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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359659/a-stakeholder-driven-approach-to-improve-the-informed-consent-process-for-palliative-chemotherapy
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Andrea C Enzinger, Jennifer K Wind, Elizabeth Frank, Nadine J McCleary, Laura Porter, Heather Cushing, Caroline Abbott, Christine Cronin, Peter C Enzinger, Neal J Meropol, Deborah Schrag
OBJECTIVE: Patients often anticipate cure from palliative chemotherapy. Better resources are needed to convey its risks and benefits. We describe the stakeholder-driven development and acceptability testing of a prototype video and companion booklet supporting informed consent (IC) for a common palliative chemotherapy regimen. METHODS: Our multidisciplinary team (researchers, advocates, clinicians) employed a multistep process of content development, production, critical evaluation, and iterative revisions...
March 22, 2017: Patient Education and Counseling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352336/anthelmintic-drug-albendazole-arrests-human-gastric-cancer-cells-at-the-mitotic-phase-and-induces-apoptosis
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Xuan Zhang, Jing Zhao, Xiangyang Gao, Dongsheng Pei, Chao Gao
As microtubules have a vital function in the cell cycle, oncologists have developed microtubule inhibitors capable of preventing uncontrolled cell division, as in the case of cancer. The anthelmintic drug albendazole (ABZ) has been demonstrated to inhibit hepatocellular, ovarian and prostate cancer cells via microtubule targeting. However, its activity against human gastric cancer (GC) cells has remained to be determined. In the present study, ABZ was used to treat GC cells (MKN-45, SGC-7901 and MKN-28). A a CCK-8 cell proliferation assay was performed to assess the effects of ABZ on cell viability and cell cycle changes were assessed using flow cytometry...
February 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330704/an-update-on-non-extremity-soft-tissue-sarcomas
#3
S J Ford, L M Almond, A Gronchi
The management of soft tissue sarcoma is challenging and varied. Centralisation of management in high volume specialist centres has revolutionised outcomes. Surgery remains the mainstay of treatment and is currently the only potentially curative therapy. Retroperitoneal soft tissue sarcoma presents a particular challenge to the surgical oncologist and the concept of extended resection to include surrounding expendable organs taken en bloc with the tumour has now largely been adopted. The use of neoadjuvant and adjuvant therapies for retroperitoneal soft tissue sarcoma is still to be established, although they are employed on a case-specific basis...
March 19, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314838/a-phase-i-study-of-abiraterone-acetate-combined-with-bez235-a-dual-pi3k-mtor-inhibitor-in-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer
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Xiao X Wei, Andrew C Hsieh, Won Kim, Terence Friedlander, Amy M Lin, Mirela Louttit, Charles J Ryan
LESSONS LEARNED: The combination of standard dose abiraterone acetate and BEZ235, a pan-class I PI3K and mTORC1/2 inhibitor, was poorly tolerated in men with progressive mCRPC.Although the clinical development of BEZ235 has been discontinued in prostate cancer, agents that more selectively target PI3K-AKT-mTOR signaling may have a more favorable therapeutic index and should continue to be explored. BACKGROUND: Androgen receptor (AR) and phosphatidylinositol-3 kinase (PI3K) signaling are two commonly perturbed pathways in prostate cancer...
March 17, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281768/parents-are-aware-of-the-ototoxic-effects-of-chemotherapy-in-paediatrics-undergoing-cancer-treatment-professional-versus-parental-views-a-pilot-study
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Nomfundo F Moroe, Kirstie Hughes
BACKGROUND: The primary goal of chemotherapy is to cure cancer and its symptoms. Hence, in recent years, there has been an increase in cancer paediatric survival rate. However, there have also been adverse side effects such as ototoxic hearing loss because of chemotherapy. Therefore, this study aimed at exploring whether the parents of children undergoing chemotherapy are aware of ototoxic effects of chemotherapy. METHODS: A non-experimental quantitative study was conducted to collect data through questionnaires, one for paediatric oncologists and the other for parents...
February 27, 2017: South African Journal of Communication Disorders. die Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Kommunikasieafwykings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280606/utility-of-the-edmonton-frail-scale-in-identifying-frail-elderly-patients-during-treatment-of-colorectal-cancer
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Brandon M Meyers, Humaid O Al-Shamsi, Sara Rask, Radhika Yelamanchili, Callista M Phillips, Alexandra Papaioannou, Gregory R Pond, Neera Jeyabalan, Kevin M Zbuk, Sukhbinder Kaur Dhesy-Thind
BACKGROUND: Frailty has been proposed by geriatricians as an indicator of functional age. The Edmonton Frail Scale (EFS) is a 15-point incremental scale; it is quick (<5 min), and simple to administer. We conducted an exploratory study to establish if the EFS add utility to clinician's expertise by determining if there was an association between EFS and receipt of chemotherapy in colorectal cancer (CRC) patients. METHODS: The EFS was administered to stage II-IV CRC patients ≥70 years...
