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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/28209068/urinary-cytokines-chemokines-after-magnetic-resonance-guided-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-for-palliative-treatment-of-painful-bone-metastases
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Ahmad Bushehri, Gregory Czarnota, Liying Zhang, Kullervo Hynynen, Yuexi Huang, Michael Chan, William Chu, Kristopher Dennis, Charles Mougenot, Jennifer Coccagna, Arjun Sahgal, Edward Chow, Carlo DeAngelis
BACKGROUND: Pain is experienced by 50-75% of patients with bone metastases, representing a major source of morbidity amongst cancer patients. Magnetic resonance-guided high intensity focused ultrasound (MRgHIFU) is a new, non-invasive, outpatient treatment modality for painful bone metastases. The aim of this study was to analyze urinary cytokines/chemokines pattern after MRgHIFU for palliative treatment of painful bone metastases. The findings were compared to the cytokines/chemokines pattern post single 8 Gy fraction radiation from our previous study...
January 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208923/long-term-outcome-in-patients-with-esophageal-stenting-for-cancer-esophagus-our-experience-at-a-rural-hospital-of-punjab-india
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Parvinder Singh, Abhitesh Singh, Anantbir Singh, Ghansham Sharma, Parmod Kumar Bhatia, Amarjeet Singh Grover
INTRODUCTION: Cancer of the esophagus is among the leading cause of cancer deaths in Punjab, India. Patients generally present with dysphagia as their first symptom and more often they have advanced disease at the time of presentation to a tertiary care centre. Palliative procedures have important roles in this setting. Stenting is the best option to palliate the symptoms of dysphagia, from which patient is suffering the most. AIM: To know the success rate, early and long term complications and mortality in esophageal stenting, when it was done in malignant esophageal stricture patients...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206940/resection-of-gastrointestinal-metastases-in-stage-iv-melanoma-correlation-with-outcomes
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Sangeetha Prabhakaran, William J Fulp, Ricardo J Gonzalez, Vernon K Sondak, Ragini R Kudchadkar, Geoffrey T Gibney, Jeffrey S Weber, Jonathan S Zager
The prognosis of patients with gastrointestinal (GI) melanoma metastases is poor. Surgery renders select patients disease free and/or palliates symptoms. We reviewed our single-institution experience of resection with GI melanoma metastases. A retrospective review was performed on patients who underwent surgery for GI melanoma metastases from 2007 to 2013. Fifty-four patients were identified and separated based on completeness of resection into curative 13 (24%) and palliative 41 (75.9%) groups. Thiry-six (63...
November 1, 2016: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202343/endobronchial-brachytherapy-for-metastasis-from-extrapulmonary-malignancies-as-an-effective-treatment-for-palliation-of-symptoms
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E Donovan, E Timotin, T Farrell, B Donde, S Puksa, R Sur
PURPOSE: Endobronchial metastasis (EBM) originating from primary cancers outside the lung is rare. External beam radiotherapy is often attempted for control of symptoms with variable effectiveness and retreatment is challenging if symptoms recur. There is limited documentation of high-dose-rate brachytherapy for EBM in the literature. METHODS AND MATERIALS: A prospective database was created from 2006 to 2015. Patients with EBM who received high-dose-rate brachytherapy were included...
February 12, 2017: Brachytherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196208/effect-of-radiotherapy-on-painful-bone-metastases-a-secondary-analysis-of-the-ncic-clinical-trials-group-symptom-control-trial-sc-23
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Rachel McDonald, Keyue Ding, Michael Brundage, Ralph M Meyer, Abdenour Nabid, Pierre Chabot, Genevieve Coulombe, Shahida Ahmed, Joda Kuk, A Rashid Dar, Aamer Mahmud, Alysa Fairchild, Carolyn F Wilson, Jackson S Y Wu, Kristopher Dennis, Carlo DeAngelis, Rebecca K S Wong, Liting Zhu, Stephanie Chan, Edward Chow
Importance: Many studies that found improved quality of life (QOL) after radiotherapy of bone metastases have small sample sizes and do not use specific questionnaires. How soon after radiotherapy one can expect an improvement in QOL is unknown. Objective: To investigate QOL at days 10 and 42 after radiotherapy with a bone metastases-specific QOL tool. Design, Setting, and Participants: In this secondary analysis of the NCIC Clinical Trials Group Symptom Control Trial SC...
February 9, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192388/degradable-starch-microspheres-transcatheter-arterial-chemoembolization-dsm-tace-in-intrahepatic-cholangiocellular-carcinoma-icc-results-from-a-national-multi-center-study-on-safety-and-efficacy
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Andreas Schicho, Philippe L Pereira, Manfred Pützler, Katharina Michalik, Thomas Albrecht, Claus Nolte-Ernsting, Christian Stroszczynski, Philipp Wiggermann
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of DSM (degradable starch microspheres) as an embolic agent in transarterial chemoembolization in the treatment of intrahepatic cholangiocellular carcinoma (ICC). MATERIAL AND METHODS This was a national, multi-center observational cohort study on the safety and efficacy of DSM-TACE using mitomycin, gemcitabine, cisplatin, doxorubicin, and carboplatin in palliative treatment of ICC. Recruitment period for the study was from January 2010 to June 2014...
