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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29167039/psychological-and-psychiatric-symptoms-of-terminally-ill-patients-with-cancer-and-their-family-caregivers-in-the-home-care-setting-a-nation-wide-survey-from-the-perspective-of-bereaved-family-members-in-japan
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Makoto Kobayakawa, Asao Ogawa, Michiko Konno, Akiko Kurata, Jun Hamano, Tatsuya Morita, Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Satoru Tsuneto, Yasuo Shima, Maho Aoyama, Mitsunori Miyashita
OBJECTIVE: The psychological and psychiatric symptoms of terminally ill cancer patients are highly problematic and have been associated with greater burden among caregivers. Until now, the extent of these problems in the home care setting was unclear. METHODS: This retrospective study was conducted as part of a nationwide survey from the perspective of bereaved family members in Japan (J-HOPE3). The bereaved family members rated the symptoms of delirium and suicidal ideation of patients with cancer, and the sleeplessness and depressed mood of family caregivers utilizing home care services in the one month before the patients' deaths...
December 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29161390/thiopental-to-desflurane-an-anaesthetic-journey-where-are-we-going-next
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J R Sneyd
Development targets in anaesthetic pharmacology have evolved from minimizing harm caused by unwanted effects through an era in which rapid onset and offset of drug effect were prioritised. Today's anaesthetists have access to a library of effective drugs whose characteristics offer controllable hypnosis, analgesia and paralysis with manageable off-target effects. The availability of these agents at generic prices inhibits commercial interest and this is reflected in the limited number of current anaesthetic drug development projects...
December 1, 2017: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155290/factors-associated-with-attrition-in-a-multicenter-longitudinal-observational-study-of-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Pedro E Perez-Cruz, Omar Shamieh, Carlos Eduardo Paiva, Jung Hye Kwon, Mary Ann Muckaden, Eduardo Bruera, David Hui
CONTEXT: Attrition is common in longitudinal observational studies in palliative care. Few studies have examined predictors of attrition. OBJECTIVES: To identify patient characteristics at enrollment associated with attrition in palliative oncology outpatient setting. METHODS: In this longitudinal observational study, advanced cancer patients [ACP] enrolled in an outpatient multicenter study were assessed at baseline and 2-5 weeks later. We compared baseline characteristics between patients who returned for follow-up and those who dropped out...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155289/the-diagnostic-sensitivity-of-the-memorial-delirium-assessment-scale-mdas-spanish-version
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Elena Barahona, Rita Pinhao, Victoria Galindo, Antonio Noguera
Although Memorial Delirium Assessment Scale (MDAS) is a successful tool for delirium evaluation and monitoring, it is nevertheless important to determine whether cut-off scores vary according to the studied population. The main objective of this study is to evaluate the diagnostic sensitivity of the recently validated Spanish version of the MDAS. The secondary objective is to analyze possible diagnostic differences when used in a hospice or general hospital setting. METHODOLOGY: A prospective study was conducted with advanced cancer patients in two settings (hospice & general hospital)...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146958/third-repeat-microvascular-reconstruction-in-head-and-neck-cancer-patients-aged-65-years-and-older-a-longitudinal-and-sequential-analysis
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Jonas Löfstrand, Kai-Ping Chang, Jennifer An-Jou Lin, Charles Yuen Yung Loh, Hsuan-Yu Chou, Huang-Kai Kao
Performing a sequential third free flap for reconstruction of a head and neck defect after cancer resection can be challenging, and the problem is further compounded in elderly patients. The outcomes in this clinical scenario are currently unknown and this study aims to compare the results in elderly patients with younger patients in a high-volume microsurgical unit. A retrospective review of 126 consecutive patients who had undergone three sequential free flap reconstructions after head and neck cancer was performed...
November 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29075972/clinical-benefits-of-single-incision-laparoscopic-surgery-for-postoperative-delirium-in-elderly-colon-cancer-patients
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Yujiro Nishizawa, Taishi Hata, Ichiro Takemasa, Makoto Yamasaki, Hiroshi Akasaka, Ken Sugimoto, Koki Tamai, Hidekazu Takahashi, Naotsugu Haraguchi, Junichi Nishimura, Chu Matsuda, Tsunekazu Mizushima, Masakazu Ikenaga, Hirofumi Yamamoto, Kohei Murata, Hiromi Rakugi, Yuichiro Doki, Masaki Mori
BACKGROUND: The number of elderly patients with colon cancer is increasing in Japan. Postoperative delirium (POD) is a major complication for elderly patients who undergo surgery, and postoperative pain is a common inducer of POD. We reported previously that single-incision laparoscopic surgery (SLS) significantly reduces postoperative pain compared to conventional laparoscopic surgery (CLS). Data are lacking about the effect of SLS on POD. This retrospective study evaluated the clinical benefits of SLS for POD in elderly patients with colon cancer...
