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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29159750/general-health-related-quality-of-life-scores-from-head-and-neck-squamous-cell-carcinoma-patients-obtained-throughout-the-first-year-following-diagnosis-predicted-up-to-10-year-overall-survival
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Hans Jørgen Aarstad, Arild Andrè Østhus, Helene Hersvik Aarstad, Stein Lybak, Anne Kari Hersvik Aarstad
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the 5- and 10-year survival prediction of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) scores obtained at diagnosis and at 6, 9 and 12 months after diagnosis in a cohort of curable head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: HNSCC patients (n = 109) reported their HRQoL measured by the EORTC Quality of Life Questionnaire (QLQ) general (C30) questionnaire. At diagnosis, the included patients were below 78 years of age and at diagnosis planned treated with curative intent...
November 20, 2017: European Archives of Oto-rhino-laryngology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29157074/pain-relief-after-a-short-course-of-palliative-radiotherapy-in-pancreatic-cancer-the-academic-medical-center-amc-experience
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Gati Ebrahimi, Coen R N Rasch, Geertjan van Tienhoven
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 20, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156914/palliative-radiotherapy-utilization-within-a-regional-australian-palliative-care-unit
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Peter Eastman, Anna Dowd, James Goonan, Helen Farrell, Graham Pitson
BACKGROUND: Palliative radiotherapy has been demonstrated to be efficacious for symptom management in advanced malignancy however there are limited data investigating its use for inpatient palliative care patients. The aim of the current paper was to evaluate the utilization of radiotherapy amongst patients admitted to a regional Australian palliative care unit (PCU). METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was undertaken involving all Barwon Health PCU patients who received radiotherapy whilst an inpatient...
October 1, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156912/genetic-biomarkers-associated-with-pain-flare-and-dexamethasone-response-following-palliative-radiotherapy-in-patients-with-painful-bone-metastases
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Anthony Furfari, Bo Angela Wan, Keyue Ding, Andrew Wong, Liting Zhu, Andrea Bezjak, Rebecca Wong, Carolyn F Wilson, Carlo DeAngelis, Azar Azad, Edward Chow, George S Charames
BACKGROUND: In patients who receive palliative radiation therapy (RT) for painful bone metastases, 40% experience a transient increase in pain known as a pain flare. Prophylactic dexamethasone has been shown to reduce pain flare incidence to 25%. We aimed to identify DNA biomarkers associated with pain flare and dexamethasone response. METHODS: Daily pain levels were recorded by 81 patients who received a single 8 Gy RT for painful bone metastases, of which 50 also received prophylactic dexamethasone...
September 20, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156911/prognostic-indicators-of-neuromuscular-disorders-for-palliative-care-referral
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Richard Shek-Kwan Chang, Yuen Kwun Wong
BACKGROUND: Most of the neuromuscular disorders (NMDs) have poor prognosis and lead to various symptoms amendable to palliative care. However, the suitable time of referral is uncertain. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted to describe the trajectories of NMDs. Early death within one year after NMD diagnosis was set as the outcome. Total of 86 adult NMD patients were recruited in a university hospital. Demographic variable including gender, age at diagnosis and early-onset symptoms including dyspnea, dysphagia, loss of mobility, constipation, mood and sleep disorders, and pain were correlated with the outcome...
September 29, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156910/genetic-biomarkers-associated-with-changes-in-quality-of-life-and-pain-following-palliative-radiotherapy-in-patients-with-bone-metastases
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Anthony Furfari, Bo Angela Wan, Keyue Ding, Andrew Wong, Liting Zhu, Andrea Bezjak, Rebecca Wong, Carolyn F Wilson, Carlo DeAngelis, Azar Azad, Edward Chow, George S Charames
BACKGROUND: Patients with bone metastases undergoing palliative radiation therapy (RT) may experience changes in both the functional and symptomatic aspects of quality of life (QOL). The European Organization of Cancer Research and Treatment (EORTC) QOL Questionnaire Core-15 Palliative (QLQ-C15-PAL) is a validated questionnaire employed to assess QOL specifically in palliative patients. Our study aimed to identify single-nucleotide variant (SNV) genetic biomarkers associated with changes in QOL and pain...
September 28, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156909/genetic-biomarkers-associated-with-response-to-palliative-radiotherapy-in-patients-with-painful-bone-metastases
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Anthony Furfari, Bo Angela Wan, Keyue Ding, Andrew Wong, Liting Zhu, Andrea Bezjak, Rebecca Wong, Carolyn F Wilson, Carlo DeAngelis, Azar Azad, Edward Chow, George S Charames
BACKGROUND: Palliative radiotherapy (RT) is effective in patients with painful bone metastases. Genetic factors may identify subgroup of patients who responded to RT. To identify DNA biomarkers associated with response to palliative RT. METHODS: Patients who received a single 8 Gy dose of RT for painful bone metastases were categorised into responders (n=36), non-responders (NR) (n=71). Saliva samples were sequenced to identify single-nucleotide variants (SNVs) in genes with known disease-causing variants from inflammation, radiation response, and DNA damage pathways...
