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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631284/the-role-of-radiotherapy-in-bone-metastases-a-critical-review-of-current-literature
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A Kougioumtzopoulou, A Zygogianni, Z Liakouli, E Kypraiou, V Kouloulias
Radiotherapy is considered the treatment of choice for painful bone metastases. However, novel modalities of radiotherapy have emerged in the concept of oligometastasic disease. In addition, the increase of overall survival of patients with bone metastatic disease in the last decades due to systemic treatments has issued the silent topic of re-irradiation. The aim of this manuscript was to present a current thorough search of relevant literature. Originally, 6,087 articles revealed from PubMed database related to radiotherapy and bone metastases...
June 20, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597947/the-feasibility-of-a-pragmatic-distance-based-intervention-to-increase-physical-activity-in-lung-cancer-survivors
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C J Peddle-McIntye, M K Baker, Y C G Lee, D A Galvão, P Cormie, V Graham, R U Newton
The purpose of this study was to investigate the feasibility and preliminary efficacy of a pragmatic distance-based intervention designed to increase physical activity (PA) participation in lung cancer survivors. Fourteen lung cancer survivors were recruited via invitation from the State Cancer Registry to join a 12-week PA intervention of print materials paired with brief telephone follow-up. Outcome measures of feasibility, PA participation and quality of life (QoL) were assessed at baseline, post-intervention and follow-up via telephone interview...
June 9, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597493/seeking-accepting-and-declining-help-for-emotional-distress-in-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-thematic-synthesis-of-qualitative-evidence
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C M Carolan, A Smith, G R Davies, L Forbat
Many individuals affected by cancer who experience emotional distress report not wanting help. This review aims to understand why individuals affected by cancer seek, accept or decline help for emotional distress and what influences these actions. A systematic review and thematic synthesis of the qualitative literature was conducted. Using pre-defined search terms, four electronic databases were searched from January 2000 to May 2016. Pre-determined inclusion and exclusion criteria were then applied. Identified papers were quality appraised...
June 8, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557060/epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-and-anaplastic-lymphoma-kinase-testing-and-mutation-prevalence-in-patients-with-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-in-switzerland-a-comprehensive-evaluation-of-real-world-practices
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S M Ess, C Herrmann, H Frick, M Krapf, T Cerny, W Jochum, M Früh
In order to improve outcomes, identification of the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) and anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) genes has become crucial in advanced non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC). The aim of the present study is to analyse time trends and frequency of testing, factors affecting testing as well as prevalence of mutations in the Swiss population. We analysed EGFR and ALK testing in a cohort of patients with newly diagnosed metastasised non-squamous NSCLC in the catchment area of the cancer registry Eastern Switzerland in the years 2008-2014...
May 30, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544085/e-tc-development-and-pilot-testing-of-a-web-based-intervention-to-reduce-anxiety-and-depression-in-survivors-of-testicular-cancer
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L E Heiniger, A B Smith, I Olver, P Grimison, B Klein, A Wootten, J-A M Abbott, M A Price, M McJannett, B Tran, M R Stockler, H Gurney, P N Butow
e-TC is an online intervention designed to address common psychosocial concerns of testicular cancer survivors. It aims to reduce anxiety, depression and fear of cancer recurrence by providing evidence-based information and psychological intervention. This paper details the development and pilot testing of e-TC. During pilot testing, 25 men (with varying psychological profiles) who had completed treatment for testicular cancer, 6 months to 5 years ago (which had not recurred), used e-TC over a 10-week period and provided quantitative and qualitative feedback on the feasibility and acceptability of the programme...
May 22, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523723/patient-characteristics-and-surgery-related-factors-associated-with-patient-reported-recovery-at-1-and-6%C3%A2-months-after-colorectal-cancer-surgery
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J Jakobsson, E Idvall, C Kumlien
Predictors for postoperative recovery after colorectal cancer surgery are usually investigated in relation to length of stay (LoS), readmission, or 30-day morbidity. This study describes patient characteristics and surgery-related factors associated with patient-reported recovery 1 and 6 months after surgery. In total, 153 consecutively included patients who were recovering from colorectal cancer surgery reported their level of recovery using the Postoperative Recovery Profile. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to calculate associations with recovery, defined as good or poor, divided into five recovery dimensions: physical symptoms, physical functions, psychological, social and activity...
May 19, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513056/lessons-learned-from-a-pilot-study-of-an-indigenous-patient-navigator-intervention-in-queensland-australia
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C M Bernardes, J Martin, P Cole, T Kitchener, G Cowburn, G Garvey, E Walpole, P C Valery
Indigenous patient navigator (IPN) programmes show promise in addressing barriers to cancer care and facilitation of patient self-efficacy. The purpose of this paper is to describe and reflect upon the experience of training an IPN and implementation of the intervention in the Australian context with Indigenous cancer patients. Randomised clinical trial might provide the best available evaluation measure of an intervention but caution should be taken in the implementation process. Socio-cultural aspects and training can affect the conduct of this type of intervention...
