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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102580/the-sliding-context-of-health-the-challenges-faced-by-patients-with-heart-failure-from-the-perspective-of-patients-health-care-providers-and-family-members
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Parvin Mangolian Shahrbabaki, Esmat Nouhi, Majid Kazemi, Fazlollah Ahmadi
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to understand the challenges faced by patients with heart failure. BACKGROUND: Heart failure is a clinical syndrome that is increasing across the globe. People affected with it, encounter various problems that reduce their quality of life and well-being. Therefore, identifying the challenges faced by patients with heart failure is necessary for health care and treatment plans. DESIGN: This study was performed using the qualitative research approach and content analysis method...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095855/meet-us-on-the-phone-mobile-phone-programs-for-adolescent-sexual-and-reproductive-health-in-low-to-middle-income-countries
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REVIEW
Nicole B Ippoliti, Kelly L'Engle
INTRODUCTION: mHealth as a technical area has seen increasing interest and promise from both developed and developing countries. While published research from higher income countries on mHealth solutions for adolescent sexual and reproductive health (SRH) is growing, there is much less documentation of SRH mHealth interventions for youth living in resource-poor settings. We conducted a global landscape analysis to answer the following research question: How are programs using mHealth interventions to improve adolescent SRH in low to middle income countries (LMICs)? METHODS: To obtain the latest information about mHealth programs targeting youth SRH, a global call for project resources was issued in 2014...
January 17, 2017: Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28086758/toxoplasmosis-associated-iris-involving-the-cns-a-case-report-with-longitudinal-analysis-of-t-cell-subsets
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Rita Rb-Silva, Claudia Nobrega, Eugénia Reiriz, Soraia Almeida, Rui Sarmento-Castro, Margarida Correia-Neves, Ana Horta
BACKGROUND: HIV-infected patients may present an unforeseen clinical worsening after initiating antiretroviral therapy known as immune reconstitution inflammatory syndrome (IRIS). This syndrome is characterized by a heightened inflammatory response toward infectious or non-infectious triggers, and it may affect different organs. Diagnosis of IRIS involving the central nervous system (CNS-IRIS) is challenging due to heterogeneous manifestations, absence of biomarkers to identify this condition, risk of long-term sequelae and high mortality...
January 13, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28080181/conceptualizing-patient-empowerment-in-cancer-follow-up-by-combining-theory-and-qualitative-data
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Anna Thit Johnsen, Nanna Bjerg Eskildsen, Thora Grothe Thomsen, Mogens Grønvold, Lone Ross, Clara R Jørgensen
BACKGROUND: Patient empowerment (PE) may be defined as the opportunity for patients to master issues important to their own health. The aim of this study was to conceptualize PE and how the concept manifests itself for cancer patients attending follow-up, in order to develop a relevant and sensitive questionnaire for this population. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A theoretical model of PE was made, based on Zimmerman's theory of psychological empowerment. Patients who were in follow-up after first line treatment for their cancer (n = 16) were interviewed about their experiences with follow-up...
January 12, 2017: Acta Oncologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048932/th-b-204-03-tg-199-implanted-markers-for-radiation-treatment-verification
#5
Z Wang
: Implanted markers as target surrogates have been widely used for treatment verification, as they provide safe and reliable monitoring of the inter- and intra-fractional target motion. The rapid advancement of technology requires a critical review and recommendation for the usage of implanted surrogates in current field. The symposium, also reporting an update of AAPM TG 199 - Implanted Target Surrogates for Radiation Treatment Verification, will be focusing on all clinical aspects of using the implanted target surrogates for treatment verification and related issues...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048917/su-f-j-201-validation-study-of-proton-radiography-against-ct-data-for-quantitative-imaging-of-anatomical-changes-in-head-and-neck-patients
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A Hammi, D Weber, A Lomax
PURPOSE: In clinical pencil-beam-scanned (PBS) proton therapy, the advantage of the characteristic sharp dose fall-off after the Bragg Peak (BP) becomes a disadvantage if the BP positions of a plan's constituent pencil beams are shifted, eg.due to anatomical changes. Thus, for fractionated PBS proton therapy, accurate knowledge of the water equivalent path length (WEPL) of the traversed anatomy is critical. In this work we investigate the feasibility of using 2D proton range maps (proton radiography, PR) with the active-scanning gantry at PSI...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048821/mo-g-201-02-comparing-sample-size-requirements-for-knowledge-based-treatment-planning
