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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138955/the-impact-of-palliative-care-training-for-oncologists-and-integrative-palliative-service-in-a-public-funded-hospital-cluster-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Pak-Lun Lam, Tai-Chung Lam, Cheuk-Wai Choi, Anne Wing-Mui Lee, Kwok-Keung Yuen, To-Wai Leung
PURPOSE: Oncological care of advanced cancer patients was provided by multiple departments in Hong Kong. One of these departments, the clinical oncology department (COD), introduced systematic palliative care training for its oncologists since 2002. The COD was recognized as a European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Designated Centre of Integrated Oncology and Palliative Care since 2009. This retrospective cohort study aims to review the impact of integrative training and service on palliative care coverage and outcome...
November 14, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135537/status-and-perception-of-risk-management-in-radiation-therapy-survey-among-korean-medical-physicists
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Sohyun Ahn, Dong Oh Shin, Sang Hyoun Choi, Jihye Koo, Soon Sung Lee, Dong-Wook Park, Yoon-Jin Oh, Sohyun Park, Dong Wook Kim
This study was conducted as part of an endeavor to improve the risk management system of radiation therapy departments in the Republic of Korea. An online survey on the status and perception of Korea's medical physicists on risk management in radiation therapy was carried out. A total of 40 domestic radiation oncology departments participated. This survey is divided into three categories: (1) work environment; (2) risk management status; and (3) opinions on how to improve risk management. Based on the results of the survey, the conclusions that can be derived are (1) the majority of respondents have a high interest in the risk management of radiation therapy; (2) the lack of staffing is one cause of risk management difficulties; (3) a risk-related terminology and classification system at the national or professional association level are required; (4) each hospital should create a voluntary reporting system for the handling of incidents; (5) medical physicists should establish incident reporting, analysis and countermeasures; and (6) government should develop education and training programs...
November 10, 2017: Health Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128297/role-of-geriatric-oncologists-in-optimizing-care-of-urological-oncology-patients
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Jean-Pierre Droz, Helen Boyle, Gilles Albrand, Nicolas Mottet, Martine Puts
CONTEXT: Urological cancers are common. Since the median age of diagnosis is 60-70 yr, many patients require geriatric as well as urological evaluation if treatment is to be tailored to individual health status including comorbidities and frailty. OBJECTIVE: To review the most important features of geriatric assessment and its expected benefits. We also consider ways in which collaboration between urologists and geriatricians and geriatric teams can benefit patient well-being...
November 8, 2017: European Urology Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124417/oncology-navigators-perceptions-of-cancer-related-financial-burden-and-financial-assistance-resources
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Jennifer C Spencer, Cleo A Samuel, Donald L Rosenstein, Katherine E Reeder-Hayes, Michelle L Manning, Jean B Sellers, Stephanie B Wheeler
INTRODUCTION: As the cost of cancer treatment continues to rise, many patients are faced with significant emotional and financial burden. Oncology navigators guide patients through many aspects of care and therefore may be especially aware of patients' financial distress. Our objective was to explore navigators' perception of their patients' financial burden and their role in addressing financial needs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We conducted a real-time online survey of attendees at an oncology navigators' association conference...
November 9, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102944/cancer-patients-knowledge-and-acceptance-of-physical-activities-for-rehabilitation
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Jens Büntzel, Irene Kusterer, Yvonne Rudolph, Thomas Kubin, Oliver Micke, Jutta Hübner
BACKGROUND/AIM: Physical activities are an essential part of patients' rehabilitation in oncology. For cancer patients special sport groups for rehabilitation exist and are reimbursed by the statutory health system. The aim of our study was to evaluate patients' knowledge and acceptance of these offers and their actual sportive engagement. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We used a standardized questionnaire which was distributed in medical oncology and ENT oncology practice...
November 2017: In Vivo
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093596/-continuing-medical-education-in-gastroenterology-and-recertification-in-peru
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Ofelia Castillo Contreras, César Soriano Álvarez
The field of action of gastroenterology has been expanded due to technological development and the advent of new sub-specialties, such as gastroenterology oncology. Currently, there is no standardization of medical training programs in gastroenterology in our country. The health system and education are changing, so medical practice and competency assessment for medical certification and recertification should reflect these changes. On the other hand, the quality of a specialized unit, service or medical department is directly related to the quality of human resources...
