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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449509/rapid-response-in-a-critical-lung-adenocarcinoma-presenting-as-large-airway-stenoses-after-receiving-stent-implantation-and-sequential-rebiopsy-guided-alk-inhibitor-therapy-a-case-report
#1
Ling Ding, Cheng Chen, Yuan-Yuan Zeng, Jian-Jie Zhu, Jian-An Huang, Ye-Han Zhu
Airway stent implantation can improve the symptoms of airway stenosis caused by a malignant tumor immediately. However, stent implantation is only a palliative therapy and disease will quickly progress without subsequent treatment. Targeted therapy can provide accurate etiological treatment for patients with critical lung cancer who cannot receive chemotherapies. In our clinic, we encountered a 50-year-old male presenting with stage IV lung adenocarcinoma. He failed both the first-line and second-line chemotherapies and suffered severe complex left and right main bronchial stenoses caused by tumor invasion...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449220/survival-functional-status-and-eating-ability-after-percutaneous-endoscopic-gastrostomy-tube-placement-for-acute-stroke
#2
Karl Meisel, Robert M Arnold, Irena Stijacic Cenzer, John Boscardin, Alexander K Smith
OBJECTIVES: To determine the long-term survival and independence of individuals with stroke and percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tube placement. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: A longitudinal nationally representative community-based sample of older adults. PARTICIPANTS: Individuals with stroke who had a PEG tube placed (N = 174, mean age 79, 51% female, 29% African American). MEASUREMENTS: Functional status before incident stroke was determined based on data from the Health and Retirement Study (HRS), a national longitudinal survey of community-dwelling older adults, from 1993 to 2012...
April 27, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448857/fifth-ovarian-cancer-consensus-conference-of-the-gynecologic-cancer-intergroup-recommendations-on-incorporating-patient-reported-outcomes-in-clinical-trials-in-epithelial-ovarian-cancer
#3
Florence Joly, Felix Hilpert, Aikou Okamoto, Gavin Stuart, Kasunori Ochiai, Michael Friedlander
Despite the support for including patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and health-related quality of life in clinical trials, there have been deficiencies in how these have been assessed and reported in epithelial ovarian cancer (EOC) clinical trials. To redress this, the 5th Ovarian Cancer Consensus Conference, included a plenary session entitled 'How to include PROs in clinical trials'. The perspective is a summary of the recommendations made by the Gynecologic Cancer InterGroup unanimously agreed on the importance of PROs and PRO end-points in EOC clinical trials...
April 24, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448662/effect-of-neoadjuvant-chemotherapy-followed-by-surgical-resection-on-survival-in-patients-with-limited-metastatic-gastric-or-gastroesophageal-junction-cancer-the-aio-flot3-trial
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Salah-Eddin Al-Batran, Nils Homann, Claudia Pauligk, Gerald Illerhaus, Uwe M Martens, Jan Stoehlmacher, Harald Schmalenberg, Kim B Luley, Nicole Prasnikar, Matthias Egger, Stephan Probst, Helmut Messmann, Markus Moehler, Wolfgang Fischbach, Jörg T Hartmann, Frank Mayer, Heinz-Gert Höffkes, Michael Koenigsmann, Dirk Arnold, Thomas W Kraus, Kersten Grimm, Stefan Berkhoff, Stefan Post, Elke Jäger, Wolf Bechstein, Ulrich Ronellenfitsch, Stefan Mönig, Ralf D Hofheinz
Importance: Surgical resection has a potential benefit for patients with metastatic adenocarcinoma of the stomach and gastroesophageal junction. Objective: To evaluate outcome in patients with limited metastatic disease who receive chemotherapy first and proceed to surgical resection. Design, Setting, and Participants: The AIO-FLOT3 (Arbeitsgemeinschaft Internistische Onkologie-fluorouracil, leucovorin, oxaliplatin, and docetaxel) trial is a prospective, phase 2 trial of 252 patients with resectable or metastatic gastric or gastroesophageal junction adenocarcinoma...
April 27, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448372/validity-of-the-montreal-cognitive-assessment-screener-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-and-without-congenital-heart-disease
#5
Nancy A Pike, Marie K Poulsen, Mary A Woo
BACKGROUND: Cognitive deficits are common, long-term sequelae in children and adolescents with congenital heart disease (CHD) who have undergone surgical palliation. However, there is a lack of a validated brief cognitive screening tool appropriate for the outpatient setting for adolescents with CHD. One candidate instrument is the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) questionnaire. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the research was to validate scores from the MoCA against the General Memory Index (GMI) of the Wide Range Assessment of Memory and Learning, 2nd Edition (WRAML2), a widely accepted measure of cognition/memory, in adolescents and young adults with CHD...
