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Palliative therapy

Tatsuaki Daimon, Takeo Kosaka, Mototsugu Oya
Docetaxel chemotherapy for metastatic castration resistant prostate cancer patients has been thought palliative because the radiological response rate is low and durable response is rare. The patient was a 64-year-old man who was diagnosed with cT3aN0M0 prostate cancer and underwent external beam radiation therapy as the initial treatment. He underwent androgen deprivation therapy and 8 cycles of docetaxel chemotherapy. His PSA level decreased and became undetectable and the disease was confirmed to be stable by radiological examination...
2016: American Journal of Clinical and Experimental Urology
Antonin Levy, Christophe Massard, Jean-Charles Soria, Eric Deutsch
PURPOSE: To assess preliminary safety and efficacy results of the anti-programmed cell death ligand-1 (anti-PD-L1) durvalumab in combination with radiotherapy (RT) in an expansion cohort of patients included in a phase 1/2 trial at our institution. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Data from patients who received concurrent palliative RT with durvalumab (10 mg/kg every 2 weeks via intravenous infusion) were analysed in terms of safety (CTCAE v4.0) and efficacy (RECIST v1.1 and tumour growth rate [TGR])...
October 17, 2016: European Journal of Cancer
Alessia Pedoto, Dawn P Desiderio, David Amar, Robert J Downey
BACKGROUND: Spray cryotherapy (SCT) of airway lesions is used to effectively palliate respiratory symptoms related to airway obstruction, but significant intraoperative hemodynamic complications have been noted. We reviewed the experience at a single institution using SCT for the treatment of obstructive airway tumors. METHODS: A retrospective review of a single institution experience with intraoperative and postoperative hemodynamic complications associated with SCT was performed...
November 2016: Anesthesia and Analgesia
O Strobel, S Brangs, U Hinz, T Pausch, F J Hüttner, M K Diener, L Schneider, T Hackert, M W Büchler
BACKGROUND: Chyle leak is a well known but poorly characterized complication after pancreatic surgery. Available data on incidence, risk factors and clinical significance of chyle leak are highly heterogeneous. METHODS: For this cohort study all patients who underwent pancreatic surgery between January 2008 and December 2012 were identified from a prospective database. Chyle leak was defined as any drainage output with triglyceride content of 110 mg/dl or more...
October 20, 2016: British Journal of Surgery
Laura Chahda, Bernice A Mathisen, Lindsay B Carey
PURPOSE: Given minimal studies describing the role and practice of speech-language pathologists (SLPs) in adult palliative care, the aim of this review was to compile a database of research literature, examine the potential research gaps and to consider material that specifically discussed the need for and/or use of procedures and protocols for SLPs working in palliative care that would support the development of SLP palliative care guidelines. METHOD: A scoping review was conducted utilising Arksey and O'Malley's framework with the goal of exploring any key concepts and approaches utilised by SLPs in adult palliative care, plus any literature and/or recommendations regarding SLP practice in adult palliative care settings...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Speech-language Pathology
Animesh Pardanani
: Disease overview:Systemic mastocytosis (SM) results from a clonal proliferation of abnormal mast cells (MC) in one or more extra-cutaneous organs. DIAGNOSIS: The major criterion is presence of multifocal clusters of morphologically abnormal MC in the bone marrow. Minor diagnostic criteria include elevated serum tryptase level, abnormal MC expression of CD25 and/or CD2, and presence of KITD816V. Risk stratification: The 2008 World Health Organization (WHO) classification of SM has been shown to be prognostically relevant...
November 2016: American Journal of Hematology
Shannon M Dunlay, Jacob J Strand, Sara E Wordingham, John M Stulak, Angela J Luckhardt, Keith M Swetz
BACKGROUND: Despite the ability of left ventricular assist device as destination therapy (DT-LVAD) to prolong survival for many patients with advanced heart failure, little is known about the eventual end-of-life care that patients with DT-LVAD receive. METHODS AND RESULTS: All patients undergoing DT-LVAD at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, from January 1, 2007, to September 30, 2014, who subsequently died before July 1, 2015, were included. Information about end-of-life care was obtained from documentation in the electronic medical record...
