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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239141/chronic-myeloid-leukemia-associated-hypercalcemia-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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David Toro-Tobón, Sarimar Agosto, Sara Ahmadi, Maureen Koops, Jan M Bruder
BACKGROUND Hypercalcemia associated with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is an ominous sign. Although rare, several cases have been reported and multiple pathophysiologic mechanisms have been independently proposed. We present a patient case and a literature review of the clinical presentation and mechanisms of CML-associated hypercalcemia. CASE REPORT A 58-year-old male with a past medical history of CML diagnosed six years earlier, presented to the emergency department with one week of acute confusion, disorientation, polyuria, and polydipsia...
February 27, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238454/moving-toward-a-shared-process-the-impact-of-parent-experiences-on-perinatal-palliative-care
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Susan L Hasegawa, Jessica T Fry
Perinatal palliative care programs seek to support parents expecting a baby diagnosed with a serious medical condition. Clinicians have increasingly recognized the importance of parental perspectives on the medical care mothers and their fetuses and live-born children receive, especially regarding factors influencing individual choices and knowledge of the medical community. We describe, using literature on trisomy 13 and trisomy 18, how information shared between parents and providers can improve perinatal counseling and family support...
February 23, 2017: Seminars in Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237697/heart-transplantation-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
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Lucile Houyel, Ngoc-Tram To-Dumortier, Yannick Lepers, Jérôme Petit, Régine Roussin, Mohamed Ly, Emmanuel Lebret, Elie Fadel, Jürgen Hörer, Sébastien Hascoët
With the advances in congenital cardiac surgery and postoperative care, an increasing number of children with complex congenital heart disease now reach adulthood. There are already more adults than children living with a congenital heart defect, including patients with complex congenital heart defects. Among these adults with congenital heart disease, a significant number will develop ventricular dysfunction over time. Heart failure accounts for 26-42% of deaths in adults with congenital heart defects. Heart transplantation, or heart-lung transplantation in Eisenmenger syndrome, then becomes the ultimate therapeutic possibility for these patients...
February 22, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237294/automatic-planning-on-hippocampal-avoidance-whole-brain-radiotherapy
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Shuo Wang, Dandan Zheng, Chi Zhang, Rongtao Ma, Nathan R Bennion, Yu Lei, Xiaofeng Zhu, Charles A Enke, Sumin Zhou
Mounting evidence suggests that radiation-induced damage to the hippocampus plays a role in neurocognitive decline for patients receiving whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT). Hippocampal avoidance whole-brain radiotherapy (HA-WBRT) has been proposed to reduce the putative neurocognitive deficits by limiting the dose to the hippocampus. However, urgency of palliation for patients as well as the complexities of the treatment planning may be barriers to protocol enrollment to accumulate further clinical evidence. This warrants expedited quality planning of HA-WBRT...
April 2017: Medical Dosimetry: Official Journal of the American Association of Medical Dosimetrists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28237193/evaluating-frameworks-that-provide-value-measures-for-health-care-interventions
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Jeanne S Mandelblatt, Scott D Ramsey, Tracy A Lieu, Charles E Phelps
The recent acceleration of scientific discovery has led to greater choices in health care. New technologies, diagnostic tests, and pharmaceuticals have widely varying impact on patients and populations in terms of benefits, toxicities, and costs, stimulating a resurgence of interest in the creation of frameworks intended to measure value in health. Many of these are offered by providers and/or advocacy organizations with expertise and interest in specific diseases (e.g., cancer and heart disease). To help assess the utility of and the potential biases embedded in these frameworks, we created an evaluation taxonomy with seven basic components: 1) define the purpose; 2) detail the conceptual approach, including perspectives, methods for obtaining preferences of decision makers (e...
February 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236771/looking-back-and-to-the-future-%C3%A2-are-we-improving-cure-in-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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David Walder, Mary O'Brien
In surgical series, cancer-free survival at 5 years is often referred to as a cure. In recent years, attempts to improve cure rates in non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) have focussed on earlier diagnosis through cost-effective screening programs. Systemic therapies have historically added only a small benefit to overall survival in both the adjuvant and palliative setting. However, in the last two decades, the development of new treatment options has added incremental improvements in NSCLC survival rates. Patients with a targetable sensitising mutation including epidermal growth factor receptor gene mutations and anaplastic lymphoma kinase rearrangements have significantly better prognosis, and many will survive beyond 5 years...
February 22, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236265/the-longitudinal-course-of-depression-symptomatology-following-a-palliative-rehabilitation-program
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Andrea Feldstain, Sophie Lebel, Martin R Chasen
PURPOSE: Patients with advanced cancer have increased life expectancy but suffer from ongoing burden. Depressive symptomatology is their most common mental health concern. The Ottawa Palliative Rehabilitation Program (PRP) offers rehabilitation for this population. It offers 8 weeks of individualized interdisciplinary rehabilitation, post cancer treatment. Interventions include medical (physician and nurse), physiotherapy, occupational therapy, dietary, and social work using a general self-efficacy framework...
