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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28742228/prevalence-and-predictors-of-conflict-in-the-families-of-patients-with-advanced-cancer-a-nationwide-survey-of-bereaved-family-members
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Jun Hamano, Tatsuya Morita, Masanori Mori, Naoko Igarashi, Yasuo Shima, Mitsunori Miyashita
OBJECTIVES: Family conflict has several adverse impacts on caregivers. Thus, there is significant value in determining the prevalence and predictors of family conflict, which can enable the health care provider to intervene if family conflict arises during end-of-life care. Accordingly, we aimed to explore the prevalence and predictors of conflict among the families of patients with advanced cancer who died in palliative care units. METHODS: This study was a nationwide multicenter questionnaire survey of bereaved family members of cancer patients who died in Japanese palliative care units participating in evaluation of the quality of end-of-life care...
July 25, 2017: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741859/inpatient-palliative-care-referral-and-9-month-hospital-readmission-in-patients-with-congestive-heart-failure-a-linked-nationwide-analysis
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Katie Wiskar, Leo Anthony Celi, Keith R Walley, Clark Fruhstorpher, Barret Rush
OBJECTIVE: End-stage heart failure (HF) is characterized by high symptom burden and frequent hospitalization. Palliative Care (PC) is recommended for advanced HF, and there is some evidence in other diseases that this may reduce readmission rates. We attempted examine the association of an inpatient PC visit on hospital readmission for patients admitted with HF. METHODS: Retrospective linked nationwide analysis from 2013 with 9-month follow-up for all hospital readmissions for patients admitted with HF exacerbations using the Nationwide Readmission Database (NRD)...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741839/feasibility-of-spacers-to-facilitate-postoperative-radiotherapy-for-retroperitoneal-sarcomas
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Jessica Reid, Richard Smith, Martin Borg, Christopher Dobbins, Raghu Gowda, Steve Chryssidis, Matthew Borg, Susan Neuhaus
INTRODUCTION: The role and timing of postoperative radiotherapy (PORT) in the management of retroperitoneal sarcoma (RPS) remains controversial. METHOD: This is a retrospective cohort review of patients undergoing curative resection for RPS at a single institution between January 2011 and July 2016. Patient selection was through the South Australian Soft Tissue Tumour Multidisciplinary Group (MDT) based at Royal Adelaide Hospital. An individualised approach, including assessment of resectability, histopathological grade and subtype, and radiotherapy considerations, was taken for each patient...
July 25, 2017: Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741325/continuous-pain-and-swelling-after-humerus-fracture-in-an-86-years-old-woman
#4
M Herrera-Pérez, J Boluda-Mengod, R Muñoz-Ortus, M J Gutiérrez-Morales, J Pais-Brito
Metastases to bone are the most frequent cause of destructive lesions to the skeleton in adults . The tumours that are most likely to metastasize to bone are prostate (32%), breast (22%), kidney (16%), lung and thyroid. The typical distribution of metastatic lesions are to the spine, ribs, pelvis, and proximal limb girdles. The humerus is the second most common site for long bone metastases, behind only the femur in its frequency of involvement . It represents the 20% of all bony metastases. We present a clinical case of an 86 yo woman with a previous diagnosis of myofibroblastic sarcoma of the maxillaris who suffers a pathological fracture of the humeral shaft secondary to metastasis and was misdiagnosed and treated for a typical humeral fracture using and intramedullary pinning (Hackethal technique), producing the progression of the disease within the humeral shaft...
January 2017: Acta Ortopédica Mexicana
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741200/short-and-long-term-outcomes-in-malnourished-patients-after-laparoscopic-or-open-radical-gastrectomy
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Hua-Long Zheng, Jun Lu, Chao-Hui Zheng, Ping Li, Jian-Wei Xie, Jia-Bin Wang, Jian-Xian Lin, Qi-Yue Chen, Mi Lin, Ru-Hong Tu, Chang-Ming Huang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the short- and long-term outcomes of malnourished gastric cancer patients who underwent laparoscopic or open radical gastrectomy. BACKGROUND: Preoperative malnutrition is an independent risk factor for postoperative mortality and morbidity in major gastrointestinal surgery. However, whether laparoscopic surgery can improve the short- and long-term outcomes of malnourished gastric cancer patients has not been determined...
