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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931103/-current-situation-of-palliative-care-in-hungary-integrated-palliative-care-model-as-a-breakout-possibility
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Gábor Benyó, Miklós Lukács, Csilla Busa, László Mangel, Ágnes Csikós
Modern palliative-hospice care has gained space in Europe for more than 50 years. Since the initial empirical work of Cicely Saunders, palliative medicine has gained its place in evidence-based medicine in more and more countries. However, development, as in many other medical fields, is not uniform, there are big differences between countries in the world. There are also significant differences in development of care and the level of services within the European Union amongst Western and Eastern European countries...
September 20, 2017: Magyar Onkologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920517/bleeding-control-in-palliative-care-patients-with-the-help-of-tranexamic-acid
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Marcus J P Geist, Jens Kessler, Susanne Frankenhauser, Hubert J Bardenheuer
BACKGROUND: Persistent bleeding is a common reason for admitting patients with advanced cancer to a palliative care unit. Several reports show a successful therapeutic use of the antifibrinolytic agent tranexamic acid in palliative care patients having hemorrhages. However, it is not administered routinely in severe bleeding situations in palliative care, and general dosing recommendations are unclear. CASE PRESENTATION: We report on 3 patients who were treated with tranexamic acid due to symptomatic hemorrhage complicating different malignant processes...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912116/reliability-of-an-e-pro-tool-of-eortc-qlq-c30-for-measurement-of-health-related-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-breast-cancer-prospective-randomized-trial
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Markus Wallwiener, Lina Matthies, Elisabeth Simoes, Lucia Keilmann, Andreas D Hartkopf, Alexander N Sokolov, Christina B Walter, Nina Sickenberger, Stephanie Wallwiener, Manuel Feisst, Paul Gass, Peter A Fasching, Michael P Lux, Diethelm Wallwiener, Florin-Andrei Taran, Joachim Rom, Andreas Schneeweiss, Joachim Graf, Sara Y Brucker
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer represents the most common malignant disease in women worldwide. As currently systematic palliative treatment only has a limited effect on survival rates, the concept of health-related quality of life (HRQoL) is gaining more and more importance in the therapy setting of metastatic breast cancer. One of the major patient-reported outcomes (PROs) for measuring HRQoL in patients with breast cancer is provided by the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)...
September 14, 2017: Journal of Medical Internet Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28902376/-priorities-of-german-oncologists-results-of-the-choosing-wisely-survey-of-the-german-society-of-hematology-and-medical-oncology-dgho
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Stefan W Krause, Michael Oldenburg, Michael Hallek, Andreas Neubauer
Background During the preparation of "choosing wisely" recommendations, the German Society of Hematology and Medical Oncology (DGHO) had performed a member survey. The large body of replies was systematically and quantitatively analyzed for this report. Methods Replies to the draft recommendations are quantified. Free text replies were iteratively categorized in three levels according to medical categories and additionally, according to their general target of necessary action. Results 492 members completed the survey within the given limit of 2 weeks...
September 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28900996/-clinicopathologic-characteristics-and-prognosis-of-gastric-hepatoid-adenocarcinoma
#5
Rongfei Zhao, Xinxin Wang, Xin Lan, Mingsen Li
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinicopathological characteristics, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis of gastric hepatoid adenocarcinoma(HAS). METHODS: Retrospective analysis of clinicopathological data of 24 cases with gastric HAS diagnosed by surgery and pathology in Chinese PLA General Hospital from January 2013 to May 2016 were carried out. All the patients underwent preoperative serum alpha fetoprotein (AFP), carcinoembryonic antigen (CEA), endoscopy and imaging examination (CT or B-mode ultrasonography), and those with elevated AFP were excluded from liver cancer, cirrhosis, endodermal sinus tumor and other diseases...
September 25, 2017: Zhonghua Wei Chang Wai Ke za Zhi, Chinese Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892432/patient-clinician-communication-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-consensus-guideline
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Timothy Gilligan, Nessa Coyle, Richard M Frankel, Donna L Berry, Kari Bohlke, Ronald M Epstein, Esme Finlay, Vicki A Jackson, Christopher S Lathan, Charles L Loprinzi, Lynne H Nguyen, Carole Seigel, Walter F Baile
Purpose To provide guidance to oncology clinicians on how to use effective communication to optimize the patient-clinician relationship, patient and clinician well-being, and family well-being. Methods ASCO convened a multidisciplinary panel of medical oncology, psychiatry, nursing, hospice and palliative medicine, communication skills, health disparities, and advocacy experts to produce recommendations. Guideline development involved a systematic review of the literature and a formal consensus process. The systematic review focused on guidelines, systematic reviews and meta-analyses, and randomized controlled trials published from 2006 through October 1, 2016...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28890435/pain-control-in-thoracic-oncology
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Christine Peeters-Asdourian, Gilbert Massard, Paragi H Rana, Paul Van Houtte, Andrew P White, Bogdan Grigoriu, Dominique Lossignol, Mohammed Almalki, Jean Alexiou, Jean-Luc Engelholm, Jean-Paul Sculier
This review of pain management in lung cancer is based on the presentation of four cases of thoracic oncology patients with pain at various stages of their disease. The approach will be multidisciplinary, involving a thoracic oncologist, radiologist, thoracic and orthopaedic spine surgeon, radiation therapist, pain medicine specialist, and palliative care specialist. This multispecialty approach to the management of different painful presentations in thoracic oncology will demonstrate the complexity of each case and the improved patient outcomes which result from the involvement of different disciplines working in concert...
