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Annals of Palliative Medicine

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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061538/palliative-radiotherapy-for-skin-malignancies
#1
Winston Vuong, Jessica Lin, Randy L Wei
Palliative radiotherapy (PRT) improves patient quality of life (QoL) through alleviating cancer-associated symptoms such as pain, bleeding, and ulceration. Palliative management of patients with skin malignancies requires consideration of cosmetic and psychosocial outcomes as QoL measures. In this review, we highlight the current literature and advances in the use of PRT for patients with the three most commonly encountered forms of skin malignancies: basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and melanoma...
December 19, 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061537/excellent-and-durable-response-to-radiotherapy-in-a-rare-case-of-spinal-cord-compression-due-to-extra-medullary-hematopoiesis-in-%C3%AE-thalassemia-intermedia-case-report-and-clinicoradiological-correlation
#2
Prahlad H Yathiraj, Anshul Singh, Sudha Vidyasagar, Muralidhar Varma, Vidyasagar Mamidipudi
Spinal cord compression (SCC) is an unusual sequale of extra-medullary hematopoiesis (EMH). We report a patient diagnosed with β-thalassemia intermedia at the age of 7 years presenting as a 24-year-old with symptoms suggestive of paraparesis. MR imaging revealed long masses of EMH opposite T5-T11 and L5-S2 vertebrae with cord compression at T6 vertebrae. Patient was treated with external beam radiotherapy (EBRT) to a low dose of 20 Gy in 10 fractions over 2 weeks. The patient had symptomatic relief of paraparesis by the 5th fraction and nearly regained full power in bilateral lower limbs by EBRT conclusion...
December 9, 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061536/use-of-multimedia-in-patient-and-caregiver-education-for-cancer-pain-management-a-literature-review
#3
Michael Lam, Matthew Choi, Helen R Lam, Arnav Agarwal, Ronald Chow, Selina Chow, Leigha Rowbottom, Rachel McDonald, Henry Lam, Stephanie Chan, Edward Chow, Blair Henry
Pain is one of the most prominent symptoms faced by cancer patients. It is known that patient and caregiver-targeted educational interventions addressing the proper use of pain management may provide significant clinical value. This review examines the literature surrounding the use of multimedia interventions for patient and caregiver education (PCE) on pain management compared to traditional educational interventions. A literature search was conducted in Ovid MEDLINE (1946-July Week 2, 2016), Ovid Embase (1947-2016 Week 29), and Ovid Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (up to June 2016)...
November 30, 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061534/overcoming-the-challenges-associated-with-symptom-management-in-palliative-care
#4
Helen Senderovich, Shaira Wignarajah
End of life (EOL) care is a topic that many families have difficulty discussing. A number of families are uncomfortable with accepting the fact that death is a part of every human's reality. Ideas and thoughts of death are interpreted differently across various cultures, and lacking to discuss disease trajectory and what to expect down the road with a physician, brings forward conflict during EOL care. Let us consider the complexities of treating Mr. X who is an 80-year-old male of Italian background with a history of advanced lung cancer with metastasis to the brain...
November 30, 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209073/society-for-palliative-radiation-oncology-report-from-the-third-annual-meeting-2016
#5
Randy L Wei, Charles B Simone, Stephen Lutz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209072/evolving-ethical-and-legal-implications-for-feeding-at-the-end-of-life
#6
Blair Henry
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209071/collaboration-between-primary-care-physicians-and-radiation-oncologists
#7
Elizabeth A Barnes, Edward Chow, Cyril Danjoux, May Tsao
Communication between physicians is required to ensure important patient information is relayed during the workup, treatment, follow-up and subsequent transition of care back to the primary care physician (PCP). In this review we discuss how survivorship care is being increasingly recognized as an important component of the patient's cancer journey, and one often provided by the PCP. Palliative care and symptom control for patients with non-curable malignancy is often provided by the PCP during and after cancer treatment...
January 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209070/assessment-of-quality-of-life-in-phase-iii-trials-of-radiotherapy-in-localized-or-locally-advanced-head-and-neck-cancer-over-the-past-17-years
#8
Gustavo Nader Marta, Everardo D Saad
BACKGROUND: We investigated the extent to which health-related quality of life (HRQOL) parameters have been used as endpoints in recent phase III trials on radiotherapy for head and neck cancer, as well as the frequency and correlates of significant HRQOL gains. METHODS: Using the medical subject headings "head and neck neoplasms" and "radiotherapy", we searched PubMed for the main paper reporting phase III trials published between 1/1999 and 12/2015 in 16 leading journals...
January 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209069/patterns-of-care-and-survival-outcomes-of-palliative-radiation-for-prostate-cancer-with-bone-metastases-comparison-of-%C3%A2-5-fractions-to-%C3%A2-10-fractions
#9
David Schreiber, Joseph Safdieh, Daniel J Becker, David Schwartz
BACKGROUND: To review the palliative radiation fractionation regimens, trends and survival of men within the National Cancer Database (NCDB) diagnosed with prostate cancer and bony metastases. METHODS: A total of 3,871 patients from the NCDB were included in the analysis (patients treated from 2004-2012). The following fractionation regimens were analyzed [8 Gy × 1, 4 Gy × 5 (short course radiation therapy)], were compared to 3 Gy × 10, 2.50 Gy × 14-15 and 2 Gy × 20-30 (long course radiation therapy)...