May 17, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497549/a-large-scale-prospective-clinical-and-psychometric-validation-of-the-eortc-colorectal-qlq-cr29-module-in-polish-patients-with-colorectal-cancer
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B Sanna, K Bereza, D Paradowska, E Kucharska, I M Tomaszewska, Z Dudkiewicz, J Golec, A Bottomley, K A Tomaszewski
The purpose of our study was to assess if the Polish translation of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Colorectal Cancer (CRC)-Specific Quality of Life Questionnaire (QLQ-CR29) is an acceptable and psychometrically valid measure to collect quality of life (QoL) data in Polish patients with CRC for use in clinical trials and clinical practice. A total of 150 patients undergoing treatment for CRC were prospectively enrolled in the study. Psychometric assessment of the translated QLQ-CR29 structure, reliability, convergent and divergent validity, and clinical validity was subsequently performed...
May 11, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488812/decreased-body-mass-index-is-associated-with-impaired-survival-in-lung-cancer-patients-with-brain-metastases-a-retrospective-analysis-of-624-patients
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E K Masel, A S Berghoff, L M Füreder, P Heicappell, F Schlieter, G Widhalm, B Gatterbauer, U Dieckmann, P Birner, R Bartsch, S Schur, H H Watzke, C C Zielinski, M Preusser
Body mass index (BMI) is a prognostic factor in several cancer types. We investigated the prognostic role of BMI in a large patient cohort with newly diagnosed lung cancer brain metastases (BM) between 1990 and 2013. BMI at diagnosis of BM and graded prognostic assessment (GPA) were calculated. Definitions were underweight (BMI <18.50), weight within normal range (BMI 18.50-24.99) and overweight (BMI ≥ 25.00). A total of 624 patients (men 401/624 [64.3%]; women 223/624 [35.7%]; median age of 61 [range 33-88]) were analysed...
May 10, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488375/factors-associated-with-healthcare-professional-s-rating-of-disfigurement-and-self-perceived-body-image-in-female-patients-with-head-and-neck-cancer
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S-C Chen, C-Y Huang, B-S Huang, C-Y Lin, K-H Fan, J T-C Chang, S-C Wu, Y-H Lai
The purpose of this study was to determine factors associated with self-perceived body image in female patients with head and neck cancer (HNC), and factors associated with healthcare professional's rating of disfigurement, as well as the correlation between patient and observer ratings. This cross-sectional study recruited 105 women with HNC at a large medical centre. Measures of facial disfigurement and body image, as well as demographic and clinical characteristics, were collected. Multivariate multiple linear regression modelling was used to identify factors associated with healthcare professional's rating of disfigurement and patient self-perceived body image...
May 9, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474488/a-q-methodology-study-to-investigate-the-experiences-of-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-from-diagnosis-to-1%C3%A2-year
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K J Reid, A Swift, H Mehanna
The experiences of disease and treatment for patients diagnosed with head and neck cancer (H&NC) are known to be important indicators of the quality of care but are represented poorly in the literature. Survival is a major outcome measure to which health-related quality of life (HRQoL) adds detail but outcomes are not fully representative of the patients' experiences because quality of care and reality of treatment are overlooked. This study explored the HRQoL, quality of care and reality of treatment themes using a mixed-methods approach, Q Methodology...
May 4, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28474341/effects-of-preoperative-dexamethasone-on-postoperative-pain-nausea-vomiting-and-respiratory-function-in-women-undergoing-conservative-breast-surgery-for-cancer-results-of-a%C3%A2-controlled-clinical-trial
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A O Cortés-Flores, J Jiménez-Tornero, G Morgan-Villela, M Delgado-Gómez, C J Zuloaga-Fernández Del Valle, J García-Rentería, J Rendón-Félix, C Fuentes-Orozco, M D Macías-Amezcua, G Ambriz-González, A S Alvarez-Villaseñor, D Urias-Valdez, M Chavez-Tostado, G I Contreras-Hernández, A González-Ojeda
The objective was to evaluate whether preoperative administration of dexamethasone improved postoperative nausea and vomiting (PONV), pain and respiratory function tests in women undergoing conservative surgery for breast cancer. This was a controlled clinical trial conducted between June 2013 and October 2014. Eighty patients were evaluated. Patients received a preoperative dose of 8 mg of dexamethasone (n = 40) or placebo (n = 40). The data on PONV and pain intensity was obtained and forced spirometry tests were performed, 1 hr before and at 1, 6, 12 and 24 hr after surgery...
May 4, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440587/risk-benefit-perception-of-pregnancy-among-breast-cancer-survivors
#13
P-L Hsieh, S-M Huang, L-Y Chien, C-F Lee, Y Hsiung, C-J Tai
Helping breast cancer patients who desire a pregnancy after cancer treatment is a vital issue. Little is known about the complex context of the decision to become pregnant after breast cancer treatment. The purpose of this study was to understand the risk-benefit perception of choosing conception or contraception after treatment in Taiwan. We applied grounded theory to guide this exploratory qualitative study. Data were collected through in-depth interviews with 16 breast cancer patients. Pregnancy was addressed in the context of cancer as a potentially life-threatening diagnosis and its treatment...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440572/feasibility-of-a-multidisciplinary-intervention-to-help-cancer-patients-return-to-work
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M C J Leensen, I F Groeneveld, T Rejda, P Groenenboom, S van Berkel, T Brandon, A G E M de Boer, M H W Frings-Dresen
This study evaluates feasibility of a multidisciplinary intervention combining occupational counselling with physical exercise to enhance cancer patients' return to work, assesses whether care providers and patients were satisfied with the intervention, and describes barriers to and facilitators of execution. Newly diagnosed cancer patients, treated with chemotherapy and on sick leave from (self-)employment participated. Patients received counselling from an oncological occupational physician (OOP), were assessed by a sports physician, and performed a 12-week training programme supervised by physiotherapists...
