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Lisa Kennedy Sheldon
People who are diagnosed with cancer become our patients, but, by some definitions, they also qualify as cancer survivors and people who may need palliative care. This may be confusing for patients with cancer and for those who define care by oncology setting or specialty. It may be helpful to test these concepts using case studies.
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February 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104470/a-cluster-randomized-trial-of-a-primary-palliative-care-intervention-connect-for-patients-with-advanced-cancer-protocol-and-key-design-considerations
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Claire L Becker, Robert M Arnold, Seo Young Park, Margaret Rosenzweig, Thomas J Smith, Douglas B White, Kenneth J Smith, Yael Schenker
BACKGROUND: The addition of specialty palliative care to standard oncology care improves outcomes for patients with advanced cancer and their caregivers, but many lack access to specialty care services. Primary palliative care-meaning basic palliative care services provided by clinicians who are not palliative care specialists-is an alternative approach that has not been rigorously evaluated. METHODS: A cluster randomized, controlled trial of the CONNECT (Care management by Oncology Nurses to address supportive care needs) intervention, an oncology nurse-led care management approach to providing primary palliative care for patients with advanced cancer and their family caregivers, is currently underway at 16 oncology practices in Western Pennsylvania...
January 16, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099053/palliative-care-involvement-is-associated-with-less-intensive-end-of-life-care-in-adolescent-and-young-adult-oncology-patients
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Jennifer M Snaman, Erica C Kaye, Jessie J Lu, April Sykes, Justin N Baker
BACKGROUND: Adolescent and young adult oncology (AYAO) patients often receive intensive medical care and experience significant symptoms at the end of life (EOL). OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to describe the characteristics of AYAO patients aged 15-26 years who died as inpatients in a hospital and to compare the illness and EOL experiences of AYAO patients who did and did not receive palliative care (PC). DESIGN AND SETTING: A standardized data extraction tool was used to collect information about demographics, treatment, terminal characteristics, and symptoms during the last month of life (LMOL) for 69 AYAO patients who died while hospitalized between 2008 and 2014...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095941/preparation-for-the-end-of-life-and-life-completion-during-late-stage-lung-cancer-an-exploratory-analysis
#4
Gail Adorno, Cara Wallace
OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to explore preparation for the end of life (EoL) and life closure among persons with advanced metastatic lung cancer. Understanding quality of life through the lens of preparation and completion is important since the trajectory of lung cancer can be relatively short, often leading to application of cancer-directed therapies near death without the opportunity for advance planning or palliative care. Clinical research is needed to understand the kinds of distress specific to older adults with advanced lung cancer that are amendable to palliative care interventions...
January 18, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094601/recruiting-newly-referred-lung-cancer-patients-to-a-patient-navigator-intervention-paco-lessons-learnt-from-a-pilot-study
#5
Trille Kristina Kjær, Anders Mellemgaard, Marianne Stensøe Oksen, Bo Andreassen Rix, Randi Karlsen, Christoffer Johansen, Susanne Oksbjerg Dalton
OBJECTIVES: The incidence of and survival from lung cancer are associated with socioeconomic position, and disparities have been observed in both curative and palliative treatment for lung cancer. 'Patient navigation' is valuable in addressing health disparity, with timely treatment and transition to care. We conducted a pilot study to test the feasibility of a patient navigator program (PAtient COach) for newly diagnosed lung cancer. We present the trial, the findings from the pilot study and discuss factors that might have affected recruitment rates...
January 17, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086959/e-learning-programs-in-oncology-a-nationwide-experience-from-2005-to-2014
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Jan Degerfält, Staffan Sjöstedt, Per Fransson, Elisabeth Kjellén, Mads U Werner
BACKGROUND: E-learning is an established concept in oncological education and training. However, there seems to be a scarcity of long-term assessments of E-learning programs in oncology vis-á-vis their structural management and didactic value. This study presents descriptive, nationwide data from 2005 to 2014. E-learning oncology programs in chemotherapy, general oncology, pain management, palliative care, psycho-social-oncology, and radiotherapy, were reviewed from our databases. Questionnaires of self-perceived didactic value of the programs were examined 2008-2014...
