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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328309/ibpro-a-novel-short-duration-teaching-course-in-advanced-physics-and-biology-underlying-cancer-radiotherapy
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Michael C Joiner, Monica W Tracey, Sara E Kacin, Jay W Burmeister
This article provides a summary and status report of the ongoing advanced education program IBPRO - Integrated course in Biology and Physics of Radiation Oncology. IBPRO is a five-year program funded by NCI. It addresses the recognized deficiency in the number of mentors available who have the required knowledge and skill to provide the teaching and training that is required for future radiation oncologists and researchers in radiation sciences. Each year, IBPRO brings together 50 attendees typically at assistant professor level and upwards, who are already qualified/certified radiation oncologists, medical physicists or biologists...
March 22, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325244/perspectives-on-patient-access-to-radiation-oncology-services-in-south-america
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REVIEW
Beatriz Amendola, Aldo Quarneti, Arthur Accioly Rosa, Gustavo Sarria, Marco Amendola
Cancer represents a fast-growing challenge worldwide, and is being recognized as an emerging and critical issue in low- and middle-income countries, such most of South America. This subcontinent is unique for its geography, culture, and ethnical diversity. Most of its countries have large expanses of jungle and desert where underserved population groups including indigenous (native Indians), represent a challenge for cancer care. Many indigent patients have no access to preventive care nor early diagnosis. This results in late presentations with advanced disease and frequently incurable cancer...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325237/global-health-in-radiation-oncology-the-emergence-of-a-new-career-pathway
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REVIEW
Danielle Rodin, Mei Ling Yap, Surbhi Grover, John M Longo, Onyinye Balogun, Sandra Turner, Jesper G Eriksen, C Norman Coleman, Meredith Giuliani
The massive global shortfall in radiotherapy equipment and human resources in developing countries is an enormous challenge for international efforts in cancer control. This lack of access to treatment has been long-standing, but there is now a growing consensus about the urgent need to prioritize solutions to this problem and that a global strategy is required for them to be successful. An essential element of making radiotherapy universally accessible is a coordinated approach to clinical training and practice...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323331/survival-benefit-needed-to-undergo-chemotherapy-patient-and-physician-preferences
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Ines Vaz-Luis, Anne O'Neill, Karen Sepucha, Kathy D Miller, Emily Baker, Chau T Dang, Donald W Northfelt, Eric P Winer, George W Sledge, Bryan Schneider, Ann H Partridge
BACKGROUND: Published studies have suggested that most patients with early stage breast cancer are willing, for modest survival benefits, to receive 6 months of adjuvant cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, and 5-fluorouracil, an older regimen that is used infrequently today. We examined preferences regarding the survival benefit needed to justify 6 months of a contemporary chemotherapy regimen. METHODS: The Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Protocol 5103 was a phase 3 trial that randomized breast cancer patients to receive standard adjuvant doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, and paclitaxel with either bevacizumab or placebo...
March 21, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322035/multidisciplinary-rehabilitation-program-after-breast-cancer-benefits-on-physical-function-anthropometry-and-quality-of-life
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Anne-France Leclerc, Marguerite Foidart-Dessalle, Marco Tomasella, Philippe Coucke, Martine Devos, Olivier Bruyère, Thierry Bury, Dorian Deflandre, Guy Jerusalem, Eric Lifrange, Jean-François Kaux, Jean-Michel Crielaard, Didier Maquet
BACKGROUND: Different clinical trials show beneficial effects of physical training offered during and / or after breast cancer treatment. However, given the variety of side effects that may be encountered, physical training could be combined with psychological, relational and social guidance. This kind of multidisciplinary program has been little studied so far. AIM: To determine the benefits of a three-month multidisciplinary rehabilitation program among women after breast cancer treatment...
March 20, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321299/successful-emergency-department-interventions-that-reduce-time-to-antibiotics-in-febrile-pediatric-cancer-patients
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Sandra Spencer, MIchele Nypaver, Katherine Hebert, Christopher Benner, Rachel Stanley, Daniel Cohen, Alexander Rogers, Jason Goldstick, Prashant Mahajan
Children with cancer and fever are at high risk for sepsis related death. Rapid antibiotic delivery (< 60 minutes) has been shown to reduce mortality. We compared patient outcomes and describe interventions from three separate quality improvement (QI) projects conducted in three United States (US) tertiary care pediatric emergency departments (EDs) with the shared aim to reduce time to antibiotic (TTA) to < 60 minutes in febrile pediatric oncology patients (Temperature > 38.0 C). A secondary objective was to identify interventions amenable to translation to other centers...
2017: BMJ Quality Improvement Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318175/psychosocial-care-in-the-department-of-pediatric-hematology-and-oncology-of-public-hospitals-in-argentina
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Débora Farberman, Teresa Méndez, Leticia García, Lucía Salvia, Silvia Otarolac
BACKGROUND: Blood diseases and cancer are part of a group of rare conditions in pediatrics. In general, cancer treatments are prolonged (months or years), so psychosocial support has been introduced to provide comprehensive care to these patients. OBJECTIVE: To explore psychosocial care provided at the public hospitals of Argentina to children and adolescents with cancer. Population and Methods. An electronic questionnaire was sent to the heads of the Departments of Hematology and Oncology, Mental Health, and Social Services of 27 public hospitals providing care to pediatric patients with cancer...
