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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29792263/an-update-on-the-use-of-immunohistochemistry-and-molecular-pathology-in-the-diagnosis-of-pre-invasive-and-malignant-lesions-in-gynecological-oncology
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Emmanouil Kalampokas, Fiona Payne, Mahalakshmi Gurumurthy
OBJECTIVE: One of the most common challenges in everyday clinical practice of gynecological oncology is to identify the type and the primary origin of a tumor. This is a crucial step in the management, treatment, prognosis, and survival of patients suffering from a gynecological malignancy. Immunohistochemistry has been widely adopted over the last three decades in pathology laboratories all over the world. Recent advances in our understanding of the differentiation of gynecological tumors based on immunohistochemical expression have resulted in use of immunohistochemistry as a major diagnostic tool in gynecology, for precise tumor classification...
May 21, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29788956/building-bridges-paediatric-palliative-care-in-belgium-a-secondary-data-analysis-of-annual-paediatric-liaison-team-reports-from-2010-to-2014
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Marie Friedel, Bénédicte Brichard, Christine Fonteyne, Marleen Renard, Jean-Paul Misson, Els Vandecruys, Corinne Tonon, Françoise Verfaillie, Georgette Hendrijckx, Nathalie Andersson, Ilse Ruysseveldt, Katrien Moens, Jean-Marie Degryse, Isabelle Aujoulat
BACKGROUND: Although continuity of care in paediatric palliative care (PPC) is considered to be an essential element of quality of care, it's implementation is challenging. In Belgium, five paediatric liaison teams (PLTs) deliver palliative care. A Royal Decree issued in 2010 provides the legal framework that defines the PLTs' missions, as ensuring continuity of curative and palliative care between the hospital and home for children diagnosed with life-limiting conditions. This national study describes how PLTs ensure continuity of care by describing their activities and the characteristics of the children they cared for from 2010 to 2014...
May 22, 2018: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786546/flt3-itd-compared-with-dnmt3a-r882-mutation-is-a-more-powerful-independent-inferior-prognostic-factor-in-adult-aml-patients-after-allogeneic-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Majid Teremmahi Ardestani, Ahmad Kazemi, Bahram Chahardouli, Saeed Mohammadi, Mohsen Nikbakht, Shahrbano Rostami, Mahdi Jalili, Mohammad Vaezi, Kamran Alimoghaddam, Ardeshir Ghavamzadeh
OBJECTIVE: To identify DNMT3A exon 23 mutations and their prognostic impact in the presence of FLT3-ITD and NPM1 mutations in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients treated with Allo-HSCT. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study analyzed128 adult AML patients referred to the Hematology-Oncology & Stem Cell Research Center of Shariati hospital. FLT3-ITD and NPM1 mutations were detected using fragment analysis. For DNMT3A exon 23 mutation analysis, we used Sanger sequencing...
May 22, 2018: Turkish Journal of Haematology: Official Journal of Turkish Society of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785939/exploring-an-integrative-patient-tailored-complementary-medicine-approach-for-chemotherapy-induced-taste-disorders
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Eran Ben-Arye, Ilana Doweck, Elad Schiff, Noah Samuels
CONTEXT: Chemotherapy-induced taste disorder (CITD) is a common adverse effect among patients with cancer, with no effective known treatment. OBJECTIVES: Exploring the impact of a patient-tailored complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) treatment program on CITD-related severity. DESIGN: Prospective study on patients' chart. SETTING: Integrative oncology program operating within the Clalit Healthcare Oncology Service in northern Israel...
April 22, 2018: Explore: the Journal of Science and Healing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785682/the-modified-memorial-symptom-assessment-scale-short-form-a-modified-response-format-and-rational-scoring-rules
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J L Sharp, K Gough, M C Pascoe, A Drosdowsky, V T Chang, P Schofield
PURPOSE: The Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale Short Form (MSAS-SF) is a widely used symptom assessment instrument. Patients who self-complete the MSAS-SF have difficulty following the two-part response format, resulting in incorrectly completed responses. We describe modifications to the response format to improve useability, and rational scoring rules for incorrectly completed items. METHODS: The modified MSAS-SF was completed by 311 women in our Peer and Nurse support Trial to Assist women in Gynaecological Oncology; the PeNTAGOn study...
