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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820519/how-the-consolidated-framework-for-implementation-research-can-strengthen-findings-and-improve-translation-of-research-into-practice-a-case-study
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Nadja Klafke, Cornelia Mahler, Cornelia von Hagens, Michel Wensing, Andreas Schneeweiss, Andreas Müller, Joachim Szecsenyi, Stefanie Joos
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To answer how the planned intervention was performed in routine care, which factors supported or distracted from its implementation, and how key organizational structures have been built and sustained.
. RESEARCH APPROACH: Mixed-methods process evaluation.
. SETTING: Two German outpatient cancer clinics.
. PARTICIPANTS: Purposive sampling of 297 recruited patients with gynecologic cancer, their treating oncology nurses, and their interprofessional healthcare team, and the clinical stakeholders of two different outpatient cancer clinics...
September 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820508/complementary-medicine-and-the-role-of-oncology-nurses-in-an-acute-care-hospital-the-gap-between-attitudes-and-practice
#2
Hanna Admi, Yael Eilon-Moshe, Eran Ben-Arye
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To describe hospital nurses' knowledge, attitudes, and practices regarding complementary medicine (CM); to compare the knowledge and attitudes of nurse managers to staff nurses with diverse oncology experience; and to assess attitudes toward integrating CM into the role of the hospital oncology nurse. 
. DESIGN: Descriptive, cross-sectional study.
. SETTING: Rambam Health Care Campus in northern Israel.
. SAMPLE: A convenience sample of 434 hospital nurses with varied oncology experience...
September 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819844/fourier-ptychographic-microscopy-for-rapid-high-resolution-imaging-of-circulating-tumor-cells-enriched-by-microfiltration
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Anthony Williams, Jaebum Chung, Changhuei Yang, Richard J Cote
Examining the hematogenous compartment for evidence of metastasis has increased significantly within the oncology research community in recent years, due to the development of technologies aimed at the enrichment of circulating tumor cells (CTCs), the subpopulation of primary tumor cells that gain access to the circulatory system and are responsible for colonization at distant sites. In contrast to other technologies, filtration-based CTC enrichment, which exploits differences in size between larger tumor cells and surrounding smaller, non-tumor blood cells, has the potential to improve CTC characterization through isolation of tumor cell populations with greater molecular heterogeneity...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819458/focused-ultrasound-hyperthermia-mediated-drug-delivery-using-thermosensitive-liposomes-and-visualized-with-in-vivo-two-photon-microscopy
#4
Marc A Santos, David E Goertz, Kullervo Hynynen
The future of nanomedicines in oncology requires leveraging more than just the passive drug accumulation in tumors through the enhanced permeability and retention effect. Promising results combining mild hyperthermia (HT) with lyso-thermosensitive liposomal doxorubicin (LTSL-DOX) has led to improved drug delivery and potent antitumor effects in pre-clinical studies. The ultimate patient benefit from these treatments can only be realized when robust methods of HT can be achieved clinically. One of the most promising methods of non-invasive HT is the use of focused ultrasound (FUS) with MRI thermometry for anatomical targeting and feedback...
2017: Theranostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813191/effect-and-efficiency-of-an-embedded-palliative-care-nurse-practitioner-in-an-oncology-clinic
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Anne M Walling, Sarah F D'Ambruoso, Jennifer L Malin, Sara Hurvitz, Ann Zisser, Anne Coscarelli, Robin Clarke, Andrew Hackbarth, Christopher Pietras, Frances Watts, Bruce Ferrell, Samuel Skootsky, Neil S Wenger
PURPOSE: To test a simultaneous care model for palliative care for patients with advanced cancer by embedding a palliative care nurse practitioner (NP) in an oncology clinic. METHODS: We evaluated the effect of the intervention in two oncologists' clinics beginning March 2014 by using implementation strategies, including use of a structured referral mechanism, routine symptom screening, integration of a psychology-based cancer supportive care center, implementation team meetings, team training, and a metrics dashboard for continuous quality improvement...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806990/dvh-and-ntcp-based-dosimetric-comparison-of-different-longitudinal-margins-for-vmat-imrt-of-esophageal-cancer
#6
S Münch, M Oechsner, S E Combs, D Habermehl
PURPOSE: To cover the microscopic tumor spread in squamous cell carcinoma of the esophagus (SCC), longitudinal margins of 3-4 cm are used for radiotherapy (RT) protocols. However, smaller margins of 2-3 cm might be reasonable when advanced diagnostic imaging is integrated into target volume delineation. Purpose of this study was to compare the dose distribution and deposition to the organs at risk (OAR) for different longitudinal margins using a DVH- and NTCP-based approach. METHODS: Ten patients with SCC of the middle or lower third were retrospectively selected...
