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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443588/solitary-fibrous-tumors-of-chest-another-look-with-the-oncologic-perspective
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441112/second-line-hormonal-therapy-for-men-with-chemotherapy-na%C3%A3-ve-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-provisional-clinical-opinion
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Katherine S Virgo, Ethan Basch, D Andrew Loblaw, Tom Oliver, R Bryan Rumble, Michael A Carducci, Luke Nordquist, Mary-Ellen Taplin, Eric Winquist, Eric A Singer
Purpose ASCO provisional clinical opinions (PCOs) offer direction to the ASCO membership after publication or presentation of potential practice-changing data. This PCO addresses second-line hormonal therapy for chemotherapy-naïve men with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC) who range from being asymptomatic with only biochemical evidence of CRPC to having documented metastases but minimal symptoms. Clinical Context The treatment goal for CRPC is palliation. Despite resistance to initial androgen deprivation therapy, most men respond to second-line hormonal therapies...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437208/considerations-for-quality-improvement-in-radiation-oncology-therapy-for-patients-with-uncomplicated-painful-bone-metastases
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Anne M Walling, Phillip J Beron, Tania Kaprealian, Patrick A Kupelian, Neil S Wenger, Susan A McCloskey, Christopher R King, Michael Steinberg
BACKGROUND: There is an increasing need for evidence-based efficiency in providing a growing amount of cancer care. One example of a quality gap is the use of multiple-fraction palliative radiation for patients with advanced cancer who have uncomplicated bone metastases; evidence suggests similar pain outcomes for treatment regimens with a lower burden of treatments. METHODS: During the first phase of quality improvement work, we used RAND/UCLA appropriateness methodology to understand how radiation oncologists at one academic medical center rate the appropriateness of different treatment regimens for painful uncomplicated bone metastases...
February 23, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437204/drainage-percutaneous-endoscopic-gastrostomy-for-malignant-bowel-obstruction-in-gastrointestinal-cancers-prognosis-and-implications-for-timing-of-palliative-intervention
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Kerry-Ann Pinard, Tabitha N Goring, Barbara C Egan, Douglas J Koo
BACKGROUND: Malignant bowel obstruction (MBO) is a frequent complication in patients with advanced solid tumors. Palliative relief may be achieved by the use of a drainage percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (dPEG) tube, although optimal timing of placement remains unknown. OBJECTIVES: To determine median survival after diagnosis of MBO and dPEG placement, factors associated with worse survival in MBO, factors associated with receipt of dPEG, and association of timing of dPEG placement on survival...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436742/training-pediatric-fellows-in-palliative-care-a-pilot-comparison-of-simulation-training-and-didactic-education
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Katharine E Brock, Harvey J Cohen, Barbara M Sourkes, Julie J Good, Louis P Halamek
BACKGROUND: Pediatric fellows receive little palliative care (PC) education and have few opportunities to practice communication skills. OBJECTIVE: In this pilot study, we assessed (1) the relative effectiveness of simulation-based versus didactic education, (2) communication skill retention, and (3) effect on PC consultation rates. DESIGN: Thirty-five pediatric fellows in cardiology, critical care, hematology/oncology, and neonatology at two institutions enrolled: 17 in the intervention (simulation-based) group (single institution) and 18 in the control (didactic education) group (second institution)...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432088/gps-and-paediatric-oncology-palliative-care-a-q-methodological-study
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Sue Neilson, Faith Gibson, Stephen Jeffares, Sheila M Greenfield
OBJECTIVE: This mixed-methods study set in the West Midlands region of the UK demonstrates the effectiveness of Q methodology in examining general practitioners' (GPs') perception of their role in children's oncology palliative care. METHODS: Using data obtained from the analysis of semistructured interviews with GPs who had cared for a child receiving palliative care at home and bereaved parents, 50 statements were identified as representative of the analysis findings...
