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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/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/28224464/laparoscopic-gastrojejunostomy-for-patients-with-unresectable-gastric-cancer-with-gastric-outlet-obstruction
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Toshiyasu Ojima, Mikihito Nakamori, Masaki Nakamura, Masahiro Katsuda, Keiji Hayata, Hiroki Yamaue
BACKGROUND: There have been no comparative studies of open gastrojejunostomy (OGJ) and laparoscopic gastrojejunostomy (LGJ) in gastric cancer (GC) patients with gastric outlet obstruction (GOO) to explore both short- and long-term outcomes. The aim of this study was to compare the safety and feasibility of short-term oral intake as well as the long-term oncological outcome of OGJ and LGJ. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 53 consecutive unresectable GC patients who underwent GJ for GOO in our institute...
February 21, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222994/palliative-care-and-palliative-radiation-therapy-education-in-radiation-oncology-a-survey-of-us-radiation-oncology-program-directors
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Randy L Wei, Lauren E Colbert, Joshua Jones, Margarita Racsa, Gabrielle Kane, Steve Lutz, Neha Vapiwala, Kavita V Dharmarajan
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to assess the state of palliative and supportive care (PSC) and palliative radiation therapy (RT) educational curricula in radiation oncology residency programs in the United States. METHODS AND MATERIALS: We surveyed 87 program directors of radiation oncology residency programs in the United States between September 2015 and November 2015. An electronic survey on PSC and palliative RT education during residency was sent to all program directors...
December 1, 2016: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222079/establishing-priorities-for-oncology-nursing-research-nurse-and-patient-collaboration
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Anna Cox, Anne Arber, Ann Gallagher, Mairead MacKenzie, Emma Ream
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To obtain consensus on priorities for oncology nursing research in the United Kingdom.
. DESIGN: A three-round online Delphi survey.
. SETTING: Oncology nurses were invited via the United Kingdom Oncology Nursing Society (UKONS) database. Patient participation was invited through patient organizations.
. SAMPLE: 50 oncology nurses and 18 patients.
. METHODS: Eligible and consenting individuals reported five priorities for oncology nursing research (round 1), rated their level of agreement with them (round 2), and restated and revised their responses in light of the group's responses (round 3)...
March 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220450/the-potential-role-of-symptom-questionnaires-in-palliative-and-supportive-cancer-care-delivery
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REVIEW
Angela M Stover, Ethan M Basch
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) palliative care recommendations have been updated into a full guideline. Symptom questionnaires-completed and reviewed with patients during care delivery-are poised to play a large role in this guideline because they provide a more comprehensive understanding of symptoms. This article provides an overview of the guideline and describes how symptom questionnaires can be used to satisfy the guideline. RECENT FINDINGS: Standardized symptom questionnaires can be used for three purposes in care delivery: symptom management, referral to specialty palliative and supportive care, and to assess high-quality care...
February 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217723/cancer-nurses-in-africa-finding-their-footing
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EDITORIAL
David Makumi
David Makumi is an award-winning cancer control leader. The US Oncology Nursing Society. (ONS) awarded him the prestigious Distinguished Award for contribution to cancer care in 2011. The following year, the International Society of Nurses in Cancer Care presented him with the Past President Award for his work in designing low-cost models of increasing access to breast cancer screening. David is the East Africa Regional Cancer Programs Manager for the Aga Khan University Hospital. He has been involved in cancer advocacy on policy and legislation for over 10 years...
