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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640703/integrating-evidence-based-medicine-for-treatment-of-spinal-metastases-into-a-decision-framework-neurologic-oncologic-mechanicals-stability-and-systemic-disease
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Ori Barzilai, Ilya Laufer, Yoshiya Yamada, Daniel S Higginson, Adam M Schmitt, Eric Lis, Mark H Bilsky
Patients with cancer are frequently affected by spinal metastases. Treatment is palliative, with the principle goals of pain relief, preservation of neurologic function, and improvement in quality of life. In the past decade, we have witnessed a dramatic change in the treatment paradigms due to the development of improved surgical strategies and systemic and radiation therapy. The most important change to these paradigms has been the integration of spinal stereotactic radiosurgery (SSRS), allowing delivery of tumoricidal radiation doses with sparing of nearby organs at risk...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632194/a-mind-body-approach-to-pediatric-pain-management
#2
REVIEW
Melanie L Brown, Enrique Rojas, Suzanne Gouda
Pain is a significant public health problem that affects all populations and has significant financial, physical and psychological impact. Opioid medications, once the mainstay of pain therapy across the spectrum, can be associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) guidelines recommend that non-opioid pain medications are preferred for chronic pain outside of certain indications (cancer, palliative and end of life care). Mindfulness, hypnosis, acupuncture and yoga are four examples of mind-body techniques that are often used in the adult population for pain and symptom management...
June 20, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631771/-dying-in-the-three-graces-arms-when-ethics-dresses-up-as-aesthetics
#3
Sandro Spinsanti
The many adjectives usually used to explain the desirable death - painless, decent, human… - do not include the term "graceful". However, this is a way that can be explored, too, if you imagine to die in the Three Graces' arms, namely in a mood that, according to Ugo Foscolo, is "between the exaggerated cheerfulness and the deep pain". The pathway turns out to be much more productive if we allow ourselves to be led by the original names of the Three Graces and by their symbology. Euphrosyne suggests the wisdom through which the mind guides our choices, especially those that show as palliative cures; Aglaea suggests the peace linked to the possibility to keep the death process under control; Talia lets us imagine a death seen as growth, as a pathway that ends at the peak of our own humanity...
June 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631529/use-of-buccal-morphine-in-the-management-of-pain-in-children-with-life-limiting-conditions-results-of-a-laboratory-study
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Renée McCulloch, Mohammed Sattar, Ellen M Henderson, Majella E Lane, Myra Bluebond-Langner
BACKGROUND: Children and infants with impaired swallow or compromised enteral absorption require alternative routes for administration of analgesia. Recent clinical guidance and practice for paediatric palliative care teams, who often treat such children, supports buccal morphine sulphate as a fast acting, effective and easily administered agent for pain relief. However, a consideration of the physicochemical properties and potency of morphine would suggest that it is not a suitable candidate for delivery via the transmucosal route, raising questions about its use in children and infants...
June 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628352/characteristics-of-hospitalized-cancer-patients-referred-for-inpatient-palliative-care-consultation
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Joan D Penrod, Melissa M Garrido, Karen McKendrick, Peter May, Melissa D Aldridge, Diane E Meier, Katherine A Ornstein, R Sean Morrison
BACKGROUND: Palliative care is associated with improved patient and family outcomes and lower cost of care, but studies estimate that <50% of hospitalized adults in the United States who are appropriate for palliative care receive it. Few studies have addressed demographic and clinical factors associated with receipt of palliative care. OBJECTIVE: Our aim was to identify characteristics of hospitalized advanced cancer patients that are associated with referral to an interdisciplinary hospital-based palliative care team...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626489/conference-report-on-the-indo-global-summit-on-head-and-neck-oncology-igshno-2017-bmcon-iv-24-26-february-2017-jaipur-india
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Tej Prakash Soni, Anil K Gupta, Lalit M Sharma, Pawan Singhal, Dinesh Yadav, Umesh Bansal
'The multidisciplinary approach: expanding treatment horizons for head and neck cancer' was the major theme of the Indo Global Summit on Head and Neck Oncology (IGSHNO 2017-BMCON-IV). The meeting, held in Jaipur (Rajasthan, India) from 24 to 26 February 2017, assembled 600 participants from India and worldwide. It was organised by the Bhagwan Mahaveer Cancer Hospital and Research Centre (BMCHRC), Jaipur. BMCHRC Jaipur is one of the largest superspeciality oncology research and treatment centres in north India...
2017: Ecancermedicalscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624427/a-case-grafted-with-polyglycolic-acid-sheets-and-fibrin-glue-for-protection-after-temporary-resection-of-a-metastatic-cervical-skin-tumor
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Takashi Matsuzuka, Masahiro Suzuki, Masakazu Ikeda, Kaoru Sato, Junko Fujimoto, Rumi Hosaka, Yuko Tanji, Shu Soeda, Shigeyuki Murono
The aim of this case report was to evaluate the usefulness of a grafting with polyglycolic acid sheet and a fibrin glue spray (PGA sheet grafting) after resection of a cervical skin tumor. A 61-year-old woman presented with left cervical skin tumor resistance to chemo-radiotherapy. She had been undergoing multimodal therapy for ovarian serous papillary adenocarcinoma for the previous six years. Although she had a poor general condition and a cervical skin tumor of 9cm in diameter, which was painful and easy bleeding, had offensive smell, she hoped to return to her job...
