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Bianca Senf, Jens Fettel, Christina Demmerle, Paula Maiwurm
OBJECTIVE: Clinical experience reveals a gap between recommended psychosocial care and actual support for psycho-oncology. Physicians' are essential for managing psychosocial distress and for the successful implementation of psycho-oncology. The aim was to explore physician's attitudes towards psycho-oncology, their self-perceived barriers towards referral to psycho-oncology, and their personal psychosocial competencies in a maximum-care hospital. METHOD: Semi-structured interviews informed the development of a questionnaire administered to a monocentric sample of 120 physicians at the University Hospital Frankfurt...
December 4, 2018: Psycho-oncology
Youngmee Kim, Hannah-Rose Mitchell, Amanda Ting
BACKGROUND: Cancer affects both men and women, yet systematic understanding of the role of gender in caregiving and dyadic caregiver-patient interactions is lacking. Thus, it may be useful to review how gender theories apply to cancer caregiving, and to evaluate the adequacy of current cancer caregiving studies to the gender theories. METHODS: Several databases, including MEDLINE (Ovid), PsychINFO, PubMed, and CINAHL, were used for searching articles published in English between 2000 and 2016...
November 28, 2018: Psycho-oncology
Penelope Hopwood, Nick Hopwood
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November 29, 2018: Psycho-oncology
Antje Frey Nascimento, Theresa Tondorf, Sacha I Rothschild, Michael T Koller, Christoph Rochlitz, Alexander Kiss, Rainer Schaefert, Gunther Meinlschmidt, Sabina Hunziker, Jens Gaab, Diana Zwahlen
OBJECTIVE: Highly distressed cancer patients often do not use psycho-oncological services (POS). Research on predictors of POS uptake has mainly focused on patient-related variables and less on communication variables, so we examined the link between patient-oncologist communication (i.e., talking about psychosocial distress, providing detailed information, and recommending POS) and POS uptake. METHODS: We conducted a prospective, observational study in an Oncology Outpatient Clinic in Switzerland...
November 22, 2018: Psycho-oncology
Karen S Peier-Ruser, Salome von Greyerz
BACKGROUND: Requesting a second opinion (SO) is common in oncology. The reasons and barriers for patients not seeking an SO have yet been to be investigated. Why do patients have difficulties evaluating their need for an SO and what could be done to minimize these barriers? PATIENTS AND METHODS: A 2-stage qualitative study was conducted. 1) Participants were studied in 3 focus groups (FGs). The participants themselves analyzed and then grouped their statements into defined categories...
November 21, 2018: Oncology Research and Treatment
Haitham Tuffaha, Najwan El-Saifi, Suzanne Chambers, Paul Scuffham
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November 15, 2018: Psycho-oncology
Phyllis Butow, Joanne Shaw, Heather L Shepherd, Melanie Price, Lindy Masya, Brian Kelly, Nicole M Rankin, Afaf Girgis, Thomas F Hack, Philip Beale, Rosalie Viney, Haryana M Dhillon, Joseph Coll, Patrick Kelly, Melanie Lovell, Peter Grimison, Tim Shaw, Tim Luckett, Jessica Cuddy, Fiona White
BACKGROUND: Health service change is difficult to achieve. One strategy to facilitate such change is the clinical pathway, a guide for clinicians containing a defined set of evidence-based interventions for a specific condition. However, optimal strategies for implementing clinical pathways are not well understood. Building on a strong evidence-base, the Psycho-Oncology Co-operative Research Group (PoCoG) in Australia developed an evidence and consensus-based clinical pathway for screening, assessing and managing cancer-related anxiety and depression (ADAPT CP) and web-based resources to support it - staff training, patient education, cognitive-behavioural therapy and a management system (ADAPT Portal)...
November 7, 2018: BMC Cancer
Melissa S Y Thong, Mirjam A G Sprangers
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October 30, 2018: Psycho-oncology
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October 2018: Psycho-oncology
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October 2018: Psycho-oncology
Jochen Ernst, Hermann Faller, Uwe Koch, Elmar Brähler, Martin Härter, Holger Schulz, Joachim Weis, Norbert Köhler, Andreas Hinz, Anja Mehnert
BACKGROUND: A significant number of oncological patients are heavily burdened by psychosocial stress. Doctors recommending or referring their patients to psycho-oncologists in the course of routine consultations can positively influence psycho-oncological care. The aim of this study was to analyze the frequency and predictors of such recommendations and to examine the use of these services by patients. METHODS: 4,020 cancer patients (mean age 58 years; 51% women) were evaluated in a multicenter, cross-sectional study in Germany...
2018: PloS One
Joachim Weis, Klaus Hönig, Corinna Bergelt, Hermann Faller, Anette Brechtel, Beate Hornemann, Barbara Stein, Martin Teufel, Ute Goerling, Yesim Erim, Franziska Geiser, Alexander Niecke, Bianca Senf, Martin Wickert, Claudia Schmoor, Angelika Gerlach, Dieter Schellberg, Antje Büttner-Teleaga, Katharina Schieber
OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to assess cancer patients' use of psychological care and its correlates in a large sample of cancer patients in Comprehensive Cancer Centers (CCCs) in Germany. METHODS: In a multicenter study in Germany, cancer patients with various diagnoses were evaluated for self-reported use of psychological support. We measured psychological distress, depression and anxiety, quality of life and social support with standardized questionnaires and analyzed its association with the utilization of psychological care using multivariable logistic regression...
