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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444872/saving-costs-through-a-coordinated-care-model-for-patients-with-hepatocellular-cancer
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Tsai-Wing Ow, Lucy Ralton, Edmund Tse
BACKGROUND: In keeping with recent trends, patients with hepatocellular cancer have had their care managed by a dedicated Nurse Coordinator at our tertiary Australian hospital since 2010. To date, there is little data to justify the cost-effectiveness of this approach. AIMS: The aim of this study is to quantify the potential cost saved through the employment of a Nurse Coordinator into the management of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma at a single tertiary-level Australian hospital...
April 26, 2017: Internal Medicine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441385/preoperative-clinical-pathway-of-breast-cancer-patients-determinants-of-compliance-with-eusoma-quality-indicators
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Delphine Héquet, Cyrille Huchon, Sandrine Baffert, Séverine Alran, Fabien Reyal, Thuy Nguyen, Alix Combes, Caroline Trichot, Karine Alves, Hélène Berseneff, Roman Rouzier
BACKGROUND: The European Society of Breast Cancer Specialists (EUSOMA) has defined quality indicators for breast cancer (BC). The aim of this study was to describe the preoperative clinical pathway of breast cancer patients and evaluate the determinants of compliance with EUSOMA quality indicators in the Optisoins01 cohort. METHODS: Optisoins01 is a prospective, multicentric study. Data from operable BC patients were collected, including results from before surgery to 1 year follow-up...
April 25, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429629/developing-indicators-of-appropriate-and-inappropriate-end-of-life-care-in-people-with-alzheimer-s-disease-cancer-or-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-for-population-level-administrative-databases-a-rand-ucla-appropriateness-study
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Robrecht De Schreye, Dirk Houttekier, Luc Deliens, Joachim Cohen
BACKGROUND: A substantial amount of aggressive life-prolonging treatments in the final stages of life has been reported for people with progressive life-shortening conditions. Monitoring appropriate and inappropriate end-of-life care is an important public health challenge and requires validated quality indicators. AIM: To develop indicators of appropriate and inappropriate end-of-life care for people with cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or Alzheimer's disease, measurable with population-level administrative data...
April 1, 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428732/access-to-information-and-counselling-older-cancer-patients-self-report-a-cross-sectional-survey
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Kristin Vassbotn Guldhav, Randi Jepsen, Siri Ytrehus, Ellen Karine Grov
BACKGROUND: An increasingly older population, improved diagnostics and treatment increase the number of older cancer survivors, thus more than 60% of those affected by cancer are over the age of 65. Symptom relief and the prevention of functional impairment are important tasks for home care nursing, considering that patients can live a long time with their cancer disease and related side effects. The aim of this study was to investigate the extent to which cancer patients over the age of 65 reported access to information and counselling from home care nursing services, including those offered by the cancer coordinator...
2017: BMC Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426142/integrated-care-in-cancer-what-is-it-how-is-it-used-and-where-are-the-gaps-a-textual-narrative-literature-synthesis
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L J Cortis, P R Ward, R A McKinnon, B Koczwara
Integrated care is an underpinning concept of contemporary health care policy proffered as a strategy to overcome the fragmentations in care encountered by people with complex care needs (Shaw et al. [2011] What is Integrated Care? An Overview of Integrated Care in the NHS). Cancer patients have potential to benefit from such policy, often having needs that extend beyond cancer. This paper seeks to understand how the concept of integrated care is used in the cancer literature. A search of leading databases was conducted for original research relating to integrated care or an integration intervention aiming to improve outcomes of cancer patients, and analysed using textual narrative synthesis...
April 20, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421461/the-role-of-tumor-board-conferences-in-neuro-oncology-a-nationwide-provider-survey
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REVIEW
James Snyder, Lonni Schultz, Tobias Walbert
The tumor board or multidisciplinary cancer meeting (MCM) is the foundation of high value multidisciplinary oncology care, coordinating teams of specialists. Little is known on how these meetings are implemented in Neuro-oncology. Benefits of MCMs include coordination, direction for complicated cases, education, and a forum for communication, emerging technology, and clinical trials. This study identifies participation and utilization of neuro-oncology MCMs. A cross-sectional descriptive survey was dispersed through an internet questionnaire...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Neuro-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412324/nanoformulation-based-sequential-combination-cancer-therapy
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Gayong Shim, Mi-Gyeong Kim, Dongyoon Kim, Joo Yeon Park, Yu-Kyoung Oh
Although combining two or more treatments is regarded as an indispensable approach for effectively treating cancer, the traditional cocktail-based combination therapies are seriously limited by coordination issues that fail to account for differences in the pharmacokinetics and action sites of each drug. The careful manipulation of dosing regimens, such as by the sequential application of combination treatments, may satisfy the temporal and spatial needs of each drug and achieve successful combination antitumor therapy...
