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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542533/ultrasonography-methods-for-predicting-malignancy-in-canine-mammary-tumors
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Marcus Antonio Rossi Feliciano, Ricardo Andrés Ramirez Uscategui, Marjury Cristina Maronezi, Ana Paula Rodrigues Simões, Priscila Silva, Beatriz Gasser, Leticia Pavan, Cibele Figueira Carvalho, Júlio Carlos Canola, Wilter Ricardo Russiano Vicente
The aim of this study was to evaluate and compare the efficacy of B-mode, Doppler, contrast-enhanced ultrasonography (CEUS), and Acoustic Radiation Force Impulse (ARFI) elastography in predicting malignancy in canine mammary masses. This was a prospective cohort study from 2014 to 2016, which included 153 bitches with one or more mammary masses. A total of 300 masses were evaluated by ultrasonography (B-mode, Doppler, CEUS, and ARFI) and subsequently classified as benign or malignant by histopathology. Each ultrasound parameters studied were compared between benign and malignant masses by Chi-square or Student tests and differences were considered significant when P < 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542093/feasibility-and-applicability-of-antimicrobial-stewardship-in-immunocompromised-patients
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Elizabeth Robilotti, Marisa Holubar, Susan K Seo, Stan Deresinski
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Antimicrobial stewardship is the primary intervention in the battle against antimicrobial resistance, but clinicians do not always apply many key antimicrobial stewardship principles to patients with significant immune defects due to lack of data and fear of bad outcomes. We review evidence regarding the application of stewardship principles to immunocompromised patients, with a focus on solid organ and hematopoietic stem cell transplant recipients. RECENT FINDINGS: Antimicrobial stewardship programs (ASPs), targeting immunocompromised patient populations such as oncology and transplant, are gaining traction...
May 24, 2017: Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541560/historical-analysis-the-journal-of-pediatric-psychology-from-1976-to-2015
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Kimberly S Canter, Christina M Amaro, Amy E Noser, Michael C Roberts
To provide a historical analysis through the examination of trends in type of articles, content areas, and population groups across all issues of the Journal of Pediatric Psychology (JPP). All articles published in JPP between the years 1976-2015 were coded based on article type (e.g., original research, meta-analysis), content code (e.g., adherence, primary care), and population code (e.g., oncology, chronic and recurrent pain). Descriptive statistics were calculated.  The overall top article types, content codes, and population codes are described as well as top codes for each decade...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541512/the-interplay-between-metabolic-remodeling-and-immune-regulation-in-glioblastoma
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Pravin Kesarwani, Shiva Kant, Antony Prabhu, Prakash Chinnaiyan
The fields of tumor metabolism and immune oncology have both independently received considerable attention over the last several years. The majority of research in tumor metabolism has largely focused on the Warburg effect and its resulting biologic consequences, including energy and macromolecule production. However, recent investigations have identified elegant, multifaceted strategies by which alterations in tumor metabolism can also contribute towards a potent tolerogenic immune environment. One of the most notable is increased tryptophan metabolism through activation of the indoleamine 2,3-dioxygenase 1 (IDO1) and tryptophan 2,3-dioxygenase (TDO) pathways...
May 25, 2017: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540435/validation-of-the-child-hcahps-survey-to-measure-pediatric-inpatient-experience-of-care-in-flanders
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Luk Bruyneel, Ellen Coeckelberghs, Gunnar Buyse, Kristina Casteels, Barbara Lommers, Jo Vandersmissen, Johan Van Eldere, Chris Van Geet, Kris Vanhaecht
The recently developed Child HCAHPS provides a standard to measure US hospitals' performance on pediatric inpatient experiences of care. We field-tested Child HCAHPS in Belgium to instigate international comparison. In the development stage, forward/backward translation was conducted and patients assessed content validity index as excellent. The draft Flemish Child HCAHPS included 63 items: 38 items for five topics hypothesized to be similar to those proposed in the US (communication with parent, communication with child, attention to safety and comfort, hospital environment, and global rating), 10 screeners, a 14-item demographic and descriptive section, and one open-ended item...
May 24, 2017: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537962/effects-of-affordable-care-act-marketplaces-and-medicaid-eligibility-expansion-on-access-to-cancer-care
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John A Graves, Katherine Swartz
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to inform oncologists about how repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) may affect their ability to provide cancer therapies for people with cancer enrolled in ACA health plans and why proposals to change Medicaid funding may make it even more difficult for Medicaid beneficiaries to access cancer treatments. METHODS: We examined the regulations and provisions of the ACA related to how health insurance impacts access to diagnostic testing and treatments for people with cancer, including access to clinical trials...