July 24, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741137/protection-of-the-proximal-articular-cartilage-during-percutaneous-thermal-ablation-of-acetabular-metastasis-using-temperature-monitoring
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Salem Bauones, Julien Garnon, Basavaraj Chari, Roberto L Cazzato, Georgia Tsoumakidou, Jean Caudrelier, Guillaume Koch, Afshin Gangi
OBJECTIVE: To review our initial experience in acetabular cartilage protection from thermal injury with temperature monitoring during percutaneous image-guided tumor thermal ablation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between June 2015 and December 2016, three consecutive oncologic patients (mean age 58 years; range 48-67 years) with acetabular bone metastasis underwent percutaneous image-guided thermal ablation procedures along with hip joint cartilage thermal monitoring...
July 24, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740925/characterization-of-efficacy-and-toxicity-after-high-dose-pelvic-reirradiation-with-palliative-intent-for-genitourinary-second-malignant-neoplasms-or-local-recurrences-after-full-dose-radiation-therapy-in-the-pelvis-a-high-volume-cancer-center-experience
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Sophia C Kamran, Lauren C Harshman, Mandar S Bhagwat, Vinayak Muralidhar, Paul L Nguyen, Neil E Martin, Stephanie La Follette, Sarah Faso, Akila N Viswanathan, Jason A Efstathiou, Clair J Beard
PURPOSE: The use of large-field external beam reirradiation (re-RT) after pelvic radiation therapy (RT) for genitourinary (GU) cancers has not been reported. We report the results of such treatment in patients with either symptomatic GU second malignant neoplasms or locally recurrent pelvic tumors after initial RT for whom surgery or further systemic therapy was not an option. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The records of 28 consecutive patients with advanced, bulky GU malignancies treated with high-dose, large-field re-RT with palliative intent between 2008 and 2014 were retrospectively reviewed...
April 2017: Advances in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740919/palliative-radiation-therapy-for-superior-vena-cava-syndrome-in-metastatic-wilms-tumor-using-10xfff-and-3d-surface-imaging-to-avoid-anesthesia-in-a-pediatric-patient-a-teaching-case
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Jean-Claude M Rwigema, Kelly Lamiman, Robert S Reznik, Nicole J H Lee, Arthur Olch, Kenneth K Wong
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: Advances in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740915/limited-short-term-effect-of-palliative-radiation-therapy-on-quantitative-computed-tomography-derived-bone-mineral-density-in-femora-with-metastases
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Florieke Eggermont, Loes C Derikx, Nico Verdonschot, Gerjon Hannink, Robert S J P Kaatee, Esther Tanck, Yvette M van der Linden
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to determine the effect of single fraction (SF) and multiple fraction (MF) radiation therapy (RT) on bone mineral density (BMD) in patients with cancer and bone metastases in the proximal femur. We studied this effect in the radiation field and within metastatic lesions, and differentiated between lytic, blastic, and mixed lesions. METHODS AND MATERIALS: This prospective cohort study comprised 42 patients with painful bone metastases, including 47 irradiated femora with 52 metastatic lesions in the proximal femur...
January 2017: Advances in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740459/dosimetric-predictors-of-treatment-related-lymphopenia-induced-by-palliative-radiotherapy-predictive-ability-of-dose-volume-parameters-based-on-body-surface-contour
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Tetsuo Saito, Ryo Toya, Tomohiko Matsuyama, Akiko Semba, Natsuo Oya
BACKGROUND: Radiation-related lymphopenia has been associated with poor patient outcome. Our aim was to identify predictors of lymphopenia after palliative radiotherapy, with a focus on dose-volume parameters. PATIENTS AND METHODS: To retrospectively assess patients with various cancers who had undergone palliative radiotherapy, we delineated three organs at risk: the volume enclosed by the body surface contour (body A), the volume left after excluding air, pleural effusion, ascites, bile, urine, and intestinal content (body B), and the volume of the bone marrow (BM)...
