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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353630/illness-cognitions-and-the-associated-socio-demographic-and-clinical-factors-in-chinese-women-with-breast-cancer
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Jing Han, Jun-E Liu, Hui Qiu, Zhi-Hong Nie, Ya-Li Su
PURPOSE: Illness cognitions are important mediators between disease and psychological adjustment. Evidence related to illness cognitions among patients with breast cancer remains limited. The purpose of this study was to examine illness cognitions among Chinese women with breast cancer and associations with socio-demographic and clinical factors. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out involving 313 women with breast cancer recruited from a general hospital and a social cancer support club in Beijing from October 2016 to May 2017...
February 2018: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353371/a-systematic-assessment-of-google-search-queries-and-readability-of-online-gynecologic-oncology-patient-education-materials
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Alexandra Martin, J Ryan Stewart, Jeremy Gaskins, Erin Medlin
The Internet is a major source of health information for gynecologic cancer patients. In this study, we systematically explore common Google search terms related to gynecologic cancer and calculate readability of top resulting websites. We used Google AdWords Keyword Planner to generate a list of commonly searched keywords related to gynecologic oncology, which were sorted into five groups (cervical cancer, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, vulvar cancer, vaginal cancer) using five patient education websites from sgo...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351371/implementation-of-standardized-clinical-processes-for-tpmt-testing-in-a-diverse-multidisciplinary-population-challenges-and-lessons-learned
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Kristin W Weitzel, D Max Smith, Amanda R Elsey, Benjamin Q Duong, Benjamin Burkley, Michael Clare-Salzler, Yan Gong, Tara A Higgins, Benjamin Kong, Taimour Langaee, Caitrin W McDonough, Benjamin J Staley, Teresa T Vo, Dyson T Wake, Larisa H Cavallari, Julie A Johnson
Although thiopurine S-methyltransferase (TPMT) genotyping to guide thiopurine dosing is common in the pediatric cancer population, limited data exist on TPMT testing implementation in diverse, multidisciplinary settings. We established TPMT testing (genotype and enzyme) with clinical decision support, provider/patient education, and pharmacist consultations in a tertiary medical center and collected data over 3 years. During this time, 834 patients underwent 873 TPMT tests (147 (17%) genotype, 726 (83%) enzyme)...
January 19, 2018: Clinical and Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351341/labeling-for-big-data-in-radiation-oncology-the-radiation-oncology-structures-ontology
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Jean-Emmanuel Bibault, Eric Zapletal, Bastien Rance, Philippe Giraud, Anita Burgun
PURPOSE: Leveraging Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Oncology Information Systems (OIS) has great potential to generate hypotheses for cancer treatment, since they directly provide medical data on a large scale. In order to gather a significant amount of patients with a high level of clinical details, multicenter studies are necessary. A challenge in creating high quality Big Data studies involving several treatment centers is the lack of semantic interoperability between data sources...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350703/cancer-prevention-and-detection-application-across-the-cancer-trajectory%C3%A2
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Suzanne M Mahon
Oncology nurses have many opportunities to implement cancer prevention and early detection recommendations across the cancer trajectory. Understanding the principles that guide the recommendations is important to providing comprehensive oncology care; many readily available resources can assist oncology nurses with this education. Guidelines for the prevention and early detection of malignancy are based on a comprehensive cancer risk assessment that includes past medical history, lifestyle factors, family history, and, in some cases, genetic testing...
February 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350699/medical-cannabis-the-oncology-nurse-s-role-in-patient-education-about-the-effects-of-marijuana-on-cancer-palliation%C3%A2
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Carey S Clark
BACKGROUND: Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is legal either medicinally or recreationally in 29 states and the District of Columbia, with a majority of the U.S. adult population now living in states where cannabis is legal for medicinal use. As an advocate for patient autonomy and informed choice, the oncology nurse has an ethical responsibility to educate patients about and support their use of cannabis for palliation.
. OBJECTIVES: This article aims to discuss the human endocannabinoid system as a basis for better understanding the palliative and curative nature of cannabis as a medicine, as well as review cannabis delivery methods and the emerging role of the oncology nurse in this realm...
February 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350695/prechemotherapy-education-reducing-patient-anxiety-through-nurse-led-teaching-sessions%C3%A2
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Emmanuel Apor, Nathan T Connell, Katherine Faricy-Anderson, Peter Barth, Rouba Youssef, Mary Fenton, William M Sikov, Anthony Thomas, Kayla Rosati, Andrew Schumacher, Alise Lombardo, Susan Korber, Humera Khurshid, Howard Safran, Anthony Mega
BACKGROUND: Patients with cancer experience stress surrounding diagnosis and treatment. Many cancer centers employ a nurse-led education session to alleviate patient anxiety and confusion.
. OBJECTIVES: The goal was to evaluate the effect of a nurse-led chemotherapy teaching session on patients' knowledge, anxiety, and preparedness for 
cancer-directed therapy.
. METHODS: After discussing treatment with their oncologist, participants completed a survey assessing their perceived understanding of various treatment topics...