July 2017: Revista de Gastroenterología del Perú: órgano Oficial de la Sociedad de Gastroenterología del Perú
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093344/a-retrospective-study-of-the-effects-of-oncology-pharmacist-participation-in-treatment-on-therapeutic-outcomes-and-medical-costs
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Makio Imamura, Daisuke Ogawa, Toshikazu Takatori, Maiko Yamaguchi, Tomoyuki Takata, Tomonori Hada, Yoshiaki Ota, Takashi Uehara
Specialist oncology pharmacists are being trained in Japan to assist cancer treatment teams. These specialized pharmacists address patients' physical and mental problems in pharmacist-managed cancer care clinics, actively participate in formulating treatment policies, and are beneficial in offering qualitative improvements to patient services and team medical care. However, the effect of outpatient treatment by oncology pharmacists on therapeutic outcomes and medical costs is still unknown. A retroactive comparative analysis of the treatment details and clinical course was conducted among three groups of patients: patients who underwent adjuvant chemotherapy managed by a gynecologic oncologist only (S arm), patients managed by a non-oncologist (general practice gynecologist) only (NS arm), and patients managed by both a non-oncologist and a specialist oncology pharmacist (NS+Ph arm)...
2017: Biological & Pharmaceutical Bulletin
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079136/pilot-study-of-digital-tools-to-support-multimodal-hand-hygiene-in-a-clinical-setting
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Gary Thirkell, Joanne Chambers, Wayne Gilbart, Kerrill Thornhill, James Arbogast, Gerard Lacey
BACKGROUND: Digital tools for hand hygiene do not share data, limiting their potential to support multimodal programs. The Christie NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom, worked with GOJO (in the United States), MEG (in Ireland), and SureWash (in Ireland) to integrate their systems and pilot their combined use in a clinical setting. METHODS: A 28-bed medical oncology unit piloted the system for 5 weeks. Live data from the tools were combined to create a novel combined risk status metric that was displayed publicly and via a management Web site...
October 24, 2017: American Journal of Infection Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29077894/radiation-oncology-in-canada
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Meredith Giuliani, Mary Gospodarowicz
In this article we provide an overview of the Canadian healthcare system and the cancer care system in Canada as it pertains to the governance, funding and delivery of radiotherapy programmes. We also review the training and practice for radiation oncologists, medical physicists and radiation therapists in Canada. We describe the clinical practice of radiation medicine from patients' referral, assessment, case conferences and the radiotherapy process. Finally, we provide an overview of the practice culture for Radiation Oncology in Canada...
October 25, 2017: Japanese Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042833/impact-of-a-pharmacist-led-chemotherapy-education-program-on-the-knowledge-of-pediatric-hematology-oncology-nurses
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Christine M Fisher, Abby J Kim, Joshua J Elder
OBJECTIVES: Medication errors involving chemotherapy are a serious source of avoidable medical harm that can result in chemotherapy-related adverse drug events. Efforts to reduce errors in the past decade have largely focused on chemotherapy errors at the prescriber level, using computerized or automated technology, but little has been done to ensure chemotherapy is administered accurately at the nursing level. The current study implemented a pharmacist-led, supplemental, institution-specific training program to nursing staff regarding the use of chemotherapy and to address knowledge deficits in newly hired nursing personnel...
September 2017: Journal of Pediatric Pharmacology and Therapeutics: JPPT: the Official Journal of PPAG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29018578/the-care-of-adolescents-and-young-adults-with-cancer-results-of-the-esmo-siope-survey
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Emmanouil Saloustros, Daniel P Stark, Kyriaki Michailidou, Giannis Mountzios, Laurence Brugieres, Fedro Alessandro Peccatori, Svetlana Jezdic, Samira Essiaf, Jean-Yves Douillard, Stefan Bielack
INTRODUCTION: Adolescents and young adults (AYA) with cancer require dedicated clinical management and care. Little is known about the training and practice of European healthcare providers in regard to AYA and the availability of specialised services. METHODS: A link to an online survey was sent to members of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) and the European Society for Paediatric Oncology (SIOPE). The link was also sent to ESMO National Representatives and circulated to other European oncology groups...
2017: ESMO Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28990685/national-trends-in-otolaryngology-intern-curricula-following-accreditation-council-for-graduate-medical-education-changes
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Kevin J Kovatch, Rebecca S Harvey, Mark E P Prince, Marc C Thorne
OBJECTIVES/HYPOTHESIS: In 2016, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) requirements for curriculum and resident experiences were modified to require entering postgraduate year (PGY)-1 residents to spend 6 months of structured education on otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (ORL-HNS) rotations. We aimed to determine how ORL-HNS training programs have adapted curricula in response to 2016 ACGME curriculum requirement changes. STUDY DESIGN: Survey study...
October 9, 2017: Laryngoscope
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988170/effectiveness-of-the-hucare-quality-improvement-strategy-on-health-related-quality-of-life-in-patients-with-cancer-study-protocol-of-a-stepped-wedge-cluster-randomised-controlled-trial-hucare2-study
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Caterina Caminiti, Elisa Iezzi, Rodolfo Passalacqua
INTRODUCTION: Our group previously demonstrated the feasibility of the HuCare Quality Improvement Strategy (HQIS), aimed at integrating into practice six psychosocial interventions recommended by international guidelines. This trial will assess whether the introduction of the strategy in oncology wards improves patient's health-related quality of life (HRQoL). METHODS AND ANALYSIS: Multicentre, incomplete stepped-wedge cluster randomised controlled trial, conducted in three clusters of five centres each, in three equally spaced time epochs...