October 10, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156905/i-hurt-so-hypnotic-interventions-and-palliative-care-for-traumatic-brain-injury
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Donald Moss
This article presents a case study in which self-hypnosis, hypnosis-assisted psychotherapy, and palliative care strategies were provided within a multi-modal integrative treatment program for a 38-year-old woman with traumatic brain injury (TBI) secondary to motor vehicle accident. Self-hypnosis was helpful in anxiety reduction and pain management. Hypnosis-assisted psychotherapy was beneficial in de-sensitizing many post-traumatic memories, and in managing post-concussion pain, including neuropathic pain and post-traumatic migraine headaches...
September 12, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156903/gender-differences-in-pain-and-patient-reported-outcomes-a-secondary-analysis-of-the-ncic-ctg-sc-23-randomized-trial
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Selina Chow, Keyue Ding, Bo Angela Wan, Michael Brundage, Ralph M Meyer, Abdenour Nabid, Pierre Chabot, Genevievev 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, Edward Chow
BACKGROUND: Gender differences may contribute to variations in disease presentations and health outcomes. To explore the gender difference in pain and patient reported outcomes in cancer patients with bone metastases undergoing palliative radiotherapy on the National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC) SC.23 randomized trial. METHODS: Patients completed the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) Quality of Life (QOL) bone metastases module (QLQ-BM22) and EORTC QOL Core-15-Palliative (QLQ-C15-PAL) before treatment and at days 10 and 42 after a single 8 Gy radiation treatment...
August 29, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156902/symptomatic-palliation-with-radiotherapy-in-extensive-heterotopic-ossifications
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Mary Jiayi Tao, Linda Probyn, Michael Poon, Hans Kreder, Bo Angela Wan, Patrick Diaz, Edward Chow
Heterotopic ossification (HTO) is the dystrophic formation of mature lamellar bone outside the confines of normal osseous tissues. It is frequently a complication which occurs following traumatic insult, both iatrogenic and non-iatrogenic, and neurological compromise. While mild degree of disease is often asymptomatic, significant pain and mobility limitations may result in reduced quality of life in advanced cases. Currently, the commonly accepted management for patients experiencing significant symptomatic HTOs is a combination therapy of surgical excision with prophylactic radiotherapy in the immediate perioperative period...
September 12, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156894/clinical-hypnosis-mindfulness-and-spirituality-in-palliative-care
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Consuelo Casula
In this article, I do not intend to present the many and well-known treatments for relieving pain and distress symptoms of the physical body, damaged by terminal diseases, such as cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis. In this article, I'd rather focus my attention on clinical hypnosis for subjects who, freed from physical pain, thanks to palliative care, are open to receiving comfort and support for their psychological and spiritual suffering. The intent of this article is to express how clinical hypnosis can harmoniously integrate psychological and spiritual aspects so that the terminal patient can make peace with his/her past, with the people who have hurt him/her, and with the people who will suffer because of his/her death...
September 28, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156298/european-research-on-electrochemotherapy-in-head-and-neck-cancer-eureca-project-results-from-the-treatment-of-mucosal-cancers
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Christina Caroline Plaschke, Giulia Bertino, James A McCaul, Juan J Grau, Remco de Bree, Gregor Sersa, Antonio Occhini, Ales Groselj, Cristobal Langdon, Derrek A Heuveling, Maja Cemazar, Primoz Strojan, C Rene Leemans, Marco Benazzo, Francesca De Terlizzi, Irene Wessel, Julie Gehl
AIM: Electrochemotherapy is an effective local treatment for cutaneous tumours and metastases. In this prospective trial, six European institutions investigated electrochemotherapy in recurrent, mucosal head and neck tumours. PATIENT AND METHODS: Forty-three patients with recurrent mucosal head and neck tumours and no further curative or reasonably effective palliative treatment options were enrolled and treated with electrochemotherapy. Patients were treated in general anaesthesia using intravenous or local injection of bleomycin followed by delivery of electric pulses to the tumour area...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154919/patient-reported-outcomes-and-opioid-use-by-outpatient-cancer-patients
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N Moryl, V Dave, P Glare, A Bokhari, V T Malhotra, A Gulati, J Hung, V Puttanniah, Y Griffo, R Tickoo, A Wiesenthal, S D Horn, C E Inturrisi
The Memorial Sloan-Kettering Pain Registry contains patient characteristics, treatments, and outcomes for a prospective cohort of 1534 chronic pain cancer patients who were seen at outpatient pain service clinics. Average pain intensity (Brief Pain Inventory) was reported as mild by 24.6% of patients, moderate by 41.5%, and severe by 33.9%. The patient's report of average percent pain relief and health state (EQ-5D) was inversely related to average pain intensity category, while measures of pain interference, number of worst pain locations, and physical and psychological distress were directly related to pain intensity category...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Pain: Official Journal of the American Pain Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153052/palliative-care-issues-and-challenges-in-saudi-arabia-knowledge-assessment-among-nursing-students
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Omar Mohammad Khraisat, Mahmoud Hamdan, Mohannad Ghazzawwi
BACKGROUND: Nurses are the heart of the palliative care team who provide high standards of care since they spend the longest time with patients. However, lack of adequate knowledge of palliative care is considered as one of the main obstacles to palliative care improvement. AIM: A survey was conducted to assess Saudi nursing students' knowledge about palliative care. METHODS: Using a descriptive design, 154 students who enrolled in first year and who will graduate within 1 year were surveyed in a nursing college located in Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151558/-a-comparison-of-hospice-care-research-topics-between-korea-and-other-countries-using-text-network-analysis
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Eun Jun Park, Youngji Kim, Chan Sook Park
PURPOSE: This study aimed to identify and compare hospice care research topics between Korean and international nursing studies using text network analysis. METHODS: The study was conducted in four steps: 1) collecting abstracts of relevant journal articles, 2) extracting and cleaning keywords (semantic morphemes) from the abstracts, 3) developing co-occurrence matrices and text-networks of keywords, and 4) analyzing network-related measures including degree centrality, closeness centrality, betweenness centrality, and clustering using the NetMiner program...
