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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215048/unmet-home-healthcare-needs-and-quality-of-life-in-cancer-patients-a%C3%A2-hospital-based-turkish-sample
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Gülsen Ataman, Tugrul Erbaydar
Home healthcare services in Turkey are provided primarily to patients that are bedridden or seriously disabled. There are no such services integrated with hospital services that are specifically designed for cancer patients. The present study aimed to explore the home healthcare needs of cancer patients and their experiences related to unmet home healthcare needs. The study included 394 adult cancer patients who were followed up at the surgical oncology department of a university hospital. A 37-item, study-specific questionnaire and the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire for cancer patients (EORTC-QLQ-C30) were administered, and patient clinical records were evaluated...
February 19, 2017: Health & Social Care in the Community
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215027/economic-burden-of-patients-affected-by-non-small-cell-lung-cancer-nsclc-the-life-study
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Maria Rita Migliorino, Antonio Santo, Giampiero Romano, Diego Cortinovis, Domenico Galetta, Oscar Alabiso, Giacomo Cartenì, Sabrina Vari, Gianpiero Fasola, Antonio Pazzola, Dario Giuffrida, Alberto Zaniboni, Alberto Caprioli, Flavia Longo, Valentina Acciai, Filippo de Marinis
PURPOSE: Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is a condition with significant clinical burden for patients and relevant economic impact. Limited evidence exists on the management costs of NSCLC patients, especially in the late phases of the disease. The main objective of this analysis was to evaluate the economic impact of clinical management of NSCLC patients in the Italian population. METHODS: This evaluation was an economic analysis of the observational and multicentre study LIFE, which described the therapeutic approach in routine clinical practice for NSCLC patients, progressing after first-line treatment...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214785/oncoplastic-breast-conservation-surgery-is-oncologically-safe-when-compared-to-wide-local-excision-and-mastectomy
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J Mansell, E Weiler-Mithoff, S Stallard, J C Doughty, E Mallon, L Romics
BACKGROUND: Support for the oncological safety of oncoplastic breast conservation surgery (OBCS) is mostly based on evidence comparing recurrence rates after OBCS to wide local excision (WLE). However, OBCS is often indicated for larger cancers and oncological results should also be compared to patients treated with mastectomy. In this study we compared recurrence and survival following OBCS, mastectomy and WLE. METHODS: Patients treated with OBCS between 2009 and 2012 were identified from a prospectively maintained database...
February 16, 2017: Breast: Official Journal of the European Society of Mastology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214485/outcome-of-peripheral-venous-reconstructions-during-tumor-resection
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Philip Y Sun, Mark D Fleming, Kendall Stauffer, Manju Kalra, Gustavo Oderich, Thomas Bower, Peter Gloviczki, Randall R DeMartino
OBJECTIVE: Peripheral venous reconstruction surgery may be necessary for appropriate oncologic resection; however, the operative approach and surgical outcomes are not well described. We report our experience with these complex reconstructions to identify best practice. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed all adult patients who underwent peripheral vein reconstruction for tumor resection at Mayo Clinic, Rochester (2000-2015). Patients were classified into three subgroups by the location: iliac (IL), lower extremity (LE), and upper extremity (UE)...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214182/opportunistic-autoimmunity-secondary-to-cancer-immunotherapy-oasi-an-emerging-challenge
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M Kostine, L Chiche, E Lazaro, P Halfon, C Charpin, D Arniaud, F Retornaz, P Blanco, N Jourde-Chiche, C Richez, C Stavris
With "checkpoint inhibitors" targeting PD1/PD-1-ligands or CTLA-4/CD28 pathways, immunotherapy has profoundly modified therapeutic strategies in oncology. First approved in refractory metastatic neoplasms (melanoma and lung adenocarcinoma), it is now being tested broadly in other cancers and/or as adjuvant treatment. For a significant proportion of patients, immunotherapy is responsible for "immunological" events, identified as Immune-Related Adverse Events (irAEs). Owing to the increasing number of prescriptions, identification and management of specific immunological side effects is crucial and requires close collaboration between oncologists and internists and/or other organ specialists...
