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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341551/reflection-on-curative-treatment-versus-palliation-of-symptoms-in-end-of-life-care
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Teresa Bridget Dowling
The conflicting tasks of treating or managing disease and preparing patients and their families for the end of life are well documented in haematology and palliative care settings. This article is a reflection on practice by a nursing student who was in the fourth year of an internship, and discusses a case study involving a woman at the end of life. It considers the approach to palliative and end of life care adopted in an oncology and haematology ward where there was a reluctance to be realistic about the limitations of treatments among some healthcare practitioners, who did not want to dispel unrealistic expectations of the patient's recovery as a result of continuing treatment...
January 17, 2018: Nursing Standard
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29333497/work-efficiency-improvement-of-90-after-implementation-of-an-annual-inpatient-blood-products-administration-consent-form
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Holly Lindsay, Saleh Bhar, Challice Bonifant, Sarah Sartain, Sarah B Whittle, Youngna Lee-Kim, Mona D Shah
Paediatric haematology, oncology and bone marrow transplant (BMT) patients frequently require transfusion of blood products. Our institution required a new transfusion consent be obtained every admission. The objectives of this project were to: revise inpatient blood products consent form to be valid for 1 year, decrease provider time spent consenting from 15 to <5 min per admission, and improve provider frustration with the consent process. Over 6 months, we determined the average number of hospitalisations requiring transfusions in a random sampling of haematology/oncology/BMT inpatients...
2018: BMJ Open Quality
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29325495/management-of-cancer-associated-venous-thromboembolism-a-case-based-practical-approach
#3
Minna Voigtlaender, Florian Langer
In patients with solid tumours or haematological malignancies, venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a leading cause of death and significantly contributes to morbidity and healthcare resource utilization. Current practice guidelines recommend long-term anticoagulation with low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) as the treatment of choice for cancer-associated VTE, based on clinical trial data showing an overall improved safety and efficacy profile of LMWH compared to vitamin K antagonists. However, several open questions remain, e...
January 12, 2018: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29313207/survey-on-paediatric-tumour-boards-in-europe-current-situation-and-results-from-the-expo-r-net-project
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A Juan Ribelles, P Berlanga, G Schreier, M Nitzlnader, B Brunmair, V Castel, S Essiaf, A Cañete, R Ladenstein
BACKGROUND: Under the ExPO-r-NeT project (European Expert Paediatric Oncology Reference Network for Diagnostics and Treatment), we aimed to identify paediatric oncology tumour boards in Europe to investigate the kind of technologies and logistics that are in place in different countries and to explore current differences between regions. METHODS: A 20-question survey regarding several features of tumor boards was designed. Data collected included infrastructure, organization, and clinical decision-making information from the centres...
January 8, 2018: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310582/identification-of-uncommon-oral-yeasts-from-cancer-patients-by-maldi-tof-mass-spectrometry
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Narges Aslani, Ghasem Janbabaei, Mahdi Abastabar, Jacques F Meis, Mahasti Babaeian, Sadegh Khodavaisy, Teun Boekhout, Hamid Badali
BACKGROUND: Opportunistic infections due to Candida species occur frequently in cancer patients because of their inherent immunosuppression. The aim of the present study was to investigate the epidemiology of yeast species from the oral cavity of patients during treatment for oncological and haematological malignancies. METHODS: MALDI-TOF was performed to identify yeasts isolated from the oral cavity of 350 cancer patients. Moreover, antifungal susceptibility testing was performed in according to CLSI guidelines (M27-A3)...
January 8, 2018: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29310486/focal-segmental-glomerulosclerosis-in-children-complicated-by-posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome
#6
Magdalena Stârcea, Cristina Gavrilovici, Mihaela Munteanu, Ingrith Miron
An uncommon side effect of cyclosporine A (CsA) use is posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES). PRES usually develops because of disturbed capacity of posterior cerebral blood flow to autoregulate an acute rise in blood pressure. We present the case of a 10-year-old girl who was previously diagnosed in our department with focal segmental glomerulosclerosis. She was treated with CsA and developed seizures, progressive loss of consciousness, and visual disturbance on the 7th day of treatment. Brain magnetic resonance imaging showed degeneration of white matter with diffuse demyelination in the parietal and posterior occipital lobes, consistent with the diagnosis of PRES...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248399/palliative-chemoradiotherapy-versus-radiotherapy-alone-for-dysphagia-in-advanced-oesophageal-cancer-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-trog-03-01
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Michael G Penniment, Paolo B De Ieso, Jennifer A Harvey, Sonya Stephens, Heather-Jane Au, Christopher J O'Callaghan, Andrew Kneebone, Samuel Y Ngan, Iain G Ward, Rajarshi Roy, Jennifer G Smith, Tirath Nijjar, James J Biagi, Liam A Mulroy, Rebecca Wong
BACKGROUND: A short course of radiotherapy is commonly prescribed for palliative relief of malignant dysphagia in patients with incurable oesophageal cancer. We compared chemoradiotherapy with radiotherapy alone for dysphagia relief in the palliative setting. METHODS: This multicentre randomised controlled trial included patients with advanced or metastatic oesophageal cancer who were randomly assigned (1:1) through a computer-generated adaptive biased coin design to either palliative chemoradiotherapy or radiotherapy alone for treatment of malignant dysphagia at 22 hospitals in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, and the UK...