October 26, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071696/diagnosing-and-managing-delirium-in-cancer-patients
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Andrew Edelstein, Yesne Alici
Delirium is frequently encountered when caring for cancer patients, from initial diagnosis to the advanced stages of the disease; however, it is often missed. Oncologists need to be familiar with the various defining features of the condition, and should be able to identify common underlying causes. We present a systematic approach to the workup, as well as pharmacologic and nonpharmacologic approaches to management. We discuss the common practice of treatment with neuroleptics, as well as recent controversy surrounding their use...
September 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034255/perioperative-management-of-elderly-patients-with-gastrointestinal-malignancies-the-contribution-of-anesthesia
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Rudolf Mörgeli, Kathrin Scholtz, Johannes Kurth, Sascha Treskatsch, Bruno Neuner, Susanne Koch, Lutz Kaufner, Claudia Spies
INTRODUCTION: Elderly patients suffering from gastrointestinal malignancies are particularly prone to perioperative complications. Elderly patients often present with reduced physiological reserves, and comorbidities can limit treatment options and promote complications. Surgeons and anesthesiologists must be aware of strategies required to deal with this vulnerable subgroup. METHODS: We provide a brief review of current and emerging perioperative strategies for the treatment of elderly patients with gastrointestinal malignancies and frequent comorbidities...
August 2017: Visceral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28980071/prevalence-of-delirium-in-advanced-cancer-patients-in-home-care-and-hospice-and-outcomes-after-1%C3%A2-week-of-palliative-care
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Sebastiano Mercadante, Francesco Masedu, Isabella Balzani, Daniela De Giovanni, Luigi Montanari, Cristina Pittureri, Raffaella Bertè, Domenico Russo, Laura Ursini, Franco Marinangeli, Federica Aielli
AIM: The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of delirium in advanced cancer patients admitted to different palliative care services in Italy and possible related factors. The secondary outcome was to assess the changes of delirium after 1 week of palliative care. METHODS: A consecutive sample of patients was screened for delirium in period of 1 year in seven palliative care services. General data, including primary tumor, age, gender, concomitant disease, palliative prognostic score (PaP), and Karnofsky status, were collected...
October 5, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975307/effect-of-lorazepam-with-haloperidol-vs-haloperidol-alone-on-agitated-delirium-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer-receiving-palliative-care-a-randomized-clinical-trial
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
David Hui, Susan Frisbee-Hume, Annie Wilson, Seyedeh S Dibaj, Thuc Nguyen, Maxine De La Cruz, Paul Walker, Donna S Zhukovsky, Marvin Delgado-Guay, Marieberta Vidal, Daniel Epner, Akhila Reddy, Kimerson Tanco, Janet Williams, Stacy Hall, Diane Liu, Kenneth Hess, Sapna Amin, William Breitbart, Eduardo Bruera
Importance: The use of benzodiazepines to control agitation in delirium in the last days of life is controversial. Objective: To compare the effect of lorazepam vs placebo as an adjuvant to haloperidol for persistent agitation in patients with delirium in the setting of advanced cancer. Design, Setting, and Participants: Single-center, double-blind, parallel-group, randomized clinical trial conducted at an acute palliative care unit at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas, enrolling 93 patients with advanced cancer and agitated delirium despite scheduled haloperidol from February 11, 2014, to June 30, 2016, with data collection completed in October 2016...
September 19, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28831910/delirium-in-advanced-cancer-may-have-link-to-lower-survival-rate
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Patients with advanced cancer who present at emergency departments (EDs) with delirium are prone to an earlier death, a study has found.
August 23, 2017: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792784/improved-pain-control-in-terminally-ill-cancer-patients-by-introducing-low-dose-oral-methadone-in-addition-to-ongoing-opioid-treatment
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Per Fürst, Staffan Lundström, Pål Klepstad, Sara Runesdotter, Peter Strang
BACKGROUND: Cancer pain is often not well controlled and there is a need for improved treatment strategies. Methadone exhibits unique properties among opioids and recent reports show promising results from adding a low dose of methadone to regular opioid therapy. OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of oral low-dose methadone added to regular scheduled opioids in terminally ill patients with complex cancer-related pain. DESIGN: This was a retrospective chart review...
August 9, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776893/preoperative-medication-use-and-its-association-with-postoperative-length-of-hospital-stay-in-surgical-oncology-patients-receiving-comprehensive-geriatric-assessment
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Young Mi Jeong, Kyung Eun Lee, Eun Sook Lee, Kwang Ill Kim, Jee Eun Chung, Byung Koo Lee, Hye Sun Gwak
AIM: The present study aimed to investigate whether preoperative medication use is associated with postoperative length of hospital stay in older adults undergoing cancer surgery. METHODS: Patients aged ≥65 years who were scheduled for cancer surgery and presented for preoperative comprehensive geriatric assessment were included in the present study. Cognitive function evaluation and preoperative medication review were carried out, as well as baseline characteristics of participants collected from electronic medical records...
