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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933394/men-and-women-show-similar-survival-rates-after-breast-cancer
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Paulo Franscisco Mascarenhas Bender, Letícia Lima de Oliveira, Célia Regina Costa, Suzana Sales de Aguiar, Anke Bergmann, Luiz Claudio Santos Thuler
PURPOSE: To compare the disease-free survival (DFS) and overall survival (OS) rates of men and women undergoing treatment for breast cancer. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of patients with breast cancer diagnosed and treated at the Cancer Hospital III of the National Cancer Institute of Brazil, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, between 1999 and 2013. Male breast cancer cases were matched for age, year of diagnosis, and clinical staging to three female cases (1:3). Patient characteristics were abstracted from hospital records and medical charts...
December 8, 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932629/breathlessness-during-daily-activity-the-psychometric-properties-of-the-london-chest-activity-of-daily-living-scale-in-patients-with-advanced-disease-and-refractory-breathlessness
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Charles C Reilly, Claudia Bausewein, Rachel Garrod, Caroline J Jolley, John Moxham, Irene J Higginson
BACKGROUND: The London Chest Activities of Daily Living Scale measures the impact of breathlessness on both activity and social functioning. However, the London Chest Activities of Daily Living Scale is not routinely used in patients with advanced disease. AIM: To assess the psychometric properties of the London Chest Activities of Daily Living Scale in patients with refractory breathlessness due to advanced disease. DESIGN: A cross-sectional secondary analysis of data from a randomised controlled parallel-group, pragmatic, single-blind fast-track trial (randomised controlled trial) investigating the effectiveness of an integrated palliative and respiratory care service for patients with advanced disease and refractory breathlessness, known as the Breathlessness Support Service (NCT01165034)...
December 8, 2016: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932430/bladder-agenesis-ectopic-ureters-and-a-multicystic-dysplastic-horseshoe-kidney-in-one-twin-newborn-with-normal-amniotic-fluid-index-in-utero
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Marium Naveed Khan, William F Walsh
A monochorionic-diamniotic twin baby presented with intrauterine growth restriction and anuria. The baby was found to have bladder agenesis, a pelvic dysplastic horseshoe kidney, vertebral anomalies, a ventricular septal defect and facial dysmorphisms. It was surprising to find no abnormalities in amniotic fluid indices prenatally, suggesting the possibility of urine output that declined as the pregnancy proceeded. Some degree of twin-to-twin transfusion of amniotic fluid was also possible, which could have rescued the oligohydramnios known to be associated with kidney and urinary tract abnormalities...
December 8, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932338/meaning-of-living-with-severe-chronic-obstructive-lung-disease-a-qualitative-study
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Gabriella Marx, Maximilian Nasse, Henrikje Stanze, Sonja Owusu Boakye, Friedemann Nauck, Nils Schneider
OBJECTIVES: To explore what it means for patients to live with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as an incurable and constantly progressing disease. DESIGN: Qualitative longitudinal study using narrative and semistructured interviews. This paper presents findings of the initial interviews. Analysis using grounded theory. SETTING: Lung care clinics and community care in Lower Saxony, Germany. PARTICIPANTS: 17 patients with advanced-stage COPD (Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) III/IV)...
December 8, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932271/deactivation-of-left-ventricular-assist-devices-differing-perspectives-of-cardiology-and-hospice-palliative-medicine-clinicians
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Colleen K McIlvennan, Sara E Wordingham, Larry A Allen, Daniel D Matlock, Jacqueline Jones, Shannon M Dunlay, Keith M Swetz
BACKGROUND: Beliefs around deactivation of a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) vary substantially between clinicians, institutions, and patients. Therefore, we sought to understand perspectives regarding LVAD deactivation among cardiology and hospice/palliative medicine (HPM) clinicians. METHODS AND RESULTS: We administered a 41-item survey via electronic mail to members of 3 cardiology and 1 HPM professional societies. A convergent parallel mixed methods design was used...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931842/quality-end-of-life-cancer-care-an-overdue-imperative
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REVIEW
Guy B Faguet
This review assesses the current status of end-of-life care based on large-scale, multiyear nationwide surveys of treatment modality, setting, and cost of care during terminal patients' last months of life. It shows that end-of-life care goals often remain suboptimal. Contributing factors include prioritized life preservation, uneven commitment to palliative care, few palliative care specialists, and perverse financial incentives that encourage costly interventions. Although not determinant per se, these factors coupled to doubts about what constitutes end-of-life can lead to overextended disease treatment and a late implementation of palliative care...
December 2016: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931835/management-of-patients-with-recurrent-advanced-cervical-cancer-beyond-first-line-platinum-regimens-where-do-we-stand-a-literature-review
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REVIEW
Stergios Boussios, Esmeralda Seraj, George Zarkavelis, Dimitrios Petrakis, Aristomenes Kollas, Aikaterini Kafantari, Abraam Assi, Konstantina Tatsi, Nicholas Pavlidis, George Pentheroudakis
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer affecting women worldwide. Despite advances in screening and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination, a significant number of women present with or develop advanced disease. Palliative platinum-based chemotherapy (CT) is the standard first-line treatment for metastatic/recurrent cervical cancer. The prognosis remains poor and effective second line options are urgently needed. METHODS: We searched the English-language medical literature as well as relevant guideline databases, published from January 1981 to December 2015 and identified publications related to cervical cancer and its therapies...