October 2016: Circulation. Heart Failure
Hyun Seok Jang, Jae Kyun Ju, Chang Hyun Kim, Soo Young Lee, Hyeong Rok Kim, Young Jin Kim
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of extended resection of primary tumor on survival outcome in unresectable colorectal cancer (UCRC). METHODS: A retrospective analysis was conducted for 190 patients undergoing palliative surgery for UCRC between 1998 and 2007 at a single institution. Variables including demographics, histopathological characteristics of tumors, surgical procedures, and course of the disease were examined. RESULTS: Kaplan-Meier survival curve indicated a significant increase in survival times in patients undergoing extended resection of the primary tumor (P < 0...
October 2016: Annals of Surgical Treatment and Research
Anika Sparla, Sebastian Flach-Vorgang, Matthias Villalobos, Katja Krug, Martina Kamradt, Kadiatou Coulibaly, Joachim Szecsenyi, Michael Thomas, Sinikka Gusset-Bährer, Dominik Ose
PURPOSE: Lung cancer is a disease with a high percentage of patients diagnosed in an advanced stage. In a situation of palliative treatment, both patients and their relatives experience diverse types of distress and burden. Little research has been done to identify the individual difficulties and resources for patients with advanced lung cancer and their relatives. Especially, standardized questionnaire-based exploration may not assess the specific distressing issues that pertain to each individual on a personal level...
2016: Patient Preference and Adherence
Simon Noble
Simon Noble speaks to Sebastian Dennis-Beron, Commissioning Editor: Simon Noble is Clinical Professor in Palliative Medicine at Cardiff University and honorary consultant at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport. His main research interests are in the management of venous thromboembolism in advanced cancer, quality of life effects of venous thromboembolism and their therapies, clinical decision-making in venous thromboembolism management and the patient journey. He is involved at a national level in the delivery of evidence-based thromboprophylaxis for hospitalized patients through the All Party Thrombosis Group and sits on the NICE Guideline development group for thromboprophylaxis...
October 19, 2016: Future Oncology
Oliver Sartor
Radiopharmaceuticals used in the treatment of castrate-resistant prostate cancer are reviewed herein with an emphasis on sequential and combination therapies. Four bone-seeking radiopharmaceuticals had been approved in the United States. Three of these are β-emitters (phosphorus-32, strontium-89, samarium-153-ethylenediaminetetramethylene-phosphonic acid) that are approved for palliative purposes. One α-emitter (radium-223 [Ra]) is approved for prolongation of survival in bone metastatic castrate-resistant prostate cancer...
September 2016: Cancer Journal
Zachery R Reichert, Maha Hussain
The development of metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) signals the terminal disease phase. The preceding hormone-dependent disease setting is effectively managed with androgen deprivation therapy. This foundation of treatment has a high rate of biochemical and clinical response and meaningful clinical benefit but is finite in duration as most cancers will progress to castration resistance. Historically, treatment for mCRPC entailed androgen receptor (AR) inhibitors (nilutamide, flutamide, bicalutamide), nonspecific steroidal biosynthesis inhibitors (ketoconazole, itraconazole), steroids (prednisone, diethylstilbesterol, dexamethasone), or palliative chemotherapy (mitoxantrone, estramustine), but none of these strategies impacted survival...
September 2016: Cancer Journal
Gustavo Dos Santos Fernandes, Luiza D Batista Bugiato Faria, Isadora de Assis Pereira, Natália C Moreira Neves, Yasmine Oliveira Vieira, Alessandro I Cavalcanti Leal
Gastric metastasis is rare but it can be the initial symptom of cancer. The second leading cause of this type of metastasis is breast cancer. A lack of clinical signs and nonspecific side effects of the treatment of primary tumors can lead to the misdiagnosis of metastatic gastric cancer. Upper gastrointestinal endoscopy with biopsy and immunohistochemistry should be used for diagnosis. Treatment is palliative; it includes chemo, endocrine, and radiation therapies. Four patients with breast cancer and gastric metastasis were identified...
