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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339540/interventional-pain-management-for-sacroiliac-tumors-in-the-oncologic-population-a-case-series-and-paradigm-approach
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Nathan Hutson, Joseph C Hung, Vinay Puttanniah, Eric Lis, Ilya Laufer, Amitabh Gulati
Introduction.:  Tumors invading the sacrum and/or ilium often represent incurable metastatic disease, and treatment is targeted toward palliation of symptoms and control of pain. As systemic opioid therapy is frequently inadequate and limited by side effects, a variety of interventional techniques are available to better optimize analgesia. Using six patients as a paradigm for interventional approaches to pain relief, we present a therapeutic algorithm for treating sacroiliac tumor-related pain in the oncologic population...
October 7, 2016: Pain Medicine: the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pain Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338450/postoperative-quality-of-life-assessment-in-patients-with-spine-metastases-treated-with-long-segment-pedicle-screw-fixation
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Florian Bernard, Jean-Michel Lemée, Olivier Lucas, Philippe Menei
OBJECTIVE In recent decades, progress in the medical management of cancer has been significant, resulting in considerable extension of survival for patients with metastatic disease. This has, in turn, led to increased attention to the optimal surgical management of bone lesions, including metastases to the spine. In addition, there has been a shift in focus toward improving quality of life and reducing hospital stay for these patients, and many minimally invasive techniques have been introduced with the aim of reducing the morbidity associated with more traditional open approaches...
March 24, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery. Spine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337553/early-palliative-care-current-status-of-integration-within-german-comprehensive-cancer-centers
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Julia Berendt, Stephanie Stiel, Friedemann Nauck, Christoph Ostgathe
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to describe how models of early integration (EI) of specialized palliative care (SPC) are applied to German comprehensive cancer center (CCCs). METHODS: Heads of SPC departments of the 15 German CCCs were asked by email to describe the situation of early SPC in their CCC. The responses were analyzed using MAXQDA. RESULTS: Thirteen answers were allowed to be analyzed. Most of the department heads report that EI models of SPC are partially applied in the CCC (responses with "yes" or "partly," n = 10)...
March 23, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335910/management-strategies-for-cln2-disease
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Ruth E Williams, Heather R Adams, Martin Blohm, Jessica L Cohen-Pfeffer, Emily de Los Reyes, Jonas Denecke, Kristen Drago, Charlie Fairhurst, Margie Frazier, Norberto Guelbert, Szilárd Kiss, Annamaria Kofler, John A Lawson, Lenora Lehwald, Mary-Anne Leung, Svetlana Mikhaylova, Jonathan W Mink, Miriam Nickel, Renée Shediac, Katherine Sims, Nicola Specchio, Meral Topcu, Ina von Löbbecke, Andrea West, Boris Zernikow, Angela Schulz
CLN2 disease (neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis type 2) is a rare, autosomal recessive, pediatric-onset, rapidly progressive neurodegenerative lysosomal storage disorder caused by tripeptidyl peptidase 1 (TPP1) enzyme deficiency, and is characterized by language delay, seizures, rapid cognitive and motor decline, blindness, and early death. No management guidelines exist and there is a paucity of published disease-specific evidence to inform clinical practice, which currently draws upon experience from the field of childhood neurodisability...
April 2017: Pediatric Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330379/patient-self-defined-goals
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Sandra Ellen Schellinger, Eric Worden Anderson, Monica Schmitz Frazer, Cindy Lynn Cain
This research, a descriptive qualitative analysis of self-defined serious illness goals, expands the knowledge of what goals are important beyond the physical-making existing disease-specific guidelines more holistic. Integration of goals of care discussions and documentation is standard for quality palliative care but not consistently executed into general and specialty practice. Over 14 months, lay health-care workers (care guides) provided monthly supportive visits for 160 patients with advanced heart failure, cancer, and dementia expected to die in 2 to 3 years...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329111/hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome-a-novel-surgical-strategy-for-small-volume-centres-%C3%A2
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Margaux Pontailler, Régis Gaudin, Marien Lenoir, Ayman Haydar, Diala Kraiche, Damien Bonnet, Pascal Vouhé, Olivier Raisky
OBJECTIVES: We describe in a prospective study, a novel surgical technique for the management of hypoplastic left heart syndrome inspired by the hybrid Norwood approach. METHODS: This new neonatal palliation comprises replacement of the patent ductus arteriosus (PDA) and aortic arch plasty with a pulmonary homograft associated with the banding of both pulmonary arteries and atrial septectomy, under cardiopulmonary bypass without aortic clamping and cardioplegia...
