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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636297/-supportive-care-in-oncology-a-real-change-for-patients
#1
Alex Friedlaender, Samuel Blaser, Christophe Luthy, Angela Pugliesi Rinaldi
With the increased incidence of cancers due to an aging population, and a prolonged survival thanks to advances in cancer treatments, new therapeutic challenges have arisen. The management of symptoms, the tolerance of increasingly effective oncologic treatments and, finally, quality of life are central concerns of patients and their loved ones. Supportive care in oncology has helped meet these challenges, offering a holistic approach, encompassing somatic, psychiatric and social aid. Inaugurated in 2005, the oncologic supportive care unit of the Geneva University Hospitals allows many cancer patients access to a team of multidisciplinary care-givers to help meet their needs...
May 17, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636296/-follow-up-of-the-long-term-cancer-survivor
#2
Francesco Sciotto, Céline Py, Petros Tsantoulis
Improvements in diagnosis and treatments explain the notable increase in patients chronically affected or recovering from cancer. This is a fragile population, who is physically, psychologically and socially affected by the consequences of the disease and the associated treatments. In addition to detecting a possible relapse, oncologists and primary care physicians have to deal with a variety of issues like psychological distress, sexual dysfunction, cardiotoxicity, cognitive impairment, fatigue and, in some cases, a second primary cancer...
May 17, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636292/-head-and-neck-cancer-promising-results-of-immunotherapy
#3
Aurélie Sivade, Djamila Bensaid, Yan Monnier, Keyvan Shabafrouz, Hanan Bouchaab, Valérie Cristina
Immunotherapy, especially checkpoint inhibitors such as anti-PD1 and anti-PDL1 antibodies, has changed the standard of care and the prognosis of melanoma, but also more recently of lung cancer, renal cancer and Hodgkin lymphoma. Results of preliminary studies in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma (HNSCC) as well as in less frequent tumors of the region, such as nasopharyngeal carcinoma and high grade salivary gland carcinoma, are also promising. Indeed, in a recent phase 3 study, the PD1 inhibitor nivolumab has recently demonstrated a significant improvement in overall survival for platin-resistant recurrent and/or metastatic HNSCC...
May 17, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636280/getting-on-the-same-page-communication-patient-involvement-and-shared-understanding-of-decisions-in-oncology
#4
Aaron L Leppin, Marleen Kunneman, Julie Hathaway, Cara Fernandez, Victor M Montori, Jon C Tilburt
BACKGROUND: Patients and clinicians do not often agree on whether a decision has been made about cancer care. This could be explained by factors related to communication quality and/or the type of decision being made. METHODS: We used a self-developed coding scheme to code a random sample of 128 encounters in which patients and clinicians either agreed (n=64) or disagreed (n=64) that a cancer care decision was made and tested for associations between concordance and key communication behaviours...
June 21, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636200/functional-impairment-an-unmeasured-marker-of-medicare-costs-for-postacute-care-of-older-adults
#5
S Ryan Greysen, Irena Stijacic Cenzer, W John Boscardin, Kenneth E Covinsky
OBJECTIVES: To assess the effects of preadmission functional impairment on Medicare costs of postacute care up to 365 days after hospital discharge. DESIGN: Longitudinal cohort study. SETTING: Health and Retirement Study (HRS). PARTICIPANTS: Nationally representative sample of 16,673 Medicare hospitalizations of 8,559 community-dwelling older adults from 2000 to 2012. MEASUREMENTS: The main outcome was total Medicare costs in the year after hospital discharge, assessed according to Medicare claims data...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636108/understanding-the-influences-and-impact-of-patient-clinician-communication-in-cancer-care
#6
Jennifer Elston Lafata, Laura A Shay, Jodi M Winship
BACKGROUND: Patient-clinician communication is thought to be central to care outcomes, but when and how communication affects patient outcomes is not well understood. OBJECTIVE: We propose a conceptual model and classification framework upon which the empirical evidence base for the impact of patient-clinician communication can be summarized and further built. DESIGN: We use the proposed model and framework to summarize findings from two recent systematic reviews, one evaluating the use of shared decision making (SDM) on cancer care outcomes and the other evaluating the role of physician recommendation in cancer screening use...
June 21, 2017: Health Expectations: An International Journal of Public Participation in Health Care and Health Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635984/anxiety-and-depression-associated-with-burden-in-caregivers-of-patients-with-brain-metastases
#7
Marlon G Saria, Natasia S Courchesne, Lorraine Evangelista, Joshua L Carter, Daniel A MacManus, Mary Kay Gorman, Adeline M Nyamathi, Linda R Phillips, David E Piccioni, Santosh Kesari, Sally L Maliski
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To describe and examine the relationship between caregiver burden and the affective disorders anxiety and depression in caregivers of patients with brain metastases.