April 12, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411145/current-and-future-role-of-genetic-screening-in-gynecologic-malignancies
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Kari L Ring, Christine Garcia, Martha H Thomas, Susan C Modesitt
The world of hereditary cancers has seen an exponential growth in recent years. While Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer and Lynch syndrome account for the majority of mutations encountered by gynecologists, newly identified deleterious genetic mutations continue to be unearthed with their associated risks of malignancies. However, these advances in genetic cancer predispositions then force practitioners and their patients to confront the uncertainties of these less commonly identified mutations and the fact that there is limited evidence to guide them in expected cancer risk and appropriate risk reduction strategies...
April 11, 2017: American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410187/comparing-web-based-provider-initiated-and-patient-initiated-survivorship-care-planning-for-cancer-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Katherine Clegg Smith, Elliott Tolbert, Susan M Hannum, Archana Radhakrishnan, Kelsey Zorn, Amanda Blackford, Stephen Greco, Karen Smith, Claire F Snyder
BACKGROUND: Survivorship care plans (SCPs) are intended to facilitate communication and coordination between patients, oncologists, and primary care providers. Most SCP initiatives have focused on oncology providers initiating the SCP process, but time and resource barriers have limited uptake. OBJECTIVE: This trial compares the feasibility and value of 2 Web-based SCP tools: provider-initiated versus patient-initiated. METHODS: This mixed-methods study recruited clinicians from 2 academically-affiliated community oncology practices...
August 30, 2016: JMIR Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400389/hereditary-leiomyomatosis-and-renal-cell-cancer-hlrcc-cutaneous-and-renal-manifestations-requiring-a-multidisciplinary-team-approach
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Agnieszka Adams, Kendall Katie Sharpe, Peter Peters, Michael Freeman
Cutaneous leiomyomasare rare tumours of smooth muscle origin associated with disorders such as hereditary leiomyomatosis and renal cell cancer (HLRCC) syndrome. HLRCC is an autosomal dominant syndrome caused by loss of function mutations in the fumarate hydratase gene. Sufferers of this disorder are predisposed to the development of tumours of the skin and/or uterus, with a further subset of HLRCC families at risk of renal cell carcinoma with papillary features. This syndrome is rare and carries with it a significant rate of mortality...
April 11, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399387/redesigning-cancer-care-delivery-views-from-patients-and-caregivers
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Manali I Patel, Vyjeyanthi S Periyakoil, Douglas W Blayney, David Moore, Andrea Nevedal, Steven Asch, Arnold Milstein, Tumaini R Coker
INTRODUCTION: Cancer is a leading cause of death in the United States. Although treatments have improved, patients and caregivers continue to report significant gaps in their care. The objective of this study was to examine the views of patients and caregivers on their experiences with current cancer care delivery and identify key strategies to improve the delivery of care. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Semistructured interviews were conducted with 75 patients and 45 caregivers across the United States...
April 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394347/new-factors-in-mammalian-dna-repair-the-chromatin-connection
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REVIEW
G Raschellà, G Melino, M Malewicz
In response to DNA damage mammalian cells activate a complex network of stress response pathways collectively termed DNA damage response (DDR). DDR involves a temporary arrest of the cell cycle to allow for the repair of the damage. DDR also attenuates gene expression by silencing global transcription and translation. Main function of DDR is, however, to prevent the fixation of debilitating changes to DNA by activation of various DNA repair pathways. Proper execution of DDR requires careful coordination between these interdependent cellular responses...
April 10, 2017: Oncogene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391026/radiopharmaceuticals-in-the-elderly-cancer-patient-practical-considerations-with-a-focus-on-prostate-cancer-therapy-a-position-paper-from-the-international-society-of-geriatric-oncology-task-force
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John O Prior, Silke Gillessen, Manfred Wirth, William Dale, Matti Aapro, Wim J G Oyen
Molecular imaging using radiopharmaceuticals has a clear role in visualising the presence and extent of tumour at diagnosis and monitoring response to therapy. Such imaging provides prognostic and predictive information relevant to management, e.g. by quantifying active tumour mass using positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT). As these techniques require only pharmacologically inactive doses, age and potential frailty are generally not important. However, this may be different for therapy involving radionuclides because the radiation can impact normal bodily function (e...