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J J Boutilier, A D C Babier, T Craig, A L McNiven, M B Sharpe, T C Y Chan
PURPOSE: To compare how training set size affects the accuracy of a knowledge-based planning (KBP) model applied to prostate and head and neck (HN) cancer. METHODS: We selected a KBP model from the literature that uses distance-to-target histograms and organ volumes to predict an achievable dose-volume-histogram (DVH) curve for each organ-at-risk (OAR). We trained both the prostate and HN model using training set sizes of n=10, 20, 30, 50,75, and 100. We set aside 100 randomly selected treatment plans from each of the two respective cohorts of 218 to serve as a validation set for all experiments...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048809/mo-d-brc-01-memorial-lecture
#8
B Fraass
Treatment planning is a central part of radiation therapy, including delineation in tumor volumes and critical organs, setting treatment goals of prescription doses to the tumor targets and tolerance doses to the critical organs, and finally generation of treatment plans to meet the treatment goals. National groups like RTOG have led the effort to standardize treatment goals of the prescription doses to the tumor targets and tolerance doses to the critical organs based on accumulated knowledge from decades of abundant clinical trial experience...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048786/mo-d-brc-04-multiple-criteria-optimization-planning
#9
J Donaghue
Treatment planning is a central part of radiation therapy, including delineation in tumor volumes and critical organs, setting treatment goals of prescription doses to the tumor targets and tolerance doses to the critical organs, and finally generation of treatment plans to meet the treatment goals. National groups like RTOG have led the effort to standardize treatment goals of the prescription doses to the tumor targets and tolerance doses to the critical organs based on accumulated knowledge from decades of abundant clinical trial experience...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048700/tu-d-bra-00-treatment-planning-system-commissioning-and-qa
#10
Greg Salomons
INTRODUCTION: Treatment planning systems (TPS) are a cornerstone of modern radiation therapy. Errors in their commissioning or use can have a devastating impact on many patients. To support safe and high quality care, medical physicists must conduct efficient and proper commissioning, good clinical integration, and ongoing quality assurance (QA) of the TPS. AAPM Task Group 53 and related publications have served as seminal benchmarks for TPS commissioning and QA over the past two decades...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048623/tu-fg-201-10-quality-management-of-accelerated-partial-breast-irradiation-apbi-plans
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H Ji, V Lorio, G Cernica, J Han, M Nurhussien, N Nasr, R Hong
PURPOSE: Since 2008, over 700 patients received high dose rate (HDR) APBI treatment at Virginia Hospital Center. The complexity involved in the planning process demonstrated a broad variation between patient geometry across all applicators, in relation to anatomical regions of interest. A quality management program instituting various metrics was implemented in March 2013 with the goal of ensuring an optimal plan is achieved for each patient. METHODS: For each plan, an in-house complexity index, geometric conformity index, and plan quality index were defined...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048551/we-fg-brb-02-spatial-mapping-of-the-rbe-of-scanned-particle-beams
#12
D Grosshans
: The physical pattern of energy deposition and the enhanced relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of protons and carbon ions compared to photons offer unique and not fully understood or exploited opportunities to improve the efficacy of radiation therapy. Variations in RBE within a pristine or spread out Bragg peak and between particle types may be exploited to enhance cell killing in target regions without a corresponding increase in damage to normal tissue structures. In addition, the decreased sensitivity of hypoxic tumors to photon-based therapies may be partially overcome through the use of more densely ionizing radiations...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048540/we-de-201-04-cross-validation-of-knowledge-based-treatment-planning-for-prostate-ldr-brachytherapy-using-principle-component-analysis
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J Roper, B Ghavidel, V Chanyavanich, K Godette, E Schreibmann
PURPOSE: To validate a knowledge-based algorithm for prostate LDR brachytherapy treatment planning. METHODS: A dataset of 100 cases was compiled from an active prostate seed implant service. Cases were randomized into 10 subsets. For each subset, the 90 remaining library cases were registered to a common reference frame and then characterized on a point by point basis using principle component analysis (PCA). Each test case was converted to PCA vectors using the same process and compared with each library case using a Mahalanobis distance to evaluate similarity...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048478/th-b-204-01-real-time-tracking-with-implanted-markers
#14
Q Xu
