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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526007/anxiety-and-depression-in-working-age-cancer-survivors-a-register-based-study
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Laura Inhestern, Volker Beierlein, Johanna Christine Bultmann, Birgit Möller, Georg Romer, Uwe Koch, Corinna Bergelt
BACKGROUND: Anxiety and depression can be a long-term strain in cancer survivors. Little is known about the emotional situation of cancer survivors who have to deal with work- and family-related issues. The purpose of this study was to investigate anxiety and depression in working-age cancer survivors and associated factors. METHODS: A register-based sample of 3370 cancer survivors (25 to 55 years at time of diagnosis) diagnosed up to six years prior to the survey was recruited from two German cancer registries...
May 19, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488207/depressive-spectrum-disorders-in-cancer-diagnostic-issues-and-intervention-a-critical-review
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REVIEW
Rosangela Caruso, Maria GiuliaNanni, Michelle B Riba, Silvana Sabato, Luigi Grassi
Depressive spectrum disorders, including major depression, persistent depression, minor and sub-syndromal depression, and other forms of depressive conditions, such as demoralization, are among the most common psychiatric consequences of cancer patients, affecting up to 60% of patients. In spite of the negative effects and the burden for cancer patients and their families, these disorders often remain under-recognized and undertreated. The present review aims at summarizing the relevant data concerning the diagnostic challenges within the depressive spectrum disorders among cancer patients...
June 2017: Current Psychiatry Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486058/a-nationwide-study-of-swedish-oncology-social-workers-characteristics-clinical-functions-and-perceived-barriers-to-optimal-functioning
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Joakim Isaksson, Sara Lilliehorn, Pär Salander
Oncology social workers (OSWs) play a key role in cancer services, but they have mainly been described from an Anglo-Saxon perspective. This study aims to widen the field by scrutinizing the role and function of OSWs in Sweden. By means of a nationwide questionnaire to Swedish OSWs, the professional characteristics of this group are described, as well as their descriptions and reflections on their clinical function and their experiences of barriers to optimal functioning. Our findings indicate that Swedish OSWs seem to have taken a different path than in other countries by mainly providing therapeutic treatment and counseling to the patients rather than working with discharge planning...
May 9, 2017: Social Work in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476945/implementation-of-the-edmonton-symptom-assessment-system-for-symptom-distress-screening-at-a-community-cancer-center-a-pilot-program
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David Hui, Annie Titus, Tiffany Curtis, Vivian Trang Ho-Nguyen, Delisa Frederickson, Curtis Wray, Tenisha Granville, Eduardo Bruera, Donna K McKee, Alyssa Rieber
BACKGROUND: Distress screening is mandated by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer; however, there is limited literature on its impact in actual practice. We examined the impact of a pilot distress screening program on access to psychosocial care. METHODS: Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS) screening was routinely conducted at our community-based medical oncology program. Patients who screened positive for severe distress were sent to a social worker for triage and referred to the appropriate services if indicated...
May 5, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28476712/prevalence-and-diagnostic-of-head-and-neck-cancer-in-pakistan
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Azeem Akhtar, Ijaz Hussain, Muhammad Talha, Muhammad Shakeel, Muhammad Faisal, Muhammad Ameen, Tajammal Hussain
Head and Neck (HN) cancer is the most frequently identified cancer across the globe and is considered as 8-10 % of all cancers in Southeast Asia. The social and cultural habits are the main cause of the remarkable increase in HN cancer in Pakistan. HN cancers are more prevalent in men as compared to women. The HN cancer in Pakistan is mainly attributed to discrete demographic profile, risk elements, eating patterns and family history. The foremost factors of risk are linked with cigarette smoking, alcoholic drinks and tobacco chewing like paan, gutka, etc...
September 2016: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428158/mobile-application-to-promote-adherence-to-oral-chemotherapy-and-symptom-management-a-protocol-for-design-and-development
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Joel Nathan Fishbein, Lauren Ellen Nisotel, James John MacDonald, Nicole Amoyal Pensak, Jamie Michele Jacobs, Clare Flanagan, Kamal Jethwani, Joseph Andrew Greer
BACKGROUND: Oral chemotherapy is increasingly used in place of traditional intravenous chemotherapy to treat patients with cancer. While oral chemotherapy includes benefits such as ease of administration, convenience, and minimization of invasive infusions, patients receive less oversight, support, and symptom monitoring from clinicians. Additionally, adherence is a well-documented challenge for patients with cancer prescribed oral chemotherapy regimens. With the ever-growing presence of smartphones and potential for efficacious behavioral intervention technology, we created a mobile health intervention for medication and symptom management...