February 14, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214017/genetic-risk-factors-for-ovarian-cancer-and-their-role-for-endometriosis-risk
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Stefanie Burghaus, Peter A Fasching, Lothar Häberle, Matthias Rübner, Kathrin Büchner, Simon Blum, Anne Engel, Arif B Ekici, Arndt Hartmann, Alexander Hein, Matthias W Beckmann, Stefan P Renner
OBJECTIVE: Several genetic variants have been validated as risk factors for ovarian cancer. Endometriosis has also been described as a risk factor for ovarian cancer. Identifying genetic risk factors that are common to the two diseases might help improve our understanding of the molecular pathogenesis potentially linking the two conditions. METHODS: In a hospital-based case-control analysis, 12 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), validated by the Ovarian Cancer Association Consortium (OCAC) and the Collaborative Oncological Gene-environment Study (COGS) project, were genotyped using TaqMan® OpenArray™ analysis...
February 14, 2017: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213790/optical-see-through-cancer-vision-goggles-enable-direct-patient-visualization-and-real-time-fluorescence-guided-oncologic-surgery
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Suman B Mondal, Shengkui Gao, Nan Zhu, LeMoyne Habimana-Griffin, Walter J Akers, Rongguang Liang, Viktor Gruev, Julie Margenthaler, Samuel Achilefu
BACKGROUND: The inability to visualize the patient and surgical site directly, limits the use of current near infrared fluorescence-guided surgery systems for real-time sentinel lymph node biopsy and tumor margin assessment. METHODS: We evaluated an optical see-through goggle augmented imaging and navigation system (GAINS) for near-infrared, fluorescence-guided surgery. Tumor-bearing mice injected with a near infrared cancer-targeting agent underwent fluorescence-guided, tumor resection...
February 17, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213788/three-different-approaches-to-the-inferior-mesenteric-artery-during-robotic-d3-lymphadenectomy-for-rectal-cancer
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Songphol Malakorn, Tarik Sammour, Brian Bednarski, Yi-Qian Nancy You, George J Chang
BACKGROUND: In rectal cancer surgery, proximal ligation of the inferior mesenteric artery (IMA) with radical lymphadenectomy is the accepted standard of care.1 Our purpose is to describe three different standardized technical approaches for the management of the IMA during D3 lymphadenectomy.2 METHODS: Operative videos of three robotic D3 lymphadenectomy procedures for rectal cancer were reviewed and annotated with schematic anatomical descriptions for clarification. RESULTS: There are three methods for the management of the IMA during D3 lymphadenectomy for rectal cancer...
February 17, 2017: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213599/health-information-needs-source-preferences-and-engagement-behaviours-of-women-with-metastatic-breast-cancer-across-the-care-continuum-protocol-for-a-scoping-review
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Carol A Tucker, M Pilar Martin, Ray B Jones
INTRODUCTION: The health information needs, information source preferences and engagement behaviours of women with metastatic breast cancer (mBC) depend on personal characteristics such as education level, prior knowledge, clinical complications, comorbidities and where they are in the cancer journey. A thorough understanding of the information behaviours of women living with mBC is essential to the provision of optimal care. A preliminary literature review suggests that there is little research on this topic, but that there may be lessons from a slightly broader literature...
February 17, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213365/fda-approval-summary-tas-102
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Leigh Marcus, Steven J Lemery, Sachia Khasar, Emily Wearne, Whitney S Helms, Weishi Yuan, Kun He, Xianhua Cao, Jingyu Yu, Hong Zhao, Yaning Wang, Olen Stephens, Erika Englund, Rajiv Agarwal, Patricia Keegan, Richard Pazdur
FDA approved TAS-102 (Lonsurf, Taiho Oncology, Inc.) for the treatment of patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) who have been previously treated with fluoropyrimidine-, oxaliplatin- and irinotecan-based chemotherapy, an anti-VEGF biological therapy, and if RAS wild-type, an anti-EGFR therapy. In an international, multicenter, double-blinded, placebo-controlled trial (TPU-TAS-102-301, herein referred to as RECOURSE), 800 patients with previously treated mCRC were randomly allocated (2:1) to receive either TAS-102 35mg/m2 orally twice daily after meals on Days 1-5 and 8-12 of each 28-day cycle (n=534) or matching placebo (n=266)...