September 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28889847/acupuncture-for-symptom-relief-in-palliative-care-study-protocol-and-semistandardized-treatment-schemes
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RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Sybille Kramer, Dominik Irnich, Stefan Lorenzl
The use of complementary and alternative medicine methods such as acupuncture in palliative care has increased over the past years. Well-planned trials are warranted to show its effectiveness in relieving distressing symptoms. The development of treatment schemes to be used in the trial for both acupuncture and medical symptom control is challenging, as both acupuncture and palliative care are highly individualized. Thus, standardized care plans of a randomized controlled trial will have difficulties in producing treatment results that compare to the clinical practice...
August 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28884701/palliative-care-in-africa-a-scoping-review-from-2005-16
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REVIEW
John Y Rhee, Eduardo Garralda, Carlos Torrado, Santiago Blanco, Ibone Ayala, Eve Namisango, Emmanuel Luyirika, Liliana de Lima, Richard A Powell, Carlos Centeno
Since the last comprehensive review on the development of national palliative care in Africa was undertaken 12 years ago, in 2005, we did a scoping review of peer-reviewed, published articles on palliative care development between 2005-16 for each African country. The scoping review was conducted by assessing the medical literature and including local expert recommendations of suggested articles. We did a basic quality assessment of the articles using the journals' impact factor, journal quartile, and the number of citations as suitable metrics for quality consideration...
September 2017: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28883774/palliative-care-a-cross-sectional-study-focused-on-different-capacity-building-programmes-evaluated-through-self-rated-knowledge-and-efficiency-in-family-medicine-tutors
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Erika Zelko, Polona Selic, Stanislav Malacic
AIM: Educational possibilities in palliative care have been overseen in this part of Europe and therefore this important issue should be addressed to implement current treatment palliative care in Slovenia. This study was the first in Slovenia dealing with the self-rated knowledge and self-efficacy associated with educational programmes attended about palliative medicine at primary health care level. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Material for our work was general practitioner (GP) who work in education like tutors...
June 2017: Materia Socio-medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875731/outpatient-palliative-cardiology-service-embedded-within-a-heart-failure-clinic-experiences-with-an-emerging-model-of-care
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Benjamin Gandesbery, Krista Dobbie, Eiran Z Gorodeski
BACKGROUND: The role of palliative care consultation in the outpatient treatment of patients with symptomatic heart failure (HF) is poorly studied. In August 2015, we created an outpatient palliative care service embedded within the HF clinic at Cleveland Clinic main campus. AIM: To characterize patients cared for by our novel outpatient palliative cardiology service, including their degree of HF, symptoms, comorbidities, topics addressed in clinic, palliative treatments prescribed, advanced directives status, and mortality...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28875413/cardiac-palliative-medicine
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REVIEW
Todd Barrett
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Heart failure is an illness with high morbidity and mortality that affects 5.7 million Americans. As advanced heart therapies become more prevalent care for patients and families is becoming more complex. The American Heart Association has released a policy statement recommending continuous, high-quality access to palliative care for all patients with heart failure, and the Center for Medicare Services requires palliative care involvement in mechanical circulatory support teams...
September 6, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28873217/geriatrics-literature-2016-year-in-review
#13
Kaitlin Willham, Kenneth Covinsky, Eric Widera
We present 10 of the most effective articles from 2016 in geriatric medicine. They address wide-ranging topics including the use of antipsychotics for delirium in palliative care, fall prevention and mobility interventions, efficacy and potential risks of testosterone, cranberry capsules and their effect on bacteriuria and pyuria, beta-blockers after acute myocardial infarction in a nursing home population, the effect of a healthy lifestyle on disability, a goals-of-care intervention in individuals with advanced dementia, the benefits of regional anesthesia in hip repair, and mindfulness in chronic pain management...
September 5, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866901/anxiety-and-psychosomatic-symptoms-in-palliative-care-from-neuro-psychobiological-response-to-stress-to-symptoms-management-with-clinical-hypnosis-and-meditative-states
#14
Anirudh Kumar Satsangi, Maria Paola Brugnoli
Psychosomatic disorder is a condition in which psychological stresses adversely affect physiological (somatic) functioning to the point of distress. It is a condition of dysfunction or structural damage in physical organs through inappropriate activation of the involuntary nervous system and the biochemical response. In this framework, this review will consider anxiety disorders, from the perspective of the psychobiological mechanisms of vulnerability to extreme stress in severe chronic illnesses. Psychosomatic medicine is a field of behavioral medicine and a part of the practice of consultation-liaison psychiatry...
