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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399110/towards-better-dose-individualisation-metabolic-phenotyping-to-predict-cabazitaxel-pharmacokinetics-in-men-with-prostate-cancer
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A Janssen, C P M Verkleij, A van der Vlist, R H J Mathijssen, H J Bloemendal, R Ter Heine
BACKGROUND: Cabazitaxel is approved for treatment of castration-resistant metastatic prostate cancer. The current dosing strategy of cabazitaxel is based on body surface area (BSA). Body surface area is known as a poor predictor for total systemic exposure to drugs, since it does not take into account variability in activity of metabolising enzymes, necessary for clearance of drugs. As exposure to cabazitaxel is related to treatment response, it is essential to develop a better individualised dosing strategy...
April 11, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358384/field-testing-of-decision-coaching-with-a-decision-aid-for-parents-facing-extreme-prematurity
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G P Moore, B Lemyre, T Daboval, S Ding, S Dunn, S Akiki, N Barrowman, A L Shephard, M L Lawson
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study is to assess and modify an existing decision aid and field-test decision coaching with the modified aid during consultations with parents facing potential delivery at 23 to 24 weeks gestation. STUDY DESIGN: International Patient Decision Aid Standards instrument (IPDASi) scoring deficits, multi-stakeholder group feedback and α-testing guided modifications. Feasibility/acceptability were assessed. The Decisional Conflict Scale was used to measure participants' decisional conflict before (T1) and immediately after (T2) the consultation...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28358379/children-s-outcomes-at-2-year-follow-up-after-4-years-of-structured-multi-professional-medical-ethical-decision-making-in-a-neonatal-intensive-care-unit
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J C de Boer, L Gennissen, M Williams, M van Dijk, D Tibboel, I Reiss, S Naghib, J Sol
OBJECTIVE: We reviewed our decisions about continuation/withdrawal of life-sustaining treatments in a group of critically ill newborns who were discussed in structured medical ethical decision-making meetings, and provide the surviving children's outcomes at 2-year follow-up. STUDY DESIGN: In an explorative observational study, 61 cases were evaluated. The children involved had been discussed in such a structured way from 2009 to 2012 in a level III-D neonatal intensive care unit...
March 30, 2017: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344712/canadian-medical-education-journal-survey-evaluations-of-university-of-british-columbia-residents-education-and-attitudes-regarding-palliative-care-and-physician-assisted-death
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David Spicer, Sonia Paul, Tom Tang, Charlie Chen, Jocelyn Chase
BACKGROUND: Little prior research has been conducted regarding resident physicians' opinions on the subject of Physician Assisted Death (PAD), despite past surveys ascertaining the attitudes of practicing physicians towards PAD in Canada. We solicited British Columbia residents' opinions on the amount of education they receive about palliative care and physician assisted death, and their attitudes towards the implementation of PAD. METHODS: We conducted a cross sectional, anonymous online survey with the resident physicians of British Columbia, Canada...
February 2017: Canadian Medical Education Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287349/book-and-media-reviews
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Roger Woodruff
Editor's Note The journal is delighted to continue a collaboration with the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) in publication of book reviews relevant to symptom control in advanced disease. These reviews are adapted from the work of Roger Woodruff, MD, FRACP, FAChPM, an internationally recognized oncologist and palliative care specialist physician from Australia. Dr. Woodruff's reviews appear concurrently or did so previously in the IAHPC Newsletter, which is accessible through the IAHPC Web site: http://hospicecare...
March 2017: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156678/patterns-of-symptom-control-and-palliative-care-focused-original-research-articles-in-major-radiation-oncology-journals
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Tracy A Balboni, Edward Chow
216 Background: National oncology and palliative care organizations recommend greater incorporation of palliative care in clinical care and research in advanced cancer to improve care quality. In radiation oncology, palliative oncology care represents approximately 30-40% of treatment courses. Given the frequency of palliative care in radiation oncology and recommendations for greater research at this intersection, we sought to determine the prevalence and patterns of publication of symptom control and palliative care focused original research articles in two prominent radiation oncology journals from 2004-2015...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123244/are-self-expandable-metal-stents-superior-to-plastic-stents-in-palliating-malignant-distal-biliary-strictures-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review
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Harsha Moole, Amy Jaeger, Micheal Cashman, Fritz H Volmar, Sonu Dhillon, Mathew L Bechtold, Srinivas R Puli
BACKGROUND: Palliation for inoperable malignant distal biliary strictures can be achieved with self-expandable metal stents (SEMS) and plastic stents (PS). This is a meta-analysis to compare PS and SEMS. The aim of the study is to compare clinical outcomes in patients with SEMS and PS. METHODS: Study selection criteria were studied using SEMS and PS for palliation in patients with malignant distal biliary stricture. For data collection and extraction, articles were searched in Ovid journals, Medline, Cochrane database, and Pubmed...