January 2017: Asia-Pacific Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215027/economic-burden-of-patients-affected-by-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nsclc-the-life-study
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Maria Rita Migliorino, Antonio Santo, Giampiero Romano, Diego Cortinovis, Domenico Galetta, Oscar Alabiso, Giacomo Cartenì, Sabrina Vari, Gianpiero Fasola, Antonio Pazzola, Dario Giuffrida, Alberto Zaniboni, Alberto Caprioli, Flavia Longo, Valentina Acciai, Filippo de Marinis
PURPOSE: Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a condition with significant clinical burden for patients and relevant economic impact. Limited evidence exists on the management costs of NSCLC patients, especially in the late phases of the disease. The main objective of this analysis was to evaluate the economic impact of clinical management of NSCLC patients in the Italian population. METHODS: This evaluation was an economic analysis of the observational and multicentre study LIFE, which described the therapeutic approach in routine clinical practice for NSCLC patients, progressing after first-line treatment...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212579/suicidal-ideation-among-chinese-cancer-inpatients-of-general-hospitals-prevalence-and-correlates
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Bao-Liang Zhong, Si-Heng Li, Shu-Yan Lv, Shun-Li Tian, Zhi-Dong Liu, Xu-Bin Li, Hong-Qing Zhuang, Ran Tao, Wei Zhang, Chuan-Jun Zhuo
Cancer patients are at high risk for suicide, particularly when they are informed about the cancer diagnosis or hospitalized for cancer treatment. Therefore, oncology healthcare settings such as large general hospitals in China, may represent an ideal setting to identify and treat suicidality in cancer patients. However, the clinical epidemiology of suicidality of Chinese cancer patients remains largely unknown. This study examined the prevalence and correlates of suicidal ideation among Chinese cancer inpatients of large general hospitals...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210785/on-glioblastoma-and-the-search-for-a-cure-where-do-we-stand
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REVIEW
John Bianco, Chiara Bastiancich, Aleksander Jankovski, Anne des Rieux, Véronique Préat, Fabienne Danhier
Although brain tumours have been documented and recorded since the nineteenth century, 2016 marked 90 years since Percival Bailey and Harvey Cushing coined the term "glioblastoma multiforme". Since that time, although extensive developments in diagnosis and treatment have been made, relatively little improvement on prognosis has been achieved. The resilience of GBM thus makes treating this tumour one of the biggest challenges currently faced by neuro-oncology. Aggressive and robust development, coupled with difficulties of complete resection, drug delivery and therapeutic resistance to treatment are some of the main issues that this nemesis presents today...
February 17, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209073/society-for-palliative-radiation-oncology-report-from-the-third-annual-meeting-2016
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Randy L Wei, Charles B Simone, Stephen Lutz
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January 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203414/advanced-primary-pulmonary-lymphoepithelioma-like-carcinoma-clinical-manifestations-treatment-and-outcome
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Chun-Yu Lin, Ying-Jen Chen, Meng-Heng Hsieh, Chih-Wei Wang, Yueh-Fu Fang
BACKGROUND: Primary pulmonary lymphoepithelioma-like carcinoma (LELC) is rare, with better clinical outcomes than other lung cancers. However, reports on advanced LELC characteristics and prognosis are lacking. METHODS: This retrospective study included adults diagnosed with advanced LELC (at least stage IIIA) between January 2003 and December 2015. Clinical characteristics, treatment modalities, and outcomes were recorded. RESULTS: Study population comprised 23 patients with a mean age of 63...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198176/what-is-changing-in-the-surgical-treatment-of-gastrointestinal-stromal-tumors-after-multidisciplinary-approach-a-comprehensive-literature-s-review
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Belinda De Simone, Luca Ansaloni, Massimo Sartelli, Federico Coccolini, Salomone Di Saverio, Maria A Pantaleo, Maristella Saponara, Margherita Nannini, Harishine K Abongwa, Josephine A Napoli, Fausto Catena
INTRODUCTION: GIST represent the most common mesenchymal neoplasms of the gastrointestinal tract Surgery is the only curative treatment for GIST. The aim of our review is to highlight the changes in the surgical treatment of GIST after the introduction of TKI therapy in a multimodality management ( neo-adiuvant or adiuvant setting). EVIDENCE ACQUISITION: We carried out a review of the recent literature about surgical treatment of GIST according to its anatomical location and size according to PRISMA STATEMENT to systematic review...