: Implanted markers as target surrogates have been widely used for treatment verification, as they provide safe and reliable monitoring of the inter- and intra-fractional target motion. The rapid advancement of technology requires a critical review and recommendation for the usage of implanted surrogates in current field. The symposium, also reporting an update of AAPM TG 199 - Implanted Target Surrogates for Radiation Treatment Verification, will be focusing on all clinical aspects of using the implanted target surrogates for treatment verification and related issues...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048474/we-ab-202-01-evaluating-the-toxicity-reduction-with-ct-ventilation-functional-avoidance-radiation-therapy
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Y Vinogradskiy, Y Miyasaka, N Kadoya, R Castillo, E Castillo, T Guerrero, T Yamamoto
PURPOSE: CT-ventilation is an exciting new imaging modality that uses 4DCTs to calculate lung ventilation. Studies have proposed to use 4DCT-ventilation imaging for functional avoidance radiotherapy which implies designing treatment plans to spare functional portions of the lung. Although retrospective studies have been performed to evaluate the dosimetric gains to functional lung; no work has been done to translate the dosimetric gains to an improvement in pulmonary toxicity. The purpose of our work was to evaluate the potential reduction in toxicity for 4DCT-ventilation based functional avoidance...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048463/th-c-brc-02-a-review-of-emerging-technologies-in-robotic-srs-sbrt-delivery
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L Wang
: The delivery techniques for SRS/SBRT have been under rapid developments in recent years, which pose new challenges to medical physicists ranging from planning and quality assurance to imaging and motion management. This educational course will provide a general overview of the latest delivery techniques in SRS/SBRT, and discuss the clinical processes to address the challenges of each technique with special emphasis on dedicated gamma-ray based device, robotic x-band linac-based system and conventional C-arm s-band linac-based SRS systems...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048462/su-d-brb-01-a-comparison-of-learning-methods-for-knowledge-based-dose-prediction-for-coplanar-and-non-coplanar-liver-radiotherapy
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A Tran, D Ruan, K Woods, V Yu, D Nguyen, K Sheng
PURPOSE: The predictive power of knowledge based planning (KBP) has considerable potential in the development of automated treatment planning. Here, we examine the predictive capabilities and accuracy of previously reported KBP methods, as well as an artificial neural networks (ANN) method. Furthermore, we compare the predictive accuracy of these methods on coplanar volumetric-modulated arc therapy (VMAT) and non-coplanar 4π radiotherapy. METHODS: 30 liver SBRT patients previously treated using coplanar VMAT were selected for this study...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048455/we-ab-209-02-a-new-inverse-planning-framework-with-principle-based-modeling-of-inter-structural-dosimetric-tradeoffs
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H Liu, P Dong, L Xing
PURPOSE: Traditional radiotherapy inverse planning relies on the weighting factors to phenomenologically balance the conflicting criteria for different structures. The resulting manual trial-and-error determination of the weights has long been recognized as the most time-consuming part of treatment planning. The purpose of this work is to develop an inverse planning framework that parameterizes the inter-structural dosimetric tradeoff among with physically more meaningful quantities to simplify the search for a clinically sensible plan...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048255/su-d-brb-04-nomogram-for-prediction-comparison-and-evaluation-of-dose-to-normal-tissue-in-srs-planning
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A Templeton, Y Liao, A Diaz, J Turian
PURPOSE: Radiosurgery of brain metastases is a unique treatment planning subset in which the treatment approach, high conformality and steep dose gradients are relatively invariant with varying location, size and shape of the target. Prescription doses are generally limited by the size of tumor or amount of surrounding normal brain receiving intermediate doses. We tabulated our treatment plans to establish a nomogram which provides planning expectations, useful for patient scheduling, planning efficiency, and training purposes...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28048225/th-cd-209-09-quickly-identifying-good-candidates-for-proton-therapy-from-geometric-considerations
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D Hall, A Trofimov, B Winey, N Liebsch, H Paganetti
PURPOSE: We developed a knowledge-based model that can predict the patient-specific benefits of proton therapy based upon geometric considerations. The model could also aid patient selection in model-based clinical trials or help justify clinical decisions to insurance companies. METHODS: The knowledge-based method trains a model upon existing proton treatment plans, exploiting correlations between dose and distance-to-target. Each OAR is split into concentric subvolumes surrounding the target volume, and a skew-normal PDF is fit to the dose distribution found within each shell...
June 2016: Medical Physics
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