October 6, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28968749/omics-analysis-system-for-precision-oncology-oasispro-a-web-based-omics-analysis-tool-for-clinical-phenotype-prediction
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Kun-Hsing Yu, Michael R Fitzpatrick, Luke Pappas, Warren Chan, Jessica Kung, Michael Snyder
Summary: Precision oncology is an approach that accounts for individual differences to guide cancer management. Omics signatures have been shown to predict clinical traits for cancer patients. However, the vast amount of omics information poses an informatics challenge in systematically identifying patterns associated with health outcomes, and no general-purpose data-mining tool exists for physicians, medical researchers, and citizen scientists without significant training in programming and bioinformatics...
September 12, 2017: Bioinformatics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28952212/the-prognostic-significance-of-cyclin-d1-expression-in-patients-with-triple-negative-breast-cancer
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Betul Bolat Kucukzeybek, Ibrahim Vedat Bayoglu, Yuksel Kucukzeybek, Ahmet Alacacioglu, Seyran Yigit, Aysegul Akder Sari, Murat Akyol, Mustafa Oktay Tarhan
PURPOSE: Breast cancer (BC) is the most common cancer and the second leading cause of cancer death among women. While receptor-targeted therapies are used for other subtypes due to the presence of such receptors, studies are still continuing on receptor expression in order to identify new therapeutic targets as the triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) lacks a target receptor and its prognosis is worse than the other subtypes. Cyclin D1 (CycD1) is a cell cycle regulator protein. It is stated that its overexpression plays a role in carcinogenesis...
July 2017: Journal of B.U.ON.: Official Journal of the Balkan Union of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28924687/comskil-communication-training-in-oncology-adaptation-to-german-cancer-care-settings
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Tim J Hartung, David Kissane, Anja Mehnert
Medical communication is a skill which can be learned and taught and which can substantially improve treatment outcomes, especially if patients' communication preferences are taken into account. Here, we give an overview of communication training research and outline the COMSKIL program as a state-of-the-art communication skills training in oncology. COMSKIL has a solid theoretical foundation and teaches core elements of medical communication in up to ten fully operationalized modules. These address typical situations ranging from breaking bad news to responding to difficult emotions, shared decision-making, and communicating via interpreters...
2018: Recent Results in Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895282/a-patient-safety-education-program-in-a-medical-physics-residency
#17
Eric C Ford, Matthew Nyflot, Matthew B Spraker, Gabrielle Kane, Kristi R G Hendrickson
Education in patient safety and quality of care is a requirement for radiation oncology residency programs according to accrediting agencies. However, recent surveys indicate that most programs lack a formal program to support this learning. The aim of this report was to address this gap and share experiences with a structured educational program on quality and safety designed specifically for medical physics therapy residencies. Five key topic areas were identified, drawn from published recommendations on safety and quality...
September 12, 2017: Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892432/patient-clinician-communication-american-society-of-clinical-oncology-consensus-guideline
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REVIEW
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...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892208/perspectives-of-oncology-nurses-and-oncologists-regarding-barriers-to-working-with-patients-from-a-minority-background-systemic-issues-and-working-with-interpreters
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K J Watts, B Meiser, E Zilliacus, R Kaur, M Taouk, A Girgis, P Butow, D W Kissane, S Hale, A Perry, S K Aranda, D Goldstein
This study aimed to ascertain the systemic barriers encountered by oncology health professionals (HPs) working with patients from ethnic minorities to guide the development of a communication skills training programme. Twelve medical and five radiation oncologists and 21 oncology nurses were invited to participate in this qualitative study. Participants were interviewed individually or in a focus group about their experiences working with people from minority backgrounds. All interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed thematically...
September 11, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28885879/infusion-room-based-transition-to-practice-model-for-teaching-cancer-systemic-therapy-management
#20
Jennifer M Duff, Merry-Jennifer Markham, Thomas J George, Julia L Close
PURPOSE: Oncology training requirements mandate that fellows demonstrate competence in delivery of cancer therapeutics, understand clinical indications for treatment, and manage toxicities by completion of training. An academic training environment may hinder fellows' engagement in prescribing, monitoring, and adjusting cancer therapy; thus, trainees may complete their fellowship with limited experience in developing such critical skills. To provide hands-on experience in cancer systemic therapy management, we created a novel infusion room-based rotation in the final year of training; here we report the structure, logistics, and evaluation of this innovative program...
November 2017: Journal of Oncology Practice
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