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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29601923/evaluation-and-management-of-testosterone-deficiency-aua-guideline
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John P Mulhall, Landon W Trost, Robert E Brannigan, Emily G Kurtz, J Bruce Redmon, Kelly A Chiles, Deborah J Lightner, Martin M Miner, M Hassan Murad, Christian J Nelson, Elizabeth A Platz, Lakshmi V Ramanathan, Ronald W Lewis
PURPOSE: There has been a marked increase in testosterone prescriptions in the past decade resulting in a growing need to give practicing clinicians proper guidance on the evaluation and management of the testosterone deficient patient. MATERIALS & METHODS: A systematic review utilized research from the Mayo Clinic Evidence Based Practice Center and additional supplementation by the authors. Evidence-based statements were based on body of evidence strength Grade A, B, or C and were designated as Strong, Moderate, and Conditional Recommendations with additional statements presented in the form of Clinical Principles or Expert Opinions...
March 27, 2018: Journal of Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29548340/utilizing-clinical-pathways-and-web-based-conferences-to-improve-quality-of-care-in-a-large-integrated-network-using-breast-cancer-radiation-therapy-as-the-model
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Katherine S Chen, Scott M Glaser, Allison E Garda, John A Vargo, M Saiful Huq, Dwight E Heron, Sushil Beriwal
BACKGROUND: Clinical pathways outline criteria for dose homogeneity and critical organ dosimetry. Based upon an internal audit showing suboptimal compliance with dosimetric parameters in whole breast irradiation (WBI), we conducted a mandatory web-based teaching conference for the network. This study reports the impact of this initiative on subsequent treatment plans. METHODS: Radiation treatment plans were collected for the 10 most recent patients receiving WBI at 16 institutions within the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center network...
March 16, 2018: Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29483068/input-of-psychosocial-information-during-multidisciplinary-team-meetings-at-medical-oncology-departments-protocol-for-an-observational-study
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Melissa Horlait, Simon Van Belle, Mark Leys
BACKGROUND: Multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTMs) have become standard practice in oncology and gained the status of the key decision-making forum for cancer patient management. The current literature provides evidence that MDTMs are achieving their intended objectives but there are also indications to question the positive impact of MDTMs in oncology settings. For cancer management to be patient-centered, it is crucial that medical information as well as psychosocial aspects-such as the patients' living situation, possible family problems, patients' mental state, and patients' perceptions and values or preferences towards treatment or care-are considered and discussed during MDTMs...
February 26, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29470187/the-danish-gynecological-cancer-nursing-database-creating-evidence-for-quality-improvements-in-preoperative-and-postoperative-cancer-care
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Lene Seibæk, Dorthe Hjort Jakobsen, Claus Høgdall
OBJECTIVE: Quality of preoperative and postoperative care is crucial to improve postoperative outcome of cancer surgery and to ensure that neither complications nor a poor general condition delays any subsequent radiochemotherapy or recovery. On this background, the Danish Gynecological Cancer Database (DGCD) established a nursing database in 2011. The aim of DGCD Nursing is to monitor the quality of preoperative and postoperative care and to generate data for research. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In accordance with the current data protection legislation, real-time data are entered by clinical nurses at all national cancer centers...
February 22, 2018: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29426781/mesothelioma-and-thymic-tumors-treatment-challenges-in-outside-a-network-setting
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Martina Imbimbo, Jean-Michel Maury, Marina Garassino, Nicolas Girard
The management of patients with mesothelioma and thymic malignancy requires continuous multidisciplinary expertise at any step of the disease. A dramatic improvement in our knowledge has occurred in the last few years, through the development of databases, translational research programs, and clinical trials. Access to innovative strategies represents a major challenge, as there is a lack of funding for clinical research in rare cancers and their rarity precludes the design of robust clinical trials that could lead to specific approval of drugs...
February 2, 2018: European Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29376012/fertility-preservation-during-cancer-treatment-the-korean-society-for-fertility-preservation-clinical-guidelines
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REVIEW
Jayeon Kim, Seul Ki Kim, Kyung Joo Hwang, Seok Hyun Kim
While many fertility preservation (FP) options now exist for reproductive-aged cancer patients, access to these services continues to be limited. A comprehensive FP program should be organized to serve oncofertility patients effectively. Also, much effort is needed from various individuals-patients, specialists from various fields, and consultants-to facilitate FP in a timely manner. Various challenges still exist in improving access to FP programs. To improve access to FP treatment, it is important to educate oncologists and patients via electronic tools and to actively navigate patients through the system...
December 2017: Clinical and Experimental Reproductive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286493/twenty-five-years-of-the-national-academy-of-medical-sciences-of-ukraine-progress-and-priorities-for-future-of-radiation-medicine-and-biology
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D Bazyka
After the creation of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine in 1993 the Research Center for Radiation Medicine was among the first institutions to join the Academy (fig. 1). Estab lishing the Academy was among the first steps of the independent Ukrainian government and aimed to provide a high level health care for population. It was extremely needed for the minimization of Chornobyl medical consequences. This choice was related to a growing recognition of the scientific research in fulfilling the Сenter's mission - study of the effects of low dose radiation on human body and radiation protection of the exposed population...
