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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220023/early-palliative-care-reduces-end-of-life-intensive-care-unit-icu-use-but-not-icu-course-in-patients-with-advanced-cancer
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Andrew M Romano, Kristine E Gade, Gradon Nielsen, Robert Havard, James H Harrison, Josh Barclay, George J Stukenborg, Paul W Read, Leslie J Blackhall, Patrick M Dillon
BACKGROUND: Early palliative care for advanced cancer patients improves quality of life and survival, but less is known about its effect on intensive care unit (ICU) use at the end of life. This analysis assessed the effect of a comprehensive early palliative care program on ICU use and other outcomes among patients with advanced cancer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort of patients with advanced cancer enrolled in an early palliative care program (n = 275) was compared with a concurrent control group of patients receiving standard care (n = 195) during the same time period by using multivariable logistic regression analysis...
February 20, 2017: Oncologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156590/healthcare-utilization-among-cancer-patients-prior-to-hospice
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Richard F Riedel, Christel N Rushing, Anthony N Galanos
135 Background: The integration of palliative medicine in oncologic care has become increasingly recognized and supported. We have previously reported improved health system and quality of care outcomes for solid tumor patients admitted to our novel, fully-integrated palliative care (PC) and medical oncology inpatient service at Duke University Medical Center (DUMC). In this study, we explored healthcare utilization in patients specifically discharged to hospice pre- and post-PC integration. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective cohort study of hospitalized patients on the solid tumor unit at DUMC who were discharged to hospice care between September 1, 2009-June 30, 2010 (pre-PC integration) and September 1, 2011-June 30, 2012 (post-PC integration)...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156564/advance-care-planning-and-specialty-palliative-care-utilization-for-patients-with-hematologic-malignancies-who-undergo-allogeneic-hematopoietic-cell-transplant
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Lisa M McNey, Erik Eckhert, Derek Galligan, Gabriel N Mannis
18 Background: Unlike most metastatic solid tumors, many advanced hematologic malignancies are treated with curative intent. Accordingly, aggressive interventions often continue until late in the disease course because it can be difficult to discern when cure is no longer possible. This is particularly true for recipients of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant (alloHCT). We hypothesized that alloHCT recipients and their providers would be less likely to utilize specialty Palliative Care (PC) services or to engage in early communication regarding advance care planning...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156559/palliative-care-consultation-and-advance-care-planning-for-adults-with-poor-risk-leukemia-admitted-to-an-academic-medical-center
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William A Wood, Alexandra Fox, Laura C Hanson
13 Background: Despite high mortality for certain patients with hematologic malignancies, integration of palliative care (PC) and documentation of advance care planning (ACP) is lacking. Our primary objective was to determine the frequency of PC consultation and ACP for inpatients with poor-risk leukemia at our institution. Our secondary objectives were to describe the content of goals of care (GOC) discussions and to characterize PC and end-of-life quality measures. METHODS: Chart reviews were conducted for patients with poor risk leukemia (acute leukemia ≥ 65 years or relapsed leukemia > 18 years) admitted to the University of North Carolina from October 1, 2015 to March 31, 2016...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156485/palliative-care-interventions-and-end-of-life-care-outcomes-for-hepatocellular-patients-pts-at-two-veterans-affairs-va-medical-centers
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Sarah Lee, Sejal Kothadia, Yucai Wang, Victor Tsu-Shih Chang, Yeun-Hee Anna Park, Ellen Olson, David Klein, Fengming Zhong
164 Background: Palliative care interventions and their effect on EOL outcomes for liver cancer pts have not been described. We investigated the association between palliative care intervention and EOL care outcomes. METHODS: We reviewed the charts of pts with hepatocellular carcinoma and who were seen by palliative care at 2 VA medical centers from 2006 to 2012. We investigated the association between EOL outcomes (number of ER visits, ICU visits, chemotherapy, place of death, number of hospitalizations during their last 30 days), and interventions such as early referral (within 30 days of diagnosis), defined goals of care, holding a family meeting, and symptom assessment and management...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156462/patterns-of-palliative-care-utilization-and-end-of-life-care-in-adult-patients-with-cancer-who-died-as-inpatients-at-mayo-clinic