October 2017: Journal of Korean Academy of Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149150/the-hopeless-case-palliative-cryoablation-and-cementoplasty-procedures-for-palliation-of-large-pelvic-bone-metastases
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Tyler M Coupal, Kevin Pennycooke, Paul I Mallinson, Hugue A Ouellette, Paul W Clarkson, Pippa Hawley, Peter L Munk
BACKGROUND: Metastases to the bone are common in cancer patients, and it has been estimated that up to 50% of patients with pelvic bone metastases will not achieve adequate pain control with medications alone. This has led to a paradigm shift over recent years towards the use and development of minimally invasive image-guided treatment options for palliation of bony metastases. Despite these developments, large metastatic lesions are still often considered to be "hopeless cases" that would garner little to no benefit from image-guided intervention...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148298/understanding-patient-requirements-for-technology-systems-that-support-pain-management-in-palliative-care-services-a-qualitative-study
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Matthew J Allsop, Sally Taylor, Michael I Bennett, Bridgette M Bewick
Approaches to pain management using electronic systems are being developed for use in palliative care. This article explores palliative care patients' perspectives on managing and talking about pain, the role of technology in their lives and how technology could support pain management. Face-to-face interviews were used to understand patient needs and concerns to inform how electronic systems are developed. A total of 13 interviews took place with a convenience sample of community-based patients with advanced cancer receiving palliative care through a hospice...
November 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147877/efficacy-and-safety-of-fully-covered-self-expanding-metal-stents-for-malignant-esophageal-obstruction
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Hoonsub So, Ji Yong Ahn, Seungbong Han, Kyoungwon Jung, Hee Kyong Na, Jeong Hoon Lee, Kee Wook Jeong, Do Hoon Kim, Kee Don Choi, Ho June Song, Gin Hyug Lee, Hwoon-Yong Jung
BACKGROUND: Malignant dysphagia can result in poor nutritional status with severe weight loss. Rapid relief from dysphagia can be achieved with esophageal self-expanding metal stents (SEMSs), a minimally invasive method. In this study, we evaluated the usefulness of SEMSs for malignant dysphagia. METHODS: Between 2012 and 2015, 119 patients with malignant dysphagia underwent esophageal SEMS insertion with endoscopic assistance. Their demographics and clinical outcomes were collected...
November 17, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144172/disruptions-in-sleep-wake-cycles-in-community-dwelling-cancer-patients-receiving-palliative-care-and-their-correlates
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Marie Solange Bernatchez, Josée Savard, Hans Ivers
Significant disruptions in sleep-wake cycles have been found in advanced cancer patients in prior research. However, much remains to be known about specific sleep-wake cycle variables that are impaired in patients with a significantly altered performance status. More studies are also needed to explore the extent to which disrupted sleep-wake cycles are related to physical and psychological symptoms, time to death, maladaptive sleep behaviors, quality of life and 24-h light exposure. This study conducted in palliative cancer patients was aimed at characterizing patients' sleep-wake cycles using various circadian parameters (i...
November 16, 2017: Chronobiology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140139/health-related-quality-of-life-in-different-states-of-breast-cancer-comparing-different-instruments
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Mervi Rautalin, Niilo Färkkilä, Harri Sintonen, Tiina Saarto, Kimmo Taari, Tiina Jahkola, Risto P Roine
BACKGROUND: The prognosis of breast cancer has improved significantly during the last few decades increasing the interest in health-related quality of life (HRQoL). The aim of this study was to compare the HRQoL scores produced by different instruments and to shed light on their validity in various states of breast cancer by studying the association of cancer-related symptoms with HRQoL. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An observational, cross-sectional study of breast cancer patients treated in the Helsinki and Uusimaa Hospital District from September 2009 to April 2011...
November 15, 2017: Acta Oncologica
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