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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345023/the-narrow-treatment-road-to-survival-everyday-life-perspectives-of-women-with-breast-cancer-from-iraq-and-the-former-yugoslavia-undergoing-radiation-therapy-in-sweden
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A Holst-Hansson, E Idvall, I Bolmsjö, A Wennick
This study aimed at exploring how women from Iraq and the former Yugoslavia, diagnosed with breast cancer and living in Sweden, experience their everyday life during radiation therapy. A qualitative research design was used comprising interviews with ten women, five originating from Iraq and five from the former Yugoslavia. Striving to survive, the women experienced their everyday life during radiation therapy as extremely challenging. This experience can be placed into three categories: strategies for survival, keeping up appearances and staying in control...
January 18, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345017/effects-of-nutritional-support-on-short-term-clinical-outcomes-and-immune-response-in-unresectable-locally-advanced-oesophageal-squamous-cell-carcinoma
#2
F Chen, J Fang, H Wang, T Song, W Zhu, M Wu, Y Wu
This retrospective study investigated the efficiency of nutritional support in unresectable locally advanced oesophageal squamous cell carcinoma (LAOSCC) patients who received concurrent chemoradiotherapy (CCRT) based on 5-fluorouracil and cisplatin. In the routine care group, 63 patients served as historical controls and received nutrition support in a reactive manner. In addition, 57 patients in the nutritional support group received timely diet counselling, oral nutritional supplements, enteral nutrition and/or parenteral nutrition during CCRT...
January 18, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341295/sustainability-of-the-australian-radiation-oncology-workforce-a-survey-of-radiation-therapists-and-radiation-oncology-medical-physicists
#3
Georgia K B Halkett, Melissa N Berg, Lauren J Breen, David Cutt, Michael Davis, Martin A Ebert, Desley Hegney, Michael House, Rachel Kearvell, Leanne Lester, Sharon Maresse, Jan McKay
This study aimed to determine and compare Radiation Therapists' (RTs') and Radiation Oncology Medical Physicists' (ROMPs') perspectives about their profession and workplace, satisfaction with career progression opportunities, and leaving the current workplace. RTs and ROMPs who were currently or had previously worked in Australia were invited to complete an online survey. Univariate and multivariate methods were used for analysis. Participants were 342 RTs and 112 ROMPs with estimated response rates of 14% and 26% respectively...
January 17, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337413/participation-of-relatives-in-the-care-of-cancer-patients-in-hospital-a-scoping-review
#4
REVIEW
E Partanen, T Lemetti, E Haavisto
The purpose of the review was to describe what kind of research has been conducted concerning relatives' participation in the care of cancer patients in hospital and how relatives have participated in the care. Data (n = 9) were identified through a manual search and by searching the electronic databases (n = 8) Cinahl, PubMed and Cochrane Library and analysed with deductive content analysis. According to the review, participation in the concrete care appeared as taking care of comprehensive care and the quality of care, helping with daily activities and helping the healthcare professionals...
January 16, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337398/exploring-knowledge-attitudes-and-experience-of-genitourinary-symptoms-in-women-with-early-breast-cancer-on-adjuvant-endocrine-therapy
#5
M Sousa, M Peate, C Lewis, S Jarvis, A Willis, M Hickey, M Friedlander
Clinical trials of adjuvant endocrine therapy in women with early breast cancer have consistently reported that genitourinary symptoms are common. However, little is known about women's experiences of genitourinary symptoms, their views about the symptoms and how they impact on their lives. The aim of this study was to explore knowledge, attitudes and experiences of genitourinary symptoms among women receiving adjuvant endocrine therapy for early breast cancer. Thirty-two semi-structured interviews were conducted and subjected to a rigorous qualitative analysis...
January 16, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337382/frailty-in-patients-with-acute-myeloid-leukaemia-conceptual-misapprehension-of-chronological-age
#6
E G Umit, M Baysal, A M Demir
In haematology practice, patients with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) are generally assessed for frailty only if they are older and not able to tolerate intensive and remission targeted treatments. We aimed to focus on frailty in patients with AML, in all ages and aimed to evaluate its role and practicality in daily routine. Data of patients diagnosed and treated for AML between 2006 and 2016 are recorded and assessed for their survival predictivity. One hundred and ninety-seven patients were <65 years of age and 175 were ≥65...
January 16, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333736/underestimated-caregiver-burden-by-cancer-patients-and-its-association-with-quality-of-life-depression-and-anxiety-among-caregivers
#7
J Y Shin, J-W Lim, D W Shin, S Y Kim, H-K Yang, J Cho, A Jeong, D Jo, C-Y Yim, K Park, J-H Park
This study examined how patients with cancer estimate caregiver burden (CB) and the association between their underestimation of CB and their caregivers' self-ratings of their quality of life (CQOLC-K; Korean version of the Caregiver Quality of Life Index-Cancer), depression and anxiety (Korean version of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale). Participants consisted of 990 patient-caregiver dyads recruited from a nationwide cross-sectional survey conducted in South Korea. Medical baseline data were retrieved from the hospital information systems of the participating centres...