May 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537961/the-affordable-care-act-and-cancer-care-delivery
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Gabriel A Brooks, J Russell Hoverman, Carrie H Colla
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has reformed US health care delivery through insurance coverage expansion, experiments in payment design, and funding for patient-centered clinical and health care delivery research. The impact on cancer care specifically has been far reaching, with new ACA-related programs that encourage coordinated, patient-centered, cost-effective care. Insurance expansions through private exchanges and Medicaid, along with preexisting condition clauses, have helped more than 20 million Americans gain health care coverage...
May 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537957/testing-the-implementation-of-a-pain-self-management-support-intervention-for-oncology-patients-in-clinical-practice-a-randomized-controlled-pilot-study-antipain
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Antje Koller, Jan Gaertner, Sabina De Geest, Monika Hasemann, Gerhild Becker
BACKGROUND: In oncology, pain control is a persistent problem. Significant barriers to cancer pain management are patient related. Pain self-management support interventions have shown to reduce pain intensity and patient-related barriers. Comparative effectiveness research is a suitable approach to test whether effects are sustained in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: In this pilot randomized controlled trial, the implementation of the ANtiPain intervention into clinical practice was tested to assess the effects on pain intensity, function-related outcomes, self-efficacy, and patient-related barriers to pain management to prepare a larger effectiveness trial...
May 23, 2017: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537812/perspectives-of-patients-with-cancer-on-the-ethics-of-rapid-learning-health-systems
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Reshma Jagsi, Kent A Griffith, Aaron Sabolch, Rochelle Jones, Rebecca Spence, Raymond De Vries, David Grande, Angela R Bradbury
Purpose To inform the evolving implementation of CancerLinQ and other rapid-learning systems for oncology care, we sought to evaluate perspectives of patients with cancer regarding ethical issues. Methods Using the GfK Group online research panel, representative of the US population, we surveyed 875 patients with cancer; 621 (71%) responded. We evaluated perceptions of appropriateness (scored from 1 to 10; 10, very appropriate) using scenarios and compared responses by age, race, and education. We constructed a scaled measure of comfort with secondary use of deidentified medical information and evaluated its correlates in a multivariable model...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535106/value-tools-in-managed-care-decision-making-current-hurdles-and-future-opportunities
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Jeremy Schafer, Dominic Galante, Jason Shafrin
BACKGROUND: Organizations such as the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, American Society of Clinical Oncology, Institute for Clinical and Economic Review, and Memorial Sloan Kettering have created distinct tools to help different stakeholders assess the value of oncology treatments. However, the oncology value tools were not necessarily created for payers, and it is unclear whether payers are using these tools as part of their drug management process. OBJECTIVE: To understand what value tools payers are using in oncology management and what benefits and shortcomings the tools may have from the payer perspective...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535105/the-importance-of-economic-perspective-and-quantitative-approaches-in-oncology-value-frameworks-of-drug-selection-and-shared-decision-making
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A Reginald Waldeck, Marc F Botteman, Richard E White, Ben A van Hout
The debate around value in oncology drug selection has been prominent in recent years, and several professional bodies have furthered this debate by advocating for so-called value frameworks. Herein, we provide a viewpoint on these value frameworks, emphasizing the need to consider 4 key aspects: (1) the economic underpinnings of value; (2) the importance of the perspective adopted in the valuation; (3) the importance of the difference between absolute and relative measures of risk and measuring patient preferences; and (4) the recognition of multiple quality-of-life (QoL) domains, and the aggregation and valuation of those domains, through utilities within a multicriteria decision analysis, may allow prioritization of QoL above the tallying of safety events, particularly in a value framework focusing on the individual patient...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535104/measuring-the-value-of-new-drugs-validity-and-reliability-of-4-value-assessment-frameworks-in-the-oncology-setting
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Tanya G K Bentley, Joshua T Cohen, Elena B Elkin, Julie Huynh, Arnab Mukherjea, Thanh H Neville, Matthew Mei, Ronda Copher, Russell Knoth, Ioana Popescu, Jackie Lee, Jenelle M Zambrano, Michael S Broder
BACKGROUND: Several organizations have developed frameworks to systematically assess the value of new drugs. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the convergent validity and interrater reliability of 4 value frameworks to understand the extent to which these tools can facilitate value-based treatment decisions in oncology. METHODS: Eight panelists used the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), Institute for Clinical and Economic Review (ICER), and National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) frameworks to conduct value assessments of 15 drugs for advanced lung and breast cancers and castration-refractory prostate cancer...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535103/value-frameworks-for-the-patient-provider-interaction-a-comparison-of-the-asco-value-framework-versus-nccn-evidence-blocks-in-determining-value-in-oncology
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Bijal Shah-Manek, Joseph S Galanto, Huong Nguyen, Robert Ignoffo
BACKGROUND: To address the rising concern about oncology drug costs, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) recently developed unique tools to help providers and patients make informed decisions about the value of an anticancer regimen. The ASCO Value Framework (AVF) allows users to generate a net health benefit (NHB) score along with drug acquisition costs for oncology regimens that have been compared in a prospective randomized clinical trial...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535102/why-value-framework-assessments-arrive-at-different-conclusions-a-multiple-myeloma-case-study
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Kimberly Westrich, Lisabeth Buelt, Robert W Dubois
As the United States transitions from a volume-based health care system to one that rewards value, new frameworks are emerging to help patients, providers, and payers assess the value of medical services and biopharmaceutical products. These value assessment frameworks are intended to support various types of health care decision making. They have the potential to substantially affect patients, whether as tools for shared decision making with their doctors, as an input to care pathways used by providers, or through payer use of the frameworks to make coverage or reimbursement decisions...
