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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29466346/oncology-nurses-knowledge-confidence-and-practice-in-addressing-caregiver-strain-and-burden
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Margaret M Irwin, William Dudley, Laurel Northouse, Donna L Berry, Gail A Mallory
OBJECTIVES: To describe nurses' practices, confidence, and knowledge of evidence-based interventions for cancer caregiver strain and burden and to identify factors that contribute to these aspects. 
. SAMPLE & SETTING: 2,055 Oncology Nursing Society members completed an emailed survey.
. METHODS & VARIABLES: Pooled analysis of survey results. Variables included the baseline nursing assessment, intervention, confidence, knowledge, strategies used, and barriers encountered...
March 1, 2018: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29461908/improving-early-palliative-care-with-a-scalable-stepped-peer-navigator-and-social-work-intervention-a-single-arm-clinical-trial
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David B Bekelman, Rachel Johnson-Koenke, Daniel W Bowles, Stacy M Fischer
BACKGROUND: Patients with cancer could benefit from early primary (i.e., basic) palliative care. Scalable models of care delivery are needed. OBJECTIVE: Examine the feasibility of a stepped peer navigator and social work intervention developed to improve palliative care outcomes. DESIGN: Single-arm prospective clinical trial. The peer navigator educated patients to advocate for pain and symptom management with their healthcare providers, motivated patients to pursue advance care planning, and discussed the role of hospice...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29440910/exploration-of-the-contexts-surrounding-the-implementation-of-an-intervention-supporting-return-to-work-after-breast-cancer-in-a-primary-care-setting-starting-point-for-an-intervention-development
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Karine Bilodeau, Dominique Tremblay, Marie-José Durand
Background: Many recommendations have been made regarding survivorship care provided by teams of primary care professionals. However, the nature of that follow-up, including support for return-to-work (RTW) after cancer, remains largely undefined. As implementation problems are frequently context-related, a pilot study was conducted to describe the contexts, according to Grol and Wensing, in which a new intervention is to be implemented. This pilot study is the first of three steps in intervention development planning...
2018: Journal of Multidisciplinary Healthcare
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29423728/ballroom-dancing-as-physical-activity-for-patients-with-cancer-a-systematic-review-and-report-of-a-pilot-project
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Ivonne Rudolph, Thorsten Schmidt, Tobias Wozniak, Thomas Kubin, Dana Ruetters, Jutta Huebner
BACKGROUND: Physical activity has positive effects on cancer patients. Dancing addresses diverse bio-psycho-social aspects. Our aim was to assess the evidence on ballroom dancing and to develop the setting for a pilot project. METHODS: We performed a systematic review, extracted the data and designed a pilot training based on standard curricula. We included cancer patients during or after therapy. Training duration was 90 min with one regular pause and individual pauses as needed...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29402701/effect-of-early-and-systematic-integration-of-palliative-care-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer-a-randomised-controlled-trial
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Gaëlle Vanbutsele, Koen Pardon, Simon Van Belle, Veerle Surmont, Martine De Laat, Roos Colman, Kim Eecloo, Veronique Cocquyt, Karen Geboes, Luc Deliens
BACKGROUND: The benefit of early integration of palliative care into oncological care is suggested to be due to increased psychosocial support. In Belgium, psychosocial care is part of standard oncological care. The aim of this randomised controlled trial is to examine whether early and systematic integration of palliative care alongside standard psychosocial oncological care provides added benefit compared with usual care. METHODS: In this randomised controlled trial, eligible patients were 18 years or older, and had advanced cancer due to a solid tumour, an European Cooperative Oncology Group performance status of 0-2, an estimated life expectancy of 12 months, and were within the first 12 weeks of a new primary tumour or had a diagnosis of progression...
February 2, 2018: Lancet Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29392483/crossing-the-death-threshold-experiencing-multi-disciplinary-end-of-life-integrative-oncology-training
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Eran Ben-Arye, Yael Keshet, Maria Livas, Thomas Breitkreuz
OBJECTIVE: Complementary and integrative medicine (CIM) is acknowledged in more and more oncology-care centers as part of supportive and palliative cancer care. However, only limited research is available on medical training of CIM practitioners regarding end-of-life (EOL) care. In this study, we assess the impact of multi-disciplinary EOL training on cultural-diverse groups of CIM-trained healthcare practitioners (HCPs) working in integrative oncology care settings in Germany and Israel...
