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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646590/randomized-controlled-double-blind-trial-comparing-haloperidol-combined-with-conventional-therapy-to-conventional-therapy-alone-in-patients-with-symptomatic-gastroparesis
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Carlos J Roldan, Kimberly A Chambers, Linda Paniagua, Sonali Patel, Marylou Cardenas-Turanzas, Yashwant Chathampally
OBJECTIVE: Gastroparesis is a debilitating condition that causes nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain. Management includes analgesics and antiemetics, but symptoms are often refractory. Haloperidol has been utilized in the palliative care setting for similar symptoms. The study objective was to determine whether haloperidol as an adjunct to conventional therapy would improve symptoms in gastroparesis patients presenting to the emergency department. METHODS AND TRIAL DESIGN: This was a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of adult emergency department patients with acute exacerbation of previously diagnosed gastroparesis...
June 24, 2017: Academic Emergency Medicine: Official Journal of the Society for Academic Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646258/selective-survival-advantage-associated-with-primary-tumor-resection-for-metastatic-gastric-cancer-in-a-western-population
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René Warschkow, Matthias Baechtold, Kenneth Leung, Bruno M Schmied, Daniel P Nussbaum, Beat Gloor, Dan G Blazer Iii, Mathias Worni
BACKGROUND: The prognosis of metastatic gastric cancer (GC) remains dismal, with a median survival of 10 months. Historically, primary tumor resection was not thought to confer any survival benefit. Although high-level data exist guiding treatment of metastatic GC for patients in the East, no such data exist for Western patients despite inherent ethnic differences in GC biology. METHODS: The 2006-2012 National Cancer Database was queried for adult patients with metastatic gastric adenocarcinoma...
June 23, 2017: Gastric Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646238/-bladder-neck-sclerosis-following-prostate-surgery-which-therapy-when
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REVIEW
J J Rassweiler, H Weiss, A Heinze, M Elmussareh, M Fiedler, A S Goezen
Secondary bladder neck sclerosis represents one of the more frequent complications following endoscopic, open, and other forms of minimally invasive prostate surgery. Therapeutic decisions depend on the type of previous intervention (e.g., radical prostatectomy, TURP, HoLEP, radiotherapy, HIFU) and on associated complications (e.g., incontinence, fistula). Primary treatment in most cases represents an endoscopic bilateral incision. No specific advantages of any type of the applied energy (i.e., mono-/bipolar HF current, cold incision, holmium/thulium YAG laser) could be documented...
June 23, 2017: Der Urologe. Ausg. A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644301/palliative-oxygen-for-chronic-breathlessness-what-new-evidence
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Zainab Ahmadi, David C Currow, Magnus Ekström
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Supplemental oxygen improves survival in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and severe hypoxaemia, but the effect of oxygen therapy in mild or moderate hypoxaemia to reduce symptomatic chronic breathlessness remains unclear. This review provides an overview of recent evidence about the role of oxygen therapy for the relief of chronic breathlessness in advanced illness. RECENT FINDINGS: In COPD, a recent Cochrane review strengthens earlier findings regarding the positive effect of supplemental oxygen compared with air during exercise test in the training setting...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643878/frameless-stereotactic-radiotherapy-alone-and-combined-with-temozolomide-for-presumed-canine-gliomas
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M Dolera, L Malfassi, C Bianchi, N Carrara, S Finesso, S Marcarini, G Mazza, S Pavesi, M Sala, G Urso
We evaluated stereotactic volume modulated arc radiotherapy (VMAT) for canine gliomas, alone (radiotherapy [RT]) and in combination with temozolomide (RT + TMZ), compared with palliation. Overall and disease-specific survival times were estimated. Thirty dogs were palliated, 22 dogs were treated with RT and 20 with RT + TMZ. Complete and partial responses were observed in 63.2% and 90.9% of patients in the RT and RT + TMZ arms, respectively, that were alive at 1 year. Median survival in the palliation arm was 94 days (95% conformity index [CI] 87÷101)...
