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Lonnie Wen, Christine Divers, Melissa Lingohr-Smith, Jay Lin, Scott Ramsey
OBJECTIVES: To provide an overview of alternative payment models (APMs) and describe how leading national organizations involved with oncology care and payment are linking quality improvement initiatives and payment reform. STUDY DESIGN: Literature review. METHODS: For this review, we summarized the literature on APMs and their goals of improving healthcare quality while jointly controlling the cost of care. We described the types of APMs that have been examined in the real-world setting, specifically in the area of oncology, and how they have affected the quality of oncology care...
March 1, 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
Amir S Steinberg, Anish B Parikh, Sara Kim, Damaris Peralta-Hernandez, Talaat Aggour, Luis Isola
OBJECTIVES: Antibiotic stewardship is an integral aspect of hospital care, limiting the potential for resistance while working to minimize waste. A similar system is needed in oncology, given the rapid proliferation of new therapies and the challenges of navigating a complicated reimbursement environment. A "cancer therapy stewardship program" has never been described in the literature. Here, we detail our efforts to design and implement such a program and share lessons learned to inform future projects...
March 2018: American Journal of Managed Care
Vesna Nikolov, Miodrag Stojanovic, Aleksandar Kostic, Misa Radisavljevic, Natasa Simonovic, Boban Jelenkovic, Luka Berilazic
PURPOSE: Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is the most aggressive malignant tumor in the brain and no therapy can achieve full recovery/cure. The aim of this study was to identify which factors could improve the survival of operated patients, and to determine which kind of therapy was most successful. METHODS: The study was conducted at the Clinic for Neurosurgery in Nis, Clinical Centre Nis and the Oncology Institute, Clinical Center Nis. A cohort of patients who underwent surgery between January 2013 and December 2015 was studied and continuous monitoring of survival lasted until June 2017...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Anna Mouzakiti, Constantinos Nastos, Dimitrios Vlachodimitropoulos, Constantinos Gennatas, Agathi Kondi-Pafiti, Dionisios Voros
PURPOSE: Colon cancer is one of the most common malignancies. Various prognostic markers have been proposed and individualized treatment strategies have been adapted according to tumor molecular and genetic characteristics. The purpose of the present study was to retrospectively analyze a possible association between the expression of COX- 2 and EGFR and clinical and histopathological factors of patients undergoing colon surgery in a Greek population. METHODS: Data from our department's prospectively collected database were retrieved for a total of 100 consecutive colectomies that were performed in our department...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Adina Nemes, Viorica Nagy
Multiple primary neoplasms (MPN) represent particular entities with growing impact in our daily practice due to their increasing incidence and implications in the treatment and outcome of oncological patients. MPN have a specific deffinition and can be classified as synchronous or metachronous depending on the time of diagnosis of the first and latter malignancies. We review in this article the possible risk factors involved in the etiology of MPN, the most frequent cancer associations, the incidence of synchronous and metachronous tumors, the stage at diagnosis, the treatment administered to the patients with MPN and the survival of patients with MPN...
January 2018: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
Nadia Srur-Rivero, Francisco Fuster-Alfaro, Manuel Araya-Vargas, Ana Lucrecia Araya-Fallas
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May 2018: Gynecologic Oncology Reports
Federico Davini, Sara Ricciardi, Carmelina Cristina Zirafa, Ilenia Cavaliere, Gaetano Romano, Franca Melfi
Background: The incidental detection of solitary pulmonary nodule (SPN) is currently increasing due to the widespread use of computed tomography (CT) during the follow up in oncological patients or in screening trials. A quick and definitive histological diagnosis of these nodes is mandatory as, in case of primitive lung cancer, an early detection could improve both surgical results and prognosis. The minimally invasive pulmonary resection (MIPR) is the gold standard procedure for diagnosis and treatment of small lung nodules, but it can be difficult to localize deep nonpalpable nodes that lie in the lung parenchyma...