January 2017: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28118323/chemotherapy-vs-tamoxifen-in-platinum-resistant-ovarian-cancer-a-phase-iii-randomised-multicentre-trial-ovaresist
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Kristina Lindemann, Emma Gibbs, Elisabeth Åvall-Lundqvist, Rene dePont Christensen, Kathrine Woie, Marten Kalling, Annika Auranen, Seija Grenman, Thomas Hoegberg, Per Rosenberg, Tone Skeie-Jensen, Elisabet Hjerpe, Anne Dørum, Val Gebski, Gunnar Kristensen
BACKGROUND: Chemotherapy in platinum-resistant ovarian cancer (PROC) aims for palliation and prolonging of progression-free survival (PFS). This study compares Health-related Quality of Life (HRQoL) and efficacy between single-agent chemotherapy and tamoxifen in PROC. METHODS: Patients with PROC were randomised (2 : 1) to chemotherapy (weekly paclitaxel 80 mg m(-2) or four weekly pegylated liposomal doxorubicin 40 mg m(-2)) or tamoxifen 40 mg daily...
February 14, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095397/a-randomised-phase-ii-trial-and-feasibility-study-of-palliative-chemotherapy-in-frail-or-elderly-patients-with-advanced-gastroesophageal-cancer-321go
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P S Hall, S R Lord, M Collinson, H Marshall, M Jones, C Lowe, H Howard, D Swinson, G Velikova, A Anthoney, R Roy, J Dent, S Cheeseman, K Last, M T Seymour
BACKGROUND: Elderly patients are commonly under-represented in cancer clinical trials. The 321GO was undertaken in preparation for a definitive phase three trial assessing different chemotherapy regimens in a frail and/or elderly population with advanced gastroesophageal (GO) cancer. METHODS: Patients with advanced GO cancer considered unfit for conventional dose chemotherapy were randomly assigned in a 1 : 1 : 1 ratio to: epirubicin, oxaliplatin and capecitabine (EOX); oxaliplatin and capecitabine (OX); and capecitabine alone (X) (all 80% of full dose and unblinded)...
February 14, 2017: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056635/palliative-care-research-state-of-play-and-journal-direction
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Catherine Walshe
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January 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989871/state-of-research-on-palliative-care-in-heart-failure-as-evidenced-by-published-literature-conference-proceedings-and-nih-funding
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Kira Xie, Laura Gelfman, Jay R Horton, Nathan E Goldstein
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is the most common diagnosis in hospitalized patients older than 65 years of age. Although these patients often need specialist-directed palliative care, <10% ever receive these services. This may be due to a lack of evidence examining the benefits of palliative care for these patients. To understand the current state of research on the interface of palliative care and HF, we examined trends in publications, presentations at national meetings, and National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding...
February 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27984556/a-population-based-study-of-care-at-the-end-of-life-among-people-with-hiv-in-ontario-from-2010-to-2013
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Claire E Kendall, Mathieu Chalifoux, Doug Manuel, Robert Reinhard, Gregory Robinson, Jean Bacon, Sean B Rourke, Ron Rosenes, Peter Tanuseputro
BACKGROUND: Aging and increasing comorbidity is changing the end-of-life experience of people living with HIV (PLHIV) in the developed world. We quantified, at a population level, the receipt of health care services and associated costs across a comprehensive set of sectors among decedents with and without HIV. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective population-level observational study of all decedents in Ontario and their receipt of health care services, captured through linked health administrative databases, between April 1, 2010 and March 31, 2013...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924357/caring-at-home-until-death-enabled-determination
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Carole A Robinson, Joan L Bottorff, Erin McFee, Laura J Bissell, Gillian Fyles
PURPOSE: The importance of family caregivers in providing palliative care at home and in supporting a home death is well supported. Gaining a better understanding of what enables palliative family caregivers to continue caring at home for their family members until death is critical to providing direction for more effective support. The purpose of the study was to describe the experiences of bereaved family caregivers whose terminally ill family members with advanced cancer were successful in achieving a desired home death...
December 6, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899400/study-protocol-a-phase-iii-randomised-double-blind-parallel-arm-stratified-block-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial-investigating-the-clinical-effect-and-cost-effectiveness-of-sertraline-for-the-palliative-relief-of-breathlessness-in-people-with-chronic-breathlessness
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Gareth J Watts, Katherine Clark, Meera Agar, Patricia M Davidson, Christine McDonald, Lawrence T Lam, Dimitar Sajkov, Nicola McCaffrey, Matthew Doogue, Amy P Abernethy, David C Currow
INTRODUCTION: Breathlessness remains a highly prevalent and distressing symptom for many patients with progressive life-limiting illnesses. Evidence-based interventions for chronic breathlessness are limited, and there is an ongoing need for high-quality research into developing management strategies for optimal palliation of this complex symptom. Previous studies have suggested that selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors such as sertraline may have a role in reducing breathlessness...
