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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/28061535/perioperative-goal-setting-consultations-by-surgical-colleagues-a-new-model-for-supporting-patients-families-and-surgeons-in-shared-decision-making
#5
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
#6
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
#7
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
#8
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
#9
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
#10
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
#11
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
#12
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
#13
David W Kissane
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806626/the-meaning-of-do-not-resuscitate-and-its-relationship-to-morality-and-outcomes-research
#14
Mark A Bradford
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806625/a-reasoned-argument-for-the-demise-of-the-do-not-resuscitate-order
#15
Blair Henry
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806624/clinical-hypnosis-for-palliative-care-in-severe-chronic-diseases-a-review-and-the-procedures-for-relieving-physical-psychological-and-spiritual-symptoms
#16
Maria Paola Brugnoli
Hypnotic treatment in severe chronic diseases, for pain and symptoms relief, has proven efficacy as adjuvant therapy, and should be offered to any individual, who expresses an interest in this method. While some theorize hypnotizability as a changing attribute of the individual, there is a growing body of literature that indicates hypnotizability may be characterized as a constellation of potentially modifiable attitudes and skills, which are strongly influenced by related factors, as suffering, in severe chronic diseases...
October 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806623/could-time-of-whole-brain-radiotherapy-delivery-impact-overall-survival-in-patients-with-multiple-brain-metastases
#17
Stephanie Chan, Leigha Rowbottom, Rachel McDonald, Liying Zhang, Georg A Bjarnason, May Tsao, Cyril Danjoux, Elizabeth Barnes, Henry Lam, Marko Popovic, Carlo DeAngelis, Edward Chow
OBJECTIVE: Whole brain radiotherapy (WBRT) is commonly used to treat brain metastases. Previous studies have explored how radiotherapy treatment time can affect response. The present study evaluated the influence of treatment time on overall survival (OS) for cancer patients receiving WBRT. METHODS: Patients who received WBRT from 2004 to 2016 were included. Demographic information including age, performance status, primary site, dose, fraction, treatment time, and date of death were collected...
October 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806622/brain-metastases-end-of-life-medical-policies-and-controversies-surrounding-the-term-do-not-resuscitate
#18
Charles B Simone
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27701879/correlating-symptoms-and-their-changes-with-survival-in-patients-with-brain-metastases
#19
Erin Wong, Leigha Rowbottom, May Tsao, Liying Zhang, Rachel McDonald, Cyril Danjoux, Elizabeth Barnes, Stephanie Chan, Edward Chow
OBJECTIVE: Having a clear prognosis for patients with brain metastases allows health care practitioners (HCPs) to determine appropriate palliative management and assist patients when making informed treatment decisions. The objective of this study was to determine the prognostic significance of commonly experienced symptoms as well as their changes. METHODS: Overall survival (OS) was calculated from the date of consultation for palliative radiotherapy to date of death or censored at last follow-up date...
October 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27701878/radiotherapy-for-brain-metastases-quo-vadis
#20
Eric Ojerholm, Charles B Simone
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
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