January 15, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333686/predicting-hypertension-among-korean-cancer-survivors-a-nationwide-population-based-study
#8
Y-H Kim, K-H Cho, K H Kim, E J Ryu, K D Han, J-S Kim
Hypertension is the most common comorbidity among cancer survivors, although there is no model for predicting hypertension in this population. Therefore, we developed a model for predicting hypertension using data from 6,480 Korean cancer survivors who were ≥20 years old. The odds ratios (ORs) for hypertension were calculated using stepwise logistic regression analyses, and a nomogram was generated to predict hypertension. Hypertension was independently associated with an age of ≥65 years (OR: 3.058), male gender (OR: 1...
January 15, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29323766/acupuncture-in-hospice-settings-a-qualitative-exploration-of-patients-experiences
#9
P McPhail, H Sandhu, J Dale, S Stewart-Brown
Whilst acupuncture has the potential to impact on many aspects of health and well-being, including end-of-life care, there is little research regarding patients' experiences of its effects within the context of palliative care in hospice settings. The aim of this study was to address this gap, by exploring patients' experiences of acupuncture within this setting. In-depth, semi-structured interviews were conducted with a sample of eighteen patients who had received acupuncture as part of hospice care. Transcription of data, with thematic analysis, identified two overarching themes: (1) participant perceptions of the effects of acupuncture including pain control, improved physical and emotional health, spiritual well-being and awareness of health as a holistic phenomenon; and (2) factors which participants believed enabled acupuncture to have these effects including the quality of the practitioner relationship, engagement of participants in the process of their treatment and prior expectations that acupuncture could work...
January 11, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315944/the-effectiveness-of-a-saline-mouth-rinse-regimen-and-education-programme-on-radiation-induced-oral-mucositis-and-quality-of-life-in-oral-cavity-cancer-patients-a-randomised-controlled-trial
#10
B-S Huang, S-C Wu, C-Y Lin, K-H Fan, J T-C Chang, S-C Chen
Radiation therapy (RT) and concurrent chemotherapy RT (CCRT) generate radiation-induced oral mucositis (OM) and lower quality of life (QOL). This study assessed the impact of a saline mouth rinse regimen and education programme on radiation-induced OM symptoms, and QOL in oral cavity cancer (OCC) patients receiving RT or CCRT. Ninety-one OCC patients were randomly divided into a group that received saline mouth rinses and an education programme and a control group that received standard care. OM symptoms and QOL were assessed with the WHO Oral Toxicity Scale, MSS-moo and UW-QOL...
January 9, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315912/unmet-supportive-care-needs-health-status-and-minimum-costs-in-survivors-of-malignant-melanoma
#11
L M Davies, K P Hayhurst, P Lorigan, A Molassiotis
We explored the relationship between unmet care needs, health status, health utility and costs in people treated for melanoma via a cross-sectional follow-up survey (N = 455) 3 months to 5 years after complete resection of stage I-III cutaneous malignant melanoma. 51% (n = 232) had unmet care needs. This group had higher mean resource use, estimated conservatively (£28 vs. £10 per person) and worse overall health. Mean health-related utility index (AQoL6D) was 0.763 (95% CI 0.74; 0.79) in those with self-reported unmet need vs...
January 9, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29315926/occupational-status-among-adult-survivors-following-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-in-childhood
#12
Jeanette Winterling, Eva Johansson, Lena Wettergren, Per Ljungman, Kristina Alexanderson
This study examined occupational status and factors associated with sick leave and disability pension among adult long-term survivors previously treated with allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) during childhood. Moreover, occupational status was compared to that of a reference group. Data were collected with questionnaires and from medical records. The SCT group included 59 adults (18-45 years old: response rate 63%) treated with allo-SCT in childhood with a median of 17 (range 3-28) years earlier...
January 8, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314470/needs-and-preferences-among-patients-with-high-grade-glioma-and-their-caregivers-a-longitudinal-mixed-methods-study
#13
K Piil, J Jakobsen, K B Christensen, M Juhler, T C Guetterman, M D Fetters, M Jarden
Previous reports on the patient perspective of daily life during a 1-year high-grade glioma (HGG) trajectory from the time of diagnosis are sparse. The aim of this longitudinal mixed methods study is to identify the specific needs and preferences for rehabilitation and supportive care and how it links with physical activity, psychological measures and health quality longitudinally over the first year after diagnosis among patients with HGG and their caregivers by integrating qualitative and quantitative findings...
