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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29054899/lung-adenocarcinoma-metastastic-lesion-in-the-internal-auditory-meatus
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Eugene Hung Chih Wong, Daniel Bodmer, Nora Tetter, Yves Brand
Metastasis to the cerebellopontine angle (CPA) or internal auditory meatus (IAM) is rare.We report a rare case of a 69-year-old woman with metastatic lung adenocarcinoma, who presented with 2 weeks history of left-sided hearing loss and progressively worsening vertigo. Examination revealed a left-sided facial nerve palsy while pure tone audiometry (PTA) showed a new left-sided deafness. MRI showed a new enhancing soft tissue lesion in the left IAM, highly suspicious of new metastases from her progressive lung cancer, which contributed to her neuro-otological symptoms...
October 20, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28984492/prognostic-factors-affecting-survival-after-whole-brain-radiotherapy-in-patients-with-brain-metastasized-lung-cancer
#2
Georgios Tsakonas, Fatou Hellman, Michael Gubanski, Signe Friesland, Salomon Tendler, Rolf Lewensohn, Simon Ekman, Luigi de Petris
BACKGROUND: Whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT) has been the standard of care for multiple NSCLC brain metastases but due to its toxicity and lack of survival benefit, its use in the palliative setting is being questioned. PATIENT AND METHODS: This was a single institution cohort study including brain metastasized lung cancer patients who received WBRT at Karolinska University Hospital. Information about Recursive Partitioning Analysis (RPA) and Graded Prognostic Assessment (GPA) scores, demographics, histopathological results and received oncological therapy were collected...
October 6, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28981331/introduction
#3
Claire Ryan
Metastatic breast cancer (MBC), also known as secondary breast cancer (SBC), occurs when cells from the primary breast tumour metastasise from the breast to other parts of the body via the blood or lymphatic systems. The disease may range from limited bone metastases to widespread and life-threatening metastases in visceral organs such as the liver, lung and brain (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE), 2009; 2014). MBC is incurable, and the primary goal of treatment is to extend life and palliate symptoms, while preserving quality of life (NICE, 2009; 2014)...
September 5, 2017: British Journal of Nursing: BJN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28971065/preclinical-modeling-and-therapeutic-avenues-for-cancer-metastasis-to-the-central-nervous-system
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REVIEW
Mohini Singh, David Bakhshinyan, Chitra Venugopal, Sheila K Singh
Metastasis is the dissemination of cells from the primary tumor to other locations within the body, and continues to be the predominant cause of death among cancer patients. Metastatic progression within the adult central nervous system is 10 times more frequent than primary brain tumors. Metastases affecting the brain parenchyma and leptomeninges are associated with grave prognosis, and even after successful control of the primary tumor the median survival is a dismal 2-3 months with treatment options typically limited to palliative care...
2017: Frontiers in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868193/cervical-cancer-metastasis-to-the-brain-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#5
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Kaleigh Fetcko, Dibson D Gondim, Jose M Bonnin, Mahua Dey
BACKGROUND: Intracranial metastasis from cervical cancer is a rare occurrence. METHODS: In this study we describe a case of cervical cancer metastasis to the brain and perform an extensive review of literature from 1956 to 2016, to characterize clearly the clinical presentation, treatment options, molecular markers, targeted therapies, and survival of patients with this condition. RESULTS: An elderly woman with history of cervical cancer in remission, presented 2 years later with a right temporo-parietal tumor, which was treated with surgery and subsequent stereotactic radiosurgery (SRS) to the resection cavity...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28853208/clinical-outcomes-and-toxicity-following-palliative-radiotherapy-for-childhood-cancers
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Kimberley S Mak, Stephanie W Lee, Tracy A Balboni, Karen J Marcus
BACKGROUND: Few reports of palliative radiotherapy (RT) for pedialltric malignancies have been published. We described clinical indications, outcomes, and toxicities for children who received palliative RT. PROCEDURE: Pediatric patients (age ≤18 years) treated with palliative RT for incurable cancer from January 1 2008 to February 26, 2014 were included. Diagnosis, details of RT, treatment response, toxicity, and survival were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS: Forty-six patients received 76 RT courses...
August 29, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622477/an-examination-of-factors-affecting-the-length-of-stay-in-a-palliative-care-center
#7
Metin Dincer, Kadriye Kahveci, Cihan Doger
BACKGROUND: With the increase in elderly population, life-threatening chronic diseases are increasing, simultaneously increasing the need for palliative care centers (PCCs). OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the factors affecting the length of stay (LOS) and discharge of patients from a PCC. METHODS: A retrospective scan was made of the records of patients followed up in the PCC between January 2013 and March 2016. A record was made of patient age, gender, diagnosis, conditions/comorbidities, Glasgow Coma Scale, Karnofsky Performance Scale, LOS, prognosis (exitus or surviving), percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG), tracheostomy, mechanical ventilator, nutrition (total parenteral nutrition [TPN] or enteral nutrition), and the results of cultures taken during stay in PCCs (blood, tracheal aspirate, urine, rectal swab, wound)...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341318/online-palliative-care-and-oncology-patient-education-resources-through-google-do-they-meet-national-health-literacy-recommendations
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Arpan V Prabhu, Tudor Crihalmeanu, David R Hansberry, Nitin Agarwal, Christine Glaser, David A Clump, Dwight E Heron, Sushil Beriwal
PURPOSE: The Google search engine is a resource commonly used by patients to access health-related patient education information. The American Medical Association and National Institutes of Health recommend that patient education resources be written at a level between the third and seventh grade reading levels. We assessed the readability levels of online palliative care patient education resources using 10 readability algorithms widely accepted in the medical literature. METHODS AND MATERIALS: In October 2016, searches were conducted for 10 individual terms pertaining to palliative care and oncology using the Google search engine; the first 10 articles written for the public for each term were downloaded for a total of 100 articles...