April 20, 2017: JMIR Research Protocols
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325245/south-east-asia-differing-socioeconomic-factors-differing-access-to-radiotherapy-the-philippines-a-microcosm
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REVIEW
Miriam Joy C Calaguas, Johannes A Gubat
The accessibility of radiotherapy in Southeast Asia, a region characterized by diversity in both economy and culture, differ widely among its member countries. In most countries, access is not universal and is generally limited by radiotherapy resources and the health-seeking behavior of patients. This in turn relates to the current health policy in place, the practice of radiation oncology, and cultural factors such as religion and family dynamics. Although it is clear that radiotherapy access parallel economic development, it is also affected by different social factors that work to facilitate or impede its improvement...
April 2017: Seminars in Radiation Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318175/psychosocial-care-in-the-department-of-pediatric-hematology-and-oncology-of-public-hospitals-in-argentina
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Débora Farberman, Teresa Méndez, Leticia García, Lucía Salvia, Silvia Otarolac
BACKGROUND: Blood diseases and cancer are part of a group of rare conditions in pediatrics. In general, cancer treatments are prolonged (months or years), so psychosocial support has been introduced to provide comprehensive care to these patients. OBJECTIVE: To explore psychosocial care provided at the public hospitals of Argentina to children and adolescents with cancer. Population and Methods. An electronic questionnaire was sent to the heads of the Departments of Hematology and Oncology, Mental Health, and Social Services of 27 public hospitals providing care to pediatric patients with cancer...
April 1, 2017: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289676/disability-work-absenteeism-sickness-benefits-and-cancer-in-selected-european-oecd-countries-forecasts-to-2020
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Mihajlo Jakovljevic, Christina Malmose-Stapelfeldt, Olivera Milovanovic, Nemanja Rancic, Dubravko Bokonjic
BACKGROUND: Disability either due to illness, aging, or both causes remains an essential contributor shaping European labor markets. Ability of modern day welfare states to compensate an impaired work ability and absenteeism arising from incapacity is very diverse. The aims of this study were to establish and explain intercountry differences among selected European OECD countries and to provide forecasts of future work absenteeism and expenditures on wage replacement benefits. METHODS: Two major public registries, European health for all database and Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development database (OECD Health Data), were coupled to form a joint database on 12 core indicators...
2017: Frontiers in Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156613/what-does-palliative-care-mean-diverse-definitions-from-cancer-care-providers
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Rebecca A Ferrer, Michelle Mollica, Grace Huang, Angela Falisi, Wen-Ying Sylvia Chou
40 Background: Existing literature on the epistemology of palliative care has mostly centered on patient/family perspectives. Understanding how multi-disciplinary healthcare providers themselves define palliative care is a critical step towards addressing barriers and harnessing facilitators that affect optimal delivery. METHODS: Semi-structured key informant interviews (N = 19) were conducted with members of healthcare provider teams as part of a qualitative study on goals of care for cancer patients enrolled in clinical trials...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156551/effect-of-early-integrated-palliative-care-on-family-caregivers-fc-outcomes-for-patients-with-gastrointestinal-and-lung-cancer
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Vicki A Jackson, Joseph A Greer, William F Pirl, Elyse R Park, Anthony Back, Alona Muzikansky, Mihir Kamdar, Simone Rinaldi, Juliet Jacobsen, Joel Fishbein, Justin Eusebio, Harry VanDusen, Ryan David Nipp, David P Ryan, Jennifer S Temel
234 Background: Patients with newly diagnosed advanced cancers who receive early palliative care (PC) integrated with oncology care report improvement in their quality of life (QOL) and mood. While a telephone-based psycho-educational intervention for FC decrease depression, the impact of early, integrated outpatient PC models on FC outcomes remains unknown. METHODS: We conducted a randomized trial of early PC integrated with oncology care versus oncology care alone for newly diagnosed patients with incurable lung and gastrointestinal cancers and their FC...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156532/experience-of-patient-death-and-subsequent-bereavement-by-members-of-the-oncology-team-in-the-outpatient-setting
#12
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244 Background: Working with cancer patients is considered inherently stressful with high levels of burnout reported. There is limited research that focuses on the multidisciplinary team as a whole; research to date tends to focus on patient death from the perspective of the bedside oncology nurse, the physician or social worker. With the focus on those disciplines individually, thereby ignoring the centrality of the multidisciplinary nature of oncology care and excluding fundamental team members who provide care and are potentially impacted by the death of the patient...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156504/how-can-palliative-care-specialists-best-integrate-into-multidisciplinary-oncology-care-for-patients-with-metastatic-breast-cancer
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Melissa F Miller, Joanne S Buzaglo, Arif Kamal
