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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431396/skeletal-muscle-measures-and-physical-function-in-older-adults-with-cancer-sarcopenia-or-myopenia
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Grant R Williams, Allison M Deal, Hyman B Muss, Marc S Weinberg, Hanna K Sanoff, Kirsten A Nyrop, Mackenzi Pergolotti, Shlomit Strulov Shachar
BACKGROUND: Skeletal muscle loss, commonly known as sarcopenia, is highly prevalent in older adults and linked with adverse outcomes in cancer, yet the definition and role of sarcopenia remains uncertain. The aim of this study was to examine the association of Computerized Tomography (CT) assessed skeletal muscle measures with physical function in older adults with cancer. RESULTS: CTs for 185 patients were available. Median age 73 (IQR 68-76) and 56.5% female. After controlling for sex and BMI, we found no evidence that SMI was associated with physical function impairments...
April 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411479/aged-patients-with-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-should-we-treat-with-chemotherapy
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REVIEW
Miguel Ángel Climent, Ma Dolores Torregrosa, Sergio Vázquez, Regina Gironés, José Angel Arranz
Prostate cancer largely affects aged men and as life expectancy continues to increase, it is likely to be a growing burden requiring an adequate management. Aging is a heterogeneous process, thus, to assess the individual state of health when making decisions is essential. Comprehensive geriatric assessment allows a detailed evaluation of the state of health of a specific subject and can modify the therapeutic decision. It is still not commonly used because it is time consuming. Chemotherapy should be administered equally in aged well-fit patients as in the general population as per the SIOG (International society of geriatric oncology) recommendations for geriatric evaluation and treatment in prostate cancer patients...
April 3, 2017: Cancer Treatment Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408619/data-linkage-to-improve-geriatric-oncology-research-a-feasibility-study
#3
Jennifer L Lund, Anne-Marie Meyer, Allison M Deal, Bong-Jin Choi, YunKyung Chang, Grant R Williams, Mackenzi Pergolotti, Emily J Guerard, Hyman B Muss, Hanna K Sanoff
Older adults (aged 65 years and older) diagnosed with cancer account for most cancer-related morbidity and mortality in the United States but are often underrepresented on clinical trials. Recent attention from a variety of professional, research, regulatory, and patient advocacy groups has centered on data linkage and data sharing as a means to capture patient information and outcomes outside of clinical trials to accelerate progress in the fight against cancer. The development of a more robust observational research data infrastructure would help to address gaps in the evidence base regarding optimal approaches to treating cancer among the growing and complex population of older adults...
April 13, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405846/cancer-specific-geriatric-assessment-and-quality-of-life-important-factors-in-caring-for-older-patients-with-aggressive-b-cell-lymphoma
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Karin Ribi, Stéphanie Rondeau, Felicitas Hitz, Ulrich Mey, Milica Enoiu, Thomas Pabst, Anastasios Stathis, Natalie Fischer, Kerri M Clough-Gorr
PURPOSE: To evaluate the efficacy and tolerability of chemotherapy, a geriatric assessment is recommended in elderly patients with cancer. We aimed to characterize and compare patients with aggressive lymphoma by objective response and survival status based on pre-treatment cancer-specific geriatric (C-SGA) and quality of life (QoL) assessments. METHODS: Patients not eligible for anthracycline-based first-line therapy or intensive salvage regimens completed C-SGA and QoL assessment before and after a rituximab-bendamustine-lenalidomide (R-BL) treatment in a phase II clinical trial...