February 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349518/checkpoint-inhibitors-palliative-care-or-hospice
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REVIEW
Mellar P Davis, Rajiv Panikkar
PURPOSE: Checkpoint (CTLA-4, PD-1, and PD-L1) inhibitors have changed the face of oncology. A subset of patients enjoys long, gratifying treatment responses. Unfortunately, most patients do not respond even when expressing favorably markers such as PD-L1. Checkpoint inhibitors are largely palliative (though a subset have long-term cancer responses) and as such patient-related outcome measures should be included when evaluating benefits. The purpose of this review is to place checkpoint inhibitor trials within a palliation context...
January 19, 2018: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348903/the-systemic-inflammation-based-glasgow-prognostic-score-as-a-powerful-prognostic-factor-in-patients-with-upper-tract-urothelial-carcinoma
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Teruo Inamoto, Hideyasu Matsuyama, Shigeru Sakano, Naokazu Ibuki, Kiyoshi Takahara, Kazumasa Komura, Tomoaki Takai, Takuya Tsujino, Yuki Yoshikawa, Koichiro Minami, Kazuhiro Nagao, Ryo Inoue, Haruhito Azuma
Introduction and Objective: The combination of C-reactive protein and albumin, the Glasgow Prognostic Score (GPS), had independent prognostic value in patients with varying cancers, except for upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC). The aim of this study was to describe the relationship between GPS and survival in patients with UTUC after adjustment for other prognostic factors. Materials and Methods: We queried 2 UTUC databases. Retrospective clinical series on patients with localized UTUC managed by nephroureterectomy with bladder cuff, for whom data from the Yamaguchi Uro-Oncology Group and Osaka Medical College registry, including age, presence of bladder cancer, pT stage, lymphovascular invasion, C-reactive protein (CRP) and albumin, were analyzed...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29347839/brain-metastases-epidemiology-in-a-tunisian-population-trends-and-outcome
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Mehdi Benna, Nesrine Mejri, Manel Mabrouk, Houda El Benna, Soumaya Labidi, Nouha Daoud, Hamouda Boussen
AIM: We reported anatomo-clinical features of brain metastases (BMs) collected in a Tunisian medical oncology department. PATIENTS & METHODS: We retrospectively identified all cases of BM within a cohort of 7055 patients, treated for a histologically confirmed nonhematological cancer between 2000 and 2016. Data about age, sex and primary tumor were collected. RESULTS: Incidence was 1.9% and mean age was 54 years with a 1.24 sex ratio. BMs were symptomatic in 73...
January 19, 2018: CNS Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346042/treatment-of-malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-clinical-practice-guideline
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Hedy L Kindler, Nofisat Ismaila, Samuel G Armato, Raphael Bueno, Mary Hesdorffer, Thierry Jahan, Clyde Michael Jones, Markku Miettinen, Harvey Pass, Andreas Rimner, Valerie Rusch, Daniel Sterman, Anish Thomas, Raffit Hassan
Purpose To provide evidence-based recommendations to practicing physicians and others on the management of malignant pleural mesothelioma. Methods ASCO convened an Expert Panel of medical oncology, thoracic surgery, radiation oncology, pulmonary, pathology, imaging, and advocacy experts to conduct a literature search, which included systematic reviews, meta-analyses, randomized controlled trials, and prospective and retrospective comparative observational studies published from 1990 through 2017. Outcomes of interest included survival, disease-free or recurrence-free survival, and quality of life...
January 18, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344778/the-relationship-between-vancomycin-trough-concentrations-and-auc-mic-ratios-in-pediatric-patients-a-qualitative-systematic-review
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REVIEW
Stacey Tkachuk, Kyle Collins, Mary H H Ensom
BACKGROUND: In adults, the area under the concentration-time curve (AUC) divided by the minimum inhibitory concentration (MIC) is associated with better clinical and bacteriological response to vancomycin in patients with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus who achieve target AUC/MIC ≥ 400. This target is often extrapolated to pediatric patients despite the lack of similar evidence. The impracticalities of calculating the AUC in practice means vancomycin trough concentrations are used to predict the AUC/MIC...
January 17, 2018: Paediatric Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29344408/differential-research-impact-in-cancer-practice-guidelines-evidence-base-lessons-from-esmo-nice-and-sign
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Elena Pallari, Anthony W Fox, Grant Lewison
Background: This is an appraisal of the impact of cited research evidence underpinning the development of cancer clinical practice guidelines (CPGs) by the professional bodies of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN). Methods: A total of 101 CPGs were identified from ESMO, NICE and SIGN websites across 13 cancer sites. Their 9486 cited references were downloaded from the Web of Science Clarivate Group database, analysed on Excel (2016) using Visual Basic Application macros and imported onto SPSS (V...