October 1, 2018: Psycho-oncology
Anne E Kazak, Michele A Scialla, Andrea F Patenaude, Kimberly Canter, Anna C Muriel, Mary Jo Kupst, Fang Fang Chen, Lori Wiener
OBJECTIVE: This paper presents data on licensure/certification status, supervision of multidisciplinary pediatric psychosocial staff, and training opportunities in pediatric cancer programs in the United States (U.S.), data that is critical to provide care aligned with the Standards of Psychosocial Care in Pediatric Cancer (Psychosocial Standards). METHODS: An online survey of psychosocial care consistent with the Psychosocial Standards was completed from a national sample of pediatric cancer programs (144/200)...
September 22, 2018: Psycho-oncology
Valentin Goede, Reinhard Stauder
Multidisciplinary care is believed to provide benefits to patients with cancer. Tumor board conferences as well aspalliative care or psycho-oncological services have not only become common in oncology, but also in hematology clinics dedicated to the treatment of hematological cancers. Malignant hematological diseases are highly prevalent among older persons. Demographic changes in many countries worldwide are prompting the integration of geriatric principles, methodology, and expertise into existing procedures and infrastructure of multidisciplinary care in hematology clinics...
September 18, 2018: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
Anja Thronicke, Shiao Li Oei, Antje Merkle, Cornelia Herbstreit, Hans-Peter Lemmens, Christian Grah, Matthias Kröz, Harald Matthes, Friedemann Schad
OBJECTIVE: The concept of integrative oncology (IO) comprising guideline-oriented standard and add-on complementary medicine has gained growing importance. The Anthroposophic-integrative Cancer Centre (CC) at the hospital Gemeinschaftskrankenhaus (GKH) in Berlin has been implementing IO concepts during recent years. Furthermore, it is a certified CC and has been annually audited by national cancer authorities since 2012. The objective of the present study was to evaluate IO concepts of the certified CC GKH...
October 2018: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
Hideki Onishi, Mayumi Ishida, Nozomu Uchida, Daisuke Shintani, Tadaaki Nishikawa, Kosei Hasegawa, Keiichi Fujiwara, Tatsuo Akechi
OBJECTIVE: Although thiamine deficiency (TD) and Wernicke encephalopathy (WE) are not rare in cancer patients, the cases reported to date developed TD and/or WE after treatment had started. METHOD: From a series of cancer patients, we report a patient diagnosed with TD without the typical clinical symptoms of WE at the preoperative psychiatric examination.ResultA 43-year-old woman with ovarian cancer was referred by her oncologist to the psycho-oncology outpatient clinic for preoperative psychiatric evaluation...
August 31, 2018: Palliative & Supportive Care
Marion Rapp, Stephanie Schipmann, Kira Hoffmann, Rainer Wiewrodt, Hans-Jakob Steiger, Marcel Kamp, Walter Stummer, Dorothee Wiewrodt, Michael Sabel
Background: Cerebral tumors are associated with high rates of anxiety, depression and reduced health related quality of life. Nevertheless psychooncological screening instruments are neither implemented nor well defined in the daily routine of neurosurgical departments. Therefore, we tried (1) to identify a suitable screening algorithm for neurosurgical patients, (2) to define clinical risk factors for increased distress and (3) to analyze the optimal screening time point. Results: Between October 2013 and January 2015 472 elective neurosurgical in-patients (median age 55...
August 3, 2018: Oncotarget
Florian Lenze, Chlodwig Kirchhoff, Florian Pohlig, Carolin Knebel, Hans Rechl, Birgit Marten-Mittag, Peter Herschbach, Rüdiger V Eisenhart-Rothe, Ulrich Lenze
BACKGROUND/AIM: Psycho-oncological distress is a relevant clinical problem. The aim of this study was to administer a standardized psycho-oncological distress screening for early identification and indication-based treatment of highly distressed orthopedic cancer patients as well as the evaluation of distress patterns. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In total, 35 patients with cancer were psycho-oncologically screened using a cancer-specific expert rating scale (Basic Documentation for Psycho-Oncology Short Form) at three different time points (day of admission, day before discharge, 3 months postoperatively)...
September 2018: In Vivo
Mirjam Renovanz, Helena Tsakmaklis, Sari Soebianto, Isabell Neppel, Minou Nadji-Ohl, Manfred Beutel, Andreas Werner, Florian Ringel, Anne-Katrin Hickmann
Objective: Psychosocial screening in brain tumor patients is of high importance. We applied The Basic Documentation for Psycho-Oncology Short Form (PO-Bado SF) in primary brain tumor patients and patients with metastasis. The aim was to evaluating consistency between physicians' perception and the results of the patients' self-assessment. Materials and Methods: 140 patients with first diagnosis of a brain tumor were screened during their hospital stay (t1) using Distress Thermometer (DT) and Hornheide Screening Instrument (HSI), health-related quality of life was assessed by EORTC QLQ-C30 + BN20...
July 24, 2018: Oncotarget
Heide Götze, Sabine Taubenheim, Andreas Dietz, Florian Lordick, Anja Mehnert
PURPOSE: Our study provides a detailed overview of comorbid conditions and health-related quality of life of long-term cancer survivors and analyses the impact of demographic, disease- and treatment-related characteristics. METHODS: We present data obtained from 1000 survivors across mixed tumour entities 5 and 10 years after cancer diagnosis in a cross-sectional study. We analyse the prevalence of physical symptoms and health conditions via self-report and health-related quality of life using the EORTC QLQ-C30 in comparison to gender- and age-matched reference values of the general population...
October 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
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