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Symptom management prostate cancer

Velda J Gonzalez, Susan McMillan, Elsa Pedro, Maribel Tirado-Gomez, Leorey N Saligan
OBJECTIVE: To examine the health related quality of life (HRQOL) experienced by 79 Puerto Rican adults during cancer treatments. METHODS: This study used a descriptive, cross-sectional design. Participants completed a demographics form and the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General QOL questionnaire (FACT-G). Descriptive statistics were generated. RESULTS: Participants were ages 28-78; most of the participants had breast (38.0%), prostate (14...
2018: Puerto Rico Health Sciences Journal
Lixin Song, Kaitlyn L Dunlap, Xianming Tan, Ronald C Chen, Matthew E Nielsen, Rebecca L Rabenberg, Josephine K Asafu-Adjei, Bridget F Koontz, Sarah A Birken, Laurel L Northouse, Deborah K Mayer
BACKGROUND: This project explores a new model of care that enhances survivorship care planning and promotes health for men with localized prostate cancer transitioning to posttreatment self-management. Survivorship care planning is important for patients with prostate cancer because of its high incidence rate in the United States, the frequent occurrence of treatment-related side effects, and reduced quality of life (QOL) for both men and their partners. A key component of comprehensive survivorship care planning is survivorship care plans (SCPs), documents that summarize cancer diagnosis, treatment, and plans for follow-up care...
February 26, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
A Lemanska, D P Dearnaley, R Jena, M R Sydes, S Faithfull
AIMS: To identify symptom clusters and predisposing factors associated with long-term symptoms and health-related quality of life after radiotherapy in men with prostate cancer. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patient-reported outcomes (PROs) data from the Medical Research Council RT01 radiotherapy with neoadjuvant androgen deprivation therapy trial of 843 patients were used. PROs were collected over 5 years with the University of California, Los Angeles Prostate Cancer Index (UCLA-PCI) and the 36 item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36)...
February 16, 2018: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
Francisco E Martins, Natália M Martins, Luís Campos Pinheiro, Luís Ferraz, Luís Xambre, Tomé M Lopes
INTRODUCTION: Urorectal fistula (URF) is a devastating complication of pelvic cancer treatments and a surgical challenge for the reconstructive surgeon. We report a series of male patients with URF resulting from pelvic cancer treatments, specifically prostate (PCa), bladder (BCa), and rectal cancer (RCa), and explore the differences and impact on outcomes between purely surgical and non-surgical treatment modalities. METHODS: Between October 2008 and June 2015, 15 male patients, aged 59-78 years (mean 67), with URF induced by pelvic cancer treatments were identified in our institutions...
September 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
Dean A Tripp, Phylicia Verreault, Steven Tong, Jason Izard, Angela Black, D Robert Siemens
INTRODUCTION: Prostate cancer is the most non-cutaneous malignancy in men, and androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) is a cornerstone of management in advanced disease. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association of ADT with changes in depression and mental and physical quality of life (QoL) within a prospective patient cohort design. METHODS: Patients were prospectively recruited and consented at a single academic health sciences centre in Ontario, Canada...
October 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
Aileen Duffton, Azmat Sadozye, Lynsey Devlin, Nicholas MacLeod, Carolynn Lamb, Suzanne Currie, Philip McLoone, Marimuthu Sankaralingam, John Foster, Stephanie Paterson, Stefanie Keatings, David Dodds
OBJECTIVE: To investigate feasibility and safety of stereotactic ablative radiotherapy in the management of prostate cancer while employing MR/CT fusion for delineation, fiducial marker seeds for positioning and Varian RapidArc with flattening filter free (FFF) delivery. METHODS: 41 patients were treated for low-intermediate risk prostate cancer with initial prostate-specific antigen of ≤20 ng ml-1, Gleason score 6-7. Patients had MR/CT fusion for delineation of prostate ±seminal vesicles...
February 1, 2018: British Journal of Radiology
M Sarradin, C Lepiney, O Celhay, P O Delpech, T Charles, P Pillot, S Bernardeau, J P Tasu, J Irani
A minimum delay of 4 to 6 weeks between biopsy and multiparametric prostatic MRI (mpMRI) is admitted due to post-biopsy hemorrhage that can impact MRI reading without strong scientific evidence. The objective of the study was to evaluate the best period between prostate biopsy and 3Tesla mpMRI and searching for predictive factors of intraprostatic blood. A prostate biopsy followed by a 4-week prostate MRI (MRIp M1) was performed. In case of hemorrhage, MRI was rescheduled at 8 and 12 weeks (M2/M3). We analyzed the persistant bleeding to identify risk factors: anticoagulant/antiaggregant, post-biopsy side effects, histological criteria...