June 2017: Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739769/effects-of-different-palliative-jaundice-reducing-methods-on-immunologic-functions-in-patients-with-advanced-malignant-obstructive-jaundice
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Kun Tang, Lu-Lu Sui, Gang Xu, Tong Zhang, Qiang Liu, Xiao-Fang Liu
BACKGROUND/AIM: This study aimed to investigate the effects of three treatment methods on the immunological function of patients with advanced malignant obstructive jaundice (MOJ). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients with advanced MOJ were randomly divided into three groups according to biliary drainage methods. Detection of levels of multi-indices were investigated in different time periods. RESULTS: After drainage, the levels of complement 3 (C3) and complement 4 (C4) were increased...
August 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739765/relationship-of-th17-treg-cells-and-radiation-pneumonia-in-locally-advanced-esophageal-carcinoma
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Yan Wang, Gang Xu, Jie Wang, Xin-Hua Li, Ping Sun, Wei Zhang, Jun-Xia Li, Chao-Yang Wu
BACKGROUND/AIM: Radiation pneumonia is a main side-effect that has limited the clinical usage of radiotherapy in locally advanced esophageal carcinoma. T helper cells 17 (Th 17) and T regulatory cells (Tregs) play an important role in inflammatory diseases. The balance between Treg and Th17 cells is a key factor in the progression of many inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Whether Tregs and Th17 cells are predictive factors of radiation pneumonia has not yet been reported. In this study, we investigated the relationships of Treg/Th17 cells and radiation pneumonia in patients with locally advanced esophageal cancer who received radiotherapy...
August 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739709/utility-of-inflammatory-marker-and-nutritional-status-based-prognostic-factors-for-predicting-the-prognosis-of-stage-iv-gastric-cancer-patients-undergoing-non-curative-surgery
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Kenji Mimatsu, Nobutada Fukino, Yasuo Ogasawara, Yoko Saino, Takatsugu Oida
BACKGROUND/AIM: The present study aimed to compare the utility of various inflammatory marker- and nutritional status-based prognostic factors, including many previous established prognostic factors, for predicting the prognosis of stage IV gastric cancer patients undergoing non-curative surgery. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 33 patients with stage IV gastric cancer who had undergone palliative gastrectomy and gastrojejunostomy were included in the study. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to evaluate the relationships between the mGPS, PNI, NLR, PLR, the CONUT, various clinicopathological factors and cancer-specific survival (CS)...
August 2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739539/medication-reviews-bridging-healthcare-medbridge-study-protocol-for-a-pragmatic-cluster-randomised-crossover-trial
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Thomas G H Kempen, Maria Bertilsson, Karl-Johan Lindner, Johanna Sulku, Elisabet I Nielsen, Angelica Högberg, Tomas Vikerfors, Håkan Melhus, Ulrika Gillespie
BACKGROUND: Mismanaged prescribing and use of medication among elderly puts major pressure on current healthcare systems. Performing a medication review, a structured critical examination of a patient's medications, during hospital stay with active follow-up into primary care could optimise treatment benefit and minimise harm. However, a lack of high quality evidence inhibits widespread implementation. This manuscript describes the rationale and design of a pragmatic cluster-randomised, crossover trial to fulfil this need for evidence...
July 21, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739444/small-molecule-therapeutics-for-inflammation-associated-chronic-musculoskeletal-degenerative-diseases-past-present-and-future
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Yangwu Chen, Jiayun Huang, Chenqi Tang, Xiao Chen, Zi Yin, Boon Chin Heng, Weishan Chen, Weiliang Shen
Inflammation-associated chronic musculoskeletal degenerative diseases (ICMDDs) like osteoarthritis and tendinopathy often results in morbidity and disability, with consequent heavy socio-economic burden. Current available therapies such as NSAIDs and glucocorticoid are palliative rather than disease-modifying. Insufficient systematic research data on disease molecular mechanism also makes it difficult to exploit valid therapeutic targets. Small molecules are designed to act on specific signaling pathways and/or mechanisms of cellular physiology and function, and have gradually shown potential for treating ICMDDs...