June 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534144/coordination-of-care-in-survivorship-after-treatment-of-hematological-malignancies-the-journey-is-not-over-yet
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REVIEW
Catherine J Lee, Lori S Muffly
The number of adult survivors of hematologic malignancies is steadily growing. This population is at moderate to high risk for cancer survivorship issues including physical and psychosocial sequelae of intensive cancer therapies. Although cancer survivorship is a growing field in pediatric and solid tumor oncology, survivorship care and research has often been overlooked in the hematologic malignancies. In this review, we focus specifically on survivorship issues related to adult patients with hematologic malignancies and provide commentary on the role of cancer survivorship, proposed survivorship care models, and the economic and health policy obstacles associated with moving the cancer survivorship field forward in this very important patient population...
May 22, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532763/nanomaterial-enabled-cancer-therapy
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REVIEW
Sabina Quader, Kazunori Kataoka
While cancer remains the major cause of death worldwide, nanomaterial (NM)-based diagnosis and treatment modalities are showing remarkable potential to better tackle clinical oncology by effectively targeting therapeutic agents to tumors. NMs can selectively accumulate in solid tumors, and they can improve the bioavailability and reduce the toxicity of encapsulated cytotoxic agents. Additional noteworthy functions of NMs in cancer treatment include the delivery of contrast agents to image tumor sites, delivery of genetic materials for gene therapy, and co-delivery of multiple agents to achieve combination therapy or simultaneous diagnostic and therapeutic outcomes...
May 19, 2017: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529448/systematic-review-and-meta-analyses-of-foodservice-interventions-and-their-effect-on-nutritional-outcomes-and-satisfaction-of-adult-oncology-patients
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REVIEW
Elizabeth Doyle, Natalie Simmance, Helen Wilding, Judi Porter
AIM: An understanding of effective foodservice interventions on nutrition outcomes in adult patients with cancer is required to support clinical decision making. This systematic review aimed to determine the effect of foodservice interventions across a range of nutritional outcomes and satisfaction of hospitalised and ambulatory adult oncology patients. METHODS: The review protocol was registered with PROSPERO (CRD42016045772). Six databases were searched using search terms associated with the intervention and population...
April 2017: Nutrition & Dietetics: the Journal of the Dietitians Association of Australia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528855/patterns-of-recent-national-institutes-of-health-nih-funding-to-diagnostic-radiology-departments-analysis-using-the-nih-reporter-system
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Ana M Franceschi, Andrew B Rosenkrantz
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to characterize recent National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding for diagnostic radiology departments at US medical schools. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective study did not use private identifiable information and thus did not constitute human subjects research. The public NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tools Expenditure and Results system was used to extract information regarding 887 NIH awards in 2015 to departments of "Radiation-Diagnostic/Oncology...
May 18, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527529/image-guided-ablation-of-renal-cell-carcinoma
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REVIEW
T M Wah
This review article aims to provide an overview of image-guided ablation of renal cell carcinoma (RCC) since it was first introduced in 1998. This will cover the background and rationale behind its development; an overview of the evidence for current thermal technology, such as heat-based, e.g., radiofrequency ablation (RFA), microwave ablation (MWA), and cold-based energies, e.g., cryoablation used; and summarise the published evidence regarding its treatment efficacy and oncological outcome. In addition, it aims to provide an insight into the potential role of the new non-thermal ablative technology, e...
May 17, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28524909/nonpharmacologic-pain-interventions-a-review-of-evidence-based-practices-for-reducing-chronic-cancer-pain%C3%A2
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Linda H Eaton, Jeannine M Brant, Karen McLeod, Chao Yeh
BACKGROUND: Pain is a common issue for patients with cancer and can be challenging to manage effectively. Healthcare professionals need to be knowledgeable about evidence-based nonpharmacologic interventions.
. OBJECTIVES: This systematic review critically appraises the strength and quality of the empirical evidence for nonpharmacologic interventions in reducing chronic cancer pain.
. METHODS: Intervention studies were critically appraised and summarized by an Oncology Nursing Society Putting Evidence Into Practice team of RNs, advanced practice nurses, and nurse scientists...
June 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
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