August 15, 2017: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804242/immuno-oncology-integrative-networks-elucidating-the-influences-of-osteosarcoma-phenotypes
#7
REVIEW
Ankush Sharma, Enrico Capobianco
In vivo and in vitro functional phenotyping characterization was recently obtained with reference to an experimental pan-cancer study of 22 osteosarcoma (OS) cell lines. Here, differentially expressed gene (DEG) profiles were recomputed from the publicly available data to conduct network inference on the immune system regulatory activity across the characterized OS phenotypes. Based on such DEG profiles, and for each phenotype that was analyzed, we obtained coexpression networks and bio-annotations for them...
2017: Cancer Informatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802474/integrative-oncology
#8
REVIEW
Gabriel Lopez, Jun J Mao, Lorenzo Cohen
Integrative oncology helps support the health of patients with cancer and their caregivers through an evidence-informed approach to lifestyle and behavior modification and the use of complementary health therapies as part of conventional cancer care. Integrative approaches can provide patients relief from cancer and cancer treatment-related symptoms, leading to improvements in their physical and psychosocial health. An evidence-informed approach is important when recommending an integrative cancer plan. Efforts at enhancing communication between patients and health care providers, as well as between integrative practitioners and conventional health care teams, are critical to achieving optimal health and healing for patients with cancer...
September 2017: Medical Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801715/spiritual-care-in-the-icu-perspectives-of-dutch-intensivists-icu-nurses-and-spiritual-caregivers
#9
Suzan Willemse, Wim Smeets, Evert van Leeuwen, Loes Janssen, Norbert Foudraine
Since there are no scientific data available about the role of spiritual care (SC) in Dutch ICUs, the goal of this quantitative study was twofold: first, to map the role of SC as a part of daily adult ICU care in The Netherlands from the perspective of intensivists, ICU nurses, and spiritual caregivers and second, to identify similarities and differences among these three perspectives. This study is the quantitative part of a mixed methods approach. To conduct empirical quantitative cohort research, separate digital questionnaires were sent to three different participant groups in Dutch ICUs, namely intensivists, ICU nurses, and spiritual caregivers working in academic and general hospitals and one specialist oncology hospital...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Religion and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797519/treatment-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-in-the-next-decade-towards-real-time-functional-testing-and-personalized-medicine
#10
REVIEW
Stephen Sze-Yuen Lam, Alex Bai-Liang He, Anskar Yu-Hung Leung
Information arising from next generation sequencing of leukemia genome has shed important light on the heterogeneous and combinatorial driver events in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). It has also provided insight into its intricate signaling pathways operative in the disease pathogenesis. These have also become biomarkers and targets for therapeutic intervention. Emerging evidence from in vitro drug screening has demonstrated its potential value in predicting clinical drug responses in specific AML subtypes. However, the best culture conditions and readouts have yet to be standardized and the drugs included in these screening exercises frequently revised in view of the rapid emergence of new therapeutic agents in the oncology field...