February 17, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327170/critical-attitudes-and-beliefs-towards-guidelines-amongst-palliative-care-professionals-results-from-a-national-survey
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Helen Kalies, Rieke Schöttmer, Steffen T Simon, Raymond Voltz, Alexander Crispin, Claudia Bausewein
BACKGROUND: Little is known about palliative care professionals' attitudes towards guidelines. In 2015, the German Association for Palliative Medicine (DGP) published an evidence based guideline for palliative care in adults with incurable cancer. Before publication we conducted a national survey among members of the DGP to detect possible barriers and facilitators for its implementation. The aim of the present publication was to evaluate critical attitudes and beliefs which could hinder the effective implementation of the new guideline and to evaluate differences within professional groups and medical specialisations...
March 21, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322074/speaking-a-different-language
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Anne G Ciriello, Zoelle B Dizon, Tessie W October
BACKGROUND: Family conferences in the pediatric intensive care unit (ICU) often include palliative care (PC) providers. We do not know how ICU communication differs when the PC team is present. AIM: To compare language used by PC team and ICU physicians during family conferences. DESIGN: A retrospective cohort review of ICU family conferences with and without the PC team. SETTING: Forty-four bed pediatric ICU in a tertiary medical center...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316557/achieving-prudent-dementia-care-palliare-an-international-policy-and-practice-imperative
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Debbie Tolson, Anne Fleming, Elizabeth Hanson, Wilson de Abreu, Manuel Lillo Crespo, Rhoda Macrae, Graham Jackson, Simona Hvalič-Touzery, Iva Holmerová, Pirkko Routasalo
This paper examines the provision of integrated advanced dementia care within seven European countries and critically reviews the potential contribution of the Prudent Healthcare perspective as a starting point for reform. Progressive efforts to innovate, promote quality and integrate care are tempered with the reality of resource constraints. Some policy makers in Europe and North America have turned their attention to the principles of Prudent Healthcare as a potential mechanism to maximise benefits for patients within available resources...
December 31, 2016: International Journal of Integrated Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314321/a-survival-score-for-patients-assigned-to-palliative-radiotherapy-for-metastatic-bladder-cancer
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Dirk Rades, Lisa Manig, Stefan Janssen, Steven E Schild
AIM: To create a survival score for patients with metastatic bladder cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In 46 irradiated patients, six characteristics were evaluated for their association with survival: Age, gender, Karnofsky performance scale, initial stage (American Joint Committee on Cancer), number of metastatic sites, and interval between bladder cancer diagnosis and palliative radiotherapy. Characteristics showing a trend (p<0.15) were incorporated into the score...
March 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303745/grid-therapy-using-high-definition-multileaf-collimators-realizing-benefits-of-the-bystander-effect
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Valery Peng, Natalka Suchowerska, Linda Rogers, Elizabeth Claridge Mackonis, Samantha Oakes, David R McKenzie
BACKGROUND: In microbeam radiotherapy (MRT), parallel arrays of high-intensity synchrotron x-ray beams achieve normal tissue sparing without compromising tumor control. Grid-therapy using clinical linacs has spatial modulation on a larger scale and achieves promising results for palliative treatments of bulky tumors. The availability of high definition multileaf collimators (HDMLCs) with 2.5 mm leaves provides an opportunity for grid-therapy to more closely approach MRT. However, challenges to the wider implementation of grid-therapy remain because spatial modulation of the target volume runs counter to current radiotherapy practice and mechanisms for the beneficial effects of MRT are not fully understood...
March 17, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302742/neurodevelopmental-abnormalities-and-congenital-heart-disease-insights-into-altered-brain-maturation
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Paul D Morton, Nobuyuki Ishibashi, Richard A Jonas
In the past 2 decades, it has become evident that individuals born with congenital heart disease (CHD) are at risk of developing life-long neurological deficits. Multifactorial risk factors contributing to neurodevelopmental abnormalities associated with CHD have been identified; however, the underlying causes remain largely unknown, and efforts to address this issue have only recently begun. There has been a dramatic shift in focus from newly acquired brain injuries associated with corrective and palliative heart surgery to antenatal and preoperative factors governing altered brain maturation in CHD...
March 17, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294926/-paediatric-palliative-care-multidisciplinary-and-pro-active
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G C B Bindels de Heus, L M Ball, E M C Michiels, H A Moll, E H Niks, S M van Walraven
Every child with a life-limiting or threatening illness, and his or her family, has a right to palliative care. Palliative care is not limited to end-of-life care, but starts from the moment of diagnosis and is independent of whether there are curative options. To optimise quality of life of both the child and the family, the emphasis of care should be on both somatic and psychosocial and spiritual aspects from the very start, and goals should be set together with the child and the family. A multidisciplinary and pro-active approach is essential if this is to be achieved...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293976/evolution-of-hybrid-interventions-for-congenital-heart-disease
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Hitesh Agrawal, Wail Alkashkari, Damien Kenny
Surgical and transcatheter interventions have seen a tremendous evolution in last three decades. Hybrid technology combines the achievements of both disciplines to bring substantial hemodynamic benefit to patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) in a minimally invasive manner. This collaboration between surgeons and interventionalists will continue to grow as the technology evolves to meet the demands of CHD patients, potentially avoiding cardiopulmonary bypass and vascular access complications as well as optimizing immediate technical outcomes with exit angiography...