May 2017: Nursing Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448328/hospice-or-community-network-choices-in-end-of-life-care-in-jamaica
#6
Roger Lee Mendoza
AIM: National and international healthcare agencies and organizations typically attribute slow or haphazard growth in hospice and palliative care in developing countries to various resource constraints. This study provides evidence of the substantial and widening gap between policy advocacy and individual decision-making concerning end-of-life care. It does so by establishing the incentives and risks that underlie choices of patients and providers against the relative scarcity of hospices in these countries...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Evidence-based Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448236/development-of-a-french-version-of-the-edmonton-symptom-assessment-system-revised-a-pilot-study-of-palliative-care-patients-perspectives
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Cheryl Nekolaichuk, Ann Huot, Valérie Gratton, Shirley H Bush, Yoko Tarumi, Sharon M Watanabe
BACKGROUND: The Edmonton Symptom Assessment System-revised (ESAS-r) is a nine-item self-report symptom intensity tool developed for palliative care patients, with the option of adding a 10th patient-specific symptom. Due to growing international uptake, the ESAS-r has been translated into different languages. There has not been agreement, however, regarding a standard process for translation into multiple languages, which also includes patients' perspectives. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to develop a French version of the ESAS-r, using a standardized translation protocol, and to obtain palliative care patients' perspectives regarding this translated tool...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448200/better-together-the-making-and-maturation-of-the-palliative-care-research-cooperative-group
#8
Christine L Ritchie, Kathryn I Pollak, Karen A Kehl, Jeri L Miller, Jean S Kutner
OBJECTIVE: To describe the growth and outcomes of the Palliative Care Research Cooperative Group (PCRC). BACKGROUND: Despite advances, significant gaps remain in the evidence base to inform care for people with serious illness. To generate this needed evidence and bolster research capacity, the Palliative Care Research Cooperative (PCRC) group was formed. METHODS: The PCRC supports investigators in the conduct of multisite clinical studies...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448047/a-syngeneic-mouse-model-of-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma-for-quantitative-and-longitudinal-assessment-of-preclinical-therapies
#9
Katherine A Murphy, Britnie R James, Andrew Wilber, Thomas S Griffith
Renal cell carcinoma (RCC) affects > 60,000 people in the United States annually, and ~ 30% of RCC patients have multiple metastases at the time of diagnosis. Metastatic RCC (mRCC) is incurable, with a median survival time of only 18 months. Immune-based interventions (e.g., interferon (IFN) and interleukin (IL)-2) induce durable responses in a fraction of mRCC patients, and multikinase inhibitors (e.g., sunitinib or sorafenib) or anti-VEGF receptor monoclonal antibodies (mAb) are largely palliative, as complete remissions are rare...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447107/-role-of-anesthesiology-in-pain-medicine-and-palliative-care-treatment-in-german-hospitals-survey-of-department-heads-of-anesthesiology-on-treatment-structures
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J Erlenwein, F Petzke, U Stamer, W Meißner, F Nauck, E Pogatzki-Zahn, W Koppert, C Maier
BACKGROUND: The aim of this analysis was to describe the role of anesthesiology departments in pain medicine and palliative care services in German hospitals. METHOD: In the year 2012, all heads of departments of anesthesiology registered with the German Society of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care Medicine were surveyed about structures of pain medicine and palliative care services in their hospitals using a standardized postal questionnaire. RESULTS: Out of 408 returned questionnaires (response rate 47%) 403 could be evaluated...
April 26, 2017: Der Anaesthesist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447062/modified-palliative-biliary-stenting-in-situs-inversus-totalis-patient-with-carcinoma-gallbladder-feasibility-and-technical-details
#11
Nishant Gupta, Pradeep Goyal, Itisha Bansal, Shuo Li, Yogesh Kumar, Sanjay S Baijal
Knowledge of the anatomical variants is essential for all invasive hepatobiliary procedures such as endoscopy, surgery and radiologic interventions. Modification in standard therapeutic interventions may be required based on variant anatomy. We report a technical modification in a 75-year-old female with known situs inversus (SI) totalis with carcinoma gallbladder. Present case highlights the finer technical details of the modified percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage (PTBD) procedure and biliary stenting in a SI patient with carcinoma gallbladder causing malignant biliary obstruction...
2017: Translational Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446993/minimally-invasive-surgical-techniques-for-management-of-painful-metastatic-and-primary-spinal-tumors
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REVIEW
Omid Hariri, Ariel Takayanagi, Dan E Miulli, Javed Siddiqi, Frank Vrionis
Patients with metastatic spinal disease are affected by disabling pain. The treatment of spinal metastases is focused on pain reduction and improvement in quality of life. Until recently, many patients with metastatic spinal disease did not qualify as surgical candidates due to the risks of surgery and length of recovery period. However, recent advances in minimally invasive surgery such as kyphoplasty and vertebroplasty allow patients to safely undergo surgery for pain relief with a short recovery period. The studies reviewed here suggest that vertebral augmentation is successful in reducing pain and disability scores in patients with painful metastases and multiple myeloma and are a safe modality to provide lasting pain relief...