February 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28247105/neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-for-gastric-adenocarcinoma-in-japan
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Yasuhiro Kodera
Surgery had been and remains a mainstay in the treatment of gastric cancer. The Japanese surgical oncologists employed surgery-first approach to treat gastric cancer because of the widespread use of D2 lymph node dissection and the high incidence of oncologically resectable cancer, and early attempts at the multimodality treatment strategy featured surgery followed by postoperative chemotherapy. Although evidence to treat Stage II/III gastric cancer with this strategy is now abundant in the Far East, poor compliance of the post-gastrectomy patients to intense combination chemotherapies has been a limitation associated with this strategy...
February 28, 2017: Surgery Today
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220660/sarcoma-survivors-perspectives-on-their-body-image-and-functional-quality-of-life-post-resection-limb-salvage-surgery
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Myra F Taylor, Julie A Pooley
Sarcomas often occur in patients' extremities and treatment typically involves bone resection/limb salvage surgery. Such treatments leave survivors with physical disfigurements, functional disabilities, and/or emotional traumas. Our post-surgery psychological intervention investigated how these experiences impinge on sarcoma survivors' lives. Twenty-three survivors aged 19-60 years (M = 36 years) participated in a tri-disciplinary (rehabilitative exercise, plastic surgery and psychological) intervention...
February 21, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197874/a-dosimetric-comparison-between-cyberknife-and-tomotherapy-treatment-plans-for-single-brain-metastasis
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Daniela Greto, Stefania Pallotta, Laura Masi, Cinzia Talamonti, Livia Marrazzo, Raffaella Doro, Calogero Saieva, Silvia Scoccianti, Isacco Desideri, Lorenzo Livi
PURPOSE: Radiosurgery (RS) is a well-established treatment in selected patients with brain metastasis. The aim of this study is to compare the differences between CyberKnife (CK) and TomoTherapy (HT) treatment plans of RS of single brain metastasis (BM) to define when HT should be used in cases beyond Cyberknife-when both systems are readily available for the radiation oncologist. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Nineteen patients with single brain metastasis treated with CK were re-planned for radiosurgery using TomoTherapy Hi-ART system...
February 15, 2017: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152926/cancer-care-decision-support-for-wbc-growth-factors-gf-geographic-differences-in-utilization-and-provider-malleability
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Kenneth Sherman Wurtz, Anna DiMarco, Lourdes Feliciano, Dinah Faith Q Huff, Kevin B Knopf, William J Hrushesky, Michael Baum
128 Background: Growth factor use is the largest single category of drug expenditure for US cancer patients. Oncology Analytics is a decision support company that assists physicians in determining the appropriate use of GF based on the NCCN, ASCO, and ASH guidelines and the level one data that underlies these guidelines. We hypothesized that there would be geographic variation among GF preference and in the malleability of those practice patterns after OA entered a market. We determined the proportion of initial pegfilgrastim requests for preauthorization over other types of GF as well as the review outcomes and final drug of choice after OA intervention of inappropriate GF requests across three specific jurisdictions: Florida, Puerto Rico, Georgia and Texas...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069155/communicating-with-patients-from-minority-backgrounds-individual-challenges-experienced-by-oncology-health-professionals
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Kaaren J Watts, Bettina Meiser, Elvira Zilliacus, Rajneesh Kaur, Mona Taouk, Afaf Girgis, Phyllis Butow, David Goldstein, Sandra Hale, Astrid Perry, Sanchia K Aranda, David W Kissane
PURPOSE: Oncology health professionals (HPs) are increasingly required to care for patients from minority backgrounds. Yet many HPs have not had formal training in how to communicate effectively in culturally diverse settings. More information is needed about the challenges that oncology HPs face in communicating with minority patients to inform the content of formal training programs. This qualitative study aimed to identify oncology nurses' and oncologists' individual experiences and challenges in communicating with patients from minority backgrounds...
February 2017: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056563/a-survey-of-licensed-acupuncturists-in-the-san-francisco-bay-area
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Donald Abrams, Michael McCulloch, Misha Cohen, Mike Liaw, Deborah Silverman, Carla Wilson
BACKGROUND: Many cancer patients seek traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), the prevalence varying with diagnosis, comorbidities, and demographics. Interventions sought include acupuncture, massage, herbs, diet, and exercise, usually combined with conventional therapies. It is not known what proportion of TCM practitioners care for cancer patients, their cancer specific training or caseload, what interventions they employ, their outcomes, and their communication patterns with conventional oncologists...