February 1, 2018: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29391365/social-and-structural-conditions-for-the-avoidance-of-advance-care-planning-in-neuro-oncology-a-qualitative-study
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Henry Llewellyn, Jane Neerkin, Lewis Thorne, Elena Wilson, Louise Jones, Elizabeth L Sampson, Emma Townsley, Joseph T S Low
BACKGROUND: Primary brain tumours newly affect >260 000 people each year worldwide. In the UK, every year >10 000 people are diagnosed with a brain tumour while >5000 die annually from the disease. Prognoses are poor, cognitive deterioration common and patients have prolonged palliative needs. Advance care planning (ACP) may enable early discussion of future care decisions. Although a core commitment in the UK healthcare strategy, and the shared responsibility of clinical teams, ACP appears uncommon in practice...
January 31, 2018: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29389088/fact-hep-increases-the-accuracy-of-survival-prediction-in-hcc-patients-when-added-to-ecog-performance-status
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Andrea Gmür, Philippe Kolly, Marina Knöpfli, Jean-François Dufour
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Performance Status (ECOG PS) is a strong predictor of survival for patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), and is used with liver function and tumour burden in the Barcelona Clinic Liver Cancer (BCLC) staging system. This work assesses whether the health-related quality of life (HRQL), measured by the Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-Hepatobiliary (FACT-Hep) questionnaire discriminates HCC patients in terms of survival and adds prognostic information to ECOG PS...
February 1, 2018: Liver International: Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Liver
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29370448/healthcare-professionals-perspective-on-return-to-work-in-cancer-survivors
#9
Dana Yagil, Nofar Eshed-Lavi, Rafi Carel, Miri Cohen
OBJECTIVE: Healthcare professionals play a significant role in cancer survivors' decisions regarding return to work. While there is ample research about cancer survivors' views on return to work, little is known about the views of the professionals who accompany them from diagnosis to recovery. The study explores professionals' perceptions of cancer survivors in the return to work context, as well as their views about their own role in the process. METHODS: In-depth interviews (N=26) with professionals specializing in physical or mental health working with working-age cancer survivors: occupational physicians, oncologists, oncology nurses, social workers and psychologists specializing in oncology...
January 25, 2018: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353630/illness-cognitions-and-the-associated-socio-demographic-and-clinical-factors-in-chinese-women-with-breast-cancer
#10
Jing Han, Jun-E Liu, Hui Qiu, Zhi-Hong Nie, Ya-Li Su
PURPOSE: Illness cognitions are important mediators between disease and psychological adjustment. Evidence related to illness cognitions among patients with breast cancer remains limited. The purpose of this study was to examine illness cognitions among Chinese women with breast cancer and associations with socio-demographic and clinical factors. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out involving 313 women with breast cancer recruited from a general hospital and a social cancer support club in Beijing from October 2016 to May 2017...
February 2018: European Journal of Oncology Nursing: the Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29316150/proper-use-of-social-media-by-health-operators-in-the-pediatric-oncohematological-setting-consensus-statement-from-the-italian-pediatric-hematology-and-oncology-association-aieop
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Carlo Alfredo Clerici, Paola Quarello, Anna Bergadano, Laura Veneroni, Marina Bertolotti, Paola Guadagna, Angelo Ricci, Andrea Galdi, Franca Fagioli, Andrea Ferrari
Social media are powerful means of communication that can also have an important role in the healthcare sector. They are sometimes seen with diffidence in the healthcare setting, partly because they risk blurring professional boundaries. This issue is particularly relevant to relations between caregivers and adolescent patients. The Italian Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Association created a multidisciplinary working group to develop some shared recommendations on this issue. After reviewing the literature, the working group prepared a consensus statement in an effort to suggest an analytical approach rather than restrictive rules...
January 9, 2018: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29314355/cancer-patients-motives-for-psychosocial-consultation-oncology-social-workers-perceptions-of-226-patient-cases
#12
Joakim Isaksson, Sara Lilliehorn, Pär Salander
OBJECTIVE: Although oncology social workers (OSWs) have emerged as a core profession in the provision of psychosocial services, there is a lack of empirical studies that describe their daily clinical work with patients. The overall aim of this study was to explore cancer patients' motives for consulting an OSW. METHODS: From a nationwide survey, we used data from 226 patient cases that OSWs met face to face. The OSWs were asked to describe how the case was referred to them, the patient's characteristics, and what they perceived as the patient's motives for contacting them as well as additional motives that came up during the consultations...
January 4, 2018: Psycho-oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29286493/twenty-five-years-of-the-national-academy-of-medical-sciences-of-ukraine-progress-and-priorities-for-future-of-radiation-medicine-and-biology
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D Bazyka
After the creation of the Academy of Medical Sciences of Ukraine in 1993 the Research Center for Radiation Medicine was among the first institutions to join the Academy (fig. 1). Estab lishing the Academy was among the first steps of the independent Ukrainian government and aimed to provide a high level health care for population. It was extremely needed for the minimization of Chornobyl medical consequences. This choice was related to a growing recognition of the scientific research in fulfilling the Сenter's mission - study of the effects of low dose radiation on human body and radiation protection of the exposed population...