January 11, 2018: Progrès en Urologie
Ian S Fentiman
This review examines the symptoms, need for referral and management of the benign breast conditions which afflict males, together with the steps that are necessary to exclude or confirm male breast cancer. The most common complaint is gynaecomastia, either true or pseudo, and the majority of these cases need reassurance without over-investigation. Drugs that induce breast enlargement are described in order that, when possible, a medication switch can be made. Men receiving endocrine therapy for prostate cancer may develop painful gynaecomastia and this can be relieved with tamoxifen...
January 2018: European Journal of Breast Health
Daniel D Shapiro, David C Goodspeed, Wade Bushman
Objective To describe the inciting events leading to urosymphyseal fistulas (UF) and pubic osteomyelitis (PO) in patients who had radiation induced urethral strictures. Materials and Methods We retrospectively reviewed patients who underwent simultaneous pubic debridement, simple cystectomy and urinary diversion for refractory UF and PO from 2014-2016. We investigated inciting events leading to UF as well as patient presenting symptoms, diagnosis, management, and outcomes. Results Five patients were identified over a two-year period...
January 3, 2018: Urology
Maria Inês Sequeira, Nuno Sousa, Maria Fragoso, Alexandra Silva, Filipa Pereira, Luís Azevedo
INTRODUCTION: Pain is one of the most common symptoms reported by cancer patients and is associated with decreased quality of life. Assessment of pain with standardized questionnaires reduces variability in its interpretation and may increase effectiveness of medical interventions. Prostate cancer is the most frequent male neoplasm in Portugal. We designed this study to evaluate the impact of a standardized pain questionnaire on pain management in patients with metastatic prostate cancer...
November 29, 2017: Acta Médica Portuguesa
Rossella De Luca, Renato Patrizio Costa, Vincenzo Tripoli, Alessandra Murabito, Giuseppe Cicero
BACKGROUND/AIM: Prostate cancer frequently causes bone metastases and skeletal events that impair quality of life (QoL) and survival. The alpha emitter radium-223 is a new drug that improves treatment in men with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) and bone metastases. Our aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of radium-223. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: In this retrospective study we enrolled 48 subjects. Pain reduction, alkaline phosphatase (ALP), time to first symptomatic skeletal event, and QoL were the variables we evaluated...
December 15, 2017: Oncology
Rajeev Sood, Ritesh Kumar Singh, Hemant Goel, T Manasa, Nikhil Khattar, Mahesh C Tripathi
Objective: To evaluate the efficacy of androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) in relieving urinary retention in patients with advanced prostate cancer presenting with urinary retention or a high post-void residual urine volume (PVR). Patients and methods: Patients with advanced prostate cancer with an indwelling catheter for acute/chronic urinary retention, or with a high PVR (>200 mL) who had not received any previous treatment were included in the study. Patients with localised prostate cancer eligible for receiving any therapy aimed at cure were excluded...
December 2017: Arab Journal of Urology
Felipe Balbontín, Pablo Pizzi, Andrea Canals, Isabel Alliende
Low dose rate brachytherapy (LDR-Br) with radioactive isotopes is a curative treatment and has shown to be comparable for the management of localized prostate cancer (PCa) to more conventional treatments such as radical prostatectomy or external beam radiotherapy, but with fewer side effects. The aim of this study is to show the global, specific and biochemical recurrence-free survival in 193 patients undergoing low dose rate Brachytherapy with permanent implants with iodine 125 and analyze the quality of life impact...
December 2017: Archivos Españoles de Urología
Esther Rincon, Francisco Monteiro-Guerra, Octavio Rivera-Romero, Enrique Dorronzoro-Zubiete, Carlos Luis Sanchez-Bocanegra, Elia Gabarron
BACKGROUND: Mobile phone health apps are increasingly gaining attention in oncological care as potential tools for supporting cancer patients. Although the number of publications and health apps focusing on cancer is increasing, there are still few specifically designed for the most prevalent cancers diagnosed: breast and prostate cancers. There is a need to review the effect of these apps on breast and prostate cancer patients' quality of life (QoL) and well-being. OBJECTIVE: The purposes of this study were to review the scientific literature on mobile phone apps targeting breast or prostate cancer patients and involving QoL and well-being (anxiety and depression symptoms) and analyze the clinical and technological characteristics, strengths, and weaknesses of these apps, as well as patients' user experience with them...
