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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195061/overview-of-the-preclinical-pharmacological-properties-of-nigella-sativa-black-seeds-a-complementary-drug-with-historical-and-clinical-significance
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E Z Dajani, T G Shahwan, N E Dajani
Nigella sativa (N. sativa, black seeds; or sometimes known by many other names such as the blessed seed by the Arabs, black cumin in the Holy Bible, black caraway and Kalonji in South Asia) has been traditionally used for many years not only as a food but also as complementary drug. It is the objective of this communication to review the evidence-based pre-clinical pharmacological actions of N. sativa as a basis of its existing and potential new human clinical uses. Primary PubMed literature searches and secondary Medline searches were conducted to define N...
December 2016: Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology: An Official Journal of the Polish Physiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156536/caregiver-time-burden-in-newly-diagnosed-glioblastoma-a-prospective-analysis
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Christine Pittman, Nimish Mohile
: 242 Background: Caregiver (CG) burden is particularly high in glioblastoma (GBM) because neurologic deficits lead to cognitive dysfunction and physical dependence. The amount of time that CGs devote to GBM pts is not well described. The extent to which time burden impacts CG quality of life and perceived burden is unknown. METHODS: We performed an IRB-approved prospective analysis of 38 CGs of pts with newly diagnosed GBM enrolled over 8 mo. at a single academic institution...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152732/reducing-pain-agitation-and-delirium-to-optimize-outcomes-in-mechanically-ventilated-critically-ill-oncology-patients
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Dana Bullick, Sharon Barniak, Joanne McGovern, Trisha Patel, Jeffrey Hoag
: 233 Background: Greater than 60% of cancer patients experience chronic pain which is heightened in critical illness. Optimal pain assessment is challenging in the critically ill leading to under treatment due to sedation during mechanical ventilation (MV). The Society of Critical Care Medicine (SCCM) favors treating pain with intermittent boluses rather than continuous infusions; however,appropriate analgesic doses and means of titration are elusive leading to over sedation, prolonged ventilation, and delirium...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28138871/clinical-relevance-of-steroid-use-in-neuro-oncology
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REVIEW
K Ina Ly, Patrick Y Wen
BACKGROUND: Corticosteroids are commonly used in the management of primary central nervous system (CNS) tumors and CNS metastases to treat cancer- and treatment-related cerebral edema and improve neurologic function. However, they are also associated with significant morbidity and mortality, given their wide range of adverse effects. PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review the mechanism of action, pharmacology, and toxicity profile of corticosteroids and to critically appraise the evidence that supports their use in neuro-oncologic practice based on the latest scientific and clinical data...
January 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28125370/a-systematic-review-of-the-effect-of-cancer-treatment-on-work-productivity-of-patients-and-caregivers
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Khalid M Kamal, Jordan R Covvey, Ankur Dashputre, Somraj Ghosh, Surbhi Shah, Monali Bhosle, Christopher Zacker
BACKGROUND: Cancer is a leading cause of death with substantial financial costs. While significant data exist on the economic burden of care, less is known about the indirect costs of treatment and, specifically, the effect on work productivity of patients and their caregivers. To examine the full effect of cancer and the potential value of new therapies, all aspects of care, including indirect costs and patient-reported outcomes, should be evaluated. OBJECTIVE: To perform a systematic review of the literature examining the effect of cancer treatment on work productivity in patients and their caregivers...
February 2017: Journal of Managed Care & Specialty Pharmacy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28074593/microtubule-associated-protein-map-1b-novel-paraneoplastic-biomarker-running-head-map-1b-igg-novel-paraneoplastic-biomarker
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Avi Gadoth, Thomas J Kryzer, Jim Fryer, Andrew McKeon, Vanda A Lennon, Sean J Pittock
To report the identification of microtubule associated protein (MAP)1B as the antigen of the previously described PCA-2 antibody, its frequency and clinical, oncological and serological associations. Methods Archival serum or cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) specimens were available from 96 of 118 consecutive PCA-2-IgG-seropositive patients identified 1993-2016. The autoantigen, defined in mouse brain lysate by western blot and mass spectrometry, was confirmed by dual immunohistochemical staining using commercial antibodies...
January 11, 2017: Annals of Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039364/leptomeningeal-metastases-a-rano-proposal-for-response-criteria
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REVIEW
Marc Chamberlain, Larry Junck, Dieta Brandsma, Riccardo Soffietti, Roberta Rudà, Jeffrey Raizer, Willem Boogerd, Sophie Taillibert, Morris D Groves, Emilie Le Rhun, Julie Walker, Martin van den Bent, Patrick Y Wen, Kurt A Jaeckle
Leptomeningeal metastases (LM) currently lack standardization with respect to response assessment. A Response Assessment in Neuro-Oncology (RANO) working group with expertise in LM developed a consensus proposal for evaluating patients treated for this disease. Three basic elements in assessing response in LM are proposed: a standardized neurological examination, cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) cytology or flow cytometry, and radiographic evaluation. The group recommends that all patients enrolling in clinical trials undergo CSF analysis (cytology in all cancers; flow cytometry in hematologic cancers), complete contrast-enhanced neuraxis MRI, and in instances of planned intra-CSF therapy, radioisotope CSF flow studies...