January 4, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314427/comprehensive-unmet-needs-and-correlations-with-quality-of-life-in-chinese-cancer-patients
#14
Y P Zhang, Y Zhang, W H Liu, Y T Yan, H H Wei
Increasing evidence indicates unmet supportive need as a detrimental effect on patients' well-being. However, the unmet needs and correlations with quality of life (QOL) in mainland Chinese cancer patients remain unclear. This study aimed to assess the unmet needs and QOL in Chinese cancer patients, and further explore the influencing factors. A cross-sectional descriptive study design was applied. Using a convenience sampling method, 300 cancer patients, including 176 females and 124 males were recruited from five tertiary hospitals in Xi'an city during April to July 2015...
January 4, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314360/patient-reported-symptoms-and-stepwise-symptom-management-in-patients-on-epidermal-growth-factor-inhibitors-a-retrospective-descriptive-cohort-study
#15
J J Koldenhof, M H G Langenberg, P O Witteveen, S C C M Teunissen
Adverse events (AEs) of epidermal growth factor inhibitors (EGFRi) influence well-being with a risk to dose modifications (DMs). Hereby, clinical benefit of treatment might be affected. This retrospective cohort study was set up to gain insight into the suitability and added value of a patient-reported outcome measurement tool (PROM), together with a stepwise intervention management plan for EGFRi-related AEs in daily practice. The primary objective was to gain insight into total treatment duration and DMs, and the secondary objective to gain insight into patient-reported symptoms and well-being as well as healthcare professional-reported AEs...
January 4, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314350/efficacy-of-a-web-based-cognitive-rehabilitation-intervention-for-adult-cancer-survivors-a-pilot-study
#16
M E Mihuta, H J Green, D H K Shum
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the efficacy of a web-based cognitive rehabilitation intervention in survivors of adult-onset cancer and a sample of non-cancer community dwelling adults. Fifty-one participants were recruited and allocated to a cancer intervention group, a non-cancer intervention group, or a non-cancer waitlist group. Intervention groups completed a 4-week online program and all participants were assessed at baseline, post-intervention and 3-month follow-up. The primary outcome measure was subjective cognitive functioning...
January 4, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314332/portuguese-oncologists-practices-regarding-female-fertility-preservation-which-barriers-most-relate-to-these-practices
#17
Cláudia Melo, Ana Fonseca, Cristina Silva, Teresa Almeida-Santos, Maria Cristina Canavarro
This study aims to investigate the current practice patterns of Portuguese oncologists with different clinical specialties regarding female fertility preservation (FP) and to determine the relative endorsement of different barriers to these practices. A total of 111 doctors with different clinical specialties assisting female cancer patients of childbearing age at Portuguese clinical institutions completed a self-report questionnaire to assess their current practice patterns regarding female FP and their perceptions of the barriers to these practices...
January 4, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29265535/prophylactic-effect-of-lamivudine-on-chemotherapy-induced-hepatitis-b-virus-reactivation-in-patients-with-solid-tumour-a-meta-analysis
#18
Z Xu, W Dai, Y-T Wu, B Arshad, X Li, H Wu, H-R Chen, K-N Wu, L-Q Kong
Hepatitis B virus (HBV) reactivation is a remarkable risk during the chemotherapy for solid tumour patients. Nucleos(t)ide analogues (NAs) are recommended as prophylaxis for the reactivation of HBV infection in some cancer patients prior to systemic chemotherapy. Therefore, we performed a meta-analysis aiming to determine the efficacy of prophylactic lamivudine on prevention of HBV reactivation and its related negative outcomes among solid tumour patients with chronic HBV infection receiving systemic chemotherapy...
December 19, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29265503/on-being-a-caregiver-the-experiences-of-south-african-family-caregivers-caring-for-cancer-patients
#19
J E Maree, D Moshima, M Ngubeni, L Zondi
The purpose of our study was to describe the experiences of family caregivers of cancer patients using the public healthcare system in South Africa. We used a qualitative descriptive design and conducted in-depth interviews with 20 purposively selected family caregivers. Data saturation determined the sample size, and qualitative content analysis was used to analyse the data. Three themes arose from the data: emotional responses and feelings towards the cancer diagnosis, fulfilling the role of the caregiver and living and coping with a changed life and a changed person...
December 19, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29205611/return-to-work-intervention-during-cancer-treatment-the-providers-experiences
#20
K S Petersen, A H Momsen, C M Stapelfeldt, P R Olsen, C V Nielsen
To explore in-depth understanding of providers' experiences when involved in a return-to-work (RTW) intervention offered during cancer treatment. Semi-structured individual interviews and participant observations at a hospital department and two municipal job centers were carried out, including ten providers (physicians, nurses and social workers). A phenomenological-hermeneutic approach was applied, involving coding, identification of themes and interpretation of findings. Three major themes were identified: Treatment first, Work as an integrated component in cancer rehabilitation, and Challenges in bringing up work issues...
December 4, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
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