November 29, 2016: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27897391/a-systematic-review-on-the-role-of-vitamins-minerals-proteins-and-other-supplements-for-the-treatment-of-cachexia-in-cancer-a-european-palliative-care-research-centre-cachexia-project
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REVIEW
Mochamat, Henning Cuhls, Milka Marinova, Stein Kaasa, Christiane Stieber, Rupert Conrad, Lukas Radbruch, Martin Mücke
We provide a systematic review to support the European Palliative Care Research Collaboration development of clinical guidelines for cancer patients suffering from cachexia. CENTRAL, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, ClinicalTrials.gov, and a selection of cancer journals have been searched up until 15 April 2016. The systematic literature research yielded 4214 publications with 21 of these included in the final evaluation. Regarding minerals, our search identified only one study examining the use of magnesium with no effect on weight loss...
February 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872935/the-social-transformation-of-singapore-medicine-through-55-years-of-the-smj
#16
Ee Heok Kua, Jade Phek Hui Kua
The Singapore Medical Journal (SMJ) has in the past 55 years reflected the phenomenal socioeconomic progress of Singapore. Publications in the pre-independent years were mainly on diseases like cholera, diphtheria, leprosy, tetanus and worm infestation. In the new millennium, the research papers included molecular genetics, health economics, obesity, Internet medicine, cancer, cosmetic surgery and palliative medicine. The annual SMA Lecture published in the SMJ provides an ethical compass for doctors to remind them of primum non nocere...
November 2016: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27849407/the-oxford-textbook-of-palliative-medicine-5th-edition
#17
Roger Woodruff
EDITOR'S NOTE The journal is delighted to begin a collaboration with the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC) in publication of book reviews relevant to symptom control in advanced disease. These reviews are adapted from the work of Roger Woodruff, MD, FRACP, FAChPM, an internationally recognized oncologist and palliative care specialist physician from Australia. Dr. Woodruff's reviews appear concurrently or did so previously in the IAHPC Newsletter, which is accessible through the IAHPC Web site: http://hospicecare...
December 2016: Journal of Pain & Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27805799/early-detection-of-critical-illness-outside-the-intensive-care-unit-clarifying-treatment-plans-and-honoring-goals-of-care-using-a-supportive-care-team
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Russ Granich, Zoe Sutton, Yan S Kim, Megan Anderson, Helen Wood, John E Scharf, Arona Ragins, Gabriel J Escobar
Given the high mortality experienced by patients who deteriorate outside the intensive care unit, issues related to patient preferences around escalation of care are common. However, the literature on early warning systems (EWSs) provides limited information on how respecting patient preferences can be incorporated into clinical workflows. In this report, we describe how we developed workflows for integrating supportive care with an automated EWS in the context of a 2-hospital pilot. We used the Institute for Healthcare Improvement's Plan-Do-Study-Act approach to achieve consensus with clinicians and administrators...
November 2016: Journal of Hospital Medicine: An Official Publication of the Society of Hospital Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27802455/downregulation-of-egfr-in-hypoxic-diffusion-limited-areas-of-squamous-cell-carcinomas-of-the-head-and-neck
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Arnulf Mayer, Sebastian Zahnreich, Jürgen Brieger, Peter Vaupel, Heinz Schmidberger
BACKGROUND: The receptor for the epidermal growth factor (EGFR) is widely considered to be one of the central drivers of oncogenesis in squamous cell carcinomas of the head and neck region (HNSCC). Inhibition of EGFR using monoclonal antibodies is established both in the curative and the palliative setting in this disease. HNSCCs are known to contain abundant hypoxic tissue areas and hypoxia has been shown to be involved in the (down)regulation of EGFR membrane expression. METHODS: A novel method for multiplex immunofluorescence and single-cell segmentation (via DAPI-stained nuclei) was established, to study the expression of EGFR, the endogenous hypoxia marker CA IX, and intratumoural diffusion distances from microvessels (using CD34 staining) in 58 human HNSCCs and 9 normal/cancer adjacent tissues...
November 22, 2016: British Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27798020/optimum-a-protocol-for-a-multicentre-randomised-controlled-trial-comparing-out-patient-talc-slurry-via-indwelling-pleural-catheter-for-malignant-pleural-effusion-vs-usual-inpatient-management
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P Sivakumar, A Douiri, A West, D Rao, G Warwick, T Chen, L Ahmed
INTRODUCTION: The development of malignant pleural effusion (MPE) results in disabling breathlessness, pain and reduced physical capability with treatment a palliative strategy. Ambulatory management of MPE has the potential to improve quality of life (QoL). The OPTIMUM trial is designed to determine whether full outpatient management of MPE with an indwelling pleural catheter (IPC) and pleurodesis improves QoL compared with traditional inpatient care with a chest drain and talc pleurodesis...
October 18, 2016: BMJ Open
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