May 21, 2018: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784141/psychosocial-care-from-the-perspective-of-nurses-working-in-oncology-a-qualitative-study
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Perihan Güner, Duygu Hiçdurmaz, Nazmiye Kocaman Yıldırım, Figen İnci
PURPOSE: In cancer patients, unmet psychosocial needs are a common occurrence. The purpose of this study was to determine the views, obstacles, and needs of the nurses working with adult oncology patients with regards to psychosocial care. METHODS: A qualitative descriptive research design conducted through focus group interviews was adopted for the study. Thirty nurses providing care for cancer patients in adult oncology departments of three hospitals in Turkey with comprehensive oncology centers were involved in the interviews...
June 2018: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29783185/impact-of-body-mass-index-on-the-efficacy-of-endocrine-therapy-in-patients-with-metastatic-breast-cancer-a-retrospective-two-center-cohort-study
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Luwam Zewenghiel, Henrik Lindman, Antonis Valachis
BAKGROUND: The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of body mass index (BMI) on the efficacy of endocrine therapy in postmenopausal women with metastatic hormone receptor breast cancer (HR+BC) as well as to identify if the potential difference in efficacy was associated with Fulvestrant only or both aromatase inhibitors (AIs) and Fulvestrant. METHODS: A consecutive cohort of postmenopausal women with HR+metastatic breast cancer that have received endocrine therapy including Fulvestrant as a metastatic treatment strategy at the Departments of Oncology in Eskilstuna and Uppsala, Sweden, between 2008 and 2016 were identified...
May 18, 2018: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782209/practical-assessment-and-management-of-vulnerabilities-in-older-patients-receiving-chemotherapy-asco-guideline-for-geriatric-oncology
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Supriya G Mohile, William Dale, Mark R Somerfield, Mara A Schonberg, Cynthia M Boyd, Peggy S Burhenn, Beverly Canin, Harvey Jay Cohen, Holly M Holmes, Judith O Hopkins, Michelle C Janelsins, Alok A Khorana, Heidi D Klepin, Stuart M Lichtman, Karen M Mustian, William P Tew, Arti Hurria
Purpose To provide guidance regarding the practical assessment and management of vulnerabilities in older patients undergoing chemotherapy. Methods An Expert Panel was convened to develop clinical practice guideline recommendations based on a systematic review of the medical literature. Results A total of 68 studies met eligibility criteria and form the evidentiary basis for the recommendations. Recommendations In patients ≥ 65 years receiving chemotherapy, geriatric assessment (GA) should be used to identify vulnerabilities that are not routinely captured in oncology assessments...
May 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781999/preparation-of-murine-submandibular-salivary-gland-for-upright-intravital-microscopy
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Xenia Ficht, Flavian Thelen, Bettina Stolp, Jens V Stein
The submandibular salivary gland (SMG) is one of the three major salivary glands, and is of interest for many different fields of biological research, including cell biology, oncology, dentistry, and immunology. The SMG is an exocrine gland comprised of secretory epithelial cells, myofibroblasts, endothelial cells, nerves, and extracellular matrix. Dynamic cellular processes in the rat and mouse SMG have previously been imaged, mostly using inverted multi-photon microscope systems. Here, we describe a straightforward protocol for the surgical preparation and stabilization of the murine SMG in anesthetized mice for in vivo imaging with upright multi-photon microscope systems...
