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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820523/ethical-considerations-in-conducting-pragmatic-trials-in-oncology
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Marilyn J Hammer
Pragmatic trials evaluate interventions in real-life scenarios, which differ from explanatory trials that control for numerous factors and variables to best determine causal associations. Each approach has advantages and disadvantages. Conducting pragmatic research trials while maintaining the tenets of the ethical conduct of research can sometimes be challenging, particularly regarding informed consent. In this column, distinctions between pragmatic and explanatory trials are discussed from an ethical view...
September 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820519/how-the-consolidated-framework-for-implementation-research-can-strengthen-findings-and-improve-translation-of-research-into-practice-a-case-study
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Nadja Klafke, Cornelia Mahler, Cornelia von Hagens, Michel Wensing, Andreas Schneeweiss, Andreas Müller, Joachim Szecsenyi, Stefanie Joos
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To answer how the planned intervention was performed in routine care, which factors supported or distracted from its implementation, and how key organizational structures have been built and sustained.
. RESEARCH APPROACH: Mixed-methods process evaluation.
. SETTING: Two German outpatient cancer clinics.
. PARTICIPANTS: Purposive sampling of 297 recruited patients with gynecologic cancer, their treating oncology nurses, and their interprofessional healthcare team, and the clinical stakeholders of two different outpatient cancer clinics...
September 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820516/caregiver-reported-health-outcomes-effects-of-providing-reflexology-for-symptom-management-to-women-with-advanced-breast-cancer
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Dawn Frambes, Alla Sikorskii, Irena Tesnjak, Gwen Wyatt, Rebecca Lehto, Barbara Given
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To determine the effects of delivering a reflexology intervention on health outcomes of informal caregivers, and to explore whether intervention effects are moderated by caregiver characteristics. 
. DESIGN: Two-group, randomized clinical trial.
. SETTING: Eight oncology clinics in urban and rural regions of Michigan and Illinois.
. SAMPLE: 180 informal caregivers of patients with advanced breast cancer...
September 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820515/the-role-of-oncology-nurses-in-discussing-clinical-trials
#4
Susan A Flocke, Elizabeth Antognoli, Barbara J Daly, Brigid Jackson, Sarah E Fulton, Tasnuva M Liu, Jessica Surdam, Sharon Manne, Neal J Meropol
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To describe oncology nurses' experiences discussing clinical trials with their patients, and to assess barriers to these discussions.
. RESEARCH APPROACH: A qualitative study designed to elicit narratives from oncology nurses. 
. SETTING: Community- and academic-based oncology clinics throughout the United States.
. PARTICIPANTS: 33 oncology nurses involved in direct patient care in community-based and large hospital-based settings...
September 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820511/feasibility-and-acceptability-of-a-dignity-therapy-life-plan-intervention-for-patients-with-advanced-cancer
#5
Ann Marie Dose, Joleen M Hubbard, Aaron S Mansfield, Pamela J McCabe, Catherine A Krecke, Jeff A Sloan
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To determine the feasibility and acceptability of a dignity therapy/life plan intervention in the outpatient oncology setting.
. RESEARCH APPROACH: Pilot descriptive study.
. SETTING: Outpatient clinic in a tertiary oncology center. 
. PARTICIPANTS: 18 patients within 12 months after diagnosis undergoing treatment for advanced pancreatic cancer or non-small cell lung cancer.
. METHODOLOGIC APPROACH: Patients received dignity therapy, consisting of a focused life review/values clarification interview session and two subsequent sessions to produce a generativity document, which they can use later as they wish...
September 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819716/neurological-complications-of-therapeutic-monoclonal-antibodies-trends-from-oncology-to-rheumatology
#6
REVIEW
Chandler Gill, Stasia Rouse, Ryan D Jacobson
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review is to describe the scope of neurological complications associated with monoclonal antibody-based therapies, applied across medical specialties, to demonstrate the common and rare neurological syndromes that may be encountered in clinical practice according to the therapeutic agent being receive, and to explain appropriate work-up, diagnosis, and management of drug complications, as supported by the literature. RECENT FINDINGS: The number of commercially available, evidence-based therapeutic monoclonal antibodies continues to expand...
August 17, 2017: Current Neurology and Neuroscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818346/planning-and-guidance-new-tools-to-enhance-the-human-skills-in-interventional-oncology
#7
REVIEW
L P Beyer, P Wiggermann
Navigation systems have the potential to achieve a high accuracy for percutaneous ablation of tumors even for those in difficult locations. In the last years, successful research has been conducted to make navigation devices applicable to percutaneous tumor ablation with special planning software that now allows high accuracy even for deep-located small lesions close to critical structures. Because of the high number of available navigation systems, this review focuses on those with preexisting clinical studies...