June 23, 2017: Veterinary and Comparative Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640703/integrating-evidence-based-medicine-for-treatment-of-spinal-metastases-into-a-decision-framework-neurologic-oncologic-mechanicals-stability-and-systemic-disease
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Ori Barzilai, Ilya Laufer, Yoshiya Yamada, Daniel S Higginson, Adam M Schmitt, Eric Lis, Mark H Bilsky
Patients with cancer are frequently affected by spinal metastases. Treatment is palliative, with the principle goals of pain relief, preservation of neurologic function, and improvement in quality of life. In the past decade, we have witnessed a dramatic change in the treatment paradigms due to the development of improved surgical strategies and systemic and radiation therapy. The most important change to these paradigms has been the integration of spinal stereotactic radiosurgery (SSRS), allowing delivery of tumoricidal radiation doses with sparing of nearby organs at risk...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640192/pancreatic-ductal-adenocarcinoma-current-and-evolving-therapies
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REVIEW
Aleksandra Adamska, Alice Domenichini, Marco Falasca
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC), which constitutes 90% of pancreatic cancers, is the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the world. Due to the broad heterogeneity of genetic mutations and dense stromal environment, PDAC belongs to one of the most chemoresistant cancers. Most of the available treatments are palliative, with the objective of relieving disease-related symptoms and prolonging survival. Currently, available therapeutic options are surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, and use of targeted drugs...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639432/muscle-mass-as-a-target-to-reduce-fatigue-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Elisabeth C W Neefjes, Renske M van den Hurk, Susanne Blauwhoff-Buskermolen, Maurice J D L van der Vorst, Annemarie Becker-Commissaris, Marian A E de van der Schueren, Laurien M Buffart, Henk M W Verheul
BACKGROUND: Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) reduces quality of life and the activity level of patients with cancer. Cancer related fatigue can be reduced by exercise interventions that may concurrently increase muscle mass. We hypothesized that low muscle mass is directly related to higher CRF. METHODS: A total of 233 patients with advanced cancer starting palliative chemotherapy for lung, colorectal, breast, or prostate cancer were studied. The skeletal muscle index (SMI) was calculated as the patient's muscle mass on level L3 or T4 of a computed tomography scan, adjusted for height...
June 21, 2017: Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638790/evolving-role-of-sorafenib-in-the-management-of-hepatocellular-carcinoma
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REVIEW
Ioannis A Ziogas, Georgios Tsoulfas
Hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) is one of the most common malignant diseases worldwide and comes third in cancer-related mortality. Although there is a broad spectrum of treatment options to choose from, only a few patients are eligible candidates to receive a curative therapy according to their stage of disease, and thus palliative treatment is implemented in the majority of the patients suffering from liver cancer. Sorafenib, a multikinase inhibitor, is the only currently approved agent for systemic therapy in patients with advanced stage HCC and early stage liver disease...
June 10, 2017: World Journal of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636149/photocatalytic-interaction-of-aminophylline-riboflavin-leads-to-ros-mediated-dna-damage-and-cell-death-a-novel-phototherapeutic-mechanism-for-cancer
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Saniyya Khan, Imrana Naseem
The accompanied tissue devastation and systemic toxicity of chemotherapy has shifted the quest for having an effective and palliative cancer therapy towards photodynamic therapy (PDT). Riboflavin (Rf), an essential micronutrient is emerging as a potent tool of PDT, due to its excellent photosensitizing properties. It can be used as an efficient adjuvant for various anticancer drugs. The hemolytic and proteolytic effect of photoilluminated aminophylline (Am), a xanthine derivative, and Rf is well documented in literature...