January 1, 2017: Integrative Cancer Therapies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048449/we-d-204-04-learning-the-ropes-clinical-immersion-in-the-first-month-of-residency
#13
S Dieterich
Speakers in this session will present overview and details of a specific rotation or feature of their Medical Physics Residency Program that is particularly exceptional and noteworthy. The featured rotations include foundational topics executed with exceptional acumen and innovative educational rotations perhaps not commonly found in Medical Physics Residency Programs. A site-specific clinical rotation will be described, where the medical physics resident follows the physician and medical resident for two weeks into patient consultations, simulation sessions, target contouring sessions, planning meetings with dosimetry, patient follow up visits, and tumor boards, to gain insight into the thought processes of the radiation oncologist...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048334/we-d-204-00-session-in-memory-of-franca-kuchnir-excellence-in-medical-physics-residency-education
#14
Kristi Hendrickson
Speakers in this session will present overview and details of a specific rotation or feature of their Medical Physics Residency Program that is particularly exceptional and noteworthy. The featured rotations include foundational topics executed with exceptional acumen and innovative educational rotations perhaps not commonly found in Medical Physics Residency Programs. A site-specific clinical rotation will be described, where the medical physics resident follows the physician and medical resident for two weeks into patient consultations, simulation sessions, target contouring sessions, planning meetings with dosimetry, patient follow up visits, and tumor boards, to gain insight into the thought processes of the radiation oncologist...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047683/we-d-204-01-site-specific-clinical-rotation-into-the-minds-of-the-radiation-oncologists
#15
K Hendrickson
Speakers in this session will present overview and details of a specific rotation or feature of their Medical Physics Residency Program that is particularly exceptional and noteworthy. The featured rotations include foundational topics executed with exceptional acumen and innovative educational rotations perhaps not commonly found in Medical Physics Residency Programs. A site-specific clinical rotation will be described, where the medical physics resident follows the physician and medical resident for two weeks into patient consultations, simulation sessions, target contouring sessions, planning meetings with dosimetry, patient follow up visits, and tumor boards, to gain insight into the thought processes of the radiation oncologist...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047034/we-d-204-02-errors-and-process-improvements-in-radiation-therapy
#16
D Fontenla
Speakers in this session will present overview and details of a specific rotation or feature of their Medical Physics Residency Program that is particularly exceptional and noteworthy. The featured rotations include foundational topics executed with exceptional acumen and innovative educational rotations perhaps not commonly found in Medical Physics Residency Programs. A site-specific clinical rotation will be described, where the medical physics resident follows the physician and medical resident for two weeks into patient consultations, simulation sessions, target contouring sessions, planning meetings with dosimetry, patient follow up visits, and tumor boards, to gain insight into the thought processes of the radiation oncologist...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046611/su-f-t-205-effectiveness-of-robust-treatment-planning-to-account-for-inter-fractional-variation-in-intensity-modulated-proton-therapy-for-head-neck-cancer
#17
X Li, J Zhang, A Qin, J Liang, J Zhou, D Yan, P Chen, D Krauss, X Ding
PURPOSE: To evaluate the potential benefits of robust optimization in intensity modulated proton therapy(IMPT) treatment planning to account for inter-fractional variation for Head Neck Cancer(HNC). METHODS: One patient with bilateral HNC previous treated at our institution was used in this study. Ten daily CBCTs were selected. The CT numbers of the CBCTs were corrected by mapping the CT numbers from simulation CT via Deformable Image Registration. The planning target volumes(PTVs) were defined by a 3mm expansion from clinical target volumes(CTVs)...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28046377/we-d-204-03-campep-residencies-in-a-canadian-context-comprehensive-cancer-centers-and-integrated-learning-environments
#18
W Parker
Speakers in this session will present overview and details of a specific rotation or feature of their Medical Physics Residency Program that is particularly exceptional and noteworthy. The featured rotations include foundational topics executed with exceptional acumen and innovative educational rotations perhaps not commonly found in Medical Physics Residency Programs. A site-specific clinical rotation will be described, where the medical physics resident follows the physician and medical resident for two weeks into patient consultations, simulation sessions, target contouring sessions, planning meetings with dosimetry, patient follow up visits, and tumor boards, to gain insight into the thought processes of the radiation oncologist...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28004440/patients-perception-of-chemotherapy-side-effects-expectations-doctor-patient-communication-and-impact-on-quality-of-life-an-italian-survey
#19
Domenica Lorusso, Emilio Bria, Anna Costantini, Massimo Di Maio, Giovanni Rosti, Annamaria Mancuso
Chemotherapy side effects (CSE) have a strong impact on patients' quality of life (QOL). To assess patient perceptions of CSE, their impact on QOL and doctor-patient communication regarding these aspects, a survey was conducted among Italian cancer patients. Patients at least 18 years of age, who received chemotherapy, were administered a dedicated questionnaire to assess their point of view on five domains: expectations about CSE and impact on QOL; doctor-patient communication about CSE; treatments to reduce the impact of CSE; sexual life; family relationships/activities and employment...
December 22, 2016: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27981172/jordanian-physicians-attitudes-toward-disclosure-of-cancer-information-and-patient-participation-in-treatment-decision-making
#20
Rana Obeidat, Huthaifah I Khrais
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to determine the attitude of Jordanian physicians toward disclosure of cancer information, comfort and use of different decision-making approaches, and treatment decision making. METHODS: A descriptive, comparative research design was used. A convenience sample of 86 Jordanian medical and radiation oncologists and surgeons practicing mainly in oncology was recruited. A modified version of a structured questionnaire was used for data collection...
July 2016: Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing
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