December 13, 2017: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29230958/treatment-related-mortality-in-relapsed-childhood-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
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Trausti Oskarsson, Stefan Söderhäll, Johan Arvidson, Erik Forestier, Thomas Leth Frandsen, Marit Hellebostad, Päivi Lähteenmäki, Ólafur G Jónsson, Ida Hed Myrberg, Mats Heyman
BACKGROUND: Treatment of relapsed childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is particularly challenging due to the high treatment intensity needed to induce and sustain a second remission. To improve results, it is important to understand how treatment-related toxicity impacts survival. PROCEDURE: In this retrospective population-based study, we described the causes of death and estimated the risk for treatment-related mortality in patients with first relapse of childhood ALL in the Nordic Society of Paediatric Haematology and Oncology ALL-92 and ALL-2000 trials...
December 12, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29223478/phase-ii-trial-of-veliparib-in-patients-with-previously-treated-brca-mutated-pancreas-ductal-adenocarcinoma
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Maeve A Lowery, David P Kelsen, Marinela Capanu, Sloane C Smith, Jonathan W Lee, Zsofia K Stadler, Malcolm J Moore, Hedy L Kindler, Talia Golan, Amiel Segal, Hannah Maynard, Ellen Hollywood, MaryEllen Moynahan, Erin E Salo-Mullen, Richard Kinh Gian Do, Alice P Chen, Kenneth H Yu, Laura H Tang, Eileen M O'Reilly
PURPOSE: BRCA-associated cancers have increased sensitivity to poly(ADP-ribose) polymerase inhibitors (PARPis). This single arm, non-randomised, multicentre phase II trial evaluated the response rate of veliparib in patients with previously treated BRCA1/2- or PALB2-mutant pancreatic adenocarcinoma (PDAC). METHODS: Patients with stage III/IV PDAC and known germline BRCA1/2 or PALB2 mutation, 1-2 lines of treatment, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group 0-2, were enrolled...
December 7, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218389/primary-prophylaxis-of-invasive-fungal-infections-in-patients-with-haematological-malignancies-2017-update-of-the-recommendations-of-the-infectious-diseases-working-party-agiho-of-the-german-society-for-haematology-and-medical-oncology-dgho
#10
REVIEW
Sibylle C Mellinghoff, Jens Panse, Nael Alakel, Gerhard Behre, Dieter Buchheidt, Maximilian Christopeit, Justin Hasenkamp, Michael Kiehl, Michael Koldehoff, Stefan W Krause, Nicola Lehners, Marie von Lilienfeld-Toal, Annika Y Löhnert, Georg Maschmeyer, Daniel Teschner, Andrew J Ullmann, Olaf Penack, Markus Ruhnke, Karin Mayer, Helmut Ostermann, Hans-H Wolf, Oliver A Cornely
Immunocompromised patients are at high risk of invasive fungal infections (IFI), in particular those with haematological malignancies undergoing remission-induction chemotherapy for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) or myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) and recipients of allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplants (HSCT). Despite the development of new treatment options in the past decades, IFI remains a concern due to substantial morbidity and mortality in these patient populations. In addition, the increasing use of new immune modulating drugs in cancer therapy has opened an entirely new spectrum of at risk periods...