April 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315543/metastatic-colorectal-cancer-management-with-trifluridine-tipiracil%C3%A2
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Teresa White, Heidi Larson, Alexandra Minnella, Howard S Hochster
BACKGROUND: Treatment-related adverse events (AEs) are common in patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) receiving chemotherapy. These AEs may affect patient adherence, particularly with completely oral regimens, such as trifluridine/tipiracil (TAS-102, Lonsurf®), an antimetabolite agent for patients with mCRC refractory or intolerant to standard therapies.
. OBJECTIVES: This article reviews strategies for promoting adherence and educating patients and caregivers about oral therapy with trifluridine/tipiracil...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315541/hypophysitis-nursing-management-of-immune-related-adverse-events%C3%A2
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Adrienne Vazquez
Immunotherapy can treat cancer and prevent future cancer relapse by enhancing the body's immune system. With novel immunotherapeutic agents like checkpoint inhibitors come unique immune-related adverse events. Hypophysitis, one of the lesser known immune-related complications, may be observed in patients receiving checkpoint inhibitors. Although the acute symptoms of immune-related hypophysitis may be managed with attentive monitoring and high-dose corticosteroids, lifelong hormone substitution therapy may be warranted...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315531/tools-for-communication-novel-infrastructure-to-address-patient-perceived-gaps-in-oncology-care%C3%A2
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Suzanne McMullen, Shelagh Szabo, Ronald J Halbert, Catherine Lai, Aparna Parikh, Mikele Bunce, Raya Khoury, Art Small, Anthony Masaquel
BACKGROUND: Healthcare providers (HCPs) and patient communication are integral to high-quality oncology care. The patient and HCP perspectives are needed to identify gaps in care and develop communication tools.
. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to understand patient- and HCP-perceived elements of and gaps in high-quality care to develop novel communication tools to improve care. 
. METHODS: Qualitative interviews were conducted among 16 patients with cancer and 10 HCPs in the United States...
April 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304416/gynecologic-malignancies-in-pregnancy-balancing-fetal-risks-with-oncologic-safety
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REVIEW
Christina N Cordeiro, Mary L Gemignani
Importance: Cancer occurs in 0.05% to 0.1% of all pregnancies. Despite literature reporting good oncologic and fetal outcomes in women treated for cancer during pregnancy, as many as 44% of gynecologists would offer termination, and 37% would not administer chemotherapy or radiotherapy in pregnancy. Objectives: The aims of this study were to summarize current recommendations for the treatment of cervical and ovarian cancers in pregnancy and to review updates on existing knowledge regarding the safety of surgical and chemotherapeutic treatments in pregnancy, including both oncologic and fetal outcomes...
March 2017: Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301492/variability-in-target-delineation-of-cervical-carcinoma-a-korean-radiation-oncology-group-study-krog-15-06
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Ji Hyeon Joo, Young Seok Kim, Byung Chul Cho, Chi Young Jeong, Won Park, Hak Jae Kim, Won Sup Yoon, Mee Sun Yoon, Ji-Yoon Kim, Jin Hwa Choi, Youngmin Choi, Joo-Young Kim
PURPOSE: To determine inter-observer variability in target volume definition of cervical cancer in radical and adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) settings. METHODS: Eight physicians contoured CTVs of 2 patients underwent definitive and postoperative RT. Each volume was analyzed using the individual/median volume ratio and generalized conformity index (CIgen). And center of mass (COM) of each contour was calculated. Expert agreement was quantified using an expectation maximization algorithm for Simultaneous Truth and Performance Level Estimation (STAPLE)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301279/integrating-palliative-care-services-in-ambulatory-oncology-an-application-of-the-edmonton-symptom-assessment-system
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Sherri L Rauenzahn, Susanne Schmidt, Ifeoma O Aduba, Jessica T Jones, Nazneen Ali, Laura L Tenner
PURPOSE: Research in palliative care demonstrates improvements in overall survival, quality of life, symptom management, and reductions in the cost of care. Despite the American Society of Clinical Oncology recommendation for early concurrent palliative care in patients with advanced cancer and high symptom burden, integrating palliative services is challenging. Our aims were to quantitatively describe the palliative referral rates and symptom burden in a South Texas cancer center and establish a palliative referral system by implementing the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282274/improving-the-management-of-patients-with-low-risk-neutropenic-fever-at-the-cleveland-clinic-taussig-cancer-institute
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Lindsey Martin Goodman, Bassam Estfan, Alberto Montero, Girish Kunapareddy, Jessica Lau, Erika Gallagher, Carolyn Best, Barb Tripp, Machelle Moeller, Brian Bolwell, James Stevenson
PURPOSE: Neutropenic fever (NF) is an oncologic emergency and has resulted historically in inpatient management. The Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC) score can be used to identify patients with NF at a low risk of complications who can be managed safely as outpatients. Despite established guidelines supporting outpatient management of low-risk neutropenic fever (LRNF), provider awareness is low, and inpatient admission for intravenous antibiotics continues to be standard of care...