April 13, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28403222/comorbidity-and-dementia-a-nationwide-survey-in-taiwan
#5
Ting-Bin Chen, Szu-Yu Yiao, Yu Sun, Huey-Jane Lee, Shu-Chien Yang, Ming-Jang Chiu, Ta-Fu Chen, Ker-Neng Lin, Li-Yu Tang, Chung-Chih Lin, Pei-Ning Wang
BACKGROUND: Comorbid medical diseases are highly prevalent in the geriatric population, imposing hardship on healthcare services for demented individuals. Dementia also complicates clinical care for other co-existing medical conditions. This study investigated the comorbidities associated with dementia in the elderly population aged 65 years and over in Taiwan. METHODS: We conducted a nationwide, population-based, cross-sectional survey; participants were selected by computerized random sampling from all 19 Taiwan counties between December 2011 and March 2013...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400051/frailty-and-vulnerability-as-predictors-of-radiotoxicity-in-older-adults-a-longitudinal-study-in-peru
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Fernando M Runzer-Colmenares, Diego Urrunaga-Pastor, Luis G Aguirre, C Mahony Reategui-Rivera, José F Parodi, Alvaro Taype-Rondan
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: To assess the association between frailty/vulnerability and the development of radiotoxicity in older adults at a hospital in Peru. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Cohort study that included patients with cancer with medical recommendation of radiotherapy, who attended the outpatient department of geriatrics at Naval Medical Center (Lima, Peru) between 2013 and 2015. Before receiving radiation therapy sessions, we measured frailty using Fried phenotype, and vulnerability using VES-13 and G-8 scales...
April 8, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399028/pathologic-and-treatment-outcomes-among-a-geriatric-population-of-endometrial-cancer-patients-an-nrg-oncology-gynecologic-oncology-group-ancillary-data-analysis-of-lap2
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Erin A Bishop, James J Java, Kathleen N Moore, Joan L Walker
OBJECTIVES: Elderly endometrial cancer patients have worse disease-specific survival than their younger counterparts, but the cause for this discrepancy is unknown. The goal of this analysis is to compare outcomes by age in a fully staged elderly endometrial cancer population. METHODS/MATERIALS: This is an analysis of patients on Gynecologic Oncology Group Study (GOG) LAP2, which included clinically early stage endometrial cancer patients randomized to laparotomy versus laparoscopy for surgical staging...
April 8, 2017: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391026/radiopharmaceuticals-in-the-elderly-cancer-patient-practical-considerations-with-a-focus-on-prostate-cancer-therapy-a-position-paper-from-the-international-society-of-geriatric-oncology-task-force
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John O Prior, Silke Gillessen, Manfred Wirth, William Dale, Matti Aapro, Wim J G Oyen
Molecular imaging using radiopharmaceuticals has a clear role in visualising the presence and extent of tumour at diagnosis and monitoring response to therapy. Such imaging provides prognostic and predictive information relevant to management, e.g. by quantifying active tumour mass using positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT). As these techniques require only pharmacologically inactive doses, age and potential frailty are generally not important. However, this may be different for therapy involving radionuclides because the radiation can impact normal bodily function (e...
April 6, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366577/use-of-geriatric-assessment-tools-in-selecting-therapies-in-women-aged-%C3%A2-70%C3%A2-years-with-hormone-receptor-positive-early-stage-breast-cancer-preliminary-experience-with-a-quality-improvement-initiative
#9
Jean L Wright, Arti Parekh, Yao Yao Pollock, Nancy Schoenborn, Karen L Smith, Colette Magnant, Vered Stearns
PURPOSE: To develop a multidisciplinary algorithmic approach to management of women aged ≥70 years with clinically staged T1N0 hormone receptor-positive breast cancer, including geriatric assessments predicting life expectancy and the likelihood of functional decline in the near future, in the context of a program-wide quality improvement initiative, to better select patients for therapeutic interventions. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Two geriatric assessment tools, the Combined Lee-Schonberg Index and the Vulnerable Elderly Scale, were introduced into our clinical workflow to predict long-term mortality and likelihood of functional decline...
January 29, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28366575/timed-get-up-and-go-test-and-geriatric-8-scores-and-the-association-with-chemo-radiation-therapy-noncompliance-and-acute-toxicity-in%C3%A2-elderly-cancer-patients
#10
Judith G Middelburg, Mirjam E Mast, Maaike de Kroon, Jan J Jobsen, Tom Rozema, Huub Maas, Elizabet A Baartman, Debby Geijsen, Annija H van der Leest, Desirée J van den Bongard, Judith van Loon, Tom Budiharto, Jan Willem Coebergh, Mieke J Aarts, Henk Struikman
PURPOSE: To investigate whether the Geriatric 8 (G8) and the Timed Get Up and Go Test (TGUGT) and clinical and demographic patient characteristics were associated with acute toxicity of radiation therapy and noncompliance in elderly cancer patients being irradiated with curative intent. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Patients were eligible if aged ≥65 years and diagnosed with breast, non-small cell lung, prostate, head and neck, rectal, or esophageal cancer, and were referred for curative radiation therapy...