June 21, 2017: IUBMB Life
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634728/aroma-oil-therapy-in-palliative-care-a-pilot-study-with-physiological-parameters-in-conscious-as-well-as-unconscious-patients
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Melanie Goepfert, Patrick Liebl, Natalie Herth, Giancarlo Ciarlo, Jens Buentzel, Jutta Huebner
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this pilot study is to analyze the reactions of healthy test persons and conscious as well as unconscious palliative patients to aroma stimuli. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a randomized controlled study, healthy probands, conscious and unconscious palliative patients were exposed to two essential oils (lemon, lavender). Water was used as the control stimulus. Physiological parameters (breathing rate and heart rate, oxygen saturation, systolic, diastolic and mean arterial pressure) were measured...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632194/a-mind-body-approach-to-pediatric-pain-management
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REVIEW
Melanie L Brown, Enrique Rojas, Suzanne Gouda
Pain is a significant public health problem that affects all populations and has significant financial, physical and psychological impact. Opioid medications, once the mainstay of pain therapy across the spectrum, can be associated with significant morbidity and mortality. Centers for Disease and Control (CDC) guidelines recommend that non-opioid pain medications are preferred for chronic pain outside of certain indications (cancer, palliative and end of life care). Mindfulness, hypnosis, acupuncture and yoga are four examples of mind-body techniques that are often used in the adult population for pain and symptom management...
June 20, 2017: Children
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631775/-innovations-in-the-treatment-of-ovarian-cancer-analysis-of-the-therapeutic-development-from-platinum-to-immunotherapy
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Gesuino Angius, Pierangela Sepe, Anselmo Papa, Silverio Tomao, Federica Tomao
Ovarian cancer is the seventh most common cancer in women. The therapeutic approach provides for an appropriate integration between surgery and chemotherapy. Surgery is an important step for diagnosis, staging and therapy, aiming at the complete cytoreduction of all macroscopic visible disease. At the moment, adjuvant and first-line chemotherapy has as a standard the carboplatin-paclitaxel combination. Further, the addition of bevacizumab in the advanced stage (IIIB-IV) is strongly recommended. Despite the initial effectiveness, however, 70-80% of patients develop relapsed disease within the first two years and require subsequent treatment lines that have palliative, rather than curative purposes and that seek to reach a chronic state for the disease...
June 2017: Recenti Progressi in Medicina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630594/individual-meaning-centered-psychotherapy-for-palliative-cancer-patients-in-lithuania-a-case-report
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Meda Sutkevičiūtė, Monika Stančiukaitė, Giedrė Bulotienė
Patients with oncological diseases, especially palliative care patients, suffer from physical and psychological difficulties. The quality of life of such patients is bad, they do not have purpose to live and they feel anxiety and distress. In 1959 Victor Frankl wrote the book Man's Search for Meaning in which he stated that the driving force of human life lay in the ability to discern the meaning of faith and spirituality. Inspired by Frankl's ideas, the American psychiatrist William Breitbart with colleagues have developed both an individual and group model of Meaning-Centered Psychotherapy...
2017: Acta medica Lituanica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629462/treatment-decisions-for-older-adults-with-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease
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REVIEW
Steven J Rosansky, Jane Schell, Joseph Shega, Jennifer Scherer, Laurie Jacobs, Cecile Couchoud, Deidra Crews, Matthew McNabney
Dialysis initiation rates among older adults, aged 75 years or greater, are increasing at a faster rate than for younger age groups. Older adults with advanced CKD (eGFR < 30 ml/min/1.73 m(2)) typically lose renal function slowly, often suffer from significant comorbidity and thus may die from associated comorbidities before they require dialysis.A patient's pattern of renal function loss over time in relation to their underlying comorbidities can serve as a guide to the probability of a future dialysis requirement...