December 7, 2017: Annals of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29217729/bone-marrow-solid-core-biopsy-needle-a-critical-assessment-of-the-utility-benefits-and-limitations-of-the-instruments-employed-in-current-day-haematology-and-oncology
#11
REVIEW
Anwarul Islam
The optimal clinical evaluation of the bone marrow requires an examination of air-dried and well-stained films of the aspirated tissue along with a histopathological evaluation of adequately processed and properly stained core biopsy specimens. A bone marrow evaluation can be essential in establishing a diagnosis, determining the efficacy of treatment in haematological disorders and to monitor haematological status of patients following bone marrow/stem cell transplantation. It is also an essential component of the staging process for newly diagnosed malignancies...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29208047/non-conventional-dosing-of-oral-anticancer-agents-in-oncology-and-malignant-haematology-a-systematic-review-protocol
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Faouzi Djebbari, Nicola Stoner, Verna Lavender
BACKGROUND: Recent advances in cancer therapeutics have resulted in significantly improved overall survival and progression-free survival for patients. Targeted oral systemic anticancer therapies (SACT) offer a range of treatment approaches that differ from traditional cytotoxic chemotherapy: non-cytotoxic oral SACT target malignant disease continuously, have less broad and more favourable safety profiles, which can improve patients' quality of life (QoL). Toxicities associated with daily oral SACT administration can, however, result in non-adherence and a reduced QoL...
December 6, 2017: Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29207709/isolation-of-the-rare-opportunistic-yeast-saprochaete-capitata-from-clinical-samples-experience-from-a-tertiary-care-hospital-in-southern-india-and-a-brief-review-of-the-literature
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Umabala Pamidimukkala, Anuradha Kancharla, Sukanya Sudhaharan, Sadashivudu Gundeti, Surendra Mandarapu, Vamsi Krishna Nagalla, Sree Bhushan Raju, Sandhya Devi Karanam
Introduction: Saprochaete capitata (Teleomorph: Magnusiomyces capitatus) is a ubiquitous yeast found in environmental sources such as soil, water, air, plants and dairy products. It is also a part of the normal microbial flora in humans. The yeast is being increasingly reported as an opportunistic pathogen, especially in patients in the haemato-oncology setting, the infection being often mistakenly diagnosed as invasive candidiasis. Aim: To review the epidemiological, clinical and microbiological features of six patients admitted in our hospital over a period of 10 years (from January 2007 to December 2016), from whom Saprochaete capitata was isolated...
September 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159255/comparative-diagnostic-performance-of-the-granulocyte-and-neutrophil-counts
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Nicola S Pether, Jessica L Brothwood, Cornelis van Berkel, Elaine H Dunwoodie, Robert L Blake, Christopher P Price, Richard G Jones, Karl S Baker, Geoff Hall
Objectives: Use of point-of-care testing is increasing, however many haematology analysers can only determine granulocyte count without further differentiation into neutrophils, eosinophils and basophils. Since the diagnosis of life-threatening neutropenia in cancer patients requires a distinct neutrophil count, this study aimed to determine the comparative performance between the neutrophil and granulocyte count. Design and methods: A database of 508 646 venous full blood count results measured on a laboratory reference analyser was mined from a large oncology unit...
December 2017: Practical Laboratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123075/evaluation-of-the-awareness-of-attitude-to-and-knowledge-about-fertility-preservation-in-cancer-patients-among-clinical-practitioners-in-hong-kong
#15
J Pw Chung, T Th Lao, T C Li
INTRODUCTION: Individuals can be exposed to gonadotoxic agents in the course of treatment for cancers and other medical conditions. Fertility preservation refers to strategies that aim to preserve fertility by protecting it against the damage inflicted by gonadotoxic treatment. Many young patients are prescribed gonadotoxic treatment without prior counselling. This study aimed to study the awareness of, attitude to, and knowledge about fertility preservation among clinicians in Hong Kong...
November 10, 2017: Hong Kong Medical Journal, Xianggang Yi Xue za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114990/contextualisation-of-patient-centred-care-a-comparative-qualitative-study-of-healthcare-professionals-approaches-to-communicating-with-seriously-ill-patients-about-their-dependent-children
#16
A Dencker, M Kristiansen, B A Rix, P Bøge, T Tjørnhøj-Thomsen
Patients' family relations play an important part in the provision of patient-centred cancer care, not least when healthcare professionals encounter seriously ill patients with dependent children. Little is known about how children are perceived and dealt with in clinical encounters. In this qualitative comparative study, we explore the influence of medical contexts in three Danish hospital wards, haematology, oncological gynaecology and neuro-intensive care, on communication with patients about their children...