September 5, 2016: Rare Tumors
Tatsuya Morita, Kengo Imai, Naosuke Yokomichi, Masanori Mori, Yoshiyuki Kizawa, Satoru Tsuneto
Continuous deep sedation until death (CDS) is a type of palliative sedation therapy, and it has recently become a focus of intense debate. Marked inconsistencies in intervention procedures (i.e., what is CDS?) and unstandardized descriptions of patient backgrounds lead to difficulty in comparing the results in the literature. The primary aim of this paper was to propose a conceptual framework to perform empirical studies on CDS. We propose the definition of CDS using the intervention protocol. As there are two types of CDS proposed in world-wide literature, we recommend to prepare two types of intervention protocol for CDS: "continuous deep sedation as a result of proportional sedation" (gradual CDS), and "continuous deep sedation to rapidly induce unconsciousness" (rapid CDS)...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
David Chia, Jiade Lu, HuiLi Zheng, EnYun Loy, Keith Lim, ChengNang Leong, LeaChoung Wong, Gabriel Tan, Desiree Chen, Francis Ho, Jeremy Tey
99 patients with symptomatic locally advanced rectal cancer who were treated with palliative radiation alone were reviewed. Dose-fractionation ranged from 18 to 54Gy. Response rate ranged from 62.5 to 86.7%, with a median response duration ranging 4.2-5.4months. Median survival was 6.9months. Using a BED cut-off of 39Gy10, no dose-response relationship was found.
October 13, 2016: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
Jong-Ho Kim, In-Gu Do, Kyungeun Kim, Jin Hee Sohn, Hong Joo Kim, Woo Kyu Jeon, Sung Ryol Lee, Byung Ho Son, Jun Ho Shin, Heerim Nam, Heon-Ju Kwon, Mi Sung Kim, Hyun Pyo Hong, Ginette Serrero, Dong-Hoe Koo
PURPOSE: Progranulin (PGRN), characterized as an autocrine growth and survival factor, is known to stimulate the proliferation and survival of several cancer cell types. However, little is known about the prognostic role of PGRN in advanced biliary tract cancers (BTCs). METHODS: A retrospective analysis was performed on patients with advanced BTC who received palliative chemotherapy between July 2004 and November 2014. PGRN expression was immunohistochemically evaluated according to staining intensity of tumor and peritumoral cells...
October 15, 2016: Cancer Chemotherapy and Pharmacology
Sophie Robinson, David W Kissane, Joanne Brooker, Courtney Hempton, Susan Burney
CONTEXT: The risk of suicide is elevated in palliative care patients compared to the general population. Various psychological factors, including depression, demoralization, loss of control, and low self-worth have been associated with a desire to hasten death. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate whether depression, demoralization, loss of control, and low self-worth mediated the relationship between global quality of life and desire to hasten death...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
J C Del Paggio, B Azariah, R Sullivan, W M Hopman, F V James, S Roshni, I F Tannock, C M Booth
BACKGROUND: The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) recently released a magnitude of clinical benefit scale (ESMO-MCBS) for systemic therapies for solid cancers. Here, we evaluate contemporary randomized controlled trials (RCTs) against the proposed ESMO thresholds for meaningful clinical benefit. METHODS: RCTs evaluating systemic therapy for breast cancer, non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), colorectal cancer (CRC), and pancreatic cancer published 2011-2015 were reviewed...
October 13, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Wsam A Ghandourh
Advanced cancer patients commonly have misunderstandings about the intentions of treatment and their overall prognosis. Several studies have shown that large numbers of patients receiving palliative radiation or chemotherapy hold unrealistic hopes of their cancer being cured by such therapies, which can affect their ability to make well-informed decisions about treatment options. This review aimed to explore this discrepancy between patients' and physicians' expectations by investigating three primary issues: (1) the factors associated with patients developing unrealistic expectations; (2) the implications of having unrealistic hopes and the effects of raising patients' awareness about prognosis; and (3) patients' and caregivers' perspective on disclosure and their preferences for communication styles...
August 9, 2016: Journal of Medical Radiation Sciences
Tarek Assi, Elie El Rassy, Tony Ibrahim, Tania Moussa, Aline Tohme, Fadi El Karak, Fadi Farhat, Salma Faddoul, Marwan Ghosn, Joseph Kattan
INTRODUCTION: One major health care issue encountered in elderly cancer patients is the alteration of the quality of life. The purpose of our study is to evaluate the administration of chemotherapy in the last month of life (CLML) and to evaluate the impact of the palliative care consult (PCC) in the elderly patients. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective observational study that included elderly patients diagnosed with an end-stage cancer and who were deceased between the 1st of January 2012 and the 31st of December 2015...
October 13, 2016: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
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