September 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330507/is-admittance-to-specialised-palliative-care-among-cancer-patients-related-to-sex-age-and-cancer-diagnosis-a-nation-wide-study-from-the-danish-palliative-care-database-dpd
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Mathilde Adsersen, Lau Caspar Thygesen, Anders Bonde Jensen, Mette Asbjoern Neergaard, Per Sjøgren, Mogens Groenvold
BACKGROUND: Specialised palliative care (SPC) takes place in specialised services for patients with complex symptoms and problems. Little is known about what determines the admission of patients to SPC and whether there are differences in relation to institution type. The aims of the study were to investigate whether cancer patients' admittance to SPC in Denmark varied in relation to sex, age and diagnosis, and whether the patterns differed by type of institution (hospital-based palliative care team/unit, hospice, or both)...
March 23, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302996/spinal-cord-ischemia-secondary-to-epidural-metastasis-from-small-cell-lung-carcinoma
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Hirotoshi Yasui, Naoya Ozawa, Satoshi Mikami, Kenji Shimizu, Takahiro Hatta, Nami Makino, Mayu Fukushima, Satoshi Baba, Yasushi Makino
BACKGROUND Spinal cord ischemia is an uncommon event that is mainly caused by dissociation of the ascending aorta as a complication after aortic surgery. Spinal arteries can develop collateral circulation; therefore, the frequency of spinal infarction is about 1% of that in the brain. Few cases of spinal cord ischemia developing in the course of lung cancer have been reported. CASE REPORT We presented the case of a 56-year-old man with small cell lung carcinoma, cT4N2M1a (stage IV). He was treated with irradiation and 2 courses of platinum and etoposide combination chemotherapy...
March 17, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290769/sequencing-brain-metastases-and-opportunities-for-targeted-therapies
#11
Ugonma N Chukwueke, Priscilla K Brastianos
CNS metastases have long been recognized as a common and late complication of systemic malignancies. They represent the most common tumor of the brain. As outcomes and overall survival improve with better tolerated and more durable responses from therapies for systemic cancers, the incidence and prevalence of brain metastases is likely to increase. Among the most common systemic cancers leading to brain metastases include lung, melanoma, breast (triple-negative histology) and renal cell cancers. To date, there has been infrequent involvement of gastrointestinal and gynecologic malignancies; however, this may also change, reflecting improvement in overall survival and therapeutic regimens...
March 14, 2017: Pharmacogenomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156496/influence-of-early-phase-clinical-trial-enrollment-on-patterns-of-end-of-life-care-for-children-with-advanced-cancer
#12
Chalinee Monsereenusorn, Clement Ma, Hasan Al-Sayegh, Joanne Wolfe, Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo
151 Background: Early phase clinical trials are critical to enhancing therapies for children with advanced cancer. However, trial enrollment may intensify end-of-life (EOL) care. We evaluated patterns of EOL care for patients at a large cancer center. METHODS: Single-center, retrospective cohort study of pediatric oncology patients, ages 6 months-21 years, who died in 2010-2014. We queried electronic medical records to assess frequencies of medical procedures (e.g. intubations), clinic visits, and hospital admissions in the last 6 months of life...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152812/real-world-treatment-patterns-and-outcomes-in-her2-positive-mbc-patients-with-brain-metastasis-in-the-u-s-community-oncology-setting
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Eileen Fonseca, Bongin Yoo, Thomas Wilson, Hans-Peter Goertz, Catherine Lai
92 Background: Patients (pts) with HER2 positive (HER2+) metastatic breast cancer (MBC) have different patterns of disease and treatment (tx) from HER2 negative MBC. Brain metastasis (BM) frequently occurs and txs vary. METHODS: This retrospective study included adult HER2+ MBC pts from a community oncology network electronic health record (EHR) database and diagnosed between 2009-2011, with follow-up until 11/2014. Pts with other primary tumors were excluded. Two cohorts were defined: pts diagnosed with BM and pts with no evidence of BM (NBM), and were initially matched on age and performance status at MBC diagnosis (dx) and stage...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28061534/overcoming-the-challenges-associated-with-symptom-management-in-palliative-care
#14
Helen Senderovich, Shaira Wignarajah
End of life (EOL) care is a topic that many families have difficulty discussing. A number of families are uncomfortable with accepting the fact that death is a part of every human's reality. Ideas and thoughts of death are interpreted differently across various cultures, and lacking to discuss disease trajectory and what to expect down the road with a physician, brings forward conflict during EOL care. Let us consider the complexities of treating Mr. X who is an 80-year-old male of Italian background with a history of advanced lung cancer with metastasis to the brain...