June 14, 2017: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623936/safety-and-potential-efficacy-of-gemfibrozil-as-a-supportive-treatment-for-children-with-late-infantile-neuronal-ceroid-lipofuscinosis-and-other-lipid-storage-disorders
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REVIEW
Kyeongsoon Kim, Hynda K Kleinman, Hahn-Jun Lee, Kalipada Pahan
Neuronal Ceroid Lipofuscinosis (NCL), also known as Batten disease, is a group of genetically distinct lysosomal disorders that mainly affect the central nervous system, resulting in progressive motor and cognitive decline primarily in children. Multiple distinct genes involved in the metabolism of lipids have been identified to date with various mutations in this family of diseases. There is no cure for these diseases but some new therapeutic approaches have been tested that offer more hope than the standard palliative care...
June 17, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623513/the-spine-instability-neoplastic-score-sins-in-the-assessment-of-response-to-radiotherapy-for-bone-metastases
#9
E Gallizia, G Apicella, T Cena, M Di Genesio Pagliuca, L Deantonio, M Krengli
BACKGROUND: Vertebral metastases are often causing pain and spine instability. Radiotherapy is of significant benefit for painful spine metastases but the response can be very variable. The spine instability neoplastic score (SINS) is a recent classification system for diagnosis of spinal instability caused by vertebral metastases. We analysed the degree of pain relief, the need of drug therapy and the imaging features and the SINS before and after radiotherapy. In particular, we investigated the possible correlation of spine instability defined by pre-treatment SINS with pretreatment pain and with response to radiotherapy...
June 16, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622379/end-of-life-care-for-people-with-dementia-the-views-of-health-professionals-social-care-service-managers-and-frontline-staff-on-key-requirements-for-good-practice
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Richard Philip Lee, Claire Bamford, Marie Poole, Emma McLellan, Catherine Exley, Louise Robinson
BACKGROUND: Evidence consistently shows that people with advanced dementia experience suboptimal end of life care compared to those with cancer; with increased hospitalisation, inadequate pain control and fewer palliative care interventions. Understanding the views of those service managers and frontline staff who organise and provide care is crucial in order to develop better end of life care for people with dementia. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Qualitative interviews and focus groups were conducted from 2013 to 2015 with 33 service managers and 54 staff involved in frontline care, including doctors, nurses, nursing and care home managers, service development leads, senior managers/directors, care assistants and senior care assistants/team leads...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616610/current-approaches-to-gastric-cancer-in-peru-and-mexico
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REVIEW
Erlan Santos
In Peru, the incidence of gastric cancer is reported to be around 15.8 per 100,000 inhabitants and it is the second most common oncological disease in men and the third one in women. Additionally, a high mortality index was reported, especially among poor people. To address this issue, in 2008, Peru initiated several insurance treatment plans of oncological diseases with promising results. In Mexico, there is a high predominance of gastric cancer in male gender compared to female gender, even reaching a 2/1 ratio, and the detection rate of early gastric cancer is low (10% to 20%) which results in a mainly palliative treatment with an overall survival rate in 5 years about 10% to 15% only...
2017: Translational Gastroenterology and Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616223/clinical-outcomes-of-self-expandable-metal-stent-sems-placement-as-palliative-treatment-for-malignant-colorectal-obstruction-a-single-center-study-from-japan
#12
Toshikatsu Nitta, Jun Kataoka, Masato Ohta, Kensuke Fujii, Tomo Tominaga, Yoshihiro Inoue, Hiroshi Kawasaki, Takashi Ishibashi
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess the efficacy of self-expanding metal stent (SEMS) implantation as palliative treatment for malignant colorectal obstruction. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of patients with malignant colorectal obstruction who underwent SEMS insertion as palliative treatment in our hospital between March 2013 and December 2016. We analyzed demographic, clinical, and operative characteristics. RESULTS: A total of 13 patients (8 males, 5 females; median age, 80...
July 2017: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614082/pharmacology-of-cough-in-palliative-care
#13
Alyn H Morice, Gabriella Shanks
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cough is a common and distressing symptom. It has a marked decrement on quality-of-life particularly in the arena of palliative care where coexisting symptoms such as pain may be exacerbated. Whilst local definitive treatment may alleviate coughing it usually requires general measures. The purpose of the review is to assess the current evidence relating to the pharmacological management of cough. RECENT FINDINGS: Key to understanding cough is the realization that most cough is because of a hypersensitivity of the afferent vagus nerve...