August 4, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796559/improvements-in-patient-and-health-system-outcomes-using-an-integrated-oncology-and-palliative-medicine-approach-on-a-solid-tumor-inpatient-service
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Richard F Riedel, Kim Slusser, Steve Power, Christopher A Jones, Thomas W LeBlanc, Arif H Kamal, Devi Desai, Deborah Allen, Yinxi Yu, Steven Wolf, Anthony N Galanos
PURPOSE: Early palliative care (PC) improves outcomes for outpatients with advanced cancer. Its effect on hospitalized patients with cancer is unknown. Herein, we report on the influence of a novel, fully integrated inpatient medical oncology and PC partnership at a tertiary medical center during its first year of implementation. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective, longitudinal, pre- and postintervention cohort study at Duke University Hospital. Pre- and postintervention cohorts were defined as all patients admitted to the solid tumor inpatient service from September 1, 2009, to June 30, 2010, and September 1, 2011 to June 30, 2012, respectively...
August 10, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28783424/practice-patterns-attitudes-and-barriers-to-palliative-care-consultation-by-gynecologic-oncologists
#12
Alexandre Buckley de Meritens, Benjamin Margolis, Craig Blinderman, Holly G Prigerson, Paul K Maciejewski, Megan J Shen, June Y Hou, William M Burke, Jason D Wright, Ana I Tergas
PURPOSE: We sought to describe practice patterns, attitudes, and barriers to the integration of palliative care services by gynecologic oncologists. METHODS: Members of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology were electronically surveyed regarding their practice of incorporating palliative care services and to identify barriers for consultation. Descriptive statistics were used, and two-sample z-tests of proportions were performed to compare responses to related questions...
August 7, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780932/cancer-nanomedicine-lessons-for-immuno-oncology
#13
REVIEW
Shiladitya Sengupta
Cancer nanotechnology and cancer immunotherapy are two parallel themes that have emerged over the last few decades in the search for a cure for cancer. Exciting applications can emerge at the intersection of these two fields. However, it is important to learn from the past successes and failures of cancer nanomedicines for its future applications in cancer immunotherapy. This review discusses the two key parameters that defined clinical success in the case of cancer nanomedicines: (i) physicochemical design principles, and (ii) clinical trial design, which are frequently overlooked in most analyses of the state of the field...
August 2017: Trends in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780728/predictive-model-of-complexity-in-early-palliative-care-a-cohort-of-advanced-cancer-patients-palcom-study
#14
Albert Tuca, Mónica Gómez-Martínez, Aleix Prat
PROPOSAL: Model of early palliative care (PC) integrated in oncology is based on shared care from the diagnosis to the end of life and is mainly focused on patients with greater complexity. However, there is no definition or tools to evaluate PC complexity. The objectives of the study were to identify the factors influencing level determination of complexity, propose predictive models, and build a complexity scale of PC. PATIENTS AND METHOD: We performed a prospective, observational, multicenter study in a cohort of advanced cancer patients with an estimated prognosis ≤ 6 months...
August 6, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772092/a-pilot-trial-of-early-specialty-palliative-care-for-patients-with-advanced-pancreatic-cancer-challenges-encountered-and-lessons-learned
#15
Yael Schenker, Nathan Bahary, Rene Claxton, Julie Childers, Edward Chu, Dio Kavalieratos, Linda King, Barry Lembersky, Greer Tiver, Robert M Arnold
BACKGROUND: Patients with advanced pancreatic cancer suffer from high morbidity and mortality. Specialty palliative care may improve quality of life. OBJECTIVE: Assess the feasibility, acceptability, and perceived effectiveness of early specialty physician-led palliative care for patients with advanced pancreatic cancer and their caregivers. DESIGN: A mixed-methods pilot randomized controlled trial in which patient-caregiver pairs were randomized (2:1) to receive specialty palliative care, in addition to standard oncology care versus standard oncology care alone...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28771086/exposure-to-low-dose-x-ray-radiation-alters-bone-progenitor-cells-and-bone-microarchitecture
#16
Florence Lima, Joshua M Swift, Elisabeth S Greene, Matthew R Allen, David A Cunningham, Leslie A Braby, Susan A Bloomfield
Exposure to high-dose ionizing radiation during medical treatment exerts well-documented deleterious effects on bone health, reducing bone density and contributing to bone growth retardation in young patients and spontaneous fracture in postmenopausal women. However, the majority of human radiation exposures occur in a much lower dose range than that used in the radiation oncology clinic. Furthermore, very few studies have examined the effects of low-dose ionizing radiation on bone integrity and results have been inconsistent...