February 17, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212999/meta-analysis-examining-impact-of-age-on-overall-survival-with-pemetrexed-for-the-treatment-of-advanced-non-squamous-non-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Luis G Paz-Ares, Annamaria Zimmermann, Tudor Ciuleanu, Paul A Bunn, Belen San Antonio, Jonathan Denne, Nancy Iturria, William John, Giorgio V Scagliotti
OBJECTIVE: In clinical practice, elderly patients are often undertreated relative to younger patients. This meta-analysis was designed to determine whether older patients with non-squamous non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) could derive an overall survival (OS) benefit from pemetrexed treatment comparable to that experienced by younger patients in the first-line, second-line, or maintenance settings. METHODS: Data from 2671 patients with non-squamous NSCLC participating in four pemetrexed phase III studies were included in a meta-analysis using a random-effects model...
February 2017: Lung Cancer: Journal of the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212972/variation-in-health-technology-assessment-and-reimbursement-processes-in-europe
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Ronald L Akehurst, Eric Abadie, Noël Renaudin, François Sarkozy
BACKGROUND: It has been suggested that differences in health technology assessment (HTA) processes among countries, particularly within Europe, have led to inequity in patient access to new medicines. OBJECTIVES: To provide an up-to-date snapshot analysis of the present status of HTA and reimbursement systems in select European countries, and to investigate the implications of these processes, especially with regard to delays in market and patient access. METHODS: HTA and reimbursement processes were assessed through a review of published and gray literature, and through a series of interviews with HTA experts...
January 2017: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212714/droplet-based-digital-pcr-application-in-cancer-research
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G Perkins, H Lu, F Garlan, V Taly
The efficient characterization of genetic and epigenetic alterations in oncology, virology, or prenatal diagnostics requires highly sensitive and specific high-throughput approaches. Nevertheless, with the use of conventional methods, sensitivity and specificity were largely limited. By partitioning individual target molecules within distinct compartments, digital PCR (dPCR) could overcome these limitations and detect very rare sequences with unprecedented precision and sensitivity. In dPCR, the sample is diluted such that each individual partition will contain no more than one target sequence...
2017: Advances in Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212579/suicidal-ideation-among-chinese-cancer-inpatients-of-general-hospitals-prevalence-and-correlates
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Bao-Liang Zhong, Si-Heng Li, Shu-Yan Lv, Shun-Li Tian, Zhi-Dong Liu, Xu-Bin Li, Hong-Qing Zhuang, Ran Tao, Wei Zhang, Chuan-Jun Zhuo
Cancer patients are at high risk for suicide, particularly when they are informed about the cancer diagnosis or hospitalized for cancer treatment. Therefore, oncology healthcare settings such as large general hospitals in China, may represent an ideal setting to identify and treat suicidality in cancer patients. However, the clinical epidemiology of suicidality of Chinese cancer patients remains largely unknown. This study examined the prevalence and correlates of suicidal ideation among Chinese cancer inpatients of large general hospitals...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212362/the-management-of-psychological-issues-in-oncology
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Daniel C McFarland, Jimmie C Holland
Psychological issues in the cancer setting are highly prevalent and well documented, and can lead to adverse outcomes. Several series of guidelines have been put forth to ensure that both psychological and psychiatric issues are addressed. The management of psychological issues in cancer is relevant for clinicians whose patients are identified clinically or via screening mechanisms with psychological or psychiatric sequelae from cancer. This review describes the psychological impact of cancer, distress screening as a triage mechanism, and the presentation and management of several specific comorbid psychological/psychiatric diagnoses in the oncology setting...