December 2017: Problemy Radiat︠s︡iĭnoï Medyt︠s︡yny Ta Radiobiolohiï
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241445/shifting-cancer-care-towards-multidisciplinarity-the-cancer-center-certification-program-of-the-german-cancer-society
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Christoph Kowalski, Ullrich Graeven, Christof von Kalle, Hauke Lang, Matthias W Beckmann, Jens-Uwe Blohmer, Martin Burchardt, Michael Ehrenfeld, Jan Fichtner, Stephan Grabbe, Hans Hoffmann, Heinrich Iro, Stefan Post, Anton Scharl, Uwe Schlegel, Thomas Seufferlein, Walter Stummer, Dieter Ukena, Julia Ferencz, Simone Wesselmann
BACKGROUND: Over the last decades numerous initiatives have been set up that aim at translating the best available medical knowledge and treatment into clinical practice. The inherent complexity of the programs and discrepancies in the terminology used make it difficult to appreciate each of them distinctly and compare their specific strengths and weaknesses. To allow comparison and stimulate dialogue between different programs, we in this paper provide an overview of the German Cancer Society certification program for multidisciplinary cancer centers that was established in 2003...
December 14, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222704/healthcare-system-barriers-to-long-term-follow-up-for-adult-survivors-of-childhood-cancer-in-british-columbia-canada-a-qualitative-study
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A Fuchsia Howard, Arminee Kazanjian, Sheila Pritchard, Rob Olson, Haroon Hasan, Kelly Newton, Karen Goddard
PURPOSE: Risk-stratified life-long follow-up care is recommended for adult childhood cancer survivors (CCS) to ensure appropriate prevention, screening, and management of late effects. The identification of barriers to long-term follow-up (LTFU), particularly in varying healthcare service contexts, is essential to develop and refine services that are responsive to survivor needs. We aimed to explore CCS and healthcare professionals (HCP) perspectives of healthcare system factors that function as barriers to LTFU in British Columbia, Canada...
December 8, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29219921/colorectal-cancer-safety-net-is-it-catching-patients-appropriately
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Alison R Althans, Justin T Brady, Melissa L Times, Deborah S Keller, Alexis R Harvey, Molly E Kelly, Nilam D Patel, Scott R Steele
BACKGROUND: Disparities in access to colorectal cancer care are multifactorial and are affected by socioeconomic elements. Uninsured and Medicaid patients present with advanced stage disease and have worse outcomes compared with similar privately insured patients. Safety net hospitals are a major care provider to this vulnerable population. Few studies have evaluated outcomes for safety net hospitals compared with private institutions in colorectal cancer. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare demographics, screening rates, presentation stage, and survival rates between a safety net hospital and a tertiary care center...
January 2018: Diseases of the Colon and Rectum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196094/-fregat-french-clinico-biological-database-dedicated-to-esogastric-cancers
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Florence Renaud, Frédéric Bibeau, Emmanuelle Leteurtre, Christine Delaeter, Malek Dib, Valentin Harter, Antoine Adenis, Guillaume Piessen, Christophe Mariette
Even though esogastric cancers are estimated at 1.5 million new cases worldwide with an expected 2.11 million new cases by 2025, prognosis remains poor and research is unsatisfactory compared to other cancers. There is an urgent need to intensify research via innovative and ambitious programs to improve patient's survival and quality of life. Incidence of esogastric cancers is particularly high in France, and the creation of a national clinicobiological database prospectively collecting epidemiological, human and social, clinical, pathological, biological data, sustained by biobanks of blood and tissues, is a critical point to improve research and care for these cancers considering all determinants of the disease with a more integrated approach...
December 2017: Annales de Pathologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169071/psychosocial-interventions-in-breast-cancer-survivorship-care
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REVIEW
Lisa M Gudenkauf, Shawna L Ehlers
Cancer distress screening and subsequent referral for psychosocial intervention has been mandated for continued cancer center accreditation. Increasing emphasis is being placed on the referral component of this mandate, ensuring that patient distress is not only identified but also effectively treated. Many evidence-based interventions exist for cancer distress. Specific interventions can effectively target biopsychosocial impacts of stress and promote adaptive coping, focusing on problem-solving, social support utilization, assertive communication, sexual health and intimacy, adherence to medical and supportive care recommendations, health behavior change, and emotional processing and expression...
November 20, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29154890/relating-to-the-experience-of-contingency-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer-an-interview-study-in-american-patients
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Renske Kruizinga, Najmeh Jafari, Michael Scherer-Rath, Hans Schilderman, Jennifer Bires, Christina Puchalski, Hanneke van Laarhoven
INTRODUCTION: Being diagnosed with incurable cancer can be a life changing experience, evoking different spiritual questions and needs. Confronting a serious life-threatening event that occurs not only often unexpected but can also disrupt a person's self-image and ideals of their personhood. This confrontation makes it difficult for people to integrate it into their personal life story - otherwise referred to as an experience of contingency. Different modes of relating to the contingent life event of having cancer have been studied in a Dutch patient population...
