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C Lo, T Panday, J Zeppieri, A Rydall, P Murphy-Kane, C Zimmermann, G Rodin
Existential distress is of clinical concern in patients with terminal illness. Although existential distress has been used to describe a broad spectrum of psychological disturbances, its narrower definition may be confined to distress that arises when the meaning and value of one's life is unclear, and is comorbid with feelings of loneliness and low self-worth. To promote further study, we developed and pilot-tested a 10-item Existential Distress Scale (EDS). Twenty-one patients with advanced cancer were recruited from a palliative care unit...
October 24, 2016: European Journal of Cancer Care
Kuan-Yin Lin, Helena C Frawley, Catherine L Granger, Linda Denehy
AIMS: This study evaluated the construct validity of the Australian Pelvic Floor Questionnaire against two alternative measures of the severity of bladder and bowel symptoms. METHODS: This was an exploratory analysis of data from two prospective studies. Patients who had undergone surgery for colorectal cancer were analysed. Bladder and bowel symptoms were measured using three validated questionnaires: the Australian Pelvic Floor Questionnaire, the International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire Short Form Questionnaire for urinary incontinence and the International Consultation on Incontinence Questionnaire-Bowel Module post-cancer treatment...
October 24, 2016: Neurourology and Urodynamics
Keiichi Fujiya, Masanori Tokunaga, Rie Makuuchi, Noriyuki Nishiwaki, Hayato Omori, Wataru Takagi, Fumiko Hirata, Makoto Hikage, Yutaka Tanizawa, Etsuro Bando, Taiichi Kawamura, Masanori Terashima
BACKGROUND: There is no evidence that strict follow-up using cross-sectional imaging after curative gastrectomy benefits survival; however, nonperitoneal recurrence detected early might be treated with additional surgery. The present study examined whether early detection of recurrence by imaging modalities could increase survival, particularly in patients with nonperitoneal recurrence. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 218 patients with recurrent gastric cancer after curative gastrectomy performed from 2002 to 2014...
October 24, 2016: Gastric Cancer
Hiroaki Nagata, Shuhei Komatsu, Wataru Takaki, Tokunari Okayama, Yasunori Sawabe, Michiaki Ishii, Mitsuo Kishimoto, Eigo Otsuji, Hiroshi Konosu
Granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF)-producing tumor is one of the rare types of cancer clinically characterized by an elevated fever and white blood cell (WBC) increment. Although G-CSF producing tumors have been reported in several types of cancer including those of the lungs, cervix and bladder, G-CSF producing hepatocellular carcinoma is extremely rare. Here, we report the case of a rapidly growing and poorly differentiated hepatocellular carcinoma producing G-CSF. The patient showed symptoms of continuous high fever, stomach pain and cough, and high serum WBC counts, C-reactive protein (CRP) and G-CSF levels were found in laboratory tests...
October 10, 2016: World Journal of Clinical Oncology
Steven Walker, Anna C Bibby, Nick A Maskell
Malignant pleural effusions (MPEs) are an important cause of cancer-related mortality and morbidity. It is a heterogeneous group of conditions, which leads to debilitating symptoms and confers a poor prognosis. Recent well-designed randomized trials have provided a broader evidence base for an expanding range of treatment options. Together, with new prognostic scoring systems and a greater understanding of how different patient phenotypes respond to treatment, this allows greater personalization of management...
October 24, 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Respiratory Disease
Anita Ww Lim, Rebecca Landy, Alejandra Castanon, Antony Hollingworth, Willie Hamilton, Nick Dudding, Peter Sasieni
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer in young women presents a diagnostic challenge because gynaecological symptoms are common but underlying disease is rare. AIM: To explore the potential for using cytology as a diagnostic aid for cervical cancer in young women. DESIGN AND SETTING: Retrospective review of primary care records and cytology data from the national cervical screening database and national audit of cervical cancers. METHOD: Four datasets of women aged 20-29 years in England were examined: primary care records and national screening data from an in-depth study of cervical cancers; cytology from the national audit of cervical cancers; whole-population cytology from the national screening database; and general-population primary care records from the Clinical Practice Research Datalink...
October 24, 2016: British Journal of General Practice: the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners
Karen M Mustian, Calvin L Cole, Po Ju Lin, Matt Asare, Chunkit Fung, Michelle C Janelsins, Charles S Kamen, Luke J Peppone, Allison Magnuson
OBJECTIVE: To review existing exercise guidelines for cancer patients and survivors for the management of symptom clusters. DATA SOURCES: Review of PubMed literature and published exercise guidelines. CONCLUSION: Cancer and its treatments are responsible for a copious number of incapacitating symptoms that markedly impair quality of life. The exercise oncology literature provides consistent support for the safety and efficacy of exercise interventions in managing cancer- and treatment-related symptoms, as well as improving quality of life in cancer patients and survivors...