2018: Journal of Visualized Surgery
Derrick S Haslem, Ingo Chakravarty, Gail Fulde, Heather Gilbert, Brian P Tudor, Karen Lin, James M Ford, Lincoln D Nadauld
The impact of precision oncology on guiding treatment decisions of late-stage cancer patients was previously studied in a retrospective analysis. However, the overall survival and costs were not previously evaluated. We report the overall survival and healthcare costs associated with precision oncology in these patients with advanced cancer. Building on a matched cohort study of 44 patients with metastatic cancer who received all of their care within a single institution, we evaluated the overall survival and healthcare costs for each patient...
February 23, 2018: Oncotarget
Marta Venturelli, Giorgia Guaitoli, Claudia Omarini, Luca Moscetti
Endocrine treatment represents the cornerstone of endocrine-sensitive premenopausal early breast cancer. The estrogen blockade plays a leading role in the therapeutic management of hormone receptor-positive breast cancer together with surgery, radiotherapy, and selective antiestrogen treatments. For several years, selective estrogen receptor modulators, such as tamoxifen, have represented the mainstay of therapy. The role of amenorrhea has been extensively elucidated in the past year: the benefit observed with chemotherapy-induced amenorrhea has strengthened its therapeutic role...
2018: Breast Cancer: Targets and Therapy
Hung-Chih Yang, Hsiao-Hui Tsou, Sung-Nan Pei, Cheng-Shyong Chang, Jia-Hong Chen, Ming Yao, Shyh-Jer Lin, Johnson Lin, Quan Yuan, Ningshao Xia, Tsang-Wu Liu, Pei-Jer Chen, Ann-Lii Cheng, Chiun Hsu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Absence or low anti-hepatitis B (HBV) surface antibody (anti-HBs) is associated with increased risk of HBV reactivation in lymphoma patients with resolved HBV infection receiving rituximab-containing chemotherapy. Quantification of anti-HBV core antibody (anti-HBc) is a new marker associated with the natural history and treatment response of chronic HBV infection. This study investigated whether baseline anti-HBc and anti-HBs levels may better predict HBV reactivation...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
A Gevorgyan, J-F Hétet, M Robert, V Duchattelle-Dussaule, L Corno, I Boulay, H Baumert
OBJECTIVE: To study the oncologic and functional results of salvage cryotherapy after failure of external radiotherapy and brachytherapy. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients treated by total salvage cryotherapy (3rd generation) in 2 centers (Groupe Hospitalier Saint-Joseph in Paris and Clinique Jule-Verne Nantes) in between January 2008 and April 2016 were included. The biochemical recurrence-free survival (BRFS) was calculated using the Phoenix criteria (PSA>nadir+2ng/mL)...
March 15, 2018: Progrès en Urologie
D Díaz-Díaz, M Villanova Martínez, E Palencia Herrejón
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the factors influencing in-hospital mortality among cancer patients admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). DESIGN: A retrospective observational study was carried out. SETTING: The ICU of a community hospital. PATIENTS: Adults diagnosed with solid or hematological malignancies admitted to the ICU, excluding those admitted after scheduled surgery and those with an ICU stay of under 24h. INTERVENTIONS: Review of clinical data...
March 15, 2018: Medicina Intensiva
Kisook Kim, Soo Hyun Kim, Oh Nam Ok, Im-Ryung Kim, Suyeon Lee, So Hee Kim, Won Seog Kim, Min-Hee Ryu, Moon Hee Lee
PURPOSE: We aimed to examine the experience of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) use and its association with health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in lymphoma survivors in South Korea. METHODS: The participants were 869 lymphoma survivors from three hospitals in South Korea, all diagnosed with lymphoma at least 24 months prior to participation. Self-reported questionnaires were used to assess CAM use. The questionnaire addressed types of CAM used, sources of information about CAM, reason for CAM use, satisfaction with CAM use, discussion of CAM use with doctors, experience of side effects, costs of CAM use, and intentions to continue using CAM...
April 2018: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
Gülçin Özalp Gerçeker, Seda Ardahan Sevgili, Figen Yardımcı
PURPOSE: To compare standardized flushing methods with aseptic non-touch technique; (1) Manually prepared syringes (2) Single-use prefilled flush syringes. METHOD: Forty-eight PHO patients with Hickman or Port catheters were recruited to participate in a prospective, randomized study. Standardized flushing methods with aseptic non-touch technique (ANTT) using single-use pre-filled flush syringes (intervention group) or manually prepared syringes (control group) also included the pulsatile technique, use of 10-mL syringe size with 0...