August 3, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28768687/hit-ndrive-patient-specific-multidriver-gene-prioritization-for-precision-oncology
#17
Raunak Shrestha, Ermin Hodzic, Thomas Sauerwald, Phuong Dao, Kendric Wang, Jake Yeung, Shawn Anderson, Fabio Vandin, Gholamreza Haffari, Colin C Collins, S Cenk Sahinalp
Prioritizing molecular alterations that act as drivers of cancer remains a crucial bottleneck in therapeutic development. Here we introduce HIT'nDRIVE, a computational method that integrates genomic and transcriptomic data to identify a set of patient-specific, sequence-altered genes, with sufficient collective influence over dysregulated transcripts. HIT'nDRIVE aims to solve the "random walk facility location" (RWFL) problem in a gene (or protein) interaction network, which differs from the standard facility location problem by its use of an alternative distance measure: "multihitting time," the expected length of the shortest random walk from any one of the set of sequence-altered genes to an expression-altered target gene...
July 18, 2017: Genome Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767408/integration-of-genomic-transcriptomic-and-functional-profiles-of-aggressive-osteosarcomas-across-multiple-species
#18
Lara E Davis, Sophia Jeng, Matthew N Svalina, Elaine Huang, Janét Pittsenbarger, Emma L Cantor, Noah Berlow, Bernard Seguin, Atiya Mansoor, Shannon K McWeeney, Charles Keller
In complex, highly unstable genomes such as in osteosarcoma, targeting aberrant checkpoint processes (metabolic, cell cycle or immune) may prove more successful than targeting specific kinase or growth factor signaling pathways. Here, we establish a comparative oncology approach characterizing the most lethal osteosarcomas identified in a biorepository of tumors from three different species: human, mouse and canine. We describe the development of a genetically-engineered mouse model of osteosarcoma, establishment of primary cell cultures from fatal human tumors, and a biorepository of osteosarcoma surgical specimens from pet dogs...
July 25, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28767404/over-forty-years-of-bladder-cancer-glycobiology-where-do-glycans-stand-facing-precision-oncology
#19
REVIEW
Rita Azevedo, Andreia Peixoto, Cristiana Gaiteiro, Elisabete Fernandes, Manuel Neves, Luís Lima, Lúcio Lara Santos, José Alexandre Ferreira
The high molecular heterogeneity of bladder tumours is responsible for significant variations in disease course, as well as elevated recurrence and progression rates, thereby hampering the introduction of more effective targeted therapeutics. The implementation of precision oncology settings supported by robust molecular models for individualization of patient management is warranted. This effort requires a comprehensive integration of large sets of panomics data that is yet to be fully achieved. Contributing to this goal, over 40 years of bladder cancer glycobiology have disclosed a plethora of cancer-specific glycans and glycoconjugates (glycoproteins, glycolipids, proteoglycans) accompanying disease progressions and dissemination...
July 21, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765517/the-hedgehog-gli-pathway-in-embryonic-development-and-cancer-implications-for-pulmonary-oncology-therapy
#20
REVIEW
Armas López Leonel, Zúñiga Joaquín, Arrieta Oscar, Ávila-Moreno Federico
Transcriptional regulation and epigenetic mechanisms closely control gene expression through diverse physiological and pathophysiological processes. These include the development of germ layers and post-natal epithelial cell-tissue differentiation, as well as, involved with the induction, promotion and/or progression of human malignancies.Diverse studies have shed light on the molecular similarities and differences involved in the stages of embryological epithelial development and dedifferentiation processes in malignant tumors of epithelial origin, of which many focus on lung carcinomas...
July 24, 2017: Oncotarget
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