December 2017: Problemy Radiat︠s︡iĭnoï Medyt︠s︡yny Ta Radiobiolohiï
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29248435/delphi-consensus-of-an-expert-committee-in-oncogeriatrics-regarding-comprehensive-geriatric-assessment-in-seniors-with-cancer-in-spain
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Maria-Jose Molina-Garrido, Carmen Guillén-Ponce, Remei Blanco, Juana Saldaña, Jaime Feliú, Maite Antonio, Rosa López-Mongil, Primitivo Ramos Cordero, Regina Gironés
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work was to reach a national consensus in Spain regarding the Comprehensive Geriatric Assessment (CGA) domains in older oncological patients and the CGA scales to be used as a foundation for widespread use. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The Delphi method was implemented to attain consensus. Representatives of the panel were chosen from among the members of the Oncogeriatric Working Group of the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM). Consensus was defined as ≥66...
December 13, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29199904/the-association-of-oncology-social-work-s-project-to-assure-quality-cancer-care-apaqcc
#15
Brad Zebrack, Karen Kayser, Julianne Oktay, Laura Sundstrom, Alison Mayer Sachs
In 2014, the Association for Oncology Social Work (AOSW) established A Project to Assure Quality Cancer Care (APAQCC), a group of oncology social workers representing sixty-five Commission on Cancer (CoC)-accredited cancer programs across the US (including two in Canada). Its aims were (1) to examine the capacity of cancer programs to provide quality psychosocial support services, and (2) to evaluate the implementation of distress screening. The purpose of this paper is to describe how this collaborative research program was created and implemented under the auspices of AOSW, and to report on its impact on the oncology social workers who participated...
December 4, 2017: Journal of Psychosocial Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121889/prevalence-and-associated-factors-of-medication-non-adherence-in-hematological-oncological-patients-in-their-home-situation
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Linda Bouwman, Corien M Eeltink, Otto Visser, Jeroen J W M Janssen, Jolanda M Maaskant
BACKGROUND: Medication non-adherence is associated with poor health outcomes and increased health care costs. Depending on definitions, reported non-adherence rates in cancer patients ranges between 16 and 100%, which illustrates a serious problem. In malignancy, non-adherence reduces chances of achievement of treatment response and may thereby lead to progression or even relapse. Except for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML), the extent of non-adherence has not been investigated in hematological-oncological patients in an outpatient setting...
November 9, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090030/cancer-related-fatigue-in-breast-cancer-survivors-in-correlation-to-demographic-factors
#17
Fatemeh Moghaddam Tabrizi, Saeedeh Alizadeh
BACKGROUND: Fatigue is one of the most frequent symptoms in cancer patients. However, its exact causes are still unknown, and this circumstance makes it complicated to encounter the problem. OBJECTIVE: The current research was carried out to investigate factors associated with fatigue in cancer patients without other diseases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The research was conducted in 2013. A group of 150 randomly selected breast cancer patients who had successful surgical treatment and attending in oncology ward to receive chemotherapy and radiotherapy...
June 2017: Mædica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29024185/development-of-a-tailored-work-related-support-intervention-for-gastrointestinal-cancer-patients
#18
Anne-Claire G N M Zaman, Kristien M A J Tytgat, Sanne van Hezel, Jean H G Klinkenbijl, Angela G E M de Boer, Monique H W Frings-Dresen
Aim is the development of a work-related support intervention, tailored to the severity of work-related problems of patients diagnosed with gastrointestinal (GI) cancer treated with curative intent. Two methods were used: (1) Work-related problems were identified from the literature and submitted to an expert panel during a modified Delphi study. Experts allocated work-related problems into degrees of severity: mild, severe or complex. In addition, experts indicated which health care professional should provide the tailored support: (2) These outcomes were combined with existing interventions to design the tailored intervention...
October 12, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963638/widening-access-developing-an-elearning-resource-for-health-and-social-care-professionals-caring-for-children-and-young-people-with-cancer
#19
Wendy McInally, Maria J Pouso Lista, Natalia McLaren, Diane S Willis
Cancer is a key priority worldwide, and caring for children and young people with cancer requires a range of specific knowledge, skills and experience in order to deliver the complex care regimes both within the hospital or community environment. The aim of this paper is to disseminate work undertaken to design and develop pedagogical practice and innovation through an eLearning resource for health care professionals caring for children and young people with cancer across the globe. The work undertaken evaluated an existing cancer course (which has been withdrawn) that was developed and delivered through the Paediatric Oncology Nurses Forum, Royal College Nursing (Nurse Educators) and Warwick University...
September 29, 2017: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931103/-current-situation-of-palliative-care-in-hungary-integrated-palliative-care-model-as-a-breakout-possibility
#20
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
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