August 9, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866895/attendance-of-older-patients-with-bone-metastases-at-a-multidisciplinary-bone-metastases-clinic-an-8-year-experience
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Leah Drost, Vithusha Ganesh, Bo Angela Wan, Albert Yee, Michael Ford, Joel Finkelstein, Elizabeth David, Selina Chow, Edward Chow, Leigha Rowbottom
BACKGROUND: Bone metastases clinic (BMC) is a multidisciplinary clinic where patients with bony metastases are assessed in conjunction by orthopedic surgery, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, and palliative medicine teams. The objective of the study was to determine the number of older adult (OA) referrals made to BMC and to examine their case dispositions. METHODS: Patients who were referred to the BMC from 2007 to 2015 were included in the study. Demographic information including gender, age, Karnofsky Performance Status (KPS), primary cancer site and reason for referral, as well as case dispositions were recorded for each patient...
July 11, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866894/more-chemo-or-home-hospice-narrative-results-from-an-n-of-1-trial
#16
Keith M Swetz
Words matter. They have tremendous power to heal or hurt. And although the patients we care for in oncology and palliative medicine often die from, or despite, their neoplastic illness; caregivers and loved ones often hold onto the words that clinicians share with them during their times of struggle and grief. In this narrative, the author (as first person) reflects on some systemic challenges he faced in dealing with illness and loss when his father battled two distinct neoplastic processes. He explores the commonalities and differences that he experienced as a palliative care physician, and how that has guided his medical practice moving forward...
June 23, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28866048/subcutaneous-lipoatrophy-and-skin-depigmentation-secondary-to-tmj-intra-articular-corticosteroid-injection
#17
Nicolás Patricio Skármeta, Fernando Ariel Hormazábal, Juan Alvarado, Ana Maria Rodriguez
Chronic orofacial pain is a complex multidimensional experience that produces disability and impairment of normal mandibular function. Overall estimations of chronic orofacial pain prevalence are 7 to 11% of the general population. Temporomandibular disorders (TMDs) are one of the most prevalent chronic orofacial pain conditions, with temporomandibular joint (TMJ) arthralgia accounted for 30.1% of TMD patients. Interventional procedures are often used in pain and palliative medicine to achieve reasonable and cost-effective pain relief...
August 5, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28863358/from-dual-binding-site-acetylcholinesterase-inhibitors-to-allosteric-modulators-a-new-avenue-for-disease-modifying-drugs-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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Talita P C Chierrito, Susimaire Pedersoli-Mantoani, Carlos Roca, Carlos Requena, Victor Sebastian-Perez, Willian O Castillo, Natalia C S Moreira, Concepción Pérez, Elza T Sakamoto-Hojo, Catarina S Takahashi, Jesús Jiménez-Barbero, F Javier Cañada, Nuria E Campillo, Ana Martinez, Ivone Carvalho
The lack of an effective treatment for Alzheimer' disease (AD), an increasing prevalence and severe neurodegenerative pathology boost medicinal chemists to look for new drugs. Currently, only acethylcholinesterase (AChE) inhibitors and glutamate antagonist have been approved to the palliative treatment of AD. Although they have a short-term symptomatic benefits, their clinical use have revealed important non-cholinergic functions for AChE such its chaperone role in beta-amyloid toxicity. We propose here the design, synthesis and evaluation of non-toxic dual binding site AChEIs by hybridization of indanone and quinoline heterocyclic scaffolds...
August 26, 2017: European Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28859792/how-medicine-has-changed-the-end-of-life-for-patients-with-cardiovascular-disease
#19
REVIEW
Haider J Warraich, Adrian F Hernandez, Larry A Allen
Advances in medicine have changed how patients experience the end of life. With longer life spans, there has also been an increase in years lived with disability. The clustering of illnesses in the last years of life is particularly pronounced in patients with cardiovascular disease. At the end of life, patients with cardiovascular disease are more symptomatic, less likely to die at home, and less likely to receive high-quality palliative care. Social determinants have created widening disparities in end-of-life care...
September 5, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28854053/independent-non-medical-prescribing-in-children-s-hospices-in-the-uk-a-practice-snapshot
#20
Michael J Tatterton
BACKGROUND: Non-medical prescribing is well established within the British health service, with increasing numbers of nurses practicing within children's hospices. AIM: To identify the context of non-medical prescribing in children's hospices in the UK, focusing on the perceived benefits and challenges. METHOD: Internet-based questionnaires were sent to 55 UK children's hospices, exploring the practice and context of prescribing. RESULTS: Of the 55 invited, 20 children's hospices responded to the questionnaire, 14 of which employed a total of 39 non-medical prescribers (NMPs)...
August 2, 2017: International Journal of Palliative Nursing
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