August 14, 2017: Diagnostic and Interventional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818287/application-of-flexible-endoscopy-based-biopsy-in-the-diagnosis-of-tumour-pathologies-in-otorhinolaryngology
#8
Carlos Saga, Manuel Olalde, Ekhiñe Larruskain, Leire Álvarez, Xabier Altuna
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Interventional endoscopy allows us to act on the pathology of the patient with minimal discomfort, low costs and high efficiency. We assessed the validity of flexible endoscopic biopsies in our hospital, in lesions suspected of malignancy in the rhino-pharyngo-laryngeal space. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Retrospective study of patients with a pathology suspected of malignancy assessed between 2006-2016 in our centre. We evaluated the effectiveness, the tolerance and the number of complications...
August 14, 2017: Acta Otorrinolaringológica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818069/path-modeling-of-knowledge-attitude-and-practice-toward-palliative-care-consultation-service-among-taiwanese-nursing-staff-a-cross-sectional-study
#9
Hsueh-Hsing Pan, Hsiu-Ling Shih, Li-Fen Wu, Yu-Chun Hung, Chi-Ming Chu, Kwua-Yun Wang
BACKGROUND: The Taiwanese government has promoted palliative care consultation services (PCCS) to support terminally ill patients in acute ward settings to receive palliative care since 2005. Such an intervention can enhance the quality of life and dignity of terminally ill patients. However, research focusing on the relationship between the knowledge, attitude and practice of a PCCS using path modelling in nursing staff is limited. Therefore, the aim of this study was to elucidate the effect of path modeling on the knowledge, attitude and practice toward PCCS in Taiwanese nursing staff...
August 17, 2017: BMC Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816801/bevacizumab-associated-bowel-microperforation-in-a-patient-with-neuroblastoma
#10
Rachel Glincher, Anita P Price, Michael P LaQuaglia, Brian H Kushner, Shakeel Modak
The antivascular endothelial growth factor antibody, bevacizumab, is effective against several malignancies in adults but unproven in pediatric oncology. In early phase pediatric studies toxicities were similar to those in adults. Bowel perforation in adults is a rare but serious toxicity, but has not been hitherto reported in children. A 5-year-old boy with chemoresistant neuroblastoma treated with bevacizumab plus radioimmunotherapy developed acute abdominal pain. Computed tomography scan showed free abdominal air and pneumatosis coli...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Pediatric Hematology/oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815475/cancer-training-for-frontline-healthcare-providers-in-tanzania
#11
Tara J Rick, Cassondra M Deming, Janey R Helland, Kari A Hartwig
Cervical and breast cancer are responsible for the highest cancer-related mortality in Tanzania, although both are preventable or curable if diagnosed at an early stage. Limited knowledge of cervical cancer by clinic and dispensary level healthcare providers in Tanzania is a barrier for prevention and control strategies. The purpose of the study was to provide basic oncology training to frontline healthcare workers with a focus on cervical and breast cancer in order to increase knowledge. A 1-day cancer training symposium was conducted in Arusha, Tanzania, with 43 clinicians...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814378/mhealth-technologies-for-palliative-care-patients-at-the-interface-of-in-patient-to-outpatient-care-protocol-of-feasibility-study-aiming-to-early-predict-deterioration-of-patient-s-health-status
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Gudrun Theile, Vanessa Klaas, Gerhard Tröster, Matthias Guckenberger
BACKGROUND: Palliative care patients are a particularly vulnerable population and one of the critical phases in patients' trajectories is discharge from specialized in-patient palliative care into outpatient care, where availability of a palliative care infrastructure is highly variable. A relevant number of potentially avoidable readmissions and emergency visits of palliative patients is observed due to rapid exacerbation of symptoms indicating the need for a closer patient monitoring...
August 16, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813191/effect-and-efficiency-of-an-embedded-palliative-care-nurse-practitioner-in-an-oncology-clinic
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Anne M Walling, Sarah F D'Ambruoso, Jennifer L Malin, Sara Hurvitz, Ann Zisser, Anne Coscarelli, Robin Clarke, Andrew Hackbarth, Christopher Pietras, Frances Watts, Bruce Ferrell, Samuel Skootsky, Neil S Wenger
PURPOSE: To test a simultaneous care model for palliative care for patients with advanced cancer by embedding a palliative care nurse practitioner (NP) in an oncology clinic. METHODS: We evaluated the effect of the intervention in two oncologists' clinics beginning March 2014 by using implementation strategies, including use of a structured referral mechanism, routine symptom screening, integration of a psychology-based cancer supportive care center, implementation team meetings, team training, and a metrics dashboard for continuous quality improvement...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812302/management-of-sleep-wake-disturbances-comorbid-with-cancer
#14
Ann M Berger, Ellyn E Matthews, Ashley M Kenkel
It is critical that clinicians and healthcare systems adopt routine screening and affordable interventions to reduce chronic insomnia and improve the quality of life in cancer patients and survivors. We provide expert clinical advice on how to manage sleep-wake disturbances that occur comorbidly with cancer. Our discussion focuses on the etiology, screening, and assessment of sleep-wake disturbances, and on both nonpharmacologic and pharmacologic interventions to manage sleep disturbances, insomnia, and sleep-related breathing disorders...