2018: ESMO Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343970/a-retrospective-examination-of-the-us-food-and-drug-administration-s-clinical-pharmacology-reviews-of-oncology-biologics-for-potential-use-of-therapeutic-drug-monitoring
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Brett Fleisher, Sihem Ait-Oudhia
Background: Biologics have gained traction for use in oncology, but have demonstrate clinical variability for efficacy and safety. Therapeutic drug monitoring (TDM) can benefit patients' outcomes from a biologic therapy when the latter has a defined therapeutic window. A clinically relevant therapeutic window may exist for biologics with established exposure-response (E-R) relationships for efficacy and/or safety and a documented maximum tolerated dose (MTD). Additionally, the inter-individual variability (IIV) on the clearance (CL) parameter could determine risks for patients falling outside the proposed therapeutic window...
2018: OncoTargets and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343908/pet-ct-and-pet-mr-in-urological-cancers-other-than-prostate-cancer-an-update-on-state-of-the-art
#15
REVIEW
Abdul Razik, Chandan Jyoti Das, Sanjay Sharma
Hybrid positron emission tomography with computed tomography (PET/CT) and magnetic resonance imaging (PET/MRI) have enabled the combination of morphologic and functional imaging with the promise of providing better information in guiding therapy. Further advance has been made in the past decade with the development of newer radiotracers and optimization of the technical aspects. We performed a search in PubMed, Scopus, and Google Scholar for peer-reviewed literature concerning the advances and newer developments in the imaging of nonprostate urologic cancers between 2005 and 2017...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Urology: IJU: Journal of the Urological Society of India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29341295/sustainability-of-the-australian-radiation-oncology-workforce-a-survey-of-radiation-therapists-and-radiation-oncology-medical-physicists
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Georgia K B Halkett, Melissa N Berg, Lauren J Breen, David Cutt, Michael Davis, Martin A Ebert, Desley Hegney, Michael House, Rachel Kearvell, Leanne Lester, Sharon Maresse, Jan McKay
This study aimed to determine and compare Radiation Therapists' (RTs') and Radiation Oncology Medical Physicists' (ROMPs') perspectives about their profession and workplace, satisfaction with career progression opportunities, and leaving the current workplace. RTs and ROMPs who were currently or had previously worked in Australia were invited to complete an online survey. Univariate and multivariate methods were used for analysis. Participants were 342 RTs and 112 ROMPs with estimated response rates of 14% and 26% respectively...
January 17, 2018: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340530/the-use-of-biosimilar-medicines-in-oncology-position-statement-of-the-brazilian-society-of-clinical-oncology-sboc
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G S Fernandes, C Sternberg, G Lopes, R Chammas, M A C Gifoni, R A Gil, D V Araujo
A biosimilar is a biologic product that is similar to a reference biopharmaceutical product, the manufacturing process of which hinders the ability to identically replicate the structure of the original product, and therefore, it cannot be described as an absolute equivalent of the original medication. The currently available technology does not allow for an accurate copy of complex molecules, but it does allow the replication of similar molecules with the same activity. As biosimilars are about to be introduced in oncology practice, these must be evaluated through evidence-based medicine...
January 11, 2018: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338904/pain-and-its-impact-on-the-functional-ability-in-children-treated-at-the-children-s-cancer-center-of-lebanon
#18
Dina Madi, Michael Clinton
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to describe the characteristics of pain in children under treatment at the Children Cancer Centre of Lebanon at the American University of Beirut Medical Centre. Design and Methods A cross-sectional correlational survey was used. The Adolescent Pediatric Pain Tool and the Functional Disability Inventory were used to examine the characteristics of pain experienced in a consecutive sample of children treated at the CCCL and its impact on their functional abilities...
January 12, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338572/implementation-of-additional-prescribing-authorization-among-oncology-pharmacists-in-alberta
#19
Bianca Au, Deonne Dersch-Mills, Sunita Ghosh, Jennifer Jupp, Carole Chambers, Frances Cusano, Melanie Danilak
Purpose To describe the practice settings and prescribing practices of oncology pharmacists with additional prescribing authorization. Methods A descriptive, cross-sectional survey of all oncology pharmacists in Alberta was conducted using a web-based questionnaire over four weeks between March and April 2016. Pharmacists were identified from the Cancer Services Pharmacy Directory and leadership staff in Alberta Health Services. Descriptive statistics were used to describe the practice setting, prescribing practices, motivators to apply for additional prescribing authorization, and the facilitators and barriers of prescribing...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337781/comparison-of-western-and-asian-guidelines-concerning-the-management-of-colon-cancer
#20
Gianluca Pellino, Oliver Warren, Sarah Mills, Shahnawaz Rasheed, Paris P Tekkis, Christos Kontovounisios
BACKGROUND: Guidelines are important to standardize treatments and optimize outcomes. Several societies have published authoritative guidelines for patients with colon cancer, and a certain degree of variation can be predicted. OBJECTIVE: This study aims to compare Western and Asian guidelines for the management of colon cancer. DATA SOURCES: A literature review was performed following Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses guidelines for studies published between 2010 and 2017 by the online resources from the official Web sites of the societies/panels...
February 2018: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
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