May 7, 2018: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781471/translational-research-unit-development-of-nursing-standards-and-practice-within-a-specialized-unit-for-participants-in-early-phase-clinical-trials
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Theresa Rudnitzki, Tina Curtis, Julie Griffie
BACKGROUND: A growing need exists to ensure safe and skilled oncology nursing care for an increasing number of patients enrolled in phases 1 and 1/2 clinical trials and to provide detailed adherence to protocol administration. This can be best accomplished in a dedicated area for patients in early phase clinical trials. OBJECTIVES: Nursing standards and practice within a newly established translational research unit at an academic medical center were developed. METHODS: A portion of an existing outpatient infusion room composed of 13 beds and a sub-waiting room with 2 chairs was designated for placement of patients enrolled in early phase clinical trials...
June 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778410/paleo-oncology-taking-stock-and-moving-forward
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Casey L Kirkpatrick, Roselyn A Campbell, Kathryn J Hunt
This article serves as an introduction to the International Journal of Paleopathology's special issue, Paleo-oncology: Taking Stock and Moving Forward. Reflecting the goals of the special issue, this paper has been designed to provide an overview of the current state of paleo-oncology, to introduce new and innovative paleo-oncological research and ideas, and to serve as a catalyst for future discussions and progress. This paper begins with an overview of the paleo-oncological evidence that can be found in ancient remains, followed by a summary of significant paleo-oncological findings and methodological advances to date...
February 12, 2018: International Journal of Paleopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776586/-the-role-and-use-of-patient-reported-outcomes-in-the-management-of-cancer-patients
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REVIEW
Patricia Marino, Marie Bannier, Jean-François Moulin, Gwenaëlle Gravis
Therapeutic innovations in the field of oncology allow to manage cancer as a chronic illness with treatments being administered over prolonged periods of time. In this context, it is now acknowledged that it is important to complete the assessment of benefit based on purely clinical endpoints using outcome measurement evaluated by patients themselves. The Patient reported outcome (PRO) concept has then emerged and there is an increasing interest in using the PROs as an indicator of the benefit of new therapeutic strategies...
May 15, 2018: Bulletin du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776481/reflections-on-the-emotional-hazards-of-pediatric-oncology-nursing-four-decades-of-perspectives-and-potential
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REVIEW
Deborah A Boyle, Nancy Jo Bush
THEORETICAL PRINCIPLES: Pediatric oncology nurses are particularly vulnerable to emotional distress. Responsible for the oversight of a child's care, these nurses sustain close interactions with multiple patients and families over time, many of whom are coping with life-limiting diagnoses. The world of pediatric oncology nurses is one where tragedy is routinely witnessed thus demanding self-care and healing across a continuum. PHENOMENON ADDRESSED: The aim of this article is to outline and review the emotional sequelae of pediatric oncology nurses' work and to suggest interventions to support well-being in light of prolonged caregiving...
May 2018: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774521/patient-reported-outcomes-of-multiple-myeloma-patients-treated-with-panobinostat-after-%C3%A2-2-lines-of-therapy-based-on-the-international-phase-3-randomized-double-blind-placebo-controlled-panorama-1-trial
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Paul G Richardson, Robert L Schlossman, Anuja N Roy, Ashok Panneerselvam, Suddhasatta Acharyya, Monika Sopala, Sagar Lonial
The phase 3 PANORAMA-1 trial led to regulatory approvals of panobinostat (PAN) in combination with bortezomib (BTZ) and dexamethasone (DEX) for the treatment of multiple myeloma after ≥2 prior regimens, including BTZ and an immunomodulatory drug. Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) were assessed in PANORAMA-1, with data available for 73 patients in the PAN + BTZ + DEX arm and 74 patients in the placebo (PBO) + BTZ + DEX arm. Per the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire-Core 30 (EORTC QLQ-C30), global health status/quality of life (QoL) scores initially declined with PAN + BTZ + DEX during the first 24 weeks before approaching baseline scores and remaining steady during the next 24 weeks, with no difference between arms at Week 48...