April 25, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426181/prognostic-significance-of-cachexia-score-assessed-by-ct-in-male-patients-with-small-cell-lung-cancer
#15
E Y Kim, H Y Lee, Y S Kim, I Park, H K Ahn, E K Cho, Y M Jeong, J H Kim
To determine the prognostic significance of CT-determined cachexia scores (CSs) in 127 consecutive male small cell lung cancer (SCLC) patients, cross-sectional areas of muscle and fat tissues at the third lumbar vertebra (L3) were retrospectively measured on baseline CT images. CSs were determined based on the presence of sarcopenia and/or adipopenia. According to the presence of sarcopenia (L3 muscle index <55 cm(2) /m(2) , 86.8%) and adipopenia (L3 fat index <22 cm(2) /m(2) , 11.8%), CSs were defined as follows: CS2 (sarcopenia and adipopenia, 11...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426142/integrated-care-in-cancer-what-is-it-how-is-it-used-and-where-are-the-gaps-a-textual-narrative-literature-synthesis
#16
L J Cortis, P R Ward, R A McKinnon, B Koczwara
Integrated care is an underpinning concept of contemporary health care policy proffered as a strategy to overcome the fragmentations in care encountered by people with complex care needs (Shaw et al. [2011] What is Integrated Care? An Overview of Integrated Care in the NHS). Cancer patients have potential to benefit from such policy, often having needs that extend beyond cancer. This paper seeks to understand how the concept of integrated care is used in the cancer literature. A search of leading databases was conducted for original research relating to integrated care or an integration intervention aiming to improve outcomes of cancer patients, and analysed using textual narrative synthesis...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417550/burden-emotional-distress-and-quality-of-life-among-informal-caregivers-of-lung-cancer-patients-an-exploratory-study
#17
J-Y Tan, A Molassiotis, M Lloyd-Williams, J Yorke
This study was conducted to explore the interrelationships among caregiver burden, emotional status and quality of life (QoL) in caregivers of lung cancer patients, and to identify whether caregiver burden and health status are associated with patient emotional status and QoL. Forty-three dyads of lung cancer patients and their caregivers were included for analysis. Caregiver-reported outcomes were measured by Caregiver Burden Scale (CBS), Caregivers Quality of Life Index-Cancer (CQOLC) and Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), while patient-reported outcomes were collected by HADS and Lung Cancer Symptom Scale (LCSS)...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417508/effectiveness-of-semi-permeable-dressings-to-treat-radiation-induced-skin-reactions-a-systematic-review
#18
M Fernández-Castro, B Martín-Gil, I Peña-García, M López-Vallecillo, M E García-Puig
The aim of this systematic review is to assess the available evidence concerning the effectiveness of semi-permeable dressings, on the full range of skin reactions, related to radiation therapy in cancer patients, from local erythema to moist desquamation, including subjective symptoms such as pain, discomfort, itchiness, burning and the effect on daily life activities. The bibliographic search was carried out looking for Randomised Clinical Trials (RCTs) indexed in PubMed, Cinhal, Cochrane plus and Biblioteca Nacional de Salud, published in the English and Spanish language, between 2010 and 2015...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417506/the-effect-of-intraoperative-hypothermia-upon-blood-transfusion-needs-and-length-of-stay-among-gastrointestinal-system-cancer-surgery
#19
V B Poveda, A S Nascimento
This cross-sectional study was performed to evaluate the relationship between intraoperative body temperature and the need for blood transfusion and length of stay in the post-anaesthetic care unit (PACU) or in the intensive care unit (ICU) among 79 patients undergoing elective oncology surgery of the digestive system. There was a statistically significant correlation between a lower temperature during surgery and medical diagnosis (p = .009), the use of bupivacaine anaesthesia (p = .016), anaesthesia time (p = ...
April 18, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28398649/depressive-symptoms-during-adverse-economic-and-political-circumstances-a-comparative-study-on-greek-female-breast-cancer-patients-receiving-chemotherapy-treatment
#20
P Pelekasis, K Kampoli, A Ntavatzikos, A Charoni, C Tsionou, A Koumarianou
The aim of this study was to search for an effect of the adverse economic and political events that took place in 2015 in Greece (threat of bankruptcy, referendum, capital controls) on depressive symptoms of breast cancer patients on chemotherapy. The clinician-rated version of the Inventory of Depressive Symptomatology (IDS-C30) and a form documenting sociodemographic, medical and social network characteristics were administrated in two groups of patients: one in 2010 and one in the aftermath of the July 2015 events...
April 11, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
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