April 21, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430353/author-s-reply-to-integration-between-oncology-and-palliative-care-a-plan-for-the-next-decade
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Stein Kaasa, Anne Kari Knudsen, Tonje Lundeby, Jon Ha Vard Loge
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 13, 2017: Tumori
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430352/integration-between-oncology-and-palliative-care-a-plan-for-the-next-decade
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Raffaele Giusti, Lucilla Verna, Daniela Iacono, Corrado Ficorella, Giuseppe Spinelli, Giampiero Porzio
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 13, 2017: Tumori
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427740/a-study-of-the-incidence-and-management-of-admissions-for-cancer-related-symptoms-in-a-district-general-hospital-the-potential-role-of-an-acute-oncology-service
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C M Bruce, J Smith, A Price
AIMS: The non-specialist management of cancer patients is becoming increasingly complex. Acute oncology services (AOS), aiming to provide rapid access to specialist advice, have been shown to improve patient experience and reduce length of inpatient stay. The present study aimed to inform service provision in a district general hospital (DGH) by investigating cancer patients, not on active anti-cancer treatment, where the disease itself precipitated admission. This is a vulnerable group who are potentially disenfranchised of focused oncological input due to having less robust care pathways established to date...
April 17, 2017: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417310/telemedicine-and-palliative-care-an-increasing-role-in-supportive-oncology
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REVIEW
Brooke Worster, Kristine Swartz
With the emergence of telemedicine as a routine form of care in various venues, the opportunities to use technology to care for the most vulnerable, most ill cancer patients are extremely appealing. Increasingly, evidence supports early integration of palliative care with standard oncologic care, supported by recent NCCN guidelines to increase and improve access to palliative care. This review looks at the use of telemedicine to expand access to palliative care as well as provide better care for patients and families where travel is difficult, if not impossible...
June 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414555/making-the-right-thing-easier-to-do-standardized-integration-of-oncology-and-palliative-care
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Arif H Kamal, Tara Kauffman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 17, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413928/the-oncology-specialist-s-role-in-polst-form-completion
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Austin J Lammers, Dana M Zive, Susan W Tolle, Erik K Fromme
INTRODUCTION: Patients with cancer and oncology professional societies believe that advance care planning is important, but we know little of who actually has this conversation. Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms can help to document these important conversations to ensure patients receive the level of treatment they want. We therefore sought to determine the specialty of those signing POLST forms for patients who died of cancer to better understand who is having this discussion with patients...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413551/alveolar-soft-part-sarcoma-with-brain-metastases
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Vinodh Vayara Perumall, Rahmat Harun, Pulivendhan Sellamuthu, Mohd Shariman Md Shah
Metastatic tumors are the most common mass lesions in the brain. This case reports a rare form of sarcoma with metastasis to the brain. The appropriate management of a patient with metastatic alveolar soft part sarcoma to the brain is discussed. Author describes a 32-year-old gentleman diagnosed with primary tumor at gluteus and distant metastases at lower lobe of right lung and the brain. Histopathology proves diagnosis as alveolar soft part sarcoma. Craniotomy with excision of brain lesion was done. Repeated magnetic resonance imaging of the brain after 2 months showed rapidly growing new lesions...
January 2017: Asian Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410335/experiences-of-oncology-and-palliative-care-nurses-when-supporting-parents-who-have-cancer-and-dependent-children
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Anne Arber, Anki Odelius
BACKGROUND: It is important not to ignore the impact of parental cancer on children, and this is where oncology and palliative care nurses can play a key role, providing support to parents as a regular aspect of oncological nursing care. OBJECTIVES: This study explored the experience, needs, and confidence of nurses working in acute cancer services when supporting parents with cancer who have dependent children. METHODS: Two focus group interviews were conducted with oncology and palliative care nurses in 1 acute hospital trust in the south of England...
April 13, 2017: Cancer Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403082/metronomic-oral-cyclosphosphamide-as-third-line-systemic-treatment-or-beyond-in-patients-with-inoperable-locoregionally-advanced-recurrent-or-metastatic-nasopharyngeal-carcinoma
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Victor H F Lee, Dora L W Kwong, Ka-On Lam, Yu-Ching Lai, Yun Li, Chi-Chung Tong, Patty P Y Ho, Wing-Lok Chan, Lai-San Wong, Dennis K C Leung, Sum-Yin Chan, Fong-Ting Chan, To-Wai Leung, Anne W M Lee
There is no standard third-line or further systemic treatment for patients with inoperable locoregionally advanced recurrent or metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). Metronomic oral cyclophosphamide provides an acceptable and cheap option for these heavily pretreated patients who had limited choices. We conducted a prospective phase II single-arm open-label study of metronomic oral cyclophosphamide. Patients with locoregionally advanced recurrent inoperable (rT3/T4, rN2-N3b) or metastatic (rM1) NPC who had Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status (PS) (0-2) and had progressed after at least 2 lines of palliative systemic chemotherapy were eligible...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401138/prevalence-of-symptoms-at-the-end-of-life-in-an-acute-care-hospital-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Daniel Kobewka, Paul Ronksley, Dan McIsaac, Sunita Mulpuru, Alan Forster
BACKGROUND: There is currently debate over the benefits and harms of physician-assisted death. One of the factors influencing this debate is concern about symptoms in the days before death. The objective of this study was to describe the frequency of symptoms before death and determine patient characteristics associated with these symptoms. METHODS: We reviewed the medical record of every patient who died at a multisite academic teaching hospital over a 3-month period...