February 13, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191605/integrating-palliative-care-into-routine-care-of-patients-with-heart-failure-models-for-clinical-collaboration
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Warren H Lewin, Kristen G Schaefer
Heart failure (HF) affects nearly 5.7 million Americans and is described as a chronic incurable illness carrying a poor prognosis. Patients living with HF experience significant symptoms including dyspnea, pain, anxiety, fatigue, and depression. As the illness advances into later stages, symptoms become more intense and refractory to standard treatments, leading to recurrent acute-care utilization and contributing to poor quality of life. Advanced HF symptoms have been described to be as burdensome, if not more than, those in cancer populations...
February 13, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186928/collecting-biological-material-from-palliative-care-patients-in-the-last-weeks-of-life-a-feasibility-study
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Séamus Coyle, Aileen Scott, Amara Callistus Nwosu, Richard Latten, James Wilson, Catriona R Mayland, Stephen Mason, Chris Probert, John Ellershaw
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of prospectively collecting biological samples (urine) from palliative care patients in the last weeks of life. SETTING: A 30-bedded specialist hospice in the North West of England. PARTICIPANTS: Participants were adults with a diagnosis of advanced disease and able to provide written informed consent. METHOD: Potential participants were identified by a senior clinician over a 12-week period in 2014...
November 10, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186850/the-use-of-dexmedetomidine-in-pediatric-palliative-care-a-preliminary-study
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Jamie Burns, Kevin Jackson, Kathy A Sheehy, Julia C Finkel, Zenaide M Quezado
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the effect of dexmedetomidine infusions in patients with advanced malignancies, advanced heart disease, or after stem cell transplantation (SCT), who during end-of-life care had pain and/or agitation unresponsive to conventional therapies. BACKGROUND: Pediatric patients with intractable advanced malignancies, end-stage congenital heart diseases, or after SCT can suffer a great deal during end of life. Pain, drowsiness, fatigue, irritability, and worrying are experienced frequently, considered distressing, and are strongly associated with reductions in health-related quality-of-life scores...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186837/methadone-and-corrected-qt-prolongation-in-pain-and-palliative-care-patients-a-case-control-study
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Katherine M Juba, Tina M Khadem, David J Hutchinson, Jack E Brown
BACKGROUND: Methadone (ME) is commonly used in pain and palliative care (PPC) patients with refractory pain or intolerable opioid adverse effects (AEs). A unique ME AE is its corrected QT (QTc) interval prolongation risk, but most evidence exists in methadone maintenance therapy patients. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to identify QTc interval prolongation risk factors in PPC patients receiving ME and other medications known to prolong the QTc interval and develop a risk stratification tool...
February 10, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179332/polypharmacy-in-older-patients-%C3%A2-70-years-receiving-palliative-radiotherapy
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Carsten Nieder, Bărd Mannsăker, Adam Pawinski, Ellinor Haukland
BACKGROUND/AIM: Many older cancer patients receive five or more daily medications (polypharmacy). The purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence of polypharmacy in older patients undergoing palliative radiotherapy and its influence on the risk of being unable to complete the prescribed number of fractions, as well as the 30-day mortality and overall survival. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Retrospective review of 289 patients aged 70 years or older. RESULTS: The median and mean Charlson comorbidity index (11) was 2, ranging between 0-7 (presently treated cancer not included)...
2017: Anticancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174374/-development-of-spiritual-care-in-cancer-treatment-in-japan
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Susumu Shimazono
Spiritual care started worldwide in the late 1960s with the development of the hospice movement and death studies. Why did spiritual care start duringthis time in history ? In some Christian societies, of that time,"pastoral care" evolved into an interfaith "spiritual care" where in the caretaker was the main agent instead of the caregiver. On the other hand, the importance of palliative care for cancer patients was gradually acknowledged. In addition, this progress was accompanied by the academic development of "death studies" which is called "death and life studies" in Japan...
January 2017: Gan to Kagaku Ryoho. Cancer & Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174190/unusual-sites-of-metastases-of-carcinoma-cervix
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Renitha Miriam Cherian, Jenifer Jeba, Sramana Mukhopadhyay, Selvamani Backianathan
We present a case of metastatic squamous cell carcinoma cervix with solitary bone metastases to the right tibia and multiple cutaneous metastases. A woman aged 52 years with cancer of the cervix and lung metastases, after 21 months of initial diagnosis and palliative chemotherapy presented with pain in the right knee and multiple nodular skin lesions. Bone scintigraphy revealed intense increased tracer activity in the proximal and mid shaft of the right tibia. Biopsy from the tibial lesion confirmed metastatic squamous cell carcinoma...