November 30, 2016: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924753/referral-criteria-for-outpatient-specialty-palliative-cancer-care-an-international-consensus
#15
REVIEW
David Hui, Masanori Mori, Sharon M Watanabe, Augusto Caraceni, Florian Strasser, Tiina Saarto, Nathan Cherny, Paul Glare, Stein Kaasa, Eduardo Bruera
Although outpatient specialty palliative-care clinics improve outcomes, there is no consensus on who should be referred or the optimal timing for referral. In response to this issue, we did a Delphi study to develop consensus on a list of criteria for referral of patients with advanced cancer at secondary or tertiary care hospitals to outpatient palliative care. 60 international experts (26 from North America, 19 from Asia and Australia, and 11 from Europe) on palliative cancer care rated 39 needs-based criteria and 22 time-based criteria in three iterative rounds...
December 2016: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920233/pilot-evaluation-of-a-palliative-and-end-of-life-communication-intervention-for-parents-of-children-with-a-brain-tumor
#16
Verna L Hendricks-Ferguson, Kamnesh Pradhan, Chie-Schin Shih, Karen M Gauvain, Javier R Kane, Jingxia Liu, Joan E Haase
Providing timely palliative and end-of-life care (PC/EOL) information to parents of children with a serious illness is a national health care priority. The goals of this study were to determine feasibility, acceptability, and parent responses related to a PC/EOL communication intervention, titled "Communication Plan: Early through End of Life (COMPLETE)" to parents of children with a brain tumor. The study was a 2-site prospective, single-group pilot study targeting parents' stress and coping outcomes. The sample included 13 parents of 11 children (ie, 11 families)...
May 2017: Journal of Pediatric Oncology Nursing: Official Journal of the Association of Pediatric Oncology Nurses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861375/trends-of-do-not-resuscitate-consent-and-hospice-care-utilization-among-noncancer-decedents-in-a-tertiary-hospital-in-taiwan-between-2010-and-2014-a-hospital-based-observational-study
#17
Hsiao-Ting Chang, Ming-Hwai Lin, Chun-Ku Chen, Pesus Chou, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Shinn-Jang Hwang
Do-Not-Resuscitate (DNR) and hospice care are not only applied to cancer patients but also to patients with noncancer progressive illness. However, the trends of DNR consent and hospice utilization are not well explored for noncancer patients. This study aimed to explore the trends of DNR consent and hospice care utilization among noncancer decedents in a tertiary hospital in Taiwan. We analyzed the Death and Hospice Palliative Care Database from the Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Taiwan. The Death and Hospice Palliative Care Database contains information including patient sex, major diagnosis, admission date, date of death, age at death, department at discharge, status of DNR consent, and status of hospice care of patients who died in the Taipei Veterans General Hospital...
November 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806449/advances-in-radiotherapy-technology-for-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-what-every-general-practitioner-should-know
#18
Michael Huo, Peter Gorayski, Mark B Pinkham, Margot Lehman
BACKGROUND: Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a leading cause of cancer-related death in Australia. Radiotherapy plays an important role in the curative and palliative settings. OBJECTIVE: This article reviews recent technological advances that have expanded the radiotherapy treatment options available, and presents standard and emerging approaches to NSCLC. DISCUSSION: General practitioners play an integral role in the care and education of patients during diagnosis, treatment and
follow-up of NSCLC...
November 2016: Australian Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27488587/treatment-interruption-during-radiation-therapy-experience-at-a-single-institution-in-the-republic-of-korea
#19
Jung Ae Lee, Nam Kwon Lee, Won Sup Yoon, Dae Sik Yang, Chul Yong Kim, Se Ryun Lee, Hwa Jeong Seong
AIM: Our study analyzed the frequency and causes of treatment interruption among patients undergoing radiation therapy (RT). METHODS: A total of 1637 RT courses in 1500 patients were reviewed from September 2009 to October 2013. A continuous break over 7 days or a discontinuous break over 14 days was regarded as a temporary break and RT under 80% of planned treatment was regarded as incomplete. RESULTS: Two-hundred and twenty courses (13...
August 4, 2016: Asia-Pacific Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27468601/understanding-the-challenges-to-improve-transition-to-palliative-care-an-issue-for-the-primary-malignant-brain-tumour-population
#20
REVIEW
Brenda Sabo, Grace Johnston
UNLABELLED: Reports highlight the growing unmet need for palliative care as it applies to all cancers, yet the system and health care professionals (HCP) appear slow to respond. The following discussion paper highlights the current state of palliative care within the context of the primary malignant brain tumour (PMBT) population and argues for a shift in the current health care system's approach, which continues to place greater emphasis on cure over care. METHODS: An exploration of extant literature over the past 10 years...
2016: Canadian Journal of Neuroscience Nursing
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