August 4, 2017: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765503/advance-directives-hospitalization-and-survival-among-advanced-cancer-patients-with-delirium-presenting-to-the-emergency-department-a-prospective-study
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Ahmed F Elsayem, Eduardo Bruera, Alan Valentine, Carla L Warneke, Geri L Wood, Sai-Ching J Yeung, Valda D Page, Julio Silvestre, Patricia A Brock, Knox H Todd
BACKGROUND: To improve the management of advanced cancer patients with delirium in an emergency department (ED) setting, we compared outcomes between patients with delirium positively diagnosed by both the Confusion Assessment Method (CAM) and Memorial Delirium Assessment Scale (MDAS), or group A (n = 22); by the MDAS only, or group B (n = 22); and by neither CAM nor MDAS, or group C (n = 199). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In an oncologic ED, we assessed 243 randomly selected advanced cancer patients for delirium using the CAM and the MDAS and for presence of advance directives...
November 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753076/the-burden-of-psychosocial-morbidity-related-to-cancer-patient-and-family-issues
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Rosangela Caruso, Mara Giulia Nanni, Michelle B Riba, Silvana Sabato, Luigi Grassi
With cancer incidence increasing over time, attention to the burden of related psychiatric and psychosocial consequences of the disease and treatment is a major topic for both cancer patients and their caregivers. Among cancer patients, psychiatric (e.g. adjustment, anxiety, depressive disorders) and neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g. cognitive disorders secondary to treatment, delirium) have been shown to affect an average of 30-35% patients, with differences according to stage and type of cancer. Also other psychosocial syndromes (e...
July 28, 2017: International Review of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731948/managing-cancer-pain-in-older-adults
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Emily J Guerard, James F Cleary
Managing cancer pain in older adults can be complex and challenging. Understanding the unique needs of older patients with cancer is important to safe and effective pain management. The goals of this review are to discuss the assessment of older adults with cancer-related pain, treatment of cancer pain, and adverse effects or potential risks from treatment that are unique to older patients. A detailed pain assessment and when possible utilizing the geriatric assessment are vital to developing a cancer pain management plan...
July 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728515/the-prevalence-of-constipation-at-admission-and-after-1-week-of-palliative-care-a-multi-center-study
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Sebastiano Mercadante, Francesco Masedu, Marco Maltoni, Daniela De Giovanni, Luigi Montanari, Cristina Pittureri, Raffaella Bertè, Laura Ursini, Franco Marinangeli, Federica Aielli
AIM: To assess the prevalence and intensity of constipation in advanced-cancer patients referred to palliative care, and to assess changes after 1 week of specialist palliative care. METHODS: This was a prospective multi-center study in advanced patients for a period of 1 year. At admission (T0), age, gender, primary tumor, concomitant diseases, Karnofsky status, Palliative prognostic score (PaP), Edmonton Symptom Assessment scale (ESAS), Memorial Delirium Assessment Scale (MDAS), and bowel function index (BFI) were collected...
August 16, 2017: Current Medical Research and Opinion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725244/optimal-perioperative-anesthesia-management-for-gynecologic-interstitial-brachytherapy
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Alison A Nielsen, Tehani A Liyanage, Gary S Leiserowitz, Jyoti Mayadev
PURPOSE: To propose an optimal perioperative pain management clinical care pathway for interstitial brachytherapy for gynecologic cancer based on our interdepartmental experience. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of 23 women who underwent 32 interstitial brachytherapy procedures for gynecological cancers, analyzing patient demographics, type of anesthetic, medications, postoperative pain scores, adverse events, and delays in discharge. We measured the association of postoperative nausea and/or vomiting (PONV) with hydromorphone use, and postoperative pain scores and total narcotic administration with type of anesthesia...
June 2017: Journal of Contemporary Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725169/postoperative-delirium-after-pharyngolaryngectomy-with-esophagectomy-a-role-for-ramelteon-and-suvorexant
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Eisuke Booka, Yasuhiro Tsubosa, Teruaki Matsumoto, Mari Takeuchi, Takashi Kitani, Masato Nagaoka, Atsushi Imai, Tomoyuki Kamijo, Yoshiyuki Iida, Ayako Shimada, Katsushi Takebayashi, Masahiro Niihara, Keita Mori, Tetsuro Onitsuka, Hiroya Takeuchi, Yuko Kitagawa
BACKGROUND: Postoperative delirium is common after extensive surgery, and is known to be associated with sleeping medications. In this study, we aimed to investigate the relationships between sleeping medications and postoperative delirium after pharyngolaryngectomy with esophagectomy. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of 65 patients who underwent pharyngolaryngectomy with esophagectomy at Shizuoka Cancer Center Hospital between January 2012 and March 2016...
2017: Esophagus: Official Journal of the Japan Esophageal Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700116/an-integrative-literature-review-exploring-the-clinical-management-of-delirium-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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REVIEW
Hayley Lawley, Alistair Hewison
AIM: The aim of this paper is to present the findings of an integrative literature review of the evidence for the clinical management of delirium in patients with advanced cancer. BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced cancer frequently experience delirium which can be distressing for both patients and their families. Current guidelines recommend that underlying causes of the delirium be addressed and a course of antipsychotics considered. However the research into the effectiveness of treatments for delirium in people with advanced cancer is limited...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
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