March 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281049/modifiable-and-non-modifiable-characteristics-associated-with-sleep-disturbance-in-oncology-outpatients-during-chemotherapy
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Sueann Mark, Janine Cataldo, Anand Dhruva, Steven M Paul, Lee-May Chen, Marilyn J Hammer, Jon D Levine, Fay Wright, Michelle Melisko, Kathryn Lee, Yvette P Conley, Christine Miaskowski
PURPOSE: In a sample of outpatients with breast, gastrointestinal, gynecological, and lung cancer who received at least two cycles of chemotherapy (CTX), the purposes were to evaluate for inter-individual differences in the severity of sleep disturbance and determine which demographic, clinical, and symptom characteristics were associated with initial levels as well as the trajectories of sleep disturbance. METHODS: A total of 1331 patients completed study questionnaires in their homes, at six time points over two cycles of CTX (prior to CTX administration, approximately 1 week after CTX administration, and approximately 2 weeks after CTX administration)...
March 9, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28277304/low-adherence-to-dietary-recommendations-in-adult-childhood-cancer-survivors
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Fabiën Belle, Laura Wengenroth, Annette Weiss, Grit Sommer, Maja Beck Popovic, Marc Ansari, Murielle Bochud, Claudia Kuehni
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Poor diet may increase the risk that childhood cancer survivors (CCS) will suffer from chronic disease. We compared adherence to national dietary recommendations between CCS, their siblings and the Swiss population, identified determinants of adherence, and assessed the association of adherence with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk profiles. METHODS: As part of the Swiss Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (SCCSS), a questionnaire was sent to all Swiss resident CCS aged <21 years at diagnosis, who survived ≥5 years and were 16-45 years old at the time of the survey...
October 20, 2016: Clinical Nutrition: Official Journal of the European Society of Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28274395/attitudes-of-radiation-oncologists-toward-palliative-and-supportive-care-in-the-united-states-report-on-national-membership-survey-by-the-american-society-for-radiation-oncology-astro
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Randy L Wei, Malcolm D Mattes, James Yu, Adrienne Thrasher, Hui-Kuo Shu, Harald Paganetti, Jennifer De Los Santos, Bridget Koontz, Christopher Abraham, Tracy Balboni
PURPOSE: Radiation oncologists are frequently involved in providing palliative and supportive care (PSC) for patients with advanced cancers through delivery of palliative radiation. Whether they are confident in their ability to assess and initiate treatments for pain, nonpain, and psychosocial distress is unknown. The American Society for Radiation Oncology surveyed its practicing members in the United States on self-assessment of their primary PSC skills and access to continuing medical education on PSC...
March 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28271388/health-related-predictors-of-quality-of-life-in-cancer-patients-in-saudi-arabia
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Anwar E Ahmed, Alaa S Almuzaini, Mohannad A Alsadhan, Abdulrahman G Alharbi, Hanin S Almuzaini, Yosra Z Ali, Abdul-Rahman Jazieh
Research on Saudi Arabian cancer patients is a priority at King Abdulaziz Medical City (KAMC), Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Because there is limited research on the quality of life (QoL) of Saudi Arabian cancer patients, the aim of this study was to identify the predictors of the QoL in a sample of Saudis with cancer. In August 2016, a cross-sectional study was conducted on 438 patients with a variety of cancer types (145 breast, 109 colorectal, 38 leukemia, 45 lymphoma, and 99 other types) who attended the Oncology Outpatient Clinics at KAMC...
March 7, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28266129/household-income-and-risk-of-poverty-of-parents-of-long-term-childhood-cancer-survivors
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Luzius Mader, Katharina Roser, Julia Baenziger, Eva Maria Tinner, Katrin Scheinemann, Claudia Elisabeth Kuehni, Gisela Michel
BACKGROUND: Taking care of children diagnosed with cancer affects parents' professional life and may place the family at risk-of-poverty. We aimed to (i) compare the household income and risk-of-poverty of parents of childhood cancer survivors (CCS) to parents of the general population, and (ii) identify sociodemographic and cancer-related factors associated with risk-of-poverty. METHODS: As part of the Swiss Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, we sent a questionnaire to parents of CCS aged 5-15 years, who survived ≥5 years after diagnosis...
March 6, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262474/multi-institutional-randomized-trial-testing-the-utility-of-an-interactive-three-dimensional-contouring-atlas-among-radiation-oncology-residents
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Erin F Gillespie, Neil Panjwani, Daniel W Golden, Jillian Gunther, Tobias R Chapman, Jeffrey V Brower, Robert Kosztyla, Grant Larson, Pushpa Neppala, Vitali Moiseenko, Julie Bykowski, Parag Sanghvi, James D Murphy
PURPOSE: The delivery of safe and effective radiation therapy relies on accurate target delineation, particularly in the era of highly conformal treatment techniques. Current contouring resources are fragmented and can be cumbersome to use. The present study reports on the efficacy and usability of a web-based contouring atlas compared with those of existing contouring resources in a randomized trial. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We enrolled radiation oncology residents into a 2-phase contouring study...
December 9, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
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