April 6, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28390420/partnering-with-patients-in-translational-oncology-research-ethical-approach
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Marie-France Mamzer, Nathalie Duchange, Sylviane Darquy, Patrice Marvanne, Claude Rambaud, Giovanna Marsico, Catherine Cerisey, Florian Scotté, Anita Burgun, Cécile Badoual, Pierre Laurent-Puig, Christian Hervé
BACKGROUND: The research program CARPEM (cancer research and personalized medicine) brings together the expertise of researchers and hospital-based oncologists to develop translational research in the context of personalized or "precision" medicine for cancer. There is recognition that patient involvement can help to take into account their needs and priorities in the development of this emerging practice but there is currently no consensus about how this can be achieved. In this study, we developed an empirical ethical research action aiming to improve patient representatives' involvement in the development of the translational research program together with health professionals...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383822/preparing-childhood-cancer-survivors-for-transition-to-adult-care-the-young-adult-perspective
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Natasha N Frederick, Sharon L Bober, Lexie Berwick, Mary Tower, Lisa B Kenney
BACKGROUND: Childhood cancer survivors (CCSs) remain at risk for developing treatment-associated health conditions as they age; however, many do not obtain recommended follow-up, putting them at unnecessary risk for morbidity. Educational interventions targeted at providing survivors with the knowledge and skills necessary for healthcare independence might improve adherence and outcomes as they transition care to the adult medical system. OBJECTIVE: To identify informational needs, educational preferences, and support that young adult CCSs perceive as beneficial for transition from pediatric to adult medical care...
April 6, 2017: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370667/improving-outcomes-in-veterans-with-oropharyngeal-squamous-cell-carcinoma-through-implementation-of-a-multidisciplinary-clinic
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Tyler Light, Edward El Rassi, Ronald J Maggiore, John Holland, Julie Reed, Kathleen Suriano, Marcelle Stooksbury, Nora Tobin, Neil Gross, Daniel Clayburgh
BACKGROUND: Treatment of head and neck cancer is complex, and a multidisciplinary clinic may improve the coordination of care. The value of a head and neck multidisciplinary clinic has not yet been established in oropharyngeal squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). METHODS: A retrospective review was conducted of Veterans Affairs patients with oropharyngeal SCC undergoing concurrent chemoradiation before and after implementation of the head and neck multidisciplinary clinic...
March 29, 2017: Head & Neck
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364263/development-of-a-text-messaging-system-to-improve-receipt-of-survivorship-care-in-adolescent-and-young-adult-survivors-of-childhood-cancer
#17
Jacqueline Casillas, Anju Goyal, Jason Bryman, Faisal Alquaddoomi, Patricia A Ganz, Emma Lidington, Joshua Macadangdang, Deborah Estrin
PURPOSE: This study aimed to develop and examine the acceptability, feasibility, and usability of a text messaging, or Short Message Service (SMS), system for improving the receipt of survivorship care for adolescent and young adult (AYA) survivors of childhood cancer. METHODS: Researchers developed and refined the text messaging system based on qualitative data from AYA survivors in an iterative three-stage process. In stage 1, a focus group (n = 4) addressed acceptability; in stage 2, key informant interviews (n = 10) following a 6-week trial addressed feasibility; and in stage 3, key informant interviews (n = 23) following a 6-week trial addressed usability...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28360525/the-importance-of-a-multidisciplinary-approach-to-hepatocellular-carcinoma
#18
REVIEW
Osama Siddique, Eric R Yoo, Ryan B Perumpail, Brandon J Perumpail, Andy Liu, George Cholankeril, Aijaz Ahmed
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide. The rising incidence, genetic heterogeneity, multiple etiologies, and concurrent chronic liver diseases make diagnosis, staging, and selection of treatment options challenging in patients with HCC. The best approach to optimize the management of HCC is one that utilizes a core multidisciplinary liver tumor board, consisting of hepatologists, pathologists, interventional radiologists, oncologists, hepatobiliary and transplant surgeons, nurses, and general practitioners...
2017: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359079/evaluating-wait-times-from-screening-to-breast-cancer-diagnosis-among-women-undergoing-organised-assessment-vs-usual-care
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Anna M Chiarelli, Derek Muradali, Kristina M Blackmore, Courtney R Smith, Lucia Mirea, Vicky Majpruz, Frances P O'Malley, May Lynn Quan, Claire Mb Holloway
BACKGROUND: Timely coordinated diagnostic assessment following an abnormal screening mammogram reduces patient anxiety and may optimise breast cancer prognosis. Since 1998, the Ontario Breast Screening Program (OBSP) has offered organised assessment through Breast Assessment Centres (BACs). For OBSP women seen at a BAC, an abnormal mammogram is followed by coordinated referrals through the use of navigators for further imaging, biopsy, and surgical consultation as indicated. For OBSP women seen through usual care (UC), further diagnostic imaging is arranged directly from the screening centre and/or through their physician; results must be communicated to the physician who is then responsible for arranging any necessary biopsy and/or surgical consultation...
March 30, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357171/value-based-care-in-the-worldwide-battle-against-cancer
#20
REVIEW
Niloufer J Johansen, Christobel M Saunders
Globally, an increasing and aging population is contributing to the prevalence of cancer. To be effective, cancer care needs to involve the coordination of multidisciplinary specialties, and also needs to be affordable, accessible, and capable of producing optimal patient outcomes. Porter and Teisberg (2006) have postulated that shifting current healthcare strategies from volume-based to patient-centric care redirects economic competition to providing treatments which promote the best patient outcomes while driving down costs...
February 17, 2017: Curēus
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