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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29169177/acute-kidney-injury-in-elderly-population-a-prospective-observational-study
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Cássia Gomes da Silveira Santos, Rafael Fernandes Romani, Ricardo Benvenutti, João Otávio Ribas Zahdi, Miguel Carlos Riella, Marcelo Mazza do Nascimento
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Acute kidney injury (AKI) has been reported as a recognized condition among the elderly population; however, its clinical epidemiology is still poorly evaluated. We propose to evaluate the epidemiological profile of AKI in hospitalized elderly patients and the variables associated with renal replacement therapy (RRT) dependency at discharge after an episode of AKI. METHODS: This prospective observational study enrolled 286 elderly patients (aged ≥60 years), who had a diagnosis of AKI and were admitted to a tertiary care hospital...
November 23, 2017: Nephron
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29165794/leptomeningeal-metastasis-from-systemic-cancer-review-and-update-on-management
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REVIEW
Nancy Wang, Mia S Bertalan, Priscilla K Brastianos
Leptomeningeal metastasis is an uncommon and typically late complication of cancer with a poor prognosis and limited treatment options. Diagnosis is often challenging, with nonspecific presenting symptoms ranging from headache and confusion to focal neurologic deficits, such as cranial nerve palsies. Standard diagnostic evaluation involves a neurologic examination, magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and spine with gadolinium, and cytologic evaluation of the cerebral spinal fluid. Therapy entails a multimodal approach focused on palliation with surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy, which may be administered systemically or directly into the cerebral spinal fluid...
November 22, 2017: Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29164987/quality-of-life-for-late-life-patients-mixed-methods-evaluation-of-a-whole-person-approach-for-patients-with-chronic-illnesses
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Tetyana Shippee, Nathan Shippee, Karl Fernstrom, Patrick Mobley, Monica Frazer, Judy Jou, Heather Britt
Quality of life (QOL) for patients with serious illness in late life is important for patients and policy makers and has implications for improved care delivery. This mixed-methods evaluation examined the effectiveness of a new whole-person approach to late life care-the LifeCourse-which provides patients with ongoing, across-setting assistance from lay health care workers, supported by a clinical team. We investigated whether participation in LifeCourse improves QOL for intervention patients, compared with usual care controls...
October 1, 2017: Journal of Applied Gerontology: the Official Journal of the Southern Gerontological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29163800/end-of-life-care-in-children-with-hematologic-malignancies
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Jessica I Hoell, Jens Warfsmann, Stefan Balzer, Arndt Borkhardt, Gisela Janssen, Michaela Kuhlen
Introduction: Hematologic malignancies (HM) represent the most common neoplasms in childhood. Despite improved overall survival rates, they are still a major contributor to cancer death in children. Aims: To determine the proportion of children with HM in pediatric palliative care (PPC) and to identify the clinical characteristics and symptoms in comparison to children with extracranial solid tumors (non HM patients). Patients and Methods: This study was conducted as a single-center retrospective cohort study of patients in the care of a large specialized PPC team...
October 27, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29162047/treatment-recommendations-within-the-leeway-of-clinical-guidelines-a-qualitative-interview-study-on-oncologists-clinical-deliberation
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I Otte, S Salloch, A Reinacher-Schick, J Vollmann
BACKGROUND: Recommending the optimal treatment for an individual patient requires a well-balanced consideration of various medical, social and ethical factors. The interplay of these factors, interpretation of the patient's situation and understanding of the existing clinical guidelines can lead to divergent therapy recommendations, depending on the attending physician. Gaining a better understanding of the individual process of medical decision-making and the differences occurring will support the delivery of optimal individualized care within the clinical setting...