December 4, 2017: JMIR MHealth and UHealth
Gideon Blecher, Khaled Almekaty, Odunayo Kalejaiye, Suks Minhas
In men undergoing radical treatment for prostate cancer, erectile function is one of the most important health-related quality-of-life outcomes influencing patient choice in treatment. Penile rehabilitation has emerged as a therapeutic measure to prevent erectile dysfunction and expedite return of erectile function after radical prostatectomy. Penile rehabilitation involves a program designed to increase the likelihood of return to baseline-level erectile function, as opposed to treatment, which implies the therapeutic treatment of symptoms, a key component of post-radical prostatectomy management...
2017: F1000Research
David H Gustafson, Lori L DuBenske, Amy K Atwood, Ming-Yuan Chih, Roberta A Johnson, Fiona McTavish, Andrew Quanbeck, Roger L Brown, James F Cleary, Dhavan Shah
BACKGROUND: Symptom distress in patients toward the end of life can change rapidly. Family caregivers have the potential to help patients manage those symptoms, as well as their own stress, if they are equipped with the proper resources. Electronic health (eHealth) systems may be able to provide those resources. Very sick patients may not be able to use such systems themselves to report their symptoms but family caregivers could. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper was to assess the effects on cancer patient symptom distress of an eHealth system that alerts clinicians to significant changes in the patient's symptoms, as reported by a family caregiver...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
Lawrence Drudge-Coates, William K Oh, Bertrand Tombal, Anthony Delacruz, Brian Tomlinson, Aimee Vella Ripley, Ken Mastris, Joe M O'Sullivan, Neal D Shore
BACKGROUND: Bone metastases in men with prostate cancer are often initially asymptomatic, resulting in delayed identification, diagnosis, and appropriate treatment. To assess how patients with advanced prostate cancer (aPC) communicate symptoms to health care providers, an international patient survey was conducted. METHODS: An online and phone survey was conducted by Harris Poll in 11 countries (Brazil, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Netherlands, Singapore, Spain, Taiwan, United Kingdom, United States) from February 12 to October 27, 2015, in men with aPC (ie, those who reported as having PC beyond the prostate [metastatic]) and their caregivers...
October 5, 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
Antonio Alcaraz, Luís Martínez-Piñeiro, Alfredo Rodríguez, José Rubio, Ángel Borque, Javier Burgos, Joaquín Carballido, José Manuel Cózar, Itziar Crespo, Salvador Esquena, Francisco Gómez-Veiga, Dionisio López, Bernardino Miñana, Juan Morote, María José Ribal, Eduardo Solsona, José Francisco Suárez, Miguel Unda
OBJECTIVES: To move towards a more standardized approach in clinical practice to manage patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) in Spain. METHODS: A panel of 18 Spanish experts in Urology with expertise managing CRPC followed a modified Delphi process with two rounds and a final face-to-face consensus meeting. The panel considered a total of 106 clinical questions divided into the following 6 sections: definition of CRPC, diagnosis of metastases by imaging techniques, symptoms of CRPC, progression of CRPC, M0 and M1 management and therapeutic sequencing...
November 2017: Archivos Españoles de Urología
Ann Langius-Eklöf, Mats Christiansen, Veronica Lindström, Karin Blomberg, Maria Hälleberg Nyman, Yvonne Wengström, Kay Sundberg
BACKGROUND: Patients undergoing radiotherapy for prostate cancer experience symptoms related to both the cancer itself and its treatment, and it is evident that patients with prostate cancer have unmet supportive care needs related to their disease. Over the past decade, there has been an increase in the amount of research within the field of mobile health and the use of apps as tools for managing illness. The main challenge is to develop a mobile technology to its full potential of being interactive in real time...
October 31, 2017: JMIR Cancer
Jason S Spendelow, H Eli Joubert, Haymond Lee, Bryony R Fairhurst
PURPOSE: Prostate cancer (PCa) is one of the most common forms of cancer amongst males. Men's coping responses are an important determinant of functioning and adjustment to this disease. Previous qualitative research exists in this area, but the current review sought to systematically review and summarise these studies. METHODS: A systematic review was conducted to identify studies concerned with men's coping strategies in their attempts to live with PCa. A search of relevant electronic databases was conducted to identify studies that met inclusion criteria for this review...
October 23, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
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