October 21, 2016: Seminars in Oncology Nursing
Cheryl Rodgers, Mary C Hooke, Jessica Ward, Lauri A Linder
OBJECTIVE: To report evidence regarding assessment methods and management strategies for symptom clusters among children and adolescents with cancer. DATA SOURCES: Published research and clinical guidelines. CONCLUSION: Although a number of studies have identified multiple co-occurring symptoms in children and adolescents with cancer, only a few have included analyses aimed at identifying symptom clusters. Evidence is limited for symptom cluster management strategies...
October 21, 2016: Seminars in Oncology Nursing
Debra Lynch Kelly, Kristin Dickinson, Chao-Pin Hsiao, Nada Lukkahatai, Velda Gonzalez-Marrero, Margaret McCabe, Leorey N Saligan
OBJECTIVES: Identification of biologic pathways of symptom clusters is necessary to develop precision therapies for distressing symptoms. This review examined extant literature evaluating relationships between biomarkers and symptom clusters in cancer survivors. DATA SOURCES: PubMed, CINAHL, Web of Science and Cochrane Library were searched using terms "biological markers" or "biomarkers" and "symptom cluster" or "symptom complex" or "multiple symptoms." CONCLUSION: Biomarkers related to inflammation (eg, cytokines) were the most studied and showed the most significant relationships with clusters of symptoms...
October 21, 2016: Seminars in Oncology Nursing
Andrea Barsevick
OBJECTIVES: To examine the evolution of the concept of the symptom cluster through literature synthesis and identify knowledge gaps. DATA SOURCES: Published literature. CONCLUSION: A robust body of research has developed showing that clusters of symptoms can be identified empirically with modest evidence of convergence across methods. The science would benefit from a coordinated effort of qualitative studies to ensure that appropriate symptoms are evaluated; empirical symptom cluster identification studies building upon qualitative work; and subgroup identification studies based on empirically defined symptom clusters...
October 21, 2016: Seminars in Oncology Nursing
Mary E Cooley, Mary Lou Siefert
OBJECTIVES: To discuss multiple co-occurring cancer symptoms, review symptom assessment instruments, identify innovative methods to integrate symptom assessment and management in the clinical setting, and examine barriers and facilitators for implementation of symptom assessment and use of clinical practice guidelines. DATA SOURCES: Peer-reviewed articles, guidelines, systematic reviews, and web-based resources. CONCLUSION: Despite the availability of brief, reliable, and valid instruments, symptom assessment has not been integrated as a routine aspect of clinical care...
October 21, 2016: Seminars in Oncology Nursing
Eric Vigneault, Khaly Mbodji, Marc-Étienne Beaudet, Philippe Després, Marie-Claude Lavallée, André-Guy Martin, William Foster, Sylviane Aubin, Luc Beaulieu
PURPOSE: To compare biochemical failure free survival (BFFS) of patients with small and large prostate glands treated with external beam radiation therapy (EBRT) and HDR (high dose rate) brachytherapy boost. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between 2002 and 2012, 548 patients were treated with EBRT followed by HDR boost. The effect of covariates and prostate volume on biochemical failure was analyzed by survival analysis and Cox regression model. RESULTS: The median follow-up and age were not different between the two groups...
October 21, 2016: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Sven Jarius, Marius Ringelstein, Jürgen Haas, Irina I Serysheva, Lars Komorowski, Kai Fechner, Klaus-Peter Wandinger, Philipp Albrecht, Harald Hefter, Andreas Moser, Eva Neuen-Jacob, Hans-Peter Hartung, Brigitte Wildemann, Orhan Aktas
BACKGROUND: Recently, we described a novel autoantibody, anti-Sj/ITPR1-IgG, that targets the inositol 1,4,5-trisphosphate receptor type 1 (ITPR1) in patients with cerebellar ataxia. However, ITPR1 is expressed not only by Purkinje cells but also in the anterior horn of the spinal cord, in the substantia gelatinosa and in the motor, sensory (including the dorsal root ganglia) and autonomic peripheral nervous system, suggesting that the clinical spectrum associated with autoimmunity to ITPR1 may be broader than initially thought...
October 24, 2016: Journal of Neuroinflammation
Hyeonseok S Jeong, Eun Kyoung Choi, In-Uk Song, Yong-An Chung, Jong-Sik Park, Jin Kyoung Oh
BACKGROUND: In preparation for I-131 ablation, temporary withdrawal of thyroid hormone is commonly used in patients with thyroid cancer after total thyroidectomy. The current study aimed to investigate brain glucose metabolism and its relationships with mood or cognitive function in these patients using 18F-fluoro-2-deoxyglucose positron emission tomography (18F-FDG-PET). METHOD: A total of 40 consecutive adult patients with thyroid carcinoma who had undergone total thyroidectomy were recruited for this cross-sectional study...