April 2018: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
Ozgul Erol, Serap Unsar, Lale Yacan, Meryem Pelin, Seda Kurt, Bülent Erdogan
PURPOSE: Uncontrolled pain, especially in patients with advanced cancer, affects quality of life negatively and causes negative physical and psychological conditions. The aim of this study was to explore the pain experiences of patients with advanced cancer and how they manage with pain, and to present a view of pain management approaches of nurses from the perspectives of the patients. METHODS: This was a qualitative descriptive study of sixteen hospitalized patients with advanced cancer...
April 2018: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
Laura Curr Beamer, Marcia Grant
PURPOSE: The purpose of this pilot study was to explore the relationship between skin-related quality of life (SR-QOL) and global quality of life (G-QOL) among women experiencing breast radiodermatitis, measure change in SR-QOL and G-QOL between the start and fifth week on radiotherapy, and examine the trend in SR-QOL and severity of radiodermatitis over time on treatment. METHODS: A descriptive longitudinal study using repeated measurements was implemented. Forty women undergoing whole breast 3-dimensional conformal radiotherapy at a comprehensive community cancer center completed the Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) weekly and Quality of Life-Breast Cancer Patient Version at baseline before and at five weeks on radiotherapy...
April 2018: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
Nicolas Gillet, Evelyne Fouquereau, Hélène Coillot, Franck Bonnetain, Sophie Dupont, Leïla Moret, Amélie Anota, Philippe Colombat
PURPOSE: Although quality of care and caregivers' well-being are important issues in their own right, relatively few studies have examined both, especially in oncology. The present research thus investigated the relationship between job-related well-being and patients' perceptions of quality of care. More specifically, we examined the indirect effects of ethical leadership on patients' perceived quality of care through caregivers' well-being. METHOD: A cross-sectional design was used...
April 2018: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
Tarini Ratneswaren, Florence Rosie Avila Hogg, Mathew Joseph Gallagher, Keyoumars Ashkan
BACKGROUND: Intracranial hemangiopericytomas (HPC) and solitary fibrous tumors (SFTs) (HPC-SFT) are rare vascular tumors that resemble meningioma on imaging and predominantly affect young adults. HPC-SFT have a high rate of local recurrence with well-known propensity for extracranial metastases. This provides clinical dilemmas frequently encountered in oncology: (i) How should these patients be monitored long term? (ii) Which primary tumors are more likely to metastasize? OBJECTIVES: This systematic review aims to identify the incidence, common locations and time to presentation of extra-cranial metastases of HPC-SFT...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Neuro-oncology
C M Chingkoe, A Brook, A J Moser, K J Mortele
PURPOSE: At our tertiary medical center, multidisciplinary subspecialists meet twice a week during a CME-accredited conference to discuss oncologic and non-oncologic patients with pancreatic diseases at which time a subspecialized abdominal staff radiologist reinterprets the patient's relevant imaging studies. This study assesses the changes in patient management due to imaging reinterpretation during multidisciplinary pancreas conference (MPC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective, IRB-approved, HIPAA-compliant study, imaging studies of all patients discussed at MPC between July 1 and December 31, 2015 were assessed for technical adequacy, and original reports analyzed for congruency with reinterpretation...
March 17, 2018: Abdominal Radiology
R El Tannouri, E Albuisson, P Jonveaux, E Luporsi
Tumor characteristics are used today to evaluate the possibility of mutation and to target mutation screening in families with high risk of breast and/or ovarian cancer. We studied the breast tumor profile associated to the c.3481_3491del11 French founder effect mutation on the BRCA1 gene to an attempt to identify any particularity or difference when comparing it to that related to other BRCA1 mutations. Within the population who were referred to our oncogenetic clinic at the Lorraine Oncology Institute in France and who underwent genetic testing between 1994 and 2012, we identified 404 women carrying a BRCA1 mutation...
March 17, 2018: Familial Cancer
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