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Delirium and cancer

N Y Choi, E H Kim, C H Baek, I Sohn, S Yeon, M K Chung
PURPOSE: To develop nomogram for prediction of postoperative delirium (POD) in patients undergoing ablative and reconstruction surgery for head and neck cancer. METHODS: Total 341 patients were retrospectively analyzed, and clinical variables in preoperative, intraoperative and postoperative periods were compared between delirium group (n = 89) and non-delirium group (n = 252). Multivariate logistic regression, receiver operating characteristics curve, and area under the curve (AUC) were used to generate and test a nomogram, which performance was evaluated by 10-fold cross validation (CV) procedure...
October 14, 2016: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
Craig Nolan, Lisa M DeAngelis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to provide a practical clinical approach to confusion in the patient with cancer. Confusion in the cancer population has a broader differential diagnosis than in the general medical population. The clinician must consider the usual differential diagnoses as well as causes unique to the cancer patient including direct complications from the cancer and indirect complications related to cancer treatment. RECENT FINDINGS: In the recent age of precision medicine, the oncologist now utilizes the genomic profile of both the patient and the tumor to provide advanced biologic therapies including targeted anticancer drugs, antiangiogenic agents, and immunotherapy...
September 26, 2016: Current Opinion in Neurology
David Hui, Rony Dev, Eduardo Bruera
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Delirium is the most common and distressing neuropsychiatric syndrome in cancer patients. Few evidence-based treatment options are available due to the paucity of high quality of studies. In this review, we shall examine the literature on the use of neuroleptics to treat delirium in patients with advanced cancer. Specifically, we will discuss the randomized controlled trials that examined neuroleptics in the front line setting, and studies that explore second-line options for patients with persistent agitation...
September 22, 2016: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
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Delirium is the most common neuro-psychiatric syndrome in patients with advanced cancer, but it often goes undetected in the emergency department, research suggests.
August 24, 2016: Nursing Standard
Ryo Miyata, Mitsugu Omasa, Ryo Fujimoto, Hiroyuki Ishikawa, Minoru Aoki
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate the feasibility of Ramelteon for the prevention of delirium after lung cancer surgery in elderly patients. METHODS: Medical records of patients over 70 years old, who underwent anatomical pulmonary resection for lung cancer at our institution from January 2013 to December 2015, were reviewed. Patients treated in 2013 and 2014 were used as a control group. Ramelteon was administered daily for 7 days after surgery. The incidence of delirium was determined based on the Intensive Care Delirium Screening Checklist (ICDSC)...
September 13, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Omar Shamieh, Odai Khamash, Mustafa Khraisat, Omar Jbouri, Mohammad Awni, Abdulrahman Al-Hawamdeh, Ghadeer Arja, Sawsan Ajarmeh, Dalia Al-Rimawi, David Hui
PURPOSE: Outpatient palliative care clinics are essential for early symptom management in patients with advanced cancer. Few outpatient programs are available in the Middle East. In this prospective study, we examined the symptom changes among cancer patients seen at a palliative care clinic in Jordan. METHODS: Patients with advanced cancer who had an outpatient palliative care consultation and not delirious were enrolled. The Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS), Karnofsky Performance Scale (KPS), and Memorial Delirium Assessment Scale (MDAS) were collected at consultation and follow up visit 14-34 days later...
September 7, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Richard B L Lim
Despite advances in the detection, pathological diagnosis and therapeutics of lung cancer, many patients still develop advanced, incurable and progressively fatal disease. As physicians, the duties to cure sometimes, relieve often and comfort always should be a constant reminder to us of the needs that must be met when caring for a patient with lung cancer. Four key areas of end-of-life care in advanced lung cancer begin with first recognizing 'when a patient is approaching the end of life'. The clinician should be able to recognize when the focus of care needs to shift from an aggressive life-sustaining approach to an approach that helps prepare and support a patient and family members through a period of progressive, inevitable decline...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
Romina Deldar, Derek Thomas, Anna Maria Storniolo
Importance. Oftentimes, when patients with metastatic cancer present with acute encephalopathy, it is suspected to be secondary to their underlying malignancy. However, there are multiple causes of delirium such as central nervous system (CNS) infections, electrolyte abnormalities, and drug adverse reactions. Because West Nile Virus (WNV) neuroinvasive disease has a high mortality rate in immunosuppressed patients, a high index of suspicion is required in patients who present with fever, altered mental status, and other neurological symptoms...
2016: Case Reports in Oncological Medicine
Shirley Harvey Bush, Nathalie Lacaze-Masmonteil, Marie Theresa McNamara-Kilian, Alistair Richard MacDonald, Sallyanne Tierney, Franco Momoli, Meera Agar, David Christopher Currow, Peter Gerard Lawlor
BACKGROUND: Delirium is a very common and distressing neuropsychiatric syndrome in palliative care. Increasing age, the presence of dementia and advanced cancer are well-known predisposing risk factors for delirium development. Sleep-wake cycle disturbance is frequently seen during delirium and melatonin has a pivotal role in the regulation of circadian rhythms. Current evidence across various settings suggests a potential preventative role for melatonin in patients at risk of delirium, but no studies are currently reported in patients with advanced cancer...
2016: Trials
Bob Carlson
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September 2016: Lancet Oncology
Gloria Roldan Urgoiti, Aynharan Sinnarajah, Seema Hussain, Desiree Hao
Delirium in patients with cancer is associated with poor outcomes, but reversible causes need to be ruled out. We report the case of a 59-year-old woman who was presented with behavioural and cognitive changes over 2 weeks. She was non-verbal and combative, requiring involuntary admission and declaration of incompetence to make healthcare treatment decisions. Infectious and metabolic investigations and initial brain imaging were unremarkable. She was diagnosed with limited-stage small cell lung cancer and a paraneoplastic neuropsychiatric syndrome...