February 24, 2017: Quality of Life Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236065/glioblastoma-spheroids-produce-infiltrative-gliomas-in-the-rat-brainstem
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Zhiping Zhou, Neal Luther, Ranjodh Singh, John A Boockvar, Mark M Souweidane, Jeffrey P Greenfield
PURPOSE: Diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG) is universally fatal without proven therapy other than radiation therapy for palliation. Representative animal models will play an essential role in the preclinical stage of future therapy development. To address the shortage of representative models, we created a novel infiltrative brainstem glioma model in rats based on glioblastoma spheroids. METHODS: Cells dissociated from glioblastoma spheroids grown from surgical specimens were implanted into the brainstem of NIH nude rats...
February 24, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236016/fully-covered-stents-are-similar-to-semi-covered-stents-with-regard-to-migration-in-palliative-treatment-of-malignant-strictures-of-the-esophagus-and-gastric-cardia-results-of-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Jan Persson, Ulrika Smedh, Åse Johnsson, Bo Ohlin, Magnus Sundbom, Magnus Nilsson, Lars Lundell, Berit Sund, Erik Johnsson
INTRODUCTION: Stent migration is a significant clinical problem in palliation of malignant strictures in the esophagus and gastro-esophageal junction (GEJ). We have compared a newer design of a fully-covered stent to a widely used semi-covered stent using migration >20 mm as the primary outcome variable. Effects on dysphagia, quality of life (QoL) and re-intervention frequency were also investigated. METHODS: Patients with dysphagia due to non-curable esophagus/GEJ cancer were randomized to receive either a more recent design of a fully-covered stent (n = 48) or a conventional semi-covered stent (n = 47)...
February 24, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236011/the-controversial-role-of-electrochemotherapy-in-head-and-neck-cancer-a-systematic-review-of-the-literature
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Riccardo Lenzi, Luca Muscatello, Alberto Maria Saibene, Giovanni Felisati, Carlotta Pipolo
Electroporation, also known as electrochemotherapy, combines an antineoplastic agent with electroporation, causing localized progressive necrosis in the treated area. Today it is primarily used in the palliative treatment of cutaneous and subcutaneous metastases and has been found to be safe and efficacious in head and neck cancer recurrences. Despite the steady increase in the number of published studies this treatment is not universally available and used systematically in head and neck carcinomas. To shed light on its limitations and analyze treatment outcome we have, therefore, reviewed all available literature regarding this topic...
February 24, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28235727/acceptable-regret-model-in-the-end-of-life-setting-patients-require-high-level-of-certainty-before-forgoing-management-recommendations
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Athanasios Tsalatsanis, Iztok Hozo, Benjamin Djulbegovic
BACKGROUND: The acceptable regret model postulates that under some circumstances decision-makers may tolerate wrong decisions. The purpose of this work is to empirically evaluate the acceptable regret model of decision-making in the end-of-life care setting, where terminally ill patients consider seeking curative treatment versus accepting hospice/palliative care. METHODS: We conducted interviews with 48 terminally ill patients to assess their preferences about end-of-life treatment choices...
February 21, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231577/response-evaluation-in-head-and-neck-oncology-definition-and-prediction
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T K Hoffmann, P J Schuler, S Laban, R Grässlin, M Beer, A J Beer, U Friebe-Hoffmann, L Bullinger, P Möller, T Wiegel
Curative treatment of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma includes surgery and/or (chemo)radiation, whereas in the palliative setting, chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy represent(s) the standard approach. With regard to quality control, methods for determining treatment response are sorely needed. For surgical therapy, histopathology is the standard quality control. Established criteria for high-risk patients include resection margins of the primary tumor and extracapsular extension of lymph node metastases...
February 24, 2017: ORL; Journal for Oto-rhino-laryngology and its related Specialties
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230243/global-disparities-in-cancer-pain-management-and-palliative-care
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Madhuri Are, Amanda McIntyre, Suresh Reddy
Palliative care and pain management constitute an integral part of the multi-disciplinary approach to treating patients with cancer. There are major disparities in the global presence of sustainable palliative care models and universal availability of effective pain medications, especially in low and middle income countries with the highest predicted future burden of cancer. Active intervention is needed to improve the availability of palliative care and effective pain control worldwide.