November 21, 2017: BMC Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158997/presentation-and-treatments-for-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-ii-mps-ii-hunter-syndrome
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Molly Stapleton, Francyne Kubaski, Robert W Mason, Hiromasa Yabe, Yasuyuki Suzuki, Kenji E Orii, Tadao Orii, Shunji Tomatsu
Introduction: Mucopolysaccharidosis Type II (MPS II; Hunter syndrome) is an X- linked lysosomal storage disorder caused by a deficiency of iduronate-2-sulfatase (IDS). IDS deficiency leads to primary accumulation of dermatan sulfate (DS) and heparan sulfate (HS). MPS II is both multi-systemic and progressive. Phenotypes are classified as either attenuated or severe (based on absence or presence of central nervous system impairment, respectively). Areas covered: Current treatments available are intravenous enzyme replacement therapy (ERT), hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT), anti-inflammatory treatment, and palliative care with symptomatic surgeries...
2017: Expert Opinion on Orphan Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29158371/perception-of-curability-among-advanced-cancer-patients-an-international-collaborative-study
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Sriram Yennurajalingam, Luis Fernando Rodrigues, Omar Shamieh, Colombe Tricou, Marilène Filbet, Kyaw Naing, Akhileshwaran Ramaswamy, Pedro Emilio Perez-Cruz, Mary Jocelyn S Bautista, Sofia Bunge, Mary Ann Muckaden, Vikash Sewram, Sarah Fakrooden, Antonio Tejedor Noguera, Shobha S Rao, Diane Liu, Minjeong Park, Janet L Williams, Zhanni Lu, Hilda Cantu, David Hui, Suresh K Reddy, Eduardo Bruera
BACKGROUND: There are limited data on illness understanding and perception of cure among advanced cancer patients around the world. The aim of the study was to determine the frequency and factors associated with inaccurate perception of curability among advanced cancer patients receiving palliative care across the globe. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Secondary analysis of a study to understand the core concepts in end-of-life care among advanced cancer patients receiving palliative care from 11 countries across the world...
November 20, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156920/supportive-palliative-interventions-in-motor-neurone-disease-what-we-know-from-current-literature
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Hon Wai Benjamin Cheng, Kwok Ying Chan, Yuen Kwan Judy Chung, Chun Wai Choi, Chun Hung Chan, Shuk Ching Cheng, Wan Hung Chan, Koon Sim Fung, Kar Yin Wong, Oi Man Iman Chan, Ching Wah Man
Although there is no cure for motor neurone disease (MND), the advent of supportive interventions including multidisciplinary care (MDC) has improved treatment interventions and enhanced quality of life (QOL) for MND patients and their carers. Our integrative review showed evidence-based MDC, respiratory management and disease-modifying therapy that have improved the outcomes of patients diagnosed with MND. Supportive approaches to nutritional maintenance and optimization of symptomatic treatments, including management of communication and neuropsychiatric issues, improve the QOL for MND patients...
October 31, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156919/clinical-hypnosis-in-palliative-care-neural-correlates-clinical-psychological-and-spiritual-therapies
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Maria Paola Brugnoli
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October 26, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156912/genetic-biomarkers-associated-with-pain-flare-and-dexamethasone-response-following-palliative-radiotherapy-in-patients-with-painful-bone-metastases
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Anthony Furfari, Bo Angela Wan, Keyue Ding, Andrew Wong, Liting Zhu, Andrea Bezjak, Rebecca Wong, Carolyn F Wilson, Carlo DeAngelis, Azar Azad, Edward Chow, George S Charames
BACKGROUND: In patients who receive palliative radiation therapy (RT) for painful bone metastases, 40% experience a transient increase in pain known as a pain flare. Prophylactic dexamethasone has been shown to reduce pain flare incidence to 25%. We aimed to identify DNA biomarkers associated with pain flare and dexamethasone response. METHODS: Daily pain levels were recorded by 81 patients who received a single 8 Gy RT for painful bone metastases, of which 50 also received prophylactic dexamethasone...