January 29, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364326/of-cytometry-stem-cells-and-fountain-of-youth
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REVIEW
Dariusz Galkowski, Mariusz Z Ratajczak, Janusz Kocki, Zbigniew Darzynkiewicz
Outlined are advances of cytometry applications to identify and sort stem cells, of laser scanning cytometry and ImageStream imaging instrumentation to further analyze morphometry of these cells, and of mass cytometry to classify a multitude of cellular markers in large cell populations. Reviewed are different types of stem cells, including potential candidates for cancer stem cells, with respect to their "stemness", and other characteristics. Appraised is further progress in identification and isolation of the "very small embryonic-like stem cells" (VSELs) and their autogenous transplantation for tissue repair and geroprotection...
March 31, 2017: Stem Cell Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28353488/management-of-central-venous-access-device-associated-skin-impairment-an-evidence-based-algorithm
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Daphne Broadhurst, Nancy Moureau, Amanda J Ullman
Patients relying on central venous access devices (CVADs) for treatment are frequently complex. Many have multiple comorbid conditions, including renal impairment, nutritional deficiencies, hematologic disorders, or cancer. These conditions can impair the skin surrounding the CVAD insertion site, resulting in an increased likelihood of skin damage when standard CVAD management practices are employed. Supported by the World Congress of Vascular Access (WoCoVA), developed an evidence- and consensus-based algorithm to improve CVAD-associated skin impairment (CASI) identification and diagnosis, guide clinical decision-making, and improve clinician confidence in managing CASI...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352631/guidance-on-opioids-prescribing-for-the-management-of-persistent-non-cancer-pain-in-older-adults
#13
REVIEW
Fabio Guerriero
Many older adults suffer from persistent pain but prevalence studies consistently showed high levels of untreated or under-treated pain in old population. Both persistent pain and pain under-treatment adversely affect independence and quality of life in geriatric patients. Pain management is challenging in this age-group because of the declining organ function, the presence of concurrent diseases and polypharmacy. For all the above reasons, persistent pain in the elderly should be considered a geriatric syndrome per se and effective approaches are warranted...
March 16, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Cases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330581/functional-decline-in-older-patients-with-cancer-receiving-chemotherapy-a-multicenter-prospective-study
#14
Cindy Kenis, Lore Decoster, Julie Bastin, Hannelore Bode, Katrien Van Puyvelde, Jacques De Grève, Godelieve Conings, Katleen Fagard, Johan Flamaing, Koen Milisen, Jean-Pierre Lobelle, Hans Wildiers
OBJECTIVES: This study aims to evaluate the evolution of functional status (FS) 2 to 3months after initiation of chemotherapy, to identify factors associated with functional decline during chemotherapy treatment and to investigate the prognostic value of functional decline for overall survival (OS). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Patients ≥70years with a malignant tumor were included when chemotherapy was initiated. All patients underwent a geriatric assessment (GA) including FS measured by Activities of Daily Living (ADL) and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living (IADL)...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327973/modeling-individual-and-relative-accuracy-of-screening-tools-in-geriatric-oncology
#15
C A Bellera, F Artaud, M Rainfray, P L Soubeyran, S Mathoulin-Pélissier
Background: Classification probabilities reflect to what degree a screening test represents the true disease state and include true positive (TPF) and false positive fractions (FPF). With two tests, one can compare TPF and FPF using relative probabilities which offer advantages in terms of interpretation and statistical modeling. Our objective was to highlight how individual and relative TPF and FPF can be easily estimated and compared within a regression modeling framework. This allows the modeling of tests' accuracy while adjusting for multiple covariates, and thus provides valuable information in addition to the crude TPF and FPF...