May 17, 2018: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773338/taking-stock-a-systematic-review-of-archaeological-evidence-of-cancers-in-human-and-early-hominin-remains
#15
Kathryn J Hunt, Charlotte Roberts, Casey Kirkpatrick
This study summarizes data from 154 paleopathological studies documenting 272 archaeologically recovered individuals exhibiting skeletal or soft tissue evidence of cancer (malignant neoplastic disease) between 1.8 million years ago and 1900 CE. The paper reviews and summarizes the temporal, spatial and demographic distribution of the evidence and the methods used to provide the cancer diagnoses. Metastasis to bone is the most widely reported evidence (n = 161), followed by multiple myeloma (n = 55)...
May 14, 2018: International Journal of Paleopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771224/discipline-specific-competency-based-curricula-for-leadership-learning-in-medical-specialty-training
#16
Sandra Turner, Ming-Ka Chan, Judy McKimm, Graham Dickson, Timothy Shaw
Purpose Doctors play a central role in leading improvements to healthcare systems. Leadership knowledge and skills are not inherent, however, and need to be learned. General frameworks for medical leadership guide curriculum development in this area. Explicit discipline-linked competency sets and programmes provide context for learning and likely enhance specialty trainees' capability for leadership at all levels. The aim of this review was to summarise the scholarly literature available around medical specialty-specific competency-based curricula for leadership in the post-graduate training space...
May 8, 2018: Leadership in Health Services
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771199/narrative-intervention-stories-from-the-front-lines-of-oncology-health-care
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Nicole M Saint-Louis, Joretha N Bourjolly
This study examined the experiences of health care professionals who participated in monthly narrative oncology groups. Ten professionals participated in separate, semi-structured, face-to-face interviews. Using a qualitative research design, the transcriptions of the interviews were analyzed using a phenomenological approach. The analysis yielded descriptive information about the professionals' positive experiences of participating in narrative oncology sessions and provides insight into the importance of such a group through five themes: (1) Shared perspectives and bearing witness, (2) Comfort in confidentiality and a safe-space, (3) Group-care becomes self-care, (4) Writing gives structure, and (5) Patient stories...
May 17, 2018: Social Work in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770305/the-prostate-cancer-focal-therapy
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REVIEW
Filippo Pesapane, Francesca Patella, Enrico Maria Fumarola, Edoardo Zanchetta, Chiara Floridi, Gianpaolo Carrafiello, Chloë Standaert
Despite prostate cancer (PCa) is the leading form of non-cutaneous cancer in men, most patients with PCa die with disease rather than of the disease. Therefore, the risk of overtreatment should be considered by clinicians who have to distinguish between patients with high risk PCa (who would benefit from radical treatment) and patients who may be managed more conservatively, such as through active surveillance or emerging focal therapy (FT). The aim of FT is to eradicate clinically significant disease while protecting key genito-urinary structures and function from injury...
April 2018: Gland Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769384/meta-research-on-oncology-trials-a-toolkit-for-researchers-with-limited-resources
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Rachel P Riechelmann, Julien Péron, Bostjan Seruga, Everardo D Saad
"Meta-research" is a discipline that investigates research practices. Meta-research on clinical trials is an attempt to summarize descriptive and methodological features of published or ongoing clinical trials, including aspects of their implementation, design, analysis, reporting, and interpretation. In this type of investigation, the unit of analysis is a primary source of information about a clinical trial (e.g., published reports, study protocols, or abstracts), with meta-research being a second layer of information that summarizes what is known from various primary sources...
May 16, 2018: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769263/how-i-treat-burkitt-lymphoma-in-children-adolescents-and-young-adults-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Satish Gopal, Thomas G Gross
Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is the most common pediatric cancer in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), and also occurs frequently among adolescents and young adults (AYA), often associated with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Treating BL in SSA poses particular challenges. Although highly effective, high-intensity cytotoxic treatments used in resource-rich settings are usually not feasible, and lower-intensity continuous infusion approaches are impractical. In this paper, based on evidence from the region, we review management strategies for SSA focused on diagnosis, use of pre-phase, and definitive treatment...
May 16, 2018: Blood
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