January 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209068/urinary-cytokines-chemokines-after-magnetic-resonance-guided-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-for-palliative-treatment-of-painful-bone-metastases
#10
Ahmad Bushehri, Gregory Czarnota, Liying Zhang, Kullervo Hynynen, Yuexi Huang, Michael Chan, William Chu, Kristopher Dennis, Charles Mougenot, Jennifer Coccagna, Arjun Sahgal, Edward Chow, Carlo DeAngelis
BACKGROUND: Pain is experienced by 50-75% of patients with bone metastases, representing a major source of morbidity amongst cancer patients. Magnetic resonance-guided high intensity focused ultrasound (MRgHIFU) is a new, non-invasive, outpatient treatment modality for painful bone metastases. The aim of this study was to analyze urinary cytokines/chemokines pattern after MRgHIFU for palliative treatment of painful bone metastases. The findings were compared to the cytokines/chemokines pattern post single 8 Gy fraction radiation from our previous study...
January 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209067/barriers-to-nausea-management-end-of-life-conversations-early-palliative-care-interventions-and-patient-education
#11
Charles B Simone
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061535/perioperative-goal-setting-consultations-by-surgical-colleagues-a-new-model-for-supporting-patients-families-and-surgeons-in-shared-decision-making
#12
Ana Berlin, Anastasia Kunac, Anne C Mosenthal
Patients with postoperative complications are often subjected to prolonged life-sustaining treatment based on erroneous assumptions about their goals of care. Shared decision making (SDM) is an evidence-based approach that helps ensure patients' wishes and values are honored in their course of treatment. Perioperative palliative care can help create goal-concordant trajectories of care for high risk, seriously ill, or complicated patients, through sophisticated prognostication, higher-level communication, and recommendations based on the best available evidence and patients' stated goals and priorities...
November 29, 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061539/langerhans-cell-histiocytosis-of-skull-a-retrospective-study-of-18-cases
#13
Xiang-Heng Zhang, Ji Zhang, Zheng-He Chen, Ke Sai, Yin-Sheng Chen, Jian Wang, Chao Ke, Chen-Chen Guo, Zhong-Ping Chen, Yong-Gao Mou
BACKGROUND: The present study presents 18 cases of Chinese patients harboring a Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) of the skull. METHODS: Eighteen consecutive patients were diagnosed as LCH of the skull and confirmed pathologically between March 2002 and February 2014. In the present study, the patients of LCH without skull involvement were excluded. According to disease extent at diagnosis, the 18 LCH patients with skull involvement were divided into three groups: (I) unifocal-monosystem group, including ten cases with solitary skull lesion; (II) multifocal-monosystem group, including two cases with multiple bone lesions and no extra-skeletal involvement; (III) multisystem group, including six cases with LCH lesions involving both skeletal and extra-skeletal system...
November 28, 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061533/cultural-diversity-and-barriers-to-high-quality-end-of-life-care
#14
Hussna Abunafeesa, Ahmed F Elsayem
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 25, 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061532/palliative-interventions-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patients-analysis-of-the-national-cancer-database
#15
Abdulrahman Y Hammad, Jared R Robbins, Kiran K Turaga, Kathleen K Christians, T Clark Gamblin, Fabian M Johnston
BACKGROUND: Palliative therapies are provided to a subset of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) patients with the aim of providing symptomatic relief, better quality of life and improved survival. The present study sought to assess and compare the efficacy of different palliative therapies for HCC. METHODS: The National Cancer Database (NCDB), a retrospective national database that captures approximately 70% of all patients treated for cancer in the US, was queried for patients with HCC who were deemed unresectable from 1998-2011...
November 22, 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061531/effects-of-circadian-rhythms-and-treatment-times-on-the-response-of-radiotherapy-for-painful-bone-metastases
#16
Stephanie Chan, Liying Zhang, Leigha Rowbottom, Rachel McDonald, Georg A Bjarnason, May Tsao, Elizabeth Barnes, Cyril Danjoux, Marko Popovic, Henry Lam, Carlo DeAngelis, Edward Chow
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have observed how the time of radiotherapy delivery can impact toxicities and outcomes. The goal of this study was to determine whether treatment time influenced radiotherapy response for bone metastases. METHODS: Patients who received radiation treatment to painful bone metastases from January 2000 to December 2010 were included in our analysis. Demographic and treatment information including performance status, primary site, treatment dose and fraction, and response were collected prospectively...
October 19, 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061530/anticipatory-nausea-current-landscape-and-future-directions
#17
EDITORIAL
Soha Ahrari, Ronald Chow, Shannon Goodall, Carlo DeAngelis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 17, 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061529/quality-of-end-of-life-care-how-far-have-we-come-in-addressing-the-needs-of-multicultural-patients
#18
EDITORIAL
Karl A Lorenz
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 12, 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806628/annals-of-palliative-medicine-has-become-indexed-in-emerging-sources-citation-index-web-of-science-and-scopus
#19
Charles B Simone
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806627/the-challenge-of-family-centered-care-in-palliative-medicine
#20
David W Kissane
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
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