November 14, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28978214/strategies-to-manage-costs-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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Gary M Owens
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a diagnostically challenging disease. Clinicians are faced with the need to exclude alternative diagnoses, limited treatment and management guidelines, and few treatment options. Patients with IPF have significantly increased healthcare usage compared with similar patients without the disease. Medicare estimates for this disease are as high as $3 billion, not including cost of treatment. The disease, characterized by worsening dyspnea, declining lung function, nonspecific respiratory symptoms, and a varied clinical course randomly punctuated by episodes of acute exacerbations, is also accompanied by a host of comorbid conditions that contribute significantly to increased healthcare usage and cost...
July 2017: American Journal of Managed Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28973701/fertility-preservation-in-breast-cancer
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REVIEW
Cristina O'Donoghue, Gwendolyn P Quinn, M Catherine Lee
As more young women survive breast cancer, fertility preservation (FP) is an important component of care. This review highlights the importance of early pretreatment referral, reviews the risks of infertility associated with breast cancer treatment, and defines existing and emerging techniques for FP. The techniques reviewed include ovarian suppression, embryo cryopreservation, oocyte cryopreservation, and ovarian tissue cryopreservation and transplantation. The barriers women face, such as not being appropriately referred and the costs of treatment, also are addressed...
October 2017: Southern Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28948138/information-technology-enabled-team-based-patient-centered-care-the-example-of-depression-screening-and-management-in-cancer-care
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Gurvaneet S Randhawa, David K Ahern, Bradford W Hesse
The existing healthcare delivery systems across the world need to be redesigned to ensure high-quality care is delivered to all patients. This redesign needs to ensure care is knowledge-based, patient-centered and systems-minded. The rapid advances in the capabilities of information and communication technology and its recent rapid adoption in healthcare delivery have ensured this technology will play a vital role in the redesign of the healthcare delivery system. This commentary highlights promising new developments in health information technology (IT) that can support patient engagement and self-management as well as team-based, patient-centered care...
March 2017: Health Policy and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933226/nursing-adherence-to-ethical-codes-in-pediatric-oncology-wards
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Raziyeh Beykmirza, Lida Nikfarid, Foroozan Atashzadeh-Shoorideh, Maliheh Nasiri
BACKGROUND: The nature of children's cancer comes with lots of ethical issues. Nurses are encouraged to adhere to ethical codes in their practice. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to compare the perspectives of nurses and mothers of children with cancer regarding the adherence of nurses to ethical codes. RESEARCH DESIGN: In this descriptive-comparative study, a researcher-made questionnaire was used to assess the amount of adherence to Iranian nurses' code of ethics in perspectives of pediatric oncology nurses and mothers...
January 1, 2017: Nursing Ethics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885676/cooperation-between-in-hospital-psychological-support-and-pastoral-care-providers-obstacles-and-opportunities-for-a-modern-approach
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Tullio Proserpio, Andrea Ferrari, Laura Veneroni, Carmine Arice, Maura Massimino, Carlo Alfredo Clerici
The meaning that patients with cancer attribute to life influences their expectations and their attitudes to the disease and its treatment. Over the centuries, religion has commonly been the answer encoded by the social setting when it came to matters of life and death. The present article analyzes the historical grounds for forms of cooperation between the scientific disciplines that focus on mental health and the approach of religion, centered on the Italian situation. Such cooperation was hard to imagine in the past, but the situation has changed considerably and cooperation is not only possible but extremely desirable...
September 7, 2017: Tumori
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867544/standardization-of-radiation-therapy-dose-for-locally-advanced-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-through-changes-to-a-lung-cancer-clinical-pathway-in-a-large-integrated-comprehensive-cancer-center-network
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Pooja Karukonda, Brian J Gebhardt, Zachary D Horne, Dwight E Heron, Sushil Beriwal
PURPOSE: The results of Radiation Therapy Oncology Group (RTOG) 0617, which randomized patients with stages IIIA/IIIB non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) to definitive chemoradiation therapy to 60 Gy versus 74 Gy, demonstrated a detrimental survival impact with high-dose radiation therapy. We evaluated the impact of changes to a provider-driven clinical pathway (CP) guiding management of NSCLC on practice throughout our cancer center network. METHODS AND MATERIALS: In 2001, we implemented a CP for management of stage IIIA/IIIB NSCLC with definitive chemoradiation therapy...
July 8, 2017: Practical Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28844825/patient-navigation-across-the-spectrum-of-women-s-health-care-in-the-united-states
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REVIEW
Kathryn M McKenney, Noelle G Martinez, Lynn M Yee
Patient navigation is a patient-centered intervention that uses trained personnel to identify patient-level barriers, including financial, cultural, logistical, and educational obstacles to health care and then mitigate these barriers to facilitate complete and timely access to health services. For example, to assist a woman with Medicaid who is seeking postpartum care, a patient navigator could help her schedule an appointment before her insurance benefits change, coordinate transportation and child care, give her informational pamphlets on contraception options, and accompany her to the appointment to ensure her questions are answered...
March 2018: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
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