December 2016: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931834/treatments-for-colorectal-liver-metastases-a-new-focus-on-a-familiar-concept
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REVIEW
M G Zampino, E Magni, P S Ravenda, C A Cella, G Bonomo, P Della Vigna, S Galdy, F Spada, G M Varano, G Mauri, N Fazio, F Orsi
A major challenge for the management of advanced-colorectal-cancer is the multidisciplinary approach required for the treatment of liver metastases. Reducing the burden of liver metastases with liver-directed therapy has an important impact on both survival and health-related quality of life. This paper debates the rationale and current liver-directed approaches for colorectal liver metastases based on the evidence of literature and new clinical trials. Surgery is the gold standard, when feasible, and it's the main treatment goal for patients with potentially-resectable disease as a means of prolonging progression-free survival...
December 2016: Critical Reviews in Oncology/hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931214/how-effective-are-volunteers-at-supporting-people-in-their-last-year-of-life-a-pragmatic-randomised-wait-list-trial-in-palliative-care-elsa
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Catherine Walshe, Steven Dodd, Matt Hill, Nick Ockenden, Sheila Payne, Nancy Preston, Guillermo Perez Algorta
BACKGROUND: Clinical care alone at the end of life is unlikely to meet all needs. Volunteers are a key resource, acceptable to patients, but there is no evidence on care outcomes. This study aimed to determine whether support from a social action volunteer service is better than usual care at improving quality of life for adults in the last year of life. METHODS: A pragmatic, multi-centre wait-list controlled trial, with participants randomly allocated to receive the volunteer support intervention either immediately or after a 4 week wait...
December 9, 2016: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930586/non-curative-surgery-for-patients-with-gastric-cancer-with-local-peritoneal-metastasis-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Yuanqiang Dong, Shulan Ma, Shuo Yang, Fen Luo, Zhiming Wang, Fenghua Guo
The role of non-curative surgery for patients with M1 gastric cancer (GC) is controversial. This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of non-curative resectional surgery for patients with GC with local peritoneal metastasis.We reviewed the medical records of 47 patients with GC with local peritoneal metastasis, which was found by laparotomy or laparoscopy. The patients were divided into 2 groups: those who underwent gastric resection (n = 29), and a non-resection group who did not (n = 18). The clinical characteristics, postoperative complications, mortality, palliative intervention, and long-term outcomes of the 2 groups were compared...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930401/embedding-a-palliative-approach-in-nursing-care-delivery-an-integrated-knowledge-synthesis
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Richard Sawatzky, Pat Porterfield, Della Roberts, Joyce Lee, Leah Liang, Sheryl Reimer-Kirkham, Barb Pesut, Tilly Schalkwyk, Kelli Stajduhar, Carolyn Tayler, Jennifer Baumbusch, Sally Thorne
A palliative approach involves adapting and integrating principles and values from palliative care into the care of persons who have life-limiting conditions throughout their illness trajectories. The aim of this research was to determine what approaches to nursing care delivery support the integration of a palliative approach in hospital, residential, and home care settings. The findings substantiate the importance of embedding the values and tenets of a palliative approach into nursing care delivery, the roles that nurses have in working with interdisciplinary teams to integrate a palliative approach, and the need for practice supports to facilitate that embedding and integration...
December 6, 2016: ANS. Advances in Nursing Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929488/production-and-quality-control-177lu-nca-dotmp-as-a-potential-agent-for-bone-pain-palliation
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Nafise Salek, Mojtaba Shamsaei, Mohammad Ghannadi Maragheh, Simindokht Shirvani Arani, Ali Bahrami Samani
Skeletal uptake of radiolabeled-1, 4, 7, 10-tetraazacyclododecane-1, 4, 7, 10-tetramethylene phosphoric acid (e.g., 177Lu-DOTMP) complex, is used for bone pain palliation. The moderate energy of β-emitting 177Lu (T½ = 6.7 d, Eβmax = 497keV) has been considered as a potential radionuclide for development of the bone-seeking radiopharmaceutical. Since the specific activity of the radiolabeled carrier molecules should be high, the "no-carrier-added radionuclides" have sig-nificant roles in nuclear medicine...
November 8, 2016: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928797/-changes-of-diagnosis-and-treatment-for-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors-during-a-18-year-period-in-four-medical-centers-of-china
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Haibo Qiu, Peng Zhang, Xingyu Feng, Tao Chen, Xiaowei Sun, Jiang Yu, Zhijing Chen, Yong Li, Kaixiong Tao, Guoxin Li, Zhiwei Zhou
OBJECTIVE: To elucidate the historic and current diagnosis and treatment status of gastrointestinal stromal tumor (GIST) in the Chinese population based on four high volume databases. METHODS: Clinicopathological data of GIST patients with follow-up information between January 1998 and December 2015 from Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center, Union Hospital of Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Southern Medical University Nanfang Hospital and Guangdong General Hospital were retrospectively analyzed...