August 15, 2017: Oncology (Williston Park, NY)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803390/cancer-clonal-theory-immune-escape-and-their-evolving-roles-in-cancer-multi-agent-therapeutics
#15
REVIEW
Jonathan L Messerschmidt, Prianka Bhattacharya, Gerald L Messerschmidt
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The knowledge base of malignant cell growth and resulting targets is rapidly increasing every day. Clonal theory is essential to understand the changes required for a cell to become malignant. These changes are then clues to therapeutic intervention strategies. Immune system optimization is a critical piece to find, recognize, and eliminate all cancer cells from the host. Only by administering (1) multiple therapies that counteract the cancer cell's mutational and externally induced survival traits and (2) by augmenting the immune system to combat immune suppression processes and by enhancing specific tumor trait recognition can cancer begin to be treated with a truly targeted focus...
August 12, 2017: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801395/the-involvement-of-early-stage-breast-cancer-patients-during-oncology-consultations-in-italy-a-multi-centred-randomized-controlled-trial-of-a-question-prompt-sheet-versus-question-listing
#16
Alessandro Bottacini, Claudia Goss, Maria Angela Mazzi, Alberto Ghilardi, Chiara Buizza, Annamaria Molino, Elena Fiorio, Rolando Nortilli, Vito Amoroso, Lucia Vassalli, Richard F Brown
OBJECTIVES: To investigate, prior to an oncology consultation, the use of a pre-prepared list of evidence based questions, Question Prompt Sheet (QPS), compared with a Question List (QL), a patient self-generated list of questions. DESIGN: Multi-centred, randomised controlled trial. SETTING: Secondary-care patients attending three outpatient oncology clinics in Northern Italy. PARTICIPANTS: 308 women completed the study...
August 11, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800057/experiences-of-gynecological-cancer-patients-receiving-care-from-specialist-nurses-a-qualitative-systematic-review
#17
Olivia Cook, Meredith McIntyre, Katrina Recoche, Susan Lee
BACKGROUND: The care needs of women with gynecological cancer are complex and change over the course of their cancer journey. Specialist nurses are well positioned to play a role in meeting the needs of women with gynecological cancer although their role and scope of practice have not been well defined. As patients are a key stakeholder, understanding their experience of care is an important step in better defining the role and scope of practice of specialist nurses in gynecological oncology in Australia and New Zealand...
August 2017: JBI Database of Systematic Reviews and Implementation Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797519/treatment-of-acute-myeloid-leukemia-in-the-next-decade-towards-real-time-functional-testing-and-personalized-medicine
#18
REVIEW
Stephen Sze-Yuen Lam, Alex Bai-Liang He, Anskar Yu-Hung Leung
Information arising from next generation sequencing of leukemia genome has shed important light on the heterogeneous and combinatorial driver events in acute myeloid leukemia (AML). It has also provided insight into its intricate signaling pathways operative in the disease pathogenesis. These have also become biomarkers and targets for therapeutic intervention. Emerging evidence from in vitro drug screening has demonstrated its potential value in predicting clinical drug responses in specific AML subtypes. However, the best culture conditions and readouts have yet to be standardized and the drugs included in these screening exercises frequently revised in view of the rapid emergence of new therapeutic agents in the oncology field...
August 4, 2017: Blood Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789725/demoralization-in-medical-illness-feasibility-and-acceptability-of-a-pilot-educational-intervention-for-inpatient-oncology-nurses
#19
Benjamin W Brewer, Jennifer M Caspari, Jean Youngwerth, Leigh Nathan, Izaskun Ripoll, Alison Heru
OBJECTIVE: Demoralization is a common problem among medical inpatients with such serious health problems as cancer. An awareness of this syndrome, a knowledge of what defines it, and a plan for how to intervene are limited among nursing teams. Nurses are uniquely poised to efficiently provide brief interventions that address demoralization in their patients. To our knowledge, there are no interventions that train nurses to distinguish and treat demoralization in their patients. The objective of the present study was to determine the acceptability, feasibility, and impact of a novel educational intervention for nurses...
August 9, 2017: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780728/predictive-model-of-complexity-in-early-palliative-care-a-cohort-of-advanced-cancer-patients-palcom-study
#20
Albert Tuca, Mónica Gómez-Martínez, Aleix Prat
PROPOSAL: Model of early palliative care (PC) integrated in oncology is based on shared care from the diagnosis to the end of life and is mainly focused on patients with greater complexity. However, there is no definition or tools to evaluate PC complexity. The objectives of the study were to identify the factors influencing level determination of complexity, propose predictive models, and build a complexity scale of PC. PATIENTS AND METHOD: We performed a prospective, observational, multicenter study in a cohort of advanced cancer patients with an estimated prognosis ≤ 6 months...
August 6, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
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