March 15, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288598/to-be-a-trained-and-supported-volunteer-in-palliative-care-a-phenomenological-study
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Ulrika Söderhamn, Sylvi Flateland, Marthe Fensli, Ragnhild Skaar
BACKGROUND: It has been found that including volunteers in palliative care is a positive contribution to seriously ill patients. It is, however, recommended that the volunteers are trained and supported. The aim of this study was to describe a group of trained and supported volunteers' lived experiences as volunteers in palliative care within the community health care services. METHODS: This study adopted a descriptive phenomenological approach featuring individual interviews with nine volunteers...
March 14, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288474/cholangiocellular-carcinoma
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Arndt Vogel, Anna Saborowski
BACKGROUND: Cholangiocarcinomas (CCAs) are aggressive malignancies that display features of biliary differentiation. According to their anatomical location, CCAs are commonly classified as intrahepatic and extrahepatic tumors, the latter entity being further subdivided into perihilar CCAs, also termed as Klatskin tumors, and distal tumors. While a majority of CCAs occur sporadically, established risk factors such as liver fluke infestation or primary sclerosing cholangitis exist. SUMMARY: Due to lack of efficient early screening markers, CCAs are frequently diagnosed at an advanced stage when curative surgical resection is not an option...
March 14, 2017: Digestion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287553/intracarotid-cancer-cell-injection-to-produce-mouse-models-of-brain-metastasis
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Chenyu Zhang, Frank J Lowery, Dihua Yu
Metastasis, the spread and growth of malignant cells at secondary sites within a patient's body, accounts for > 90% of cancer-related mortality. Recently, impressive advances in novel therapies have dramatically prolonged survival and improved quality of life for many cancer patients. Sadly, incidence of brain metastatic recurrences is fast rising, and all current therapies are merely palliative. Hence, good experimental animal models are urgently needed to facilitate in-depth studies of the disease biology and to assess novel therapeutic regimens for preclinical evaluation...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287519/endobronchial-ultrasound-guided-intratumoral-injection-of-cisplatin-for-the-treatment-of-isolated-mediastinal-recurrence-of-lung-cancer
#18
Hiren J Mehta, Michael A Jantz
Isolated hilar and mediastinal recurrence (IMHR) following external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) in patients with lung cancer is common. These patients do not have many treatment options and are usually offered palliative chemotherapy or best supportive care. Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS)-guided intratumoral injection of cisplatin (ITC) is a novel approach for these patients. The procedure is performed under conscious sedation. The lesion is located with a bronchoscopy using EBUS, and a 22-gauge EBUS needle is advanced through the working channel of the scope and locked in position...
February 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281412/early-hybrid-approach-and-enteral-feeding-algorithm-could-reduce-the-incidence-of-necrotising-enterocolitis-in-neonates-with-ductus-dependent-systemic-circulation
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Lucia Manuri, Stefano Morelli, Salvatore Agati, Michele B Saitta, Lilia Oreto, Giuseppe Mandraffino, Enrico Iannace, Fiore S Iorio, Paolo Guccione
BACKGROUND: The reported incidence of necrotising enterocolitis in neonates with complex CHD with ductus-dependent systemic circulation ranges from 6.8 to 13% despite surgical treatment; the overall mortality is between 25 and 97%. The incidence of gastrointestinal complications after hybrid palliation for neonates with ductus-dependent systemic circulation still has to be defined, but seems comparable with that following the Norwood procedure. METHODS: We reviewed the incidence of gastrointestinal complications in a series of 42 consecutive neonates with ductus-dependent systemic circulation, who received early hybrid palliation associated with a standardised feeding protocol...
January 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281127/palliative-gastrojejunostomy-versus-endoscopic-stent-placement-for-gastric-outlet-obstruction-in-patients-with-unresectable-gastric-cancer-a-propensity-score-matched-analysis
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Seung Hyeon Jang, Hyuk Lee, Byung-Hoon Min, Su Mi Kim, Hye Seung Kim, Keumhee C Carriere, Yang Won Min, Jun Haeng Lee, Jae J Kim
BACKGROUND: It remains unclear whether selection of treatment modality affects the survival of patients with malignant gastric outlet obstruction (GOO). We compared the effect of gastrojejunostomy (GJ) and endoscopic self-expandable metallic stent (SEMS) placement on the long-term outcomes of patients with malignant GOO caused by unresectable gastric cancer. METHOD: We conducted a retrospective study of gastric cancer patients undergoing GJ or endoscopic SEMS placement for the palliation of malignant GOO...
March 9, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
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