. DESIGN: Cross-sectional, descriptive, correlational.
. SETTING: Moores Cancer Center at the University of California, San Diego. 
. SAMPLE: 56 family caregivers of patients with brain metastases from solid tumors at other primary sites...
May 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635981/patient-perceived-access-to-care-when-actively-seeking-treatment
#8
Zachary Pruitt, Susan Sportsman
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To examine predictors of perceived access to care and reported barriers to care of patients with cancer actively seeking treatment.
. DESIGN: Retrospective secondary data analysis.
. SETTING: U.S. Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, a national survey with questions about healthcare coverage and access.
. SAMPLE: 1,170 adults with cancer actively seeking treatment.
. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of data...
May 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635980/improving-self-efficacy-and-self-care-in-adult-patients-with-a-urinary-diversion-a-pilot-study
#9
Kyle Merandy, Meredith A Morgan, Richard Lee, Douglas S Scherr
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of a multimodality educational intervention for improving self-efficacy (SE) and self-care in patients with a new urinary diversion (UD).
. DESIGN: Two-arm randomized, controlled trial.
. SETTING: Academic medical center in New York.
. SAMPLE: 8 adults diagnosed with bladder cancer requiring UD.
. METHODS: A multimodality educational intervention consisting of video, Microsoft PowerPoint® slides, and medical illustrations was developed...
May 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635974/conceptual-issues-surrounding-quality-of-life-in-oncology-nursing
#10
Marie Flannery
Quality of life (QOL) is a critical, prevalent, and enduring concept in oncology nursing research and practice. QOL is a paramount issue in the consideration of treatment, goal planning, and decision making for individuals with cancer, their families, and their care providers. Journals, well-developed valid and reliable instruments, and multiple conceptual models and frameworks are devoted to QOL. This column will review two broad conceptual aspects to consider in relation to QOL. First, conceptual considerations will be discussed for the definition and measurement of QOL...
May 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635972/experiences-and-concerns-of-lesbian-gay-or-bisexual-survivors-of-colorectal-cancer
#11
Allyson Baughman, Melissa A Clark, Ulrike Boehmer
PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To identify the experiences and needs of lesbian, gay, or bisexual (LGB) survivors of colorectal cancer (CRC) and to expand the current understanding of LGB survivorship by obtaining in-depth knowledge of survivorship among individuals with a cancer other than breast or prostate. 
. RESEARCH APPROACH: Qualitative, semistructured individual interviews via telephone.
. SETTING: Participants were recruited using social media, flyers, word of mouth, and contact with LGB and cancer organizations during a four-month period...
May 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635336/new-advances-in-focal-therapy-for-early-stage-prostate-cancer
#12
Kae Jack Tay, Ariel A Schulman, Christina Sze, Efrat Tsivian, Thomas J Polascik
Prostate focal therapy offers men the opportunity to achieve oncological control while preserving sexual and urinary function. The prerequisites for successful focal therapy are to accurately identify, localize and completely ablate the clinically significant cancer(s) within the prostate. We aim to evaluate the evidence for current and upcoming technologies that could shape the future of prostate cancer focal therapy in the next five years. Areas Covered: Current literature on advances in patient selection using imaging, biopsy and biomarkers, ablation techniques and adjuvant treatments for focal therapy are summarized...
June 21, 2017: Expert Review of Anticancer Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634734/exploring-the-digital-technology-preferences-of-teenagers-and-young-adults-tya-with-cancer-and-survivors-a-cross-sectional-service-evaluation-questionnaire
#13
Esha Abrol, Mike Groszmann, Alexandra Pitman, Rachael Hough, Rachel M Taylor, Golnar Aref-Adib
PURPOSE: Digital technology has the potential to support teenagers and young adults (TYAs) with cancer from the onset of their disease into survivorship. We aimed to establish (1) the current pattern of use of TYA digital technologies within our service-user population, and (2) their preferences regarding digital information and support within the service. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was administered as a paper and online self-completed questionnaire to TYAs aged 13-24 accessing outpatient, inpatient, and day care cancer services at a regional specialist centre over a 4-week period...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634291/rhodium-metalloinsertor-binding-generates-a-lesion-with-selective-cytotoxicity-for-mismatch-repair-deficient-cells
#14
Julie M Bailis, Alyson G Weidmann, Natalie F Mariano, Jacqueline K Barton
The DNA mismatch repair (MMR) pathway recognizes and repairs errors in base pairing and acts to maintain genome stability. Cancers that have lost MMR function are common and comprise an important clinical subtype that is resistant to many standard of care chemotherapeutics such as cisplatin. We have identified a family of rhodium metalloinsertors that bind DNA mismatches with high specificity and are preferentially cytotoxic to MMR-deficient cells. Here, we characterize the cellular mechanism of action of the most potent and selective complex in this family, [Rh(chrysi)(phen)(PPO)](2+) (Rh-PPO)...