September 20, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156910/genetic-biomarkers-associated-with-changes-in-quality-of-life-and-pain-following-palliative-radiotherapy-in-patients-with-bone-metastases
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Anthony Furfari, Bo Angela Wan, Keyue Ding, Andrew Wong, Liting Zhu, Andrea Bezjak, Rebecca Wong, Carolyn F Wilson, Carlo DeAngelis, Azar Azad, Edward Chow, George S Charames
BACKGROUND: Patients with bone metastases undergoing palliative radiation therapy (RT) may experience changes in both the functional and symptomatic aspects of quality of life (QOL). The European Organization of Cancer Research and Treatment (EORTC) QOL Questionnaire Core-15 Palliative (QLQ-C15-PAL) is a validated questionnaire employed to assess QOL specifically in palliative patients. Our study aimed to identify single-nucleotide variant (SNV) genetic biomarkers associated with changes in QOL and pain...
September 28, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156909/genetic-biomarkers-associated-with-response-to-palliative-radiotherapy-in-patients-with-painful-bone-metastases
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Anthony Furfari, Bo Angela Wan, Keyue Ding, Andrew Wong, Liting Zhu, Andrea Bezjak, Rebecca Wong, Carolyn F Wilson, Carlo DeAngelis, Azar Azad, Edward Chow, George S Charames
BACKGROUND: Palliative radiotherapy (RT) is effective in patients with painful bone metastases. Genetic factors may identify subgroup of patients who responded to RT. To identify DNA biomarkers associated with response to palliative RT. METHODS: Patients who received a single 8 Gy dose of RT for painful bone metastases were categorised into responders (n=36), non-responders (NR) (n=71). Saliva samples were sequenced to identify single-nucleotide variants (SNVs) in genes with known disease-causing variants from inflammation, radiation response, and DNA damage pathways...
October 10, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156908/enhanced-psychosocial-support-as-important-component-of-neuro-palliative-service
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Kwok-Ying Chan, Man-Lui Chan
There are unmet palliative care (PC) needs for psychosocial and spiritual distress of neurology patients such as bad stroke as well as in chronic neurodegenerative diseases. As such, psychosocial support to both patients and their caregivers should be enhanced in order to provide comprehensive neuro-PC. The first step in developing this type of support/program was to recognize the main psychosocial care needs of the population. Once these were determined, a program was specifically devised to meet those needs as efficiently and effectively as possible...
September 7, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156902/symptomatic-palliation-with-radiotherapy-in-extensive-heterotopic-ossifications
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Mary Jiayi Tao, Linda Probyn, Michael Poon, Hans Kreder, Bo Angela Wan, Patrick Diaz, Edward Chow
Heterotopic ossification (HTO) is the dystrophic formation of mature lamellar bone outside the confines of normal osseous tissues. It is frequently a complication which occurs following traumatic insult, both iatrogenic and non-iatrogenic, and neurological compromise. While mild degree of disease is often asymptomatic, significant pain and mobility limitations may result in reduced quality of life in advanced cases. Currently, the commonly accepted management for patients experiencing significant symptomatic HTOs is a combination therapy of surgical excision with prophylactic radiotherapy in the immediate perioperative period...
September 12, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156895/survival-analysis-of-malignant-epidural-spinal-cord-compression-after-palliative-radiotherapy-using-tokuhashi-scoring-system-and-the-impact-of-systemic-therapy
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Wing Ho Mui, Tai Chung Lam, Frank Chi Sing Wong, Wing King Sze
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have shown similar clinical outcomes of both single and multi-fraction (Fr) radiation therapy among malignant epidural spinal cord compression (MSCC) patients with poor prognosis; whereas, patients expected to have longer survival may require long-course radiotherapy to prevent local failure. However, such a poor prognosis risk group has not yet been clearly identified for use in daily clinical practice. We examined if the known predictive Tokuhashi scoring system could be adapted in MSCC patients treated with palliative radiation therapy...