February 21, 2017: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320638/prognostic-value-of-geriatric-8-and-identification-of-seniors-at-risk-for-hospitalized-patients-screening-tools-for-patients-with-lung-cancer
#16
Karlijn J G Schulkes, Esteban T D Souwer, Leontine J R van Elden, Henk Codrington, Simone van der Sar-van der Brugge, Jan-Willem J Lammers, Johanneke E A Portielje, Frederiek van den Bos, Marije E Hamaker
BACKGROUND: Because of the time-consuming aspect of geriatric assessments, cancer specialists are seeking shorter screening tools to distinguish fit and frail patients. We analyzed the predictive value of the Geriatric 8 (G8) and Identification of Seniors at Risk for Hospitalized Patients (ISAR-HP) in elderly patients with lung cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: From January 2014 to April 2016, the data from patients with lung cancer aged > 70 years at 2 teaching hospitals in the Netherlands were included in a database...
March 2, 2017: Clinical Lung Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292646/follow-up-of-elderly-patients-with-urogenital-cancers-evaluation-of-geriatric-care-needs-and-related-actions
#17
Silvio Monfardini, Sara Morlino, Riccardo Valdagni, Mario Catanzaro, Ardit Tafa, Barbara Bortolato, Giovanni Petralia, Elisa Bonetto, Elisa Villa, Stefano Picozzi, Maria Cristina Locatelli, Giuseppe Galetti, Andrea Millul, Yasmin Albanese, Elisa Bianchi, Claudia Panzarino, Francesca Gerardi, Ettore Beghi
OBJECTIVES: To investigate a comprehensive geriatric assessment (CGA) with subsequent investigation of healthcare patterns in older patients with urological cancers undergoing initial surgery or radiotherapy, to verify the usefulness of the incorporation of geriatric principles in future care plans. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This is a prospective cohort study. From November 2011 to March 2015, CGA was offered to all patients aged 70+ years treated with radiotherapy or surgery at seven tertiary centers...
March 11, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288711/marginal-zone-lymphoma-in-elderly-and-geriatric-patients
#18
REVIEW
Valentin Goede
Approximately 50% of patients with newly diagnosed marginal zone lymphoma (MZL) are of advanced age. For the three subtypes of MZL (extranodal MZL of mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue, splenic MZL, nodal MZL), the median age at diagnosis is around 65-70 years. Due to the lack of larger studies in MZL, little is known of the prevalence of comorbidity, polypharmacy, or geriatric syndromes in older patients with MZL. The impact of these concurrent conditions on the tolerability and feasibility of diagnostic or therapeutic procedures used in MZL has not been specifically investigated...
March 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286660/preference-of-elderly-patients-to-oral-or-intravenous-chemotherapy-in-heavily-pre-treated-recurrent-ovarian-cancer-final-results-of-a-prospective-multicenter-trial
#19
Radoslav Chekerov, Philipp Harter, Stefan Fuxius, Lars Christian Hanker, Linn Woelber, Lothar Müller, Peter Klare, Wolfgang Abenhardt, Yoana Nedkova, Isil Yalcinkaya, Georg Heinrich, Harald Sommer, Sven Mahner, Pauline Wimberger, Dominique Koensgen-Mustea, Rolf Richter, Gülten Oskay-Oezcelik, Jalid Sehouli
BACKGROUND: Palliative systemic treatment in elderly gynaecological cancer patients remains a major challenge. In recurrent ovarian cancer (ROC), treosulfan an active alkylating drug showed similar cytotoxicity whether as oral (p.o.) or intravenous (i.v.) application. The aim of this innovative trial was to evaluate the preference of elderly patients (≥65 years) for p.o. or i.v. chemotherapy focusing compliance, outcome, toxicities, and geriatric aspects as secondary endpoints. METHODS: Patients with ROC had the free choice between treosulfan i...
2017: Gynecologic Oncology Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285980/activities-function-and-health-related-quality-of-life-hrqol-of-older-adults-with-cancer
#20
Mackenzi Pergolotti, Allison M Deal, Grant R Williams, Ashley L Bryant, Jeannette T Bensen, Hyman B Muss, Bryce B Reeve
OBJECTIVE: This study aims to (1) describe the activities, function, and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of a large sample of older adults (age ≥65) with cancer, (2) identify the associations with demographics, cancer type, comorbid conditions, and ability to participate in activities and functional status. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Health Registry/Cancer Survivorship Cohort is an institutional database designed to aid cancer survivorship research. The registry includes three measures of patient-reported HRQOL: FACT-G and PROMIS® Global measures for physical and mental health...
March 9, 2017: Journal of Geriatric Oncology
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