June 20, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633444/controversies-in-the-management-of-low-risk-differentiated-thyroid-cancer
#15
Megan R Haymart, Nazanene H Esfandiari, Michael T Stang, Julia Ann Sosa
Controversy exists over optimal management of low-risk differentiated thyroid cancer. This controversy occurs in all aspects of management including surgery, use of radioactive iodine for remnant ablation, thyroid hormone supplementation, and long-term surveillance. Limited and conflicting data, treatment paradigm shifts, and differences in physician perceptions contribute to the controversy. This lack of physician consensus results in wide variation in patient care, with some patients at risk for over or undertreatment...
June 19, 2017: Endocrine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633170/teaching-primary-care-genetics-a-randomized-controlled-trial-comparison
#16
Deanna Telner, June C Carroll, Glenn Regehr, Diana Tabak, Kara Semotiuk, Risa Freeman
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Given the increasing discussions of the impact of genetic medicine within family medicine, it is important to determine the most effective way of teaching this material to family medicine residents (FMRs). The objective of this study was to evaluate and compare the impact of three methods of delivering primary care genetic content to FMRs. METHODS: Curriculum materials and assessment tools were created to teach and evaluate knowledge, skills, and attitudes around four core competencies in primary care genetics, with a focus on hereditary colorectal cancer (CRC)...
June 2017: Family Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633094/impact-of-management-on-mortality-in-patients-with-invasive-cervical-cancer-in-reunion-island
#17
Phuong Lien Tran, Philippe Morice, Emmanuel Chirpaz, Glorianne Lazaro, Malik Boukerrou
OBJECTIVE: In Reunion Island, the standardized mortality rate for cervical cancer is 4.8/100,000 women, twice higher than in Metropolitan France. For locally advanced disease, the standard of care includes a treatment by brachytherapy. Nevertheless, brachytherapy was not available on the Island before 2016. The objective of this study was to assess the impact of the management of patients with invasive cervical cancer on mortality in Reunion. METHODS: We have identified all the women hospitalized in one of the health care centers of the Island diagnosed with invasive cervical cancer between 01/01/2010 and 31/12/2015...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633000/nutrition-support-for-critically-ill-patients-with-cancer
#18
Kristen Lach, Sarah J Peterson
Oncology patients often experience the classic signs of malnutrition-weight loss as well as fat and muscle wasting, which have been associated with poor tolerance to treatment and increased morbidity and mortality. Nutrition status may be an important factor in determining tolerance to treatment and outcomes associated with it. Thus, identification of those with preexisting malnutrition or who are at risk for developing malnutrition is crucial not only at time of cancer diagnosis but also throughout the treatment course so that nutrition interventions may be implemented to prevent development or worsening of malnutrition in this high-risk population...
June 1, 2017: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632800/total-body-photography-in-skin-cancer-screening-the-clinical-utility-of-standardized-imaging
#19
Alexandra Rosenberg, Jon H Meyerle
Early detection of skin cancer is essential to reducing morbidity and mortality from both melanoma and nonmelanoma skin cancers. Total-body skin examinations (TBSEs) may improve early detection of malignant melanomas (MMs) but are controversial due to the poor quality of data available to establish a mortality benefit from skin cancer screening. Total-body photography (TBP) promises to provide a way forward by lowering the costs of dermatologic screening while simultaneously leveraging technology to increase patient access to dermatologic care...
May 2017: Cutis; Cutaneous Medicine for the Practitioner
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632251/effects-of-nurse-led-telephone-based-supportive-interventions-for-patients-with-cancer-a-meta-analysis
#20
Soon-Rim Suh, Myung Kyung Lee
PROBLEM IDENTIFICATION: To evaluate the effects of nurse-led telephone-based supportive interventions (NTSIs) for patients with cancer.
. LITERATURE SEARCH: Electronic databases, including EMBASE®, MEDLINE, Google Scholar, 
Cochrane Library CENTRAL, ProQuest Medical Library, and CINAHL®, were searched through February 2016.
. DATA EVALUATION: 239 studies were identified; 16 were suitable for meta-analysis. Cochrane's risk of bias tool and the Comprehensive Meta-Analysis software were used...
July 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
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