December 29, 2016: Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032249/anxiety-and-depressive-symptoms-among-two-seriously-medically-ill-populations-and-their-family-caregivers-a-comparison-and-clinical-implications
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Kelly M Shaffer, Jamie M Jacobs, Jessica N Coleman, Jennifer S Temel, Jonathan Rosand, Joseph A Greer, Ana-Maria Vranceanu
BACKGROUND: Anxiety and depression are common among patients with acute illness and their families. In oncology, psychosocial services addressing these symptoms are increasingly part of regular practice. Less is known about psychiatric distress among patients with acute neurological injury (ANI) and their family caregivers. To highlight this inequity in psychosocial intervention across medical services, we compared anxiety and depressive symptomatology shortly following diagnosis among patients facing incurable cancer or ANI and their family caregivers...
December 28, 2016: Neurocritical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988342/prognostic-factors-in-patients-with-spinal-metastasis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Panya Luksanapruksa, Jacob M Buchowski, William Hotchkiss, Sasima Tongsai, Sirichai Wilartratsami, Areesak Chotivichit
BACKGROUND CONTEXT: Incidence of symptomatic spinal metastasis has increased due to improvement in treatment of the disease. One of the key factors that influences decision-making is expected patient survival. To our knowledge, no systematic reviews or meta-analysis have been conducted which review independent prognostic factors in spinal metastases PURPOSE: To determine independent prognostic factors that affect outcome in patients with metastatic spine disease. STUDY DESIGN: Systematic literature review and meta-analysis of publications for prognostic factors in spinal metastatic disease...
December 14, 2016: Spine Journal: Official Journal of the North American Spine Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27865537/metastases-in-the-cervical-spine-from-primary-head-and-neck-cancers-current-concepts-of-diagnosis-and-management
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S D Colbert, S Ramakrishna, J R Harvey, P A Brennan
Vertebral metastases from primary head and neck cancers are uncommon, and so there are no clear guidelines about management. The spinal cord can be compressed by a vertebral fracture or invasion of a tumour, and may present as an oncological and spinal emergency. The goals of treatment are to relieve pain and maintain neurological function. However, surgical treatments in this group of patients have not been defined, and primary operative treatment of spinal metastases remains controversial. Here we discuss their contemporary management...
February 2017: British Journal of Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843912/are-intensive-cares-worthwhile-for-breast-cancer-patients-the-experience-of-an-oncological-icu
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Virginie Destrebecq, Ameye Lieveke, Thierry Berghmans, Marianne Paesmans, Jean-Paul Sculier, Anne-Pascale Meert
PURPOSE: One among seven women will present with breast cancer for which major therapeutic advances led to a significant increase in survival and cure rates. During or after cancer treatment, severe complications may occur requiring admission in intensive care unit (ICU). Intensivists could be reluctant for accepting cancer patients in the ICU, and there are very few data about causes of admission and prognosis of patients with breast cancer admitted in the ICU for an acute complication...
2016: Frontiers in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27810565/frequency-and-predictors-of-acute-hospitalization-before-death-in-patients-with-glioblastoma
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Eli L Diamond, Katherine S Panageas, Alexis Dallara, Ariel Pollock, Allison J Applebaum, Alan C Carver, Elena Pentsova, Lisa M DeAngelis, Holly G Prigerson
CONTEXT: Glioblastoma (GBM) is a devastating and incurable neuro-oncologic disease, and issues related to the end of life are almost invariably a matter of "when," not a matter of "if." Optimizing symptom management and quality of life in later stages of disease is of the utmost priority. OBJECTIVES: To examine the frequency of and factors associated with late acute hospital admission before death in patients with GBM. METHODS: Case-control study comparing patients with GBM admitted to the hospital within one month of death to those without late hospital admission...
February 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27807574/vertebral-metastasis-as-the-initial-manifestation-of-colon-cancer
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Tushina Jain, Renee Williams, Benjamin Liechty, Lea Ann Chen
Oncology guidelines currently recommend against performing colonoscopies in the workup of adenocarcinoma of unknown primary unless colonic malignancy is otherwise suggested by clinical signs or symptoms. We present 2 cases of metastatic colonic adenocarcinoma that presented only with neurologic symptoms from vertebral metastasis. Although bony metastases are a rare presentation of colon cancer and colonoscopy is not warranted in the initial workup of adenocarcinoma of unknown primary, we describe these cases as a reminder that bony metastases do not rule out a colon cancer diagnosis...
August 2016: ACG Case Reports Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27737598/the-safety-of-anti-pd-1-therapeutics-for-the-treatment-of-melanoma
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Egle Ramelyte, Sabrina A Schindler, Reinhard Dummer
The introduction of immunotherapies into clinical practice has substantially improved the prognosis of metastatic melanoma patients as well as patients suffering from other cancers. The two FDA-approved checkpoint inhibitors against PD-1 (nivolumab and pembrolizumab) have been shown to significantly improve patient survival while being less toxic than previous treatment options. Areas covered: The current scientific literature on safety and adverse events (AEs) related to anti-PD-1 therapies has been investigated with special attention to case reports and to the latest results announced at the major clinical cancer and melanoma meetings, including ASCO (American Society of Clinical Oncology), ESMO (European Society of medical Oncology) and EADO (European Association of Dermato-Oncology) annual meetings...
