using the Iranian Short-Form 36-item Health Survey, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index, and the Numeric Rating Scale for Pain and Fatigue Intensity. It was found that pain and fatigue had direct relationship with sleep disorders...
September 15, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913913/development-of-the-cancer-related-loneliness-assessment-tool-using-the-findings-of-a-qualitative-analysis-to-generate-questionnaire-items
#5
K B Cunningham, T Kroll, M Wells
The aim of this research was to develop a tool to identify and assess the qualities of cancer-related loneliness in adult cancer survivors who have completed treatment. In addition to reporting the development of the tool, we explicate the process of using the findings of a qualitative analysis to generate questionnaire items, as currently little guidance exists on this topic. The findings of our qualitative research exploring the experience of loneliness in adult cancer survivors who had completed treatment, together with the findings of our concept analysis of loneliness, were used to develop an assessment tool for cancer-related loneliness following treatment completion...
September 15, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28913848/effect-of-the-duration-of-hospice-and-palliative-care-on-the-quality-of-dying-and-death-in-patients-with-terminal-cancer-a-nationwide-multicentre-study
#6
J Y Choi, K A Kong, Y J Chang, H J Jho, E M Ahn, S K Choi, S Park, M K Lee
Early referral to hospice and palliative care (HPC) has significant benefits, but little is known about the appropriate time for referral. The purpose of this study of terminal cancer patients was to identify the most appropriate time for referral to HPC. Cross-sectional correlation study design was used. Participants were the bereaved relatives, who were the adult primary caregivers of the 1,829 terminal cancer patients who died 2-6 months previously in nationwide centres that provide HPC in Korea. A post-bereavement survey (Good Death Inventory, GDI) of family caregivers was used to assess patients' quality of dying and death...
September 15, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895233/validation-of-the-opportunity-for-treatment-in-oncology-option-questionnaire-measuring-continuity-of-care
#7
Paola Rucci, Silvia Foglino, Francesca Bravi, Rossella D'Avenia, Mattia Altini, Tiziano Carradori, Angela Angelastro, Maria Pia Fantini
Increasing efforts are ongoing to deliver effective cancer care through integrated networks of services. Measuring patients' experience of care is essential to identify problematic areas that require organisational adjustments. The aim of the present study was to examine the validity of OPTION questionnaire, designed to measure patient's perceived continuity of care across different phases of their care pathway. The study was carried at the Institute for Cancer Treatment and Research, Meldola and the oncology departments of the Local Health Authority of Romagna, Italy...
September 11, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892252/clinical-decision-making-in-managing-changes-in-gastrointestinal-function-following-cancer-therapies-is-experience-enough
#8
A C Muls, K Klimova, H J N Andreyev
In patients with gastrointestinal (GI) disorders, identical symptoms may occur for many different reasons. This prospective study assessed whether experienced clinicians can predict accurately the underlying diagnosis or diagnoses contributing to specific symptoms based on the history and physical examination. Three clinicians assessed 47 patients referred for management of troublesome GI symptoms identified after treatment for cancer. Investigations were requested following our comprehensive, peer-reviewed algorithm...
September 11, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892215/living-with-life-prolonging-chemotherapy-control-and-meaning-making-in-the-tension-between-life-and-death
#9
K Kvåle, O Synnes
Chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hormone therapy and immune therapy have made many cancers chronic, potential curable diseases rather than inevitably fatal, but the treatments are often both mentally and physically stressful even if the side effects varies. The right use of palliative chemotherapy is a complex issue and there are many aspects to take into consideration. The aim of the study was to gain insight into the illness narratives of cancer patients, from the day they suspected that something was wrong up to the present day where they are living with incurable cancer, undergoing life-prolonging chemotherapy...
September 11, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892208/perspectives-of-oncology-nurses-and-oncologists-regarding-barriers-to-working-with-patients-from-a-minority-background-systemic-issues-and-working-with-interpreters
#10
K J Watts, B Meiser, E Zilliacus, R Kaur, M Taouk, A Girgis, P Butow, D W Kissane, S Hale, A Perry, S K Aranda, D Goldstein
This study aimed to ascertain the systemic barriers encountered by oncology health professionals (HPs) working with patients from ethnic minorities to guide the development of a communication skills training programme. Twelve medical and five radiation oncologists and 21 oncology nurses were invited to participate in this qualitative study. Participants were interviewed individually or in a focus group about their experiences working with people from minority backgrounds. All interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically...
September 11, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28881077/development-of-a-rapid-risk-evaluation-tool-for-herbs-drugs-interactions-in-cancer-patients-a-multicentric-experience-in-south-of-france
#11
B Pourroy, C Letellier, A Helvig, B Chanet, F De Crozals, C Alessandra
Cancer patients use herbs in spite of severe interactions risks with major anticancer drugs. In daily practice, it is very difficult for oncologists to detect and define the risk of a herb-anticancer drug interaction (HDI). In this work, we realised a state of play in one of the most populated region of France by evaluating, through a specific questionnaire, the position of a representative panel of oncologists. About 80% of them thought that herbs interact with anticancer treatments whereas only 15.4% of them actually knew the real HDI...
September 7, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873239/interventional-radiology-in-bone-metastases
#12
REVIEW
J Chiras, E Shotar, E Cormier, F Clarençon
Interventional radiology plays a significant role in the treatment of bone metastases by various techniques, percutaneous or endovascular. Vertebroplasty is the most well-studied technique for stabilisation of spine metastases as it induces satisfactory stabilisation of the vertebra and offers clear improvement of the quality of life. Due to the success of this technique cementoplasty of other bones, mainly pelvic girdle, has been largely developed. The development of reinforced cementoplasty allows treatment of pre-fractural osteolysis of some long bones...