October 22, 2016: Thyroid: Official Journal of the American Thyroid Association
M Renovanz, A-K Hickmann, J Coburger, K Kohlmann, M Janko, A-K Reuter, N Keric, M Nadji-Ohl, J König, S Singer, A Giese, M Hechtner
Neuro-oncological patients experience high symptom and psychosocial burden. The aim was to test feasibility and practicability of the Supportive Care Needs Survey Short Form (SCNS-SF34-G) and the SCNS-Screening Tool (SCNS-ST9) to assess supportive care needs of neuro-oncological patients in clinical routine. A total of 173 patients, most with a primary diagnosis of high-grade glioma (81%), were assessed first using SCNS-SF34-G in comparison to two well-established patient-reported outcome measures, the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQC30 + QLQ-BN20) and Distress Thermometer (DT)...
October 24, 2016: European Journal of Cancer Care
Christian Fisahn, Lara Tkachenko, Marc Moisi, Steven Rostad, Randle Umeh, Michael E Zwillman, R Shane Tubbs, Jeni Page, David W Newell, Johnny B Delashaw
A 69-year-old female with a history of breast cancer and hypertension presented with a rare case of herpes simplex encephalitis (HSE) isolated to her left parietal lobe. The patient's first biopsy was negative for herpes simplex virus (HSV) I/II antigens, but less than two weeks later, the patient tested positive on repeat biopsy. This initial failure to detect the virus and the similarities between HSE and symptoms of intracranial hemorrhage (ICH) suggests repeat testing for HSV in the presence of ICH. Due to the frequency of patients with extra temporal HSE, a diagnosis of HSE should be more readily considered, particularly when a patient may not be improving and a concrete diagnosis has not been solidified...
September 16, 2016: Curēus
E S Fernandes, A R A Cerqueira, A G Soares, Soraia K P Costa
A significant number of experimental and clinical studies published in peer-reviewed journals have demonstrated promising pharmacological properties of capsaicin in relieving signs and symptoms of non-communicable diseases (chronic diseases). This chapter provides an overview made from basic and clinical research studies of the potential therapeutic effects of capsaicin, loaded in different application forms, such as solution and cream, on chronic diseases (e.g. arthritis, chronic pain, functional gastrointestinal disorders and cancer)...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Yan Xu, Xueling Yang, Tongguo Si, Haipeng Yu, Weihao Zhang, Yong Li, Zhi Guo
BACKGROUND Early-onset prostate cancer patients (aged ≤55 years) from Western countries have been well characterized in previous studies. However, the clinicopathological and prognostic characteristics of early-onset Chinese prostate cancer patients have not yet been assessed. This study aimed to examine the clinicopathological and prognostic factors of prostate cancer patients aged ≤55 years in a single Chinese center. MATERIAL AND METHODS One hundred six prostate cancer patients aged ≤55 years with complete clinicopathological data who were treated at our hospital between January 2000 and June 2014 were selected for this study...
October 23, 2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
S C Agasi-Idenburg, M S Y Thong, C J A Punt, M M Stuiver, N K Aaronson
PURPOSE: Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is one of the most frequently reported symptoms in cancer survivors. To be able to optimally treat CRF, knowledge of symptoms that interact with CRF is helpful. During aging, changes occur in body composition with progressive deterioration in physiological functions and metabolic processes causing a decline of adaptive capacity. Therefore, symptoms caused by cancer and its treatment might coexist in different symptom clusters in older cancer survivors, compared to younger survivors...
October 21, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
Přemysl Frič, Jan Škrha, Aleksi Šedo, Tomaš Zima, Petr Bušek, Klára Kmochová, Martin Laclav, Bohuš Bunganič, Svatopluk Solař, Petr Hrabal, František Bělina, Pavel Záruba, Pavel Škrha, Miroslav Zavoral
High-resolution imaging methods (HRIMs) and biomarkers present the second step of pancreatic cancer (PC) diagnostics in at-risk individuals. These include patients with positive risk factors, early symptoms, nonresponders to the initial antidiabetic therapy, patients older than 50 years of age with new-onset unstable diabetes requiring insulin as well as patients with long-term insulin-non-dependent diabetes and recent (up to 6 months) failure of antidiabetic therapy. The procedures should be started without delay and the co-operation between the primary and tertiary medical centers is highly desirable...
December 2016: European Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology
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