June 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612613/-recent-overview-of-kidney-cancer-diagnostics-and-treatment
#14
J Marenčák, M Ondrušová, D Ondruš
The incidence of kidney cancer has increased in the majority of countries worldwide, and this disease has relatively high lethality. For many years, the Slovak Republic has been among the countries with the highest kidney cancer incidence, in particular in 2012 (according to global estimated values) in both genders, although mainly in females. In the last few years, the Czech Republic has had the highest incidence of kidney cancer worldwide. The use of imaging techniques such as ultrasound and computerized tomography has increased the detection of asymptomatic renal cell cancer...
2017: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610431/palliative-care-experience-in-the-last-3-months-of-life-a-quantitative-comparison-of-care-provided-in-residential-hospices-hospitals-and-the-home-from-the-perspectives-of-bereaved-caregivers
#15
Daryl Bainbridge, Hsien Seow
OBJECTIVE: This study captured the end-of-life care experiences across various settings from bereaved caregivers of individuals who died in residential hospice. METHODS: A retrospective, observational design using the CaregiverVoice survey with bereaved caregivers of patients in 22 hospices in Ontario, Canada. The survey assessed various dimensions of the patient's care experiences across multiple care settings in the last 3 months of life. RESULTS: A total of 1153 caregivers responded to the survey (44% response rate)...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609257/characteristics-of-participants-enrolled-onto-a-randomized-controlled-trial-of-palliative-care-for-patients-on-phase-i-studies
#16
Betty R Ferrell, Carly L Paterson, Mark T Hughes, Vincent Chung, Marianna Koczywas, Thomas J Smith
INTRODUCTION: Advanced cancer patients participating in phase 1 clinical trials experience considerable symptom burden. Palliative care (PC) may benefit these individuals by providing supportive care during clinical research participation. This study investigates integration of a PC intervention among phase 1 trial participants with advanced cancer. METHODS AND MATERIALS: This study is a multisite randomized clinical trial testing a concurrent PC intervention among phase 1 trial participants...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609231/methadone-dose-selection-for-treatment-of-pain-compared-with-consensus-recommendations
#17
Parisa Karimian, Rabia S Atayee, Toluwalase A Ajayi, Kyle P Edmonds
BACKGROUND: Many factors make methadone an appealing option for treatment of pain in patients seen by palliative care; however, complex drug-related properties and variable patient response complicate appropriate conversion ratios from other opioids to methadone. Currently, there is no consensus regarding one accepted conversion method. OBJECTIVE: Current patterns of prescribing for clinicians at a three-hospital academic health system on initial rotation to methadone for the management of pain were compared with a series of consensus recommendations for methadone dose calculation...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606600/maximizing-functional-outcomes-in-head-and-neck-cancer-survivors-assessment-and-rehabilitation
#18
REVIEW
Nausheen Jamal, Barbara Ebersole, Andrew Erman, Dinesh Chhetri
With increases in survivorship for patients with head and neck cancer, attention is turning to quality-of-life issues for survivors. Care for these patients is multifaceted. Dysphagia and issues of voice/speech, airway obstruction, neck and shoulder dysfunction, lymphedema, and pain control are important to address. Rehabilitation interventions are patient-specific and aim to prevent, restore, compensate, and palliate symptoms and sequelae of treatment for optimal functioning. Central to providing comprehensive interdisciplinary care are the head and neck surgeon, laryngologist, and speech-language pathologist...
June 9, 2017: Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604382/surgical-treatment-of-gastric-stromal-tumors-laparoscopic-versus-open-approach
#19
Monica Ortenzi, Roberto Ghiselli, Luca Cardinali, Mario Guerrieri
AIM: Gastrointestinal stromal tumors (GIST) are quite rare tumors, but yet they are the most common mesenchymal lesions of gastrointestinal tract. Their outmost frequent origin site is stomach and presently surgical resection is the mainstay in the treatment of gastric non metastatic GIST. Their peculiar characteristic of growth and poor metastatic tendency make this tumors particularly prone to be managed by minimally invasive technique. Presenting our experience we want show the feasibility and safeness of laparoscopic approach for gastric GIST and its benefits versus traditional open surgery and pointing out short term and long terms outcomes...
2017: Annali Italiani di Chirurgia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604233/distance-education-methods-are-useful-for-delivering-education-to-palliative-caregivers-a-single-arm-trial-of-an-education-package-palliative-caregivers-education-package
#20
Liz Forbat, Rowena Robinson, Rachel Bilton-Simek, Karemah Francois, Marsha Lewis, Erna Haraldsdottir
BACKGROUND: Face-to-face/group education for palliative caregivers is successful, but relies on caregivers travelling, being absent from the patient, and rigid timings. This presents inequities for those in rural locations. AIM: To design and test an innovative distance-learning educational package (PrECEPt: PalliativE Caregivers Education Package). DESIGN: Single-arm mixed-method feasibility proof-of-concept trial (ACTRN12616000601437). The primary outcome was carer self-efficacy, with secondary outcomes focused on caregiver preparedness and carer tasks/needs...
June 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
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