January 2017: Expert Opinion on Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27722805/role-of-computed-tomography-at-a-cancer-center-emergency-department
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Jessyca Couto Otoni, Julia Noschang, Thábata Yaedu Okamoto, Diego Rosseman Vieira, Michel Souto Mayor Petry, Lucas de Araujo Ramos, Paula Nicole Vieira Pinto Barbosa, Almir Galvão Vieira Bitencourt, Rubens Chojniak
To evaluate the imaging methods used at the emergency department (ED) of a cancer center, with emphasis on computed tomography (CT). A descriptive, retrospective, single-center study was conducted by reviewing imaging exams and medical records, after approval of the institution's Ethics Review Board. The demographic data, cancer history, and imaging exam requested were evaluated for all patients and the indications and results of head, chest, and abdominopelvic CT scans were also evaluated. During the study period, there were 8710 visits to the ED, and 5999 imaging studies were requested in 3788 patients (43...
October 8, 2016: Emergency Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27714480/impact-of-spinal-cord-compression-from-intradural-and-epidural-spinal-tumors-on-perioperative-symptoms-implications-for-surgical-decision-making
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Malte Mohme, Klaus Christian Mende, Theresa Krätzig, Rosemarie Plaetke, Kerim Beseoglu, Julian Hagedorn, Hans-Jakob Steiger, Frank W Floeth, Sven O Eicker
Spinal cord or cauda equina compression (SCC) is an increasing challenge in clinical oncology due to a higher prevalence of long-term cancer survivors. Our aim was to determine the clinical relevance of SCC regarding patient outcome depending on different tumor entities and their anatomical localization (extradural/intradural/intramedullary). We retrospectively analyzed 230 patients surgically treated for SCC. Preoperative status for pain and neurological impairment were correlated to the degree of compression, tumor location, and early as well as short-term follow-up outcome parameters...
October 7, 2016: Neurosurgical Review
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27676278/the-confused-oncologic-patient-a-rational-clinical-approach
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Craig Nolan, Lisa M DeAngelis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this review is to provide a practical clinical approach to confusion in the patient with cancer. Confusion in the cancer population has a broader differential diagnosis than in the general medical population. The clinician must consider the usual differential diagnoses as well as causes unique to the cancer patient including direct complications from the cancer and indirect complications related to cancer treatment. RECENT FINDINGS: In the recent age of precision medicine, the oncologist now utilizes the genomic profile of both the patient and the tumor to provide advanced biologic therapies including targeted anticancer drugs, antiangiogenic agents, and immunotherapy...
December 2016: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27667577/brain-metastases-surgical-treatment-and-overall-survival
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Giancarlo D'Andrea, Lucia Palombi, Giuseppe Minniti, Alessandro Pesce, Paolo Marchetti
BACKGROUND: Brain metastases occur in 10%-40% of patients with cancer and are more common than primary brain tumors (30%-40%); their incidence is growing because of improvements in control of systemic disease, better radiologic detection, and prolonged survival. Modern treatment of brain metastases has dramatically changed the expected prognosis. Traditionally, the prognosis has been considered very poor, and patients were referred to palliative treatment because of their terminal stage; however, new prognostic indexes have been proposed to evaluate these patients...
January 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27629856/brain-mri-findings-in-neurological-complications-of-cancer-treatment
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REVIEW
Astra Cabaj, Monika Bekiesińska-Figatowska, Agnieszka Duczkowska, Marek Duczkowski
The amount of people living with cancer is increasing; they live longer and have thus a higher risk of developing neurological complications. Magnetic resonance as a diagnostic procedure of choice in detecting the reasons of neurological/psychiatric symptoms in oncological patients is nowadays relatively easily accessible. Early diagnosis established by radiologists familiar with neurological entities that may follow cancer treatment allow clinicians to provide proper treatment, even if the diagnosis seems unbelievable...
July 2016: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27577389/it-infrastructure-for-merging-data-from-different-clinical-trials-and-across-independent-research-networks
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Dieter Hayn, Markus Falgenhauer, Martin Kropf, Michael Nitzlnader, Stefan Welte, Hubert Ebner, Ruth Ladenstein, Gudrun Schleiermacher, Barbara Hero, Günter Schreier
Opsoclonus Myoclonus Syndrome (OMS) is a rare disease in children which is often associated with neuroblastoma and, therefore, requires treatment by pediatric neurologists and oncologists. The ongoing OMS trial investigates questions related to OMS and potentially underlying neuroblastomas. To support this trial with an adequate IT infrastructure, linkage of neuroblastoma research databases with the OMS electronic data capture (EDC) system was required. Therefore, an EDC system for the OMS trial was developed and integrated into the research infrastructure of the European Network for Cancer Research in Children and Adolescents (ENCCA) project...
2016: Studies in Health Technology and Informatics
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