December 2016: Clinical Advances in Hematology & Oncology: H&O
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211944/bayesian-response-adaptive-designs-for-basket-trials
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Steffen Ventz, William T Barry, Giovanni Parmigiani, Lorenzo Trippa
We develop a general class of response-adaptive Bayesian designs using hierarchical models, and provide open source software to implement them. Our work is motivated by recent master protocols in oncology, where several treatments are investigated simultaneously in one or multiple disease types, and treatment efficacy is expected to vary across biomarker-defined subpopulations. Adaptive trials such as I-SPY-2 (Barker et al., 2009) and BATTLE (Zhou et al., 2008) are special cases within our framework. We discuss the application of our adaptive scheme to two distinct research goals...
February 17, 2017: Biometrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211941/upfront-window-vincristine-irinotecan-treatment-of-high-risk-hepatoblastoma-a-report-from-the-children-s-oncology-group-ahep0731-study-committee
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Howard M Katzenstein, Wayne L Furman, Marcio H Malogolowkin, Mark D Krailo, M Beth McCarville, Alexander J Towbin, Greg M Tiao, Milton J Finegold, Sarangarajan Ranganathan, Stephen P Dunn, Max R Langham, Eugene D McGahren, Carlos Rodriguez-Galindo, Rebecka L Meyers
BACKGROUND: The identification of new therapies for high-risk (HR) hepatoblastoma is challenging. Children's Oncology Group study AHEP0731 included a HR stratum to explore the efficacy of novel agents. Herein, the authors report the response rate to the combination of vincristine (V) and irinotecan (I) and the outcome of patients with high-risk hepatoblastoma. METHODS: Patients with newly diagnosed metastatic hepatoblastoma or those with a serum α-fetoprotein (AFP) level <100 ng/mL were eligible...
February 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211937/patterns-of-computed-tomography-surveillance-in-survivors-of-colorectal-cancer-at-veterans-health-administration-facilities
#18
Amikar Sehdev, Eric A Sherer, Siu L Hui, Jingwei Wu, David A Haggstrom
BACKGROUND: Annual computed tomography (CT) scans are a component of the current standard of care for the posttreatment surveillance of survivors of colorectal cancer (CRC) after curative-intent resection. The authors conducted a retrospective study with the primary aim of assessing patient, physician, and organizational characteristics associated with the receipt of CT surveillance among veterans. METHODS: The Department of Veterans Affairs Central Cancer Registry was used to identify patients diagnosed with AJCC collaborative stage I to III CRC between 2001 and 2009...
February 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211936/reduction-of-cyclophosphamide-dose-for-patients-with-subset-2-low-risk-rhabdomyosarcoma-is-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-recurrence-a-report-from-the-soft-tissue-sarcoma-committee-of-the-children-s-oncology-group
#19
David O Walterhouse, Alberto S Pappo, Jane L Meza, John C Breneman, Andrea Hayes-Jordan, David M Parham, Timothy P Cripe, James R Anderson, William H Meyer, Douglas S Hawkins
BACKGROUND: Failure-free survival (FFS) and overall survival (OS) rates were found to improve on Intergroup Rhabdomyosarcoma Study (IRS) IV (IRS-IV) compared with IRS-III for patients with subset 2 (IRS stage 1, group III nonorbit or stage 3, group I/II) low-risk embryonal rhabdomyosarcoma with the addition of cyclophosphamide (total cumulative cyclophosphamide dose of 26.4 g/m(2) ) to the combination of vincristine and dactinomycin (VAC). The goal of Children's Oncology Group ARST0331 for subset 2 low-risk patients was to reduce the total cumulative cyclophosphamide dose without compromising FFS...
February 17, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211000/the-implementation-and-evaluation-of-a-communication-skills-training-program-for-oncology-nurses
#20
Smita C Banerjee, Ruth Manna, Nessa Coyle, Stacey Penn, Tess E Gallegos, Talia Zaider, Carol A Krueger, Philip A Bialer, Carma L Bylund, Patricia A Parker
Many nurses express difficulty in communicating with their patients, especially in oncology settings where there are numerous challenges and high-stake decisions during the course of diagnosis and treatment. Providing specific training in communication skills is one way to enhance the communication between nurses and their patients. We developed and implemented a communication skills training program for nurses, consisting of three teaching modules: responding empathically to patients; discussing death, dying, and end-of-life goals of care; and responding to challenging interactions with families...
February 16, 2017: Translational Behavioral Medicine
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