June 19, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28628682/radiation-therapy-in-dermatology-non-melanoma-skin-cancer
#16
Nikoo Cheraghi, Armand Cognetta, David Goldberg
<p>Background: Dermatologists were historically well versed in the use of radiation therapy for the management of non-melanoma skin cancers and various inflammatory dermatologic conditions. With the advent of Mohs micrographic surgery and therapeutic discoveries for treating inflammatory dermatoses, radiotherapy assumed loss of a role in the clinical repertoire of the dermatologist. In recent years, its importance has again been realized for the management of non-melanoma skin cancers not amenable to surgical treatment or as adjuvant or palliative therapy...
May 1, 2017: Journal of Drugs in Dermatology: JDD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627788/risk-factors-associated-with-treatment-refusal-in-lung-cancer
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Won Na Suh, Kyoung Ae Kong, Yeji Han, Soo Jung Kim, Su Hwan Lee, Yon Ju Ryu, Jin Hwa Lee, Sung Shine Shim, Yookyung Kim, Jung Hyun Chang
BACKGROUND: The incidence of lung cancer is increasing with longer life expectancy. Refusal of active treatment for cancer is prone to cause patients to experience more severe symptoms and shorten survival. The purpose of this study was to define the factors related to refusal or abandonment of active therapy in lung cancer. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the data of 617 patients from medical records from 2010 to 2014. Two groups were formed: 149 patients who refused anti-cancer treatment and allowed only palliative care were classified into the non-treatment group, while the remaining 468 who received anti-cancer treatment were classified into the treatment group...
June 19, 2017: Thoracic Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626407/systemic-therapy-outcomes-in-adult-patients-with-ewing-sarcoma-family-of-tumors
#18
Mario Valdes, Garth Nicholas, Shailendra Verma, Timothy Asmis
BACKGROUND: The Ewing sarcoma family of tumors (ESFT) is a rare but curable bone neoplastic entity. The current standard of care involves chemotherapy and local disease control with surgery or radiation regardless of the extent of disease at presentation. Data that document the effectiveness of the current approach in the adult patient population are limited. METHODS: We performed a retrospective review including all ESFT patients older than 19 years of age who received systemic therapy between January 2002 and December 2013 at our institution...
May 2017: Case Reports in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625333/liver-metastases-from-gastric-carcinoma-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#19
Beata Polkowska-Pruszyńska, Karol Rawicz-Pruszyński, Bogumiła Ciseł, Robert Sitarz, Grażyna Polkowska, Witold Krupski, Wojciech P Polkowski
Gastric carcinoma (GC) is the fifth most common malignancy worldwide but the third leading cause of cancer death, and surgery remains the only curative treatment option. Prognosis of patients with liver metastases from gastric carcinoma (LMGC) is poor, and the optimal treatment of metastatic gastric cancer remains a matter of debate. In 2002, a 53-year-old male patient with GC and synchronous oligometastatic lesion in liver VIII segment underwent a total gastrectomy combined with metastasectomy. The pathologic diagnosis was stage IV gastric adenocarcinoma (pT3N2M1), which was treated with adjuvant chemotherapy (cisplatin, epirubicin, leucovorin, and 5-fluorouracil)...
May 2017: Current Problems in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624427/a-case-grafted-with-polyglycolic-acid-sheets-and-fibrin-glue-for-protection-after-temporary-resection-of-a-metastatic-cervical-skin-tumor
#20
Takashi Matsuzuka, Masahiro Suzuki, Masakazu Ikeda, Kaoru Sato, Junko Fujimoto, Rumi Hosaka, Yuko Tanji, Shu Soeda, Shigeyuki Murono
The aim of this case report was to evaluate the usefulness of a grafting with polyglycolic acid sheet and a fibrin glue spray (PGA sheet grafting) after resection of a cervical skin tumor. A 61-year-old woman presented with left cervical skin tumor resistance to chemo-radiotherapy. She had been undergoing multimodal therapy for ovarian serous papillary adenocarcinoma for the previous six years. Although she had a poor general condition and a cervical skin tumor of 9cm in diameter, which was painful and easy bleeding, had offensive smell, she hoped to return to her job...
June 14, 2017: Auris, Nasus, Larynx
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