September 5, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28857296/patient-factors-influencing-symptom-appraisal-and-subsequent-adjustment-to-oesophageal-cancer-a-qualitative-interview-study
#13
Liane Lewis, Afrodita Marcu, Katriina Whitaker, Roma Maguire
Oesophageal cancer (EC) is characterised by vague symptoms and is often diagnosed at an advanced stage, leading to poor outcomes. Therefore, we aimed to investigate whether there might be any patient factors contributing to delay in EC diagnosis, and focused on the symptom appraisal and help-seeking strategies of people diagnosed with EC in the UK. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 14 patients aged >18 years with localised EC at point of diagnosis. Purposive sampling was used to include patients from 1 to 9 months post-diagnosis...
August 31, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28850754/verbal-memory-in-breast-cancer-patients-treated-with-chemotherapy-with-doxorubicin-and-cyclophosphamide
#14
P Andryszak, M Wiłkość, B Żurawski, P Izdebski
Memory is one of the crucial human cognitive functions, and deficits in memory processes may lead to difficulties in everyday functioning. The aim of this study was to analyse the effect of anthracycline-based adjuvant chemotherapy (AC) used in breast cancer treatment on verbal memory and learning. We also evaluated the relationship between verbal memory and psychological, somatic and socio-demographic factors. The study was carried out on a group of 31 women with early breast cancer treated with adjuvant chemotherapy and 30 healthy controls...
August 29, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28850741/marital-status-and-stage-of-cancer-at-diagnosis-a-systematic-review
#15
A Buja, L Lago, S Lago, A Vinelli, C Zanardo, V Baldo
Early cancer detection is fundamental to the promotion of better health in the community, but disparities remain in the likelihood of cancer being detected at an early stage, some of which relate to socio-demographic factors such as marital status. The aim of this study was to conduct a systematic review of research on the association between marital status and stage at diagnosis of different types of cancer. A comprehensive systematic literature search was run in the Medline and Scopus databases (from January 1990 to June 2014), identifying 245 and 208 articles on PubMed and Scopus respectively...
August 29, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840622/propolis-in-the-prevention-of-oral-mucositis-in-breast-cancer-patients-receiving-adjuvant-chemotherapy-a-pilot-randomised-controlled-trial
#16
M Piredda, G Facchinetti, V Biagioli, D Giannarelli, G Armento, G Tonini, M G De Marinis
Chemo-induced oral mucositis (OM) is associated with significant symptoms, treatment delays and increased costs. This pilot randomised controlled trial aimed at evaluating the safety, tolerability and compliance with propolis in breast cancer patients receiving doxorubicin and cyclophosphamide, testing preliminary clinical efficacy of propolis in the prevention of OM, and prospectively evaluating the incidence of OM. Sixty patients were randomised to receive either a dry extract of propolis with 8%-12% of galangin plus mouth rinsing with sodium bicarbonate (experimental arm), or mouth rinsing with sodium bicarbonate (control arm)...
August 25, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28840620/changing-current-practice-in-urological-cancer-care-providing-better-information-advice-and-related-support-on-work-engagement
#17
S J MacLennan, S E Murdoch, T Cox
There is a growing body of evidence on the importance of work following a diagnosis of cancer and the need to provide better information, advice and related support to patients on work engagement. The aim of this study was to better understand the nature of those needs and to identify better ways to meet these for those with a urological cancer. The focus was on the issues that were common to three key stakeholder groups. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with stakeholders in North East Scotland: 12 individuals with kidney, bladder or prostate cancer, 10 healthcare providers and 10 managers from large organisations...
August 25, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833787/efficacy-of-a-global-supportive-skin-care-programme-with-hydrotherapy-after-non-metastatic-breast-cancer-treatment-a%C3%A2-randomised-controlled-study
#18
F Dalenc, V Ribet, A B Rossi, J Guyonnaud, C Bernard-Marty, B de Lafontan, S Salas, A-L Ranc Royo, C Sarda, N Levasseur, C Massabeau, J-M Levecq, P Dulguerova, D Guerrero, V Sibaud
This study investigated the efficacy of post-treatment hydrotherapy as supportive care for management of persistent/long-lasting dermatologic adverse events (dAEs) induced in breast cancer survivors by adjuvant therapy, and its impact on quality of life (QoL). Patients in complete remission after standardised (neo)adjuvant chemotherapy, surgery and radiotherapy combination treatment for infiltrating HR+/HER2-breast carcinoma were enrolled in this randomised, multicentre controlled study 1-5 weeks after completing radiotherapy...
August 22, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28833865/patterns-of-care-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-patients-in-belgium-a-population-based-study
#19
L Verleye, C De Gendt, F Vrijens, V Schillemans, C Camberlin, G Silversmit, S Stordeur, E Van Eycken, C Dubois, J Robays, I Wauters, J P Van Meerbeeck
Guidelines recommend surgery for Stage I-II, chemoradiation for Stage III and systemic therapy for Stage IV non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). However, patient related factors and patient preferences influence treatment decisions. We investigated patterns of care for Belgian NSCLC patients in 2010-2011, based on population-based data from the Belgian Cancer Registry and administrative databases. The relationship between patient characteristics, institutional diagnostic volume, type of treatment and survival was investigated...
August 18, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809461/cancer-comorbidity-and-workplace-discrimination-the-us-experience
#20
Amanda K Gehrke, Michael Feuerstein
Cancer survivors with comorbidities have more work-related challenges than cancer survivors without these other health problems. This study evaluated how these cancer survivors with comorbidities are faring under a newly revised workplace discrimination policy, which better accounts for the episodic nature of chronic illnesses. The sample included 18-64 year olds with a history of cancer who filed allegations of workplace discrimination in 2009-2011 (N = 1.291) in the US. Multivariable logistic regressions were used...
August 15, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
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