August 29, 2017: Annals of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29155495/addressing-the-burden-of-dialysis-around-the-world-a-summary-of-the-roundtable-discussion-on-dialysis-economics-at-the-first-international-congress-of-chinese-nephrologists-2015
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REVIEW
Philip Kam-Tao Li, Sing Leung Lui, Jack Kit-Chung Ng, Guan Yan Cai, Christopher T Chan, Hung Chun Chen, Alfred K Cheung, Koon Shing Choi, Hui Lin Choong, Stanley L Fan, Loke Meng Ong, Linda Wai Ling Yu, Xue Qing Yu
To address the issue of heavy dialysis burden due to the rising prevalence of end-stage renal disease around the world, a roundtable discussion on the sustainability of managing dialysis burden around the world was held in Hong Kong during the First International Congress of Chinese Nephrologists in December 2015. The roundtable discussion was attended by experts from Hong Kong, China, Canada, England, Malaysia, Singapore, Taiwan and United States. Potential solutions to cope with the heavy burden on dialysis include the prevention and retardation of the progression of CKD; wider use of home-based dialysis therapy, particularly PD; promotion of kidney transplantation; and the use of renal palliative care service...
December 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147869/hematological-adverse-effects-in-breast-cancer-patients-treated-with-cyclin-dependent-kinase-4-and-6-inhibitors-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Loay Kassem, Kyrillus S Shohdy, Shaimaa Lasheen, Omar Abdel-Rahman, Thomas Bachelot
BACKGROUND: The introduction of specific cyclin-dependent kinase 4 and 6 (CDK4/6) inhibitors significantly improved progression-free survival in hormone receptor-positive metastatic breast cancer. CDK 4/6 inhibitors induce cell cycle arrest via liberating the tumor suppressor retinoblastoma protein from CDK4/6 inhibitory effect. Preliminary studies suggested an increase in the hematological toxicities which might affect the quality of life in such palliative setting. METHODS: We searched PubMed, ASCO, ESMO and San Antonio meeting databases for randomized phase II/III trials in metastatic breast cancer receiving CDK4/6 inhibitors with safety data provided on the incidence of hematological adverse effects...
November 16, 2017: Breast Cancer: the Journal of the Japanese Breast Cancer Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147454/late-onset-chemo-radiation-induced-tracheoesophageal-fistula-in-squamous-cell-cancer-of-the-lung
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Ashraf Abugroun, Fatima Ahmed, Namrata Singh, Mojtaba Nadiri
We report a 72-year-old male with past medical history of stage IV squamous lung cancer treated with radiation therapy and chemotherapy with gemcitabine/carboplatin. One year later, he presented with hemoptysis treated with another session of palliative radiotherapy. Two weeks later, patient developed aspiration pneumonia and further workup showed trachea-esophageal fistula documented by barium swallow. This case shows a rare complication of chemotherapy and radiation therapy on the setting of primary lung cancer...
October 2017: World Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147444/visceral-crisis-means-short-survival-among-patients-with-luminal-a-metastatic-breast-cancer-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Yassir Sbitti, Khaoula Slimani, Adil Debbagh, Anouar Mokhlis, Habiba Kadiri, Abdelilah Laraqui, Hassan Errihani, Mohamed Ichou
Background: Patients with visceral crisis from luminal metastatic breast cancer (mBC) are often treated with palliative chemotherapy. No studies have analyzed the aggressiveness of the care in visceral crisis from luminal mBC patients. The objective of this study was to assess practices in this setting in a university medical oncology department. Methods: This retrospective study included all patients who were managed for luminal mBC between January 2013 and April 2016...
August 2017: World Journal of Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144172/disruptions-in-sleep-wake-cycles-in-community-dwelling-cancer-patients-receiving-palliative-care-and-their-correlates
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Marie Solange Bernatchez, Josée Savard, Hans Ivers
Significant disruptions in sleep-wake cycles have been found in advanced cancer patients in prior research. However, much remains to be known about specific sleep-wake cycle variables that are impaired in patients with a significantly altered performance status. More studies are also needed to explore the extent to which disrupted sleep-wake cycles are related to physical and psychological symptoms, time to death, maladaptive sleep behaviors, quality of life and 24-h light exposure. This study conducted in palliative cancer patients was aimed at characterizing patients' sleep-wake cycles using various circadian parameters (i...
November 16, 2017: Chronobiology International
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