January 13, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078434/a-retrospective-open-label-uncontrolled-study-of-epoetin-zeta-on-the-treatment-of-chemotherapy-induced-anemia-in-solid-tumors
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Constantinos E Alifieris, Kyriakos Orfanakos, Aristina Papanota, George P Stathopoulos, Nikolaos Sitaras, Dimitrios T Trafalis
PURPOSE: This is a single-center uncontrolled retrospective study to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the biosimilar epoetin zeta after approval in chemotherapy-induced anemia (CIA). METHODS: Patients screened were >18 years old suffering from solid malignancies and CIA with Hg ≤10 or <11 g/dl if symptomatic anemia. Patients had measurable disease by TNM and Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG). Patients were treated for at least 12 weeks and the primary endpoint was to determine the incidence of blood transfusions, and secondarily, the overall safety and efficacy defined as ≥1 g/dl rise in Hb concentration or ≥40,000 cells/μl rise in reticulocyte count...
January 11, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28077018/patient-factors-and-quality-of-life-outcomes-differ-among-four-subgroups-of-oncology-patients-based-on-symptom-occurrence
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Guro Lindviksmoen Astrup, Kristin Hofsø, Kristin Bjordal, Marianne Grønlie Guren, Ingvild Vistad, Bruce Cooper, Christine Miaskowski, Tone Rustøen
CONTEXT: Reviews of the literature on symptoms in oncology patients undergoing curative treatment, as well as patients receiving palliative care, suggest that they experience multiple, co-occurring symptoms and side effects. OBJECTIVES: The purposes of this study were to determine if subgroups of oncology patients could be identified based on symptom occurrence rates and if these subgroups differed on a number of demographic and clinical characteristics, as well as on quality of life (QoL) outcomes...
January 12, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28072917/a-provider-based-survey-to-assess-bereavement-care-knowledge-attitudes-and-practices-in-pediatric-oncologists
#9
Jasmin Jensen, Cindy Weng, Holly L Spraker-Perlman
BACKGROUND: Bereavement support is a core tenet of palliative care that may prove difficult for clinicians as it is time-consuming, emotionally charged, and not emphasized in pediatrics training. This project is intended to describe the opinions, knowledge, and practice of bereavement care among pediatric oncologists to identify gaps in clinical care. PROCEDURES: An internet-based survey instrument was pilot tested, refined, and distributed to pediatric oncologists in the United States...
January 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28069153/working-in-silos-head-neck-cancer-patients-during-and-after-treatment-with-or-without-early-palliative-care-referral
#10
Helena Ullgren, Lily Kirkpatrick, Sini Kilpeläinen, Lena Sharp
PURPOSE: The primary aim was to describe patients with Head and Neck (H&N) cancer referred to palliative care and how the care transition from acute oncological to palliative care impacted on both Health related quality of life (HRQoL) and information. The secondary aim was to explore H&N cancer patients' HRQoL and perceived information. METHODS: H&N cancer patients were identified via the Swedish Cancer Register. Data were collected using the following questionnaires; European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) QLQ C-30, INFO25, and a study-specific questionnaire...
February 2017: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062331/perioperative-palliative-care-considerations-for-surgical-oncology-nurses
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REVIEW
Rebecca Sipples, Richard Taylor, Deborah Kirk Walker, Gulcan Bagcivan, J Nicholas Dionne-Odom, Marie Bakitas
OBJECTIVES: To explore the opportunities to incorporate palliative care into perioperative oncology patient management and education strategies for surgical oncology nurses. DATA SOURCES: Articles related to palliative care and surgical oncology to determine the degree of integration, gaps, and implications for practice. CONCLUSION: Although evidence supports positive patient outcomes when palliative care is integrated in the perioperative period, uptake of palliative care into surgical settings is slow...
January 4, 2017: Seminars in Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28060140/gynecologic-oncologist-views-influencing-referral-to-outpatient-specialty-palliative-care
#12
Casey M Hay, Carolyn Lefkowits, Megan Crowley-Matoka, Marie A Bakitas, Leslie H Clark, Linda R Duska, Renata R Urban, Lee-May Chen, Stephanie L Creasy, Yael Schenker
OBJECTIVE: Early specialty palliative care is underused for patients with advanced gynecologic malignancies. We sought to understand how gynecologic oncologists' views influence outpatient specialty palliative care referral to help inform strategies for improvement. METHODS/MATERIALS: We conducted a qualitative interview study at 6 National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers with well-established outpatient palliative care services. Between September 2015 and March 2016, 34 gynecologic oncologists participated in semistructured telephone interviews focused on attitudes, experiences, and preferences related to outpatient specialty palliative care...