February 14, 2017: Minerva Chirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190749/role-of-radical-prostatectomy-in-metastatic-prostate-cancer-a-review
#15
REVIEW
Michael J Metcalfe, Marc C Smaldone, Daniel W Lin, Ana M Aparicio, Brian F Chapin
CONTEXT: Recent demonstration of efficacy with the use of chemohormonal therapy for men with metastatic prostate cancer (mPCa) has expanded the therapeutic options for these patients. Furthermore, multimodal therapy to treat systemic disease in the context of locoregional control has gained increasing interest. Concomitantly, the role of radical prostatectomy (RP) in multimodal treatment for locally advanced prostate cancer is expanding. As a result, there is interest in investigating the potential benefit of cytoreductive RP in mPCa...
February 9, 2017: Urologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187096/a-call-for-new-communication-channels-for-gynecological-oncology-trainees-a-survey-on-social-media-use-and-educational-needs-by-the-european-network-of-young-gynecological-oncologists
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Kamil Zalewski, Kristina Lindemann, Michael J Halaska, Ignacio Zapardiel, Rene Laky, Elisabeth Chereau, David Lindquist, Stephan Polterauer, Vladislav Sukhin, Polat Dursun
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to assess patterns in the use of social media (SM) platforms and to identify the training needs among European gynecologic oncology trainees. METHODS: In 2014, a web-based survey was sent to 633 trainees from the European Network of Young Gynaecological Oncologists (ENYGO) database. The 14-item questionnaire (partially using a 1- to 5-point Likert scale) assessed respondents' use of SM and preference for workshop content and organization...
March 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176409/missing-life-stories-the-narratives-of-palliative-patients-parents-and-physicians-in-paediatric-oncology
#17
E De Clercq, B S Elger, T Wangmo
Illness narratives have become very popular. The stories of children, however, are rarely ever studied. This paper aims to provide insight into how children, parents and physicians make sense of progressive childhood cancer. It also explores how this meaning-giving process interacts with cultural dominant stories on cancer and dying. The presented data come from 16 open-ended face-to-face interviews with palliative paediatric patients, their parents and physicians. The interviews were carried out in eight paediatric oncology centres in Switzerland...
February 8, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164359/off-label-drug-use-in-oncology-a-systematic-review-of-literature
#18
REVIEW
M M Saiyed, P S Ong, L Chew
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: The off-label use of medicines is widespread in several diseases. This type of prescribing practice is particularly more acute in oncology. However, the suitability of anticancer medications for off-label use remains an issue of controversy, due to uncertainty around the clinical benefits and potential toxicities, limited evidence to support clinical decision-making, increased out-of-pocket costs for patients and ethical concerns around the lack of informed consent...
February 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160235/characteristics-of-patients-with-an-unplanned-admission-to-an-acute-palliative-care-unit
#19
Sebastiano Mercadante, Claudio Adile, Patrizia Ferrera, Alessandra Casuccio
The aim of this cohort study is to compare the symptom burden of patients who have an unplanned admission to an acute palliative care unit (APCU) with patients who have a regular planned admission. A consecutive sample of advanced cancer patients who were admitted to an APCU was prospectively assessed. The reasons and the kind of admission were recorded (unplanned, UP, or planned, P). Anticancer treatments, whether patients were on/off treatment or uncertain, previous care setting, and who referred the patient to the unit were also recorded...
February 3, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157431/increased-symptom-expression-among-patients-with-delirium-admitted-to-an-acute-palliative-care-unit
#20
Maxine de la Cruz, Sriram Yennu, Diane Liu, Jimin Wu, Akhila Reddy, Eduardo Bruera
INTRODUCTION: Delirium is the most common neuropsychiatric condition in very ill patients and those at the end of life. Previous case reports found that delirium-induced disinhibition may lead to overexpression of symptoms. It negatively affects communication between patients, family members, and the medical team and can sometimes lead to inappropriate interventions. Better understanding would result in improved care. Our aim was to determine the effect of delirium on the reporting of symptom severity in patients with advanced cancer...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
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