July 21, 2017: Experimental Cell Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738035/palliative-care-and-phase-1-trials-intervention-to-improve-quality-of-life-and-provide-education%C3%A2
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Betty R Ferrell, Vincent Chung, Marianna Koczywas, Anna Cathy Williams, Denise Gallagher, Patricia Fischer, Thomas J Smith
BACKGROUND: Patients in phase 1 clinical trials often have significant symptom burdens and quality-of-life concerns that increase as they progress along the cancer trajectory and experience drug toxicities from the clinical trial. 
. OBJECTIVES: The interdisciplinary intervention described is aimed at providing optimum palliative care to support patients with solid tumors participating in a phase 1 clinical trial.
. METHODS: The intervention includes a baseline evaluation using quantitative surveys, a comprehensive palliative care assessment by a research nurse based on patient baseline evaluation, and a goals-of-care discussion by the treating oncologist...
August 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737996/integrating-palliative-and-oncology-care-for-patients-with-advanced-cancer-a-quality-improvement-intervention
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Laura C Hanson, Frances Collichio, Stephen A Bernard, William A Wood, Matt Milowsky, Erin Burgess, Crista J Creedle, Summer Cheek, Lydia Chang, Bhisham Chera, Alexandra Fox, Feng-Chang Lin
BACKGROUND: Practice guidelines recommend palliative care for patients with advanced cancer, but gaps in access and quality of care persist. OBJECTIVE: To increase goals-of-care (GOC) communication for hospitalized patients with Stage IV cancer. METHODS: An interdisciplinary team designed a quality improvement intervention to enhance oncology palliative care, including training in communication skills and triggers for palliative care consults...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737455/-difficulties-in-communication-with-parents-of-pediatric-cancer-patients-during-the-transition-to-palliative-care
#18
Judit Nyirő, Péter Hauser, Szilvia Zörgő, Katalin Hegedűs
INTRODUCTION: Adequate communication by medical personnel is especially important at certain points during the treatment of childhood cancer patients. AIM: To investigate the timing and manner of communication with parents concerning the introduction of palliative care in pediatric oncology. METHOD: Structured interviews, containing 14 questions, were carried out with physicians working in pediatric oncology (n = 22). Codes were generated inductively with the aid of Atlas...
July 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736841/outcomes-of-blalock-taussig-shunts-in-current-era-a-single-center-experience
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Navaneetha Sasikumar, Antony Hermuzi, Chun-Po Steve Fan, Kyong-Jin Lee, Rajiv Chaturvedi, Edward Hickey, Osami Honjo, Glen S Van Arsdell, Christopher A Caldarone, Arnav Agarwal, Lee Benson
OBJECTIVES: Mortality associated with the modified Blalock-Taussig shunt (MBTS) remains high despite advanced perioperative management. This study was formulated to provide data on (1) current indications, (2) outcomes, and (3) factors affecting mortality and morbidity. DESIGN: A retrospective single center chart review identified 95 children (excluding hypoplastic left heart lesions) requiring a MBTS. Mortality and major morbidity were analyzed using the Kaplan Meier method and risk factor analysis using Cox's proportional hazard regression...
July 24, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736105/full-title-policy-measures-to-support-palliative-care-at-home-a-cross-country-case-comparison-in-three-european-countries
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Arno Maetens, Kim Beernaert, Luc Deliens, Régis Aubry, Lukas Radbruch, Joachim Cohen
BACKGROUND: The proportion of people in need of palliative care worldwide is rising, and the majority wish to receive this care at home. Many countries have created policy measures to support palliative care at home. AIM: To list and compare existing policy measures designed to support palliative care at home in addition to available primary care services in Belgium, France and Germany. METHODS: A cross-country case comparison based on expert consultation, governmental policy documents and relevant scientific literature...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
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