January 4, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052685/occurrence-of-malignancies-after-kidney-transplantation-in-adults-slovak-multicenter-experience
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Z Zilinska, M Sersenova, M Chrastina, J Breza Sr, L Bena, T Baltesova, A Jurcina, R Roland, E Lackova, M Cellar, L Laca, I Dedinska
Malignancies are one of the three major causes of renal recipient´s death with a functioning graft after cardiovascular diseases and infections. Among the variety of risk factors, including conventional and specific to transplant recipients, the duration of immunosuppressive therapy, the intensity of therapy, and the type of immunosuppressive agent all have an impact on development of post-transplant malignancy. The aim of our retrospective study was to document the incidence, the type of malignancies, the patient/graft survival in the group of kidney transplant recipients in Slovak Republic, and to identify the factors which influenced the outcome...
January 5, 2017: Neoplasma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051242/a-pilot-study-about-the-oncologic-safety-of-colonic-self-expandable-metal-stents-sems-in-obstructive-colon-cancer-is-occlusion-always-better-than-silent-perforation
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A Zanghì, G Piccolo, A Cavallaro, E Pulvirenti, E Lo Menzo, F Cardì, M Di Vita, A Cappellani
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the oncologic safety of colonic self-expandable metal stents (SEMS) in obstructive colon cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all the patients who were treated with endoscopic placement of a self-expandable metallic stent (SEMS) at our institution. RESULTS: A total of 26 patients were identified during the study period, of which 24 patients (92.30%) were treated with SEMS as a bridge-to-surgery and 2 (7...
December 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050944/are-future-medical-oncologists-sufficiently-trained-to-communicate-about-palliative-care-the-medical-oncology-curriculum-in-flanders-belgium
#15
M Horlait, S Van Belle, M Leys
BACKGROUND: Palliative care is considered an integral part of oncology and communicating this with patients is an unavoidable task for oncologists. This contribution investigated to what extent communication skills for communicating palliative care with patients are trained in the formal academic training program in medical oncology in Flanders, Belgium. The programme is based on the recommendations for a Global Core Curriculum in Medical Oncology, developed by The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) together with the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO)...
January 4, 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050132/early-integration-of-palliative-care-into-standard-oncology-care-evidence-and-overcoming-barriers-to-implementation
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D A Kain, E A Eisenhauer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
December 2016: Current Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049545/portuguese-validation-of-the-prolonged-grief-disorder-questionnaire-predeath-pg-12-psychometric-properties-and-correlates
#17
Alexandra Coelho, Cláudia Silva, António Barbosa
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to contribute to the validation of the Portuguese version of the Prolonged Grief Disorder Questionnaire-Predeath (PG-12), examining its psychometric properties, including factorial, discriminant, and predictive validity. The prevalence of predeath prolonged grief disorder (PGD) and its psychosocial correlates were also analyzed. METHOD: The PG-12 was assessed in a sample of family caregivers (FCs) of oncological patients in palliative care...
January 4, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28044263/five-fraction-stereotactic-body-radiation-therapy-sbrt-and-chemotherapy-for-the-local-management-of-metastatic-pancreatic-cancer
#18
Jonathan W Lischalk, Aidan Burke, Jessica Chew, Christen Elledge, Marie Gurka, John Marshall, Michael Pishvaian, Sean Collins, Keith Unger
BACKGROUND: The majority of patients with pancreatic cancer are diagnosed with metastatic disease at presentation. Nevertheless, local progression is responsible for up to 30% of deaths and can lead to significant morbidity. As a consequence, further exploration of effective methods of local control and palliation is essential. Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) is a widely utilized technique for the treatment of localized pancreatic cancer. Here, we report our experience with SBRT and chemotherapy for the local treatment of the metastatic patient population...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042071/the-edmonton-symptom-assessment-system-25-years-later-past-present-and-future-developments
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REVIEW
David Hui, Eduardo Bruera
CONTEXT: Routine symptom assessment represents the cornerstone of symptom management. ESAS is one of the first quantitative symptom assessment batteries that allows for simple and rapid documentation of multiple patient-reported symptoms at the same time. OBJECTIVE: To discuss the historical development of ESAS, its current uses in different settings, and future developments. METHODS: Narrative review RESULTS: Since its development in 1991, ESAS has been psychometrically validated and translated into over 20 languages...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042068/empowering-bereaved-parents-through-the-development-of-a-comprehensive-bereavement-program
#20
Jennifer M Snaman, Erica C Kaye, Deena R Levine, Brittany Cochran, Robin Wilcox, Charlene K Sparrow, Nancy Noyes, Lisa Clark, Wendy Avery, Justin N Baker
Parents who experience the loss of a child have unique and valuable insights into the grief journey and can help healthcare providers identify key components intrinsic to the development, implementation, and maintenance of a comprehensive bereavement program. The bereavement program at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital was developed by pediatric palliative care experts in collaboration with bereaved parents to standardize and improve the institutional support provided to families around and after the death of a child...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
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