November 7, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111348/nrpa-308-a-new-neuropilin-1-antagonist-exerts-in%C3%A2-vitro-anti-angiogenic-and-anti-proliferative-effects-and-in%C3%A2-vivo-anti-cancer%C3%A2-effects-in-a-mouse-xenograft-model
#17
Wang-Qing Liu, Yves Lepelletier, Matthieu Montès, Lucia Borriello, Rafika Jarray, Renaud Grépin, Bertrand Leforban, Ali Loukaci, Rachid Benhida, Olivier Hermine, Sylvie Dufour, Gilles Pagès, Christiane Garbay, Françoise Raynaud, Reda Hadj-Slimane, Luc Demange
Neuropilin-1 (NRP-1) is an extra-cellular receptor for the main Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor over-expressed in tumour tissues, VEGF-A165. Consequently, NRP-1 is involved in angiogenesis and in tumour growth, and its over-expression is related to a clinical poor prognosis. NRP-1 appears as a major target in oncology, which remains poorly exploited. Herein, we report a new series of 18 small-sized fully organic VEGF-A165/NRP-1 antagonists (NRPas). These compounds share an original scaffold, including two linkers (sulphonamide and amide) and three aromatic cores...
October 28, 2017: Cancer Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107679/efficacy-and-safety-of-selective-internal-radiotherapy-with-yttrium-90-resin-microspheres-compared-with-sorafenib-in-locally-advanced-and-inoperable-hepatocellular-carcinoma-sarah-an-open-label-randomised-controlled-phase-3-trial
#18
Valérie Vilgrain, Helena Pereira, Eric Assenat, Boris Guiu, Alina Diana Ilonca, Georges-Philippe Pageaux, Annie Sibert, Mohamed Bouattour, Rachida Lebtahi, Wassim Allaham, Hélène Barraud, Valérie Laurent, Elodie Mathias, Jean-Pierre Bronowicki, Jean-Pierre Tasu, Rémy Perdrisot, Christine Silvain, René Gerolami, Olivier Mundler, Jean-Francois Seitz, Vincent Vidal, Christophe Aubé, Frédéric Oberti, Olivier Couturier, Isabelle Brenot-Rossi, Jean-Luc Raoul, Anthony Sarran, Charlotte Costentin, Emmanuel Itti, Alain Luciani, René Adam, Maïté Lewin, Didier Samuel, Maxime Ronot, Aurelia Dinut, Laurent Castera, Gilles Chatellier
BACKGROUND: Sorafenib is the recommended treatment for patients with advanced hepatocellular carcinoma. We aimed to compare the efficacy and safety of sorafenib to that of selective internal radiotherapy (SIRT) with yttrium-90 ((90)Y) resin microspheres in patients with hepatocellular carcinoma. METHODS: SARAH was a multicentre, open-label, randomised, controlled, investigator-initiated, phase 3 trial done at 25 centres specialising in liver diseases in France. Patients were eligible if they were aged at least 18 years with a life expectancy greater than 3 months, had an Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status of 0 or 1, Child-Pugh liver function class A or B score of 7 or lower, and locally advanced hepatocellular carcinoma (Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer [BCLC] stage C), or new hepatocellular carcinoma not eligible for surgical resection, liver transplantation, or thermal ablation after a previously cured hepatocellular carcinoma (cured by surgery or thermoablative therapy), or hepatocellular carcinoma with two unsuccessful rounds of transarterial chemoembolisation...
October 26, 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067202/tolerability-of-a-rapid-escalation-vinblastine-prednisolone-protocol-in-dogs-with-mast-cell-tumours
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Juan Carlos Serra Varela, Evi Pecceu, Ian Handel, Jessica Lawrence
Optimal chemotherapy protocols for high-risk mast cell tumours (MCTs) are unknown. The purpose of this study was to determine the tolerability and toxicity profile of a rapidly escalating vinblastine and prednisolone protocol (VPP) in which 3.00 mg/m(2) was administered once 7 days apart: at day 14 and at day 21. Dogs with chemotherapy-naïve MCTs presenting to the Oncology Service of a single institution were prospectively enrolled to receive escalating vinblastine, and haematology and a standardised quality-of-life questionnaire were assessed prior to each dosage...
November 2016: Veterinary Medicine and Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29065103/family-history-of-cancer-in-children-and-adolescents-with-germ-cell-tumours-a-report-from-the-children-s-oncology-group
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Jenny N Poynter, Michaela Richardson, Michelle Roesler, Mark Krailo, James F Amatruda, A Lindsay Frazier
BACKGROUND: Studies of family history of cancer in paediatric germ cell tumours (GCTs) are few, and none has had sufficient sample size to specifically evaluate family history of GCT. METHODS: We utilised family history data from a paediatric GCT study to calculate standardised incidence ratios (SIR) for GCT and other cancers using age- and sex-specific incidence rates from the SEER Program. RESULTS: This analysis included 7998 relatives of paediatric GCT probands...
October 24, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
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