November 25, 2016: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928789/-surgical-management-of-locally-advanced-digestive-tract-neuroendocrine-neoplasm-with-or-without-liver-metastasis
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Xiaosong Wang, Jiangfeng Qiu, Zhiyong Wu
Neuroendocrine tumors in the digestive tract are rare, however their incidences increased obviously for the past few years. The purpose of this paper is to elucidate the surgical management of locally advanced digestive tract neuroendocrine neoplasms(NENs) with or without liver metastasis and to discuss the present classification of gastrointestinal NENs in order to provide reference for clinicians. WHO re-classified the gastroenteropancreatic NENs in 2010, but this classification remains many questions and needs further clinical trials to answer...
November 25, 2016: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928787/-lancet-in-the-era-of-targeted-drug-therapy-the-role-of-surgery-in-the-management-of-advanced-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumor
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Hui Cao, Ming Wang
Gastrointestinal stromal tumor(GIST) is the most common mesenchymal tumor in the gastrointestinal tract. Due to the occult onset, GIST may present as local advanced or with metastatic disease at diagnosis. Imatinib mesylate (IM) has effectively improved the prognosis of GIST patients and has been established as principle therapy in metastatic GIST. The role of IM as an adjunction to surgery in the management of high-risk and local advanced GIST is also highly regarded. The role of surgery in metastatic or recurrent GIST is still a controversial clinic problem...
November 25, 2016: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928641/dental-health-status-and-patient-reported-outcomes-at-baseline-in-patients-participating-in-the-osteonecrosis-of-the-jaw-registry-study-swog-s0702
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Catherine H Van Poznak, Amy Darke, Carol M Moinpour, Robert A Bagramian, Mark M Schubert, Julie R Gralow, James L Wade, Joseph M Unger
PURPOSE: SWOG S0702 was a cohort study of patients with cancer with bone metastases due to any cancer. Using baseline data from S0702, this report characterizes the oral health and oral health-related quality of life (OHRQoL) of patients with advanced cancer. METHODS: S0702 case report forms captured dental assessment and patient-reported outcome (PRO) data. This analysis compares PRO dental discomfort with selected clinical assessments of dental health. This analysis focuses on the 2294 patients who underwent baseline dental examination prior to study registration, but also reports on the 1235 patients for whom only OHRQol data are available...
December 7, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928390/isolated-oculomotor-nerve-palsy-due-to-metastasis-of-prostatic-cancer-to-the-cavernous-sinus
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Yuki Asano, Keiko Takahashi, Hiromasa Tsuda, Mariko Takagi, Fumi Kodaka, Yosuke Yamada
A 69-year-old man with prostatic cancer under palliative care developed isolated right-sided oculomotor nerve palsy with pupillary impairment and persistent ocular pain. Cranial magnetic resonance imaging demonstrated metastasis of prostatic cancer to the right-sided cavernous sinus and orbital apex. In the English language literature, there are only six reported cases of isolated oculomotor nerve palsy secondary to prostatic cancer. In all cases, although there was metastatic lesion in the vicinity of the cavernous sinus, ocular pain did not develop...
April 2016: Neuro-ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927943/superior-vena-cava-banding-to-facilitate-unilateral-bidirectional-glenn-operation-in-patients-with-single-ventricle-heart-disease-and-bilateral-superior-vena-cavae
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Matthew C Schwartz, David Nykanen, William DeCampli, Kamal Pourmoghadam
Staged palliation to achieve a total cavopulmonary connection is a common treatment strategy in patients with single ventricle congenital heart disease. Patients with bilateral superior caval veins (bilateral SVC) often require the creation of bilateral superior cavopulmonary connections as part of the staged palliation, and these patients are at increased risk of morbidity. We describe a novel technique used in two patients with bilateral SVC and very small (1-2 mm) bridging vein that encouraged bridging vein growth and facilitated creation of a unilateral superior cavopulmonary connection...
December 7, 2016: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927732/trauma-informed-hospice-and-palliative-care
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Barbara L Ganzel
This review highlights the need to integrate trauma-informed practices into hospice and palliative care. The pervasiveness of psychological trauma exposure has been established in the general population and among the elderly adults. Moreover, there is emerging evidence for multiple additional opportunities for exposure to psychological trauma at or near the end of life. For example, many people experience intensive medical interventions prior to their admission to hospice and/or palliative care, and there is increasing recognition that these interventions may be traumatic...
December 7, 2016: Gerontologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27927120/children-s-hospices-struggle-amid-funding-crisis
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Petra Kendall-Raynor
Funding for children's hospices and palliative care charities in England is in crisis with seriously ill children facing a postcode lottery for their care, a new report has revealed.
December 8, 2016: Nursing Children and Young People
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