January 2017: CMAJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399575/evaluation-of-the-prevalence-of-burnout-and-psychological-morbidity-among-radiation-oncologist-members-of-the-kyoto-radiation-oncology-study-group-krosg
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Wambaka Ange Mampuya, Yukinori Matsuo, Akira Nakamura, Masahiro Hiraoka
This study aimed to evaluate the self-reported prevalence of burnout and psychological morbidity among radiation oncologists members of the Kyoto Radiation Oncology Study Group (KROSG) and to identify factors contributing to burnout. We mailed an anonymous survey to 125 radiation oncologists members of the KROSG. The survey included; the demographic data, the Maslach Burnout Inventory - Human Services Survey (MBI-HSS) and the 12-item General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-12). There were 87 responses out of 125 eligible respondents (69...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392125/vaginal-vs-robotic-hysterectomy-for-patients-with-endometrial-cancer-a-comparison-of-outcomes-and-cost-of-care
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C C Nitschmann, F Multinu, J N Bakkum-Gamez, C L Langstraat, J A Occhino, A L Weaver, W A Cliby, A Mariani, S C Dowdy
OBJECTIVE: To compare outcomes and cost for patients with endometrial cancer undergoing vaginal hysterectomy (VH) or robotic hysterectomy (RH), with or without lymphadenectomy (LND). METHODS: Patients undergoing planned VH (and laparoscopic LND) or RH (and robotic LND) between January 2007 and November 2012 were reviewed. Patients with stage IV disease, synchronous cancer, synchronous surgery, or treated with palliative intent were excluded. Patients were objectively triaged to LND per institutional protocol based on frozen section...
April 6, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387011/radiotherapy-in-anaplastic-thyroid-carcinoma-an-australian-experience
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Kevin So, Robin E Smith, Sidney R Davis
INTRODUCTION: Anaplastic thyroid cancer is a rare and fatal malignancy, associated with significant local tumour and often treatment related morbidity. We report our experience in treating this cancer over a 20-year period. METHODS: A retrospective review of prospectively collected data from a single Australian Institution (Alfred Health Radiation Oncology) was carried out on patients referred with anaplastic thyroid carcinoma between 1992 and 2013. RESULTS: Thirty patients (17 females and 13 males) were identified with a median age at presentation of 72 years...
April 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384684/an-international-collaborative-standardizing-a-comprehensive-patient-centered-outcomes-measurement-set-for-colorectal-cancer
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Jessica A Zerillo, Maartje G Schouwenburg, Annelotte C M van Bommel, Caleb Stowell, Jacob Lippa, Donna Bauer, Ann M Berger, Gilles Boland, Josep M Borras, Mary K Buss, Robert Cima, Eric Van Cutsem, Eino B van Duyn, Samuel R G Finlayson, Skye Hung-Chun Cheng, Corinna Langelotz, John Lloyd, Andrew C Lynch, Harvey J Mamon, Pamela K McAllister, Bruce D Minsky, Joanne Ngeow, Muhammad R Abu Hassan, Kim Ryan, Veena Shankaran, Melissa P Upton, John Zalcberg, Cornelis J van de Velde, Rob Tollenaar
Importance: Global health systems are shifting toward value-based care in an effort to drive better outcomes in the setting of rising health care costs. This shift requires a common definition of value, starting with the outcomes that matter most to patients. Objective: The International Consortium for Health Outcomes Measurement (ICHOM), a nonprofit initiative, was formed to define standard sets of outcomes by medical condition. In this article, we report the efforts of ICHOM's working group in colorectal cancer...
April 6, 2017: JAMA Oncology
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