182 Background: Current evidence for palliative care/oncology integration derives from cancers with either very short prognoses or relatively limited treatment options (e.g. pancreas). Little is know about the role of palliative care in metastatic breast cancer, where prognosis may be measured in years and the treatment option portfolio is continuously expanding. METHODS: The Cancer Support Community Metastatic Breast Cancer Experience Registry is a voluntary, patient-reported, online registry of patient experiences with cancer...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156487/pathwell-the-development-of-a-triage-center-and-access-hub-for-comprehensive-palliative-care-in-oncology
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Erika Lauren Tribett, Marcy Winget, LaTisha Webster, Dorothy Valmayor, Jenna Lunger, Patricia Falconer
162 Background: Routine screening to identify palliative care (PC) needs, followed by assessment and management of needs is critical for high-quality cancer care. Our current healthcare system there is poor screening for PC needs, low referral rates to PC services, and unmet needs. In response to these gaps, we developed a dedicated triage center to streamline the assessment of PC needs and better connect patients with appropriate supportive care services. METHODS: We identified 24 services at our academic cancer center that provide PC and supportive services...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152921/integrating-a-simple-screening-tool-in-the-electronic-medical-record-to-standardize-patient-needs-identification-process
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Audrey Caspar-Clark, Neal Niznan, Rebecca Cammy
156 Background: Unidentified psychosocial and nutrition needs can impede a patient's quality of life during cancer treatment. Nutritional, social, and logistical patient needs may be overlooked without a standardized identification process. With the increasing use of the electronic medical record (EMR), simple screening tools to identify psychosocial needs and nutritional concerns can be implemented. METHODS: The University of Pennsylvania's Department of Radiation Oncology integrated a simple six-question "yes" or "no" response screen directly into the nursing assessment in the EMR to quickly and easily trigger high-risk patient referrals to social work and nutrition services...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152913/moving-towards-hospital-and-radiation-oncology-emr-integration-results-of-an-institutional-survey
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Murat Surucu, Barbara Kaczmarz, Teresita McCoo, John Roeske, William Small
152 Background: We are working to electronically integrate our radiation oncology EMR and our hospital EMR to improve communication and facilitate patient care. To guide integration, we surveyed providers and support staff at our academic cancer center to identify the important encounters/documents and how well these are currently communicated. METHODS: We sent an email survey to 182 MDs, nurses, and administrative staff at our cancer center. Respondents identified their role in the patient care team, and rated how important several radiation oncology-specific encounters/documents from "not important at all" to "extremely important" and rated the accessibility of these encounters/documents from "not at all accessible" to "exceptionally accessible...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152903/refining-the-use-of-an-electronic-medical-record-emr-to-define-and-implement-psychosocial-distress-screening-and-treatment
#17
(no author information available yet)
144 Background: All cancer patients experience some level of distress associated with cancer and its treatment at all stages of the disease. Psychological and social problems created or exacerbated by cancer cause additional suffering, weaken adherence to prescribed treatments and threaten patients' return to health." Health care providers often tend to under estimate psychological distress. Screening and early identification of distress promote improved management of symptoms, which facilitates medical care...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152793/transitions-in-care-and-reduction-in-discharge-errors
#18
Tara Szyamnski, Megan Begnoche, Carol Chase, Michelle Moreau, Jessica Barnett
77 Background: Patients are often overwhelmed at the time of hospital discharge and focus on home rather than the discharge process. Fragmented communication and lack of planning between the hospital team, patient, family and primary oncologist can lead to frustration and delays in implementation of palliative or curative therapies and potential hospital readmission when the plan of care is not followed in a timely manner. Our goal is to avoid medication errors, delays in implementation of a care plan and reemergence of symptoms or new symptoms as a result of a suboptimal discharge transition...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152725/implementing-psychosocial-distress-screening-across-a-health-system-herding-cats-or-herding-cats
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113 Background: With the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer 2015 Standards in hand, Penn Medicine embarked on a project to formulate an entity-wide plan for the provision of psychosocial distress screening. Identifying psychosocial distress and providing resources to meet those needs is an essential component of quality cancer care. Penn Medicine and the Abramson Cancer Center provided more than 91,000 chemotherapy treatments, 121,000 radiation treatments, and 14,000 proton therapy treatments in FY 15 in urban, suburban and rural settings with wide variations in resources...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28148402/-sexual-wellbeing-integrated-into-support-care-in-oncology
#20
Sylvie Dolbeault, Anne Brédart
All cancers have psychological and social repercussions which can impact on the patient's sexual quality of life. While the subject is still taboo, support care, which involves different professionals working together, is increasingly offering patients the opportunity to talk and become informed about these issues.
June 2016: Revue de L'infirmière
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