March 24, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446976/per-oral-endoscopic-myotomy-for-achalasia
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REVIEW
Steven R DeMeester
Symptoms in patients with achalasia are produced by outflow obstruction at the level of the lower esophageal sphincter (LES). As a consequence of neural destruction the LES does not undergo normal swallow-induced relaxation. In addition, the esophageal body loses normal peristaltic function and esophageal emptying is on the basis of gravity. All therapies for achalasia are palliative in that normal LES or esophageal body function cannot be restored. The efficacy of any therapy for achalasia is directly related to its ability to reduce the outflow obstruction at the LES...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445941/palliative-radiotherapy-for-gastric-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#14
REVIEW
Jeremy Tey, Yu Yang Soon, Wee Yao Koh, Cheng Nang Leong, Bok Ai Choo, Francis Ho, Balamurugan Vellayappan, Keith Lim, Ivan Wk Tham
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: To review the efficacy and toxicity of palliative radiotherapy (RT) for symptomatic locally advanced gastric cancer (GC) and to determine the optimal RT schedule for symptom palliation. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE and CENTRAL for eligible studies published from 1995 to 2015. Outcomes of interest were relief of bleeding, pain and obstruction. RESULTS: Seven non-comparative observational studies were included. There were large variations in RT dose and fractionation...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445609/exosomes-derived-from-mesenchymal-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-cells-promote-chemoresistance
#15
Richard J Lobb, Rosa van Amerongen, Adrian Wiegmans, Sunyoung Ham, Jill E Larsen, Andreas Möller
Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common lung cancer type and the most common cause of mortality in lung cancer patients. NSCLC is often associated with resistance to chemotherapeutics and together with rapid metastatic spread, results in limited, mostly palliative, treatment options and poor patient survival. NSCLC are heterogeneous, and consist of epithelial and mesenchymal NSCLC cells. Mesenchymal NSCLC cells are thought to be responsible for the chemoresistance phenotype, but if and how this phenotype can be transferred to other NSCLC cells is currently not known...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Cancer. Journal International du Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444652/-establishment-of-specialized-pediatric-palliative-home-care-in-the-medical-valley-of-the-european-metropolitan-area-nuremberg
#16
Steven Hébert, Chara Gravou-Apostolatou, Wolfgang Rascher
Background As part of the 2007 health reform in Germany the structure of outpatient palliative care for children and adolescents was adopted for the first time and then implemented in Erlangen-Nuremberg in 2009. Methods The introduction of Pediatric Palliative Home Care (PPHC) at the Hospital for Children and Adolescents at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg was retrospectively analyzed between the years 2009 to 2014. Referring medical records (paper-based and electronic) were evaluated systematically. Results Considering 69 patients within this study, 44 (63...
March 2017: Klinische Pädiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444492/optimal-radial-force-and-size-for-palliation-in-gastroesophageal-adenocarcinoma-a-comparative-analysis-of-current-stent-technology
#17
Nsehniitooh Mbah, Prejesh Philips, Michael J Voor, Robert C G Martin
BACKGROUND: The optimal use of esophageal stents for malignant and benign esophageal strictures continues to be plagued with variability in pain tolerance, migration rates, and reflux-related symptoms. The aim of this study was to evaluate the differences in radial force exhibited by a variety of esophageal stents with respect to the patient's esophageal stricture. METHODS: Radial force testing was performed on eight stents manufactured by four different companies using a hydraulic press and a 5000 N force gage...
April 25, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444449/application-of-palliative-ventilation-potential-and-clinical-evidence-in-palliative-care
#18
EDITORIAL
Sebastiano Mercadante, Antonello Giarratano, Andrea Cortegiani, Cesare Gregoretti
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 25, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444210/initial-shunt-type-at-the-norwood-operation-impacts-myocardial-function-in-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome%C3%A2
#19
Hanna K Ruotsalainen, Jaana Pihkala, Jukka Salminen, Lisa K Hornberger, Heikki Sairanen, Tiina Ojala
OBJECTIVES: We investigated the impact of initial shunt type, a Blalock-Taussig (BT) shunt versus a right ventricle to pulmonary artery conduit (RV-PA) on myocardial function at different stages of surgical palliation in patients with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). METHODS: A population-based cohort of 63 Finnish children with HLHS (BT n  = 23, RV-PA n  = 40) born between 2003 and 2010 were studied retrospectively by echocardiography prior to Stages 1, 2 and 3 palliation and 0...
April 24, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443588/solitary-fibrous-tumors-of-chest-another-look-with-the-oncologic-perspective
#20
Mert Saynak, Nirmal K Veeramachaneni, Jessica L Hubbs, Dilruba Okumuş, Lawrence B Marks
B Solitary fibrous tumors (SFT) are mesenchymal lesions that arise at a variety of sites, most commonly the pleura. Most patients are asymptomatic at diagnosis, with lesions being detected incidentally. Nevertheless, some patients present due to symptoms from local tumor compression (eg. of the airways and pulmonary parenchyma). Furthermore, radiological methods are not always conclusive in making a diagnosis, and thus, pathological analysis is often required. In the past three decades, immunohistochemical techniques have provided a gold standard in SFT diagnosis...
April 6, 2017: Balkan Medical Journal
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