February 23, 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230013/iodine-125-radioactive-seed-tissue-implantation-as-a-remedy-treatment-for-recurrent-cervical-cancer
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Lei Han, Changlun Li, Junye Wang, Xueqi He, Xiao Zhang, Jundong Yang, Guofeng Liu
PURPOSE: This study was designed to discuss feasibility, short-term efficacy, and complications of iodine-125 radioactive seed tissue implantation for remedying recurrent cervical cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From June 2009 to December 2010, 17 patients with recurrent cervical cancer received radioactive seed implantation under computed tomography (CT) guidance. Matched peripheral dose was 145 Gy, while the number of implanted seeds was from 6 to 68 with a median of 20...
December 2016: Journal of Cancer Research and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229834/-pain-intensity-and-time-to-death-of-cancer-patients-referred-to-palliative-care
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Pedro Barata, Filipa Santos, Graça Mesquita, Alice Cardoso, Maria Paula Custódio, Marta Alves, Ana Luísa Papoila, António Barbosa, Peter Lawlor
INTRODUCTION: Pain is a common symptom experienced by cancer patients, especially in those with advanced disease. Our aim was to describe pain intensity in advanced cancer patients, referred to the palliative care unit, the factors underlying moderate to severe pain and its prognostic values. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This was a prospective observational study. All patients with mestastatic solid tumors and with no specific oncologic treatment were included. Pain intensity was accessed using the pain scale from Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale, rated from 0 to 10 on a numerical scale, where zero = no pain and 10 = worst possible pain...
November 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229078/systemic-therapy-of-cholangiocarcinoma
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REVIEW
Ruben R Plentz, Nisar P Malek
BACKGROUND: Cholangiocarcinoma (CC) is the second most common primary malignant liver disease. During the last decades, various novel therapies have been introduced in the field of oncology; nevertheless, the number of treatment options for CC is still limited. METHODS: In this article, current palliative chemotherapy concepts as well as new drug therapies are outlined. RESULTS: Gemcitabine and cisplatin are the standard treatment of care for patients with inoperable CC...
December 2016: Visceral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229075/endoscopic-and-photodynamic-therapy-of-cholangiocarcinoma
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REVIEW
Benjamin Meier, Karel Caca
BACKGROUND: Most patients with cholangiocarcinoma (CCA) have unresectable disease. Endoscopic bile duct drainage is one of the major objectives of palliation of obstructive jaundice. METHODS/RESULTS: Stent implantation using endoscopic retrograde cholangiography is considered to be the standard technique. Unilateral versus bilateral stenting is associated with different advantages and disadvantages; however, a standard approach is still not defined. As there are various kinds of stents, there is an ongoing discussion on which stent to use in which situation...
December 2016: Visceral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228146/body-mass-index-bmi-may-be-a-prognostic-factor-for-gastric-cancer-with-peritoneal-dissemination
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Shi Chen, Run-Cong Nie, Li-Ying OuYang, Yuan-Fang Li, Jun Xiang, Zhi-Wei Zhou, YingBo Chen, JunSheng Peng
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study is to investigate whether body mass index (BMI) is a prognostic factor in gastric cancer patients with peritoneal dissemination. METHODS: This is a retrospective study consisting of 518 patients with a histological diagnosis of gastric cancer with peritoneal dissemination seen at the Sixth Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yat-Sen University and Sun Yat-sen University Cancer Center between January 2010 and April 2014. Patients were followed until December 2015...
February 23, 2017: World Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226414/methylene-blue-for-the-treatment-of-intractable-pain-associated-with-oral-mucositis
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Carlos J Roldan, Kent Nouri, Thomas Chai, Billy Huh
Oral mucositis is a common and often debilitating complication among cancer patients receiving radiation therapy to the head and neck or chemotherapy agents, or undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Pain and decreased oral function associated with oral mucositis may persist long after the conclusion of therapy. Although most patients respond to conservative management, a subset of patients develop intractable pain with severe consequences. For some, the use of total parenteral nutrition with insertion of percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy feeding tubes is the only alternative...
February 22, 2017: Pain Practice: the Official Journal of World Institute of Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225857/malignant-melanoma-with-synchronous-thyroid-metastases-case-report-and-literature-review
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Maria Manuel Costa, Sandra Belo, João Capela-Costa, Jennifer Costa, Davide Carvalho
Thyroid metastases are rare in clinical practice. We describe the case of an 85-year-old woman who was referred to our department due to a multinodular goiter with compressive symptoms and subclinical hyperthyroidism. The patient was also undergoing evaluation for a polyp in her left nasal cavity, which was then diagnosed as a malignant melanoma of the nasal mucosa. A thoracoabdominal magnetic resonance imaging obtained for cancer staging revealed a > 50% tracheal obstruction caused by the goiter. The patient underwent simultaneous total thyroidectomy and melanoma excision...
February 16, 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
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