July 28, 2016: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
Ahmed F Elsayem, Eduardo Bruera, Alan D Valentine, Carla L Warneke, Sai-Ching J Yeung, Valda D Page, Geri L Wood, Julio Silvestre, Holly M Holmes, Patricia A Brock, Knox H Todd
BACKGROUND: The frequency of delirium among patients with cancer presenting to the emergency department (ED) is unknown. The purpose of this study was to determine delirium frequency and recognition by ED physicians among patients with advanced cancer presenting to the ED of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. METHODS: The study population was a random sample of English-speaking patients with advanced cancer who presented to the ED and met the study criteria...
September 15, 2016: Cancer
Peter G Lawlor
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September 15, 2016: Cancer
Hiroyuki Goto, Shusuke Yoshikawa, Masaki Otsuka, Toshikazu Omodaka, Kosuke Yoshimi, Yuichi Yoshida, Osamu Yamamoto, Yoshio Kiyohara
Knowledge of the prevalence of symptoms in patients with incurable cancer in the terminal stage is important for clinicians. However, there has been no report on the prevalence of symptoms in patients with incurable skin cancer. We analyzed the prevalence of symptoms in 224 patients who died due to skin cancer in our center. These data were obtained from medical records compiled by a miscellaneous population of medical staff retrospectively. We evaluated the symptoms at 3 months, 1 month, 2 weeks, 1 week and 3 days before the patients died...
July 23, 2016: Journal of Dermatology
Konstanze Plaschke, Katharina A Petersen, Susanne Frankenhauser, Markus A Weigand, Jürgen Kopitz, Hubert J Bardenheuer
CONTEXT: Delirium is an important complication in palliative care patients. One of the potential risk factors for cognitive disorders is deterioration in cholinergic neurotransmission. Anticholinergic medications are known to be important owing to the association of their metabolites with significant morbidity, which is often the result of cumulative effects of medications (anticholinergic burden). Additionally, cholinergic enzymes are possible candidates reflecting the cholinergic situation in patients...
July 9, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Young Mi Jeong, Eunsook Lee, Kwang-Il Kim, Jee Eun Chung, Hae In Park, Byung Koo Lee, Hye Sun Gwak
BACKGROUND: Older patients undergoing surgery tend to have a higher frequency of delirium. Delirium is strongly associated with poor surgical outcomes. This study evaluated the association between pre-operative medication use and post-operative delirium (POD) in surgical oncology patients receiving comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA). METHODS: A total of 475 patients who were scheduled for cancer surgery and received CGA from January 2014 to June 2015 were included...
2016: BMC Geriatrics
P Stachura, J Berendt, S Stiel, U S Schuler, C Ostgathe
BACKGROUND: Standard operating procedures (SOPs) can contribute to the improvement of patient care. OBJECTIVES: Survey the presence and relevance of SOPs for palliative care (PC) within the network of German Comprehensive Cancer Centers (CCCs) funded by the German Cancer Aid. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In a descriptive survey, palliative care services within 15 CCCs funded by the German Cancer Aid were asked to rate availability and thematic relevance of (1) symptom-related, (2) clinical pathways and (3) measures- and processes-oriented SOPs using a structured questionnaire...
June 27, 2016: Der Schmerz
Thuy Koll, Mackenzi Pergolotti, Holly M Holmes, Huibrie C Pieters, G J van Londen, Zachary A Marcum, Amy R MacKenzie, Christopher B Steer
Supportive care is an essential component of anticancer treatment regardless of age or treatment intent. As the number of older adults with cancer increases, and supportive care strategies enable more patients to undergo treatment, greater numbers of older patients will become cancer survivors. These patients may have lingering adverse effects from treatment and will need continued supportive care interventions. Older adults with cancer benefit from geriatric assessment (GA)-guided supportive care interventions...
August 2016: Current Oncology Reports
Meghan Karuturi, Melisa L Wong, Tina Hsu, Gretchen G Kimmick, Stuart M Lichtman, Holly M Holmes, Sharon K Inouye, William Dale, Kah P Loh, Mary I Whitehead, Allison Magnuson, Arti Hurria, Michelle C Janelsins, Supriya Mohile
Cancer and neurocognitive disorders, such as dementia and delirium, are common and serious diseases in the elderly that are accompanied by high degree of morbidity and mortality. Furthermore, evidence supports the under-diagnosis of both dementia and delirium in older adults. Complex questions exist regarding the interaction of dementia and delirium with cancer, beginning with guidelines on how best measure disease severity, the optimal screening test for either disorder, the appropriate level of intervention in the setting of abnormal findings, and strategies aimed at preventing the development or progression of either process...
July 2016: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Masaaki Yamamoto, Makoto Yamasaki, Ken Sugimoto, Yoshihiro Maekawa, Yasuhiro Miyazaki, Tomoki Makino, Tsuyoshi Takahashi, Yukinori Kurokawa, Kiyokazu Nakajima, Shuji Takiguchi, Hiromi Rakugi, Masaki Mori, Yuichiro Doki
BACKGROUND: The number of geriatric patients with esophageal cancer is increasing in step with the aging of the population. Geriatric patients have a higher risk of postoperative complications, including delirium that can cause a fall or impact survival. Therefore, it is very important that we evaluate risks of postoperative complications before surgery. The aim of this study was to predict postoperative delirium in elderly patients. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical records of 91 patients aged 75 years and over who underwent esophagectomy between January 2006 and December 2014...
November 2016: World Journal of Surgery
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