February 7, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28170130/cyclical-hypofractionated-radiotherapy-also-known-as-quad-shot-alone-using-intensity-modulated-radiotherapy-for-squamous-cell-carcinoma-of-the-parotid-gland-in-an-85-year-old-patient-with-multiple-comorbidities
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Whoon Jong Kil, Kevin Camphausen
BACKGROUND: Palliative radiotherapy (RT) is not commonly offered to patients with head and neck cancer because of the belief that toxicity from the RT would not provide great palliative benefits. The purpose of this study was for us to report the advantages of cyclical hypofractionated RT (QUAD Shot) using intensity-modulated RT (IMRT) for an elderly comorbid patient with head and neck cancer. METHODS: An 85-year-old multiple comorbid man with squamous cell carcinoma in the left parotid gland with left facial pain received the IMRT-QUAD Shot (14 Gy/4 fractions, twice-daily treatment with 6 hours interval, on 2 consecutive days) to lesions, which were repeated every 4 weeks 3 times...
February 7, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161787/characteristics-of-advanced-cancer-patients-who-were-readmitted-to-an-acute-palliative-supportive-care-unit
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Sebastiano Mercadante, Claudio Adile, Patrizia Ferrera, Alessandra Casuccio
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the characteristics of patients readmitted to an acute supportive/palliative care unit (ASPCU), the reasons for readmission, and the outcome after receiving specialistic assessment and treatment. METHODS: A consecutive sample of patients was assessed for a period of 10 months. Epidemiological characteristics, including age, gender, Karnofsky level, diagnosis, caregivers, education, disease awareness, kind of admission, and anticancer treatment in the previous 30 days, were recorded, as well as hospital stay, death, and discharge at home...
February 4, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156677/insurer-pre-authorization-and-copayment-for-palliative-patients-with-cancer-receiving-opioids-other-than-morphine
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Akhila Sunkepally Reddy, Eden Mae Rodriguez, Eduardo Bruera
: 217 Background: Uncontrolled pain is one of the main fears for patients with cancer and their families. Opioid analgesics are highly effective agents, but the choice of type, route, and dose needs to be personalized. The highly cost of some of them can make it difficult for patients to received adequate pain control without appropriate insurance coverage. There is a lack of information regarding the frequency of denials or heavy copayments by insurers. METHODS: We evaluated 143 continuous opioid test claims for prescriptions by our palliative care providers for opioids other than morphine, including transdermal fentanyl, extended release oxycodone, hydromorphone and oxymorphone...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156674/patient-communication-prior-to-initial-consultation-for-palliative-radiotherapy
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Steve E Braunstein
: 30 Background: For patients undergoing radiation treatment for advanced cancer, coordination between multiple care teams is required. The radiation therapy care pathway is complex, with numerous components, including consultation, planning, treatment delivery, and follow up care. Fragmented care can result from suboptimal communication among referring providers and patients. Prior to initial consult with a radiation oncologist, many patients are unaware of the complex logistics, resulting in additional distress...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156665/efficacy-and-safety-of-methadone-in-the-treatment-of-pain-in-palliative-care-patients-with-cancer-the-equimeth2-national-randomized-open-phase-iii-study
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Marie Pierre Berleur, Shimsi Lefki, Daniele Lefebvre Kunt, Eric Serra, Gisele Chvetzoff, Alain Derniaux, Flora Tremellat, Marilène Filbet, Anna Simon, Bich Dang Vu, Cyril Guillaume
: 212 Background: Methadone is used more and more as a second-line treatment for refractory cancer pain in palliative care patients. METHODS: The study aimed to compare the effect of two methadone titration methods (Stop and Go vs progressive titration) in 146 palliative care cancer patients with pain inadequately relieved or intolerant to level 3 opioids. The primary endpoint was the rate of success/failure at Day 4 defined by pain relief (reduction of at least two points of the numerical scale (0 - 10) AND a pain score < 5 for 2 consecutive days) AND no overdose (Rudkin scale ≥ 3 AND respiratory rate < 8/min)...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156660/attitudes-of-radiation-oncologists-toward-palliative-and-supportive-care-in-the-united-states-report-on-national-membership-survey-by-the-american-society-for-radiation-oncology-astro
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James B Yu, Malcolm Mattes, Adrienne Thrasher, Hui-Kuo George Shu, Jennifer F De Los Santos, Harald Paganetti, Bridget F Koontz, Christopher Abraham, Tracy A Balboni
: 105 Background: Radiation oncologists are frequently involved in providing palliative and supportive care (PSC) for patients with advanced cancers through delivery of palliative radiation. Whether they are confident in their ability to assess and initiate treatments for pain, non-pain, and psychosocial distress is unknown. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) surveyed its practicing members in the United States on self-assessment of their primary PSC skills, and access to continuing medical education on PSC...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
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