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Shivani S Shinde, Pashtoon Murtaza Kasi, Mark Robert Litzow, Jeanne M Huddleston
60 Background: A significant number of patients with advanced cancer die in the hospital. Examination of patterns of care and palliative care (PC) involvement may identify opportunities for process of care improvements for this vulnerable population. METHODS: Patients were identified using the institutional mortality review system registry (Mayo Clinic hospitals from July, 2013-June, 2014). Within this group, patients with a diagnosis of terminal malignancy were identified by chart review and ICD-9 codes...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156435/sleep-quality-among-inpatients-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Kelli Aibel, Ryan Meyerhoff, David Harpole, Amy Pickar Abernethy, Chi-Fu Jeffrey Yang
82 Background: Anecdotally, sleep is thought to be a significant problem for inpatients receiving treatment for acute myeloid leukemia (AML), butsleep disturbances in this setting are not well-characterized. We aimed to assess the feasibility of measuring sleep in AML patients using a wearable actigraphy device. METHODS: Using the Actigraph GT3X "watch,"we assessed the total sleep time, sleep onset latency, wake after sleep onset, number of awakenings after sleep onset, and sleep efficiency for inpatients with AML receiving induction chemotherapy during their hospitalization...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155020/risks-factors-and-outcomes-of-clostridium-difficile-infection-in-patients-with-cancer-a-matched-case-control-study
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Andrew I T Hebbard, Monica A Slavin, Caroline Reed, Jason A Trubiano, Benjamin W Teh, Gabrielle M Haeusler, Karin A Thursky, Leon J Worth
PURPOSE: Clostridium difficile infection (CDI) is the leading cause of diarrhoea in hospitalised patients. Cancer populations are at high-risk for infection, but comprehensive evaluation in the current era of cancer care has not been performed. The objective of this study was to describe characteristics, risk factors, and outcomes of CDI in cancer patients. METHODS: Fifty consecutive patients with CDI at a large Australian cancer centre (2013-2015) were identified from the hospital pathology database...
February 2, 2017: Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152860/using-information-technology-to-power-an-integrated-community-based-oncology-palliative-care-model
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Andrew Allan Hertler, Lianne Matthews, RaeLynn Carr
166 Background: There is a need to improve palliative care program access for patients with cancer. The identification of candidates for palliative care at the point of diagnose can improve care and reduce costs. This pilot program was launched in July 2015 by four stakeholders: Health plan; Regional palliative care provider; Community oncology practice; and Oncology quality management provider. METHODS: Objectives are to increase patient satisfaction, reduce unnecessary utilization and costs...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152833/understanding-total-cost-of-cancer-care-to-determine-strategic-interventions-to-improve-value
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Salimah Velji, Kavita Patel, Basit Chaudhry, Sonia Grizzle, Catherine A Lyons, Rogerio Lilenbaum
3 Background: Cancer centers across the country are largely unprepared to move toward value-based payment. Total cost of care data is not readily available and centers do not know how much of their patients' care is received at other hospitals, when in the trajectory of illness greatest cost is incurred, or the elements of care that present the greatest opportunity for savings. A previous examination of practice patterns Smilow Cancer Hospital (SCH) demonstrated that our patients had high rates of ED visits, hospital admissions and ICU use in their last month of life...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152740/understanding-efficiency-of-chemotherapy-delivery-for-planned-chemotherapy-admission-at-columbia-university-medical-center
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Jason Dennis Wright, Sowmya Vasan, Alfred I Neugut, Jim Hu, Dawn L Hershman
206 Background: Delays in administration of planned in-patient chemotherapy can lead to prolonged length of stay (LOS), resulting in increased cost and risk of nosocomial infections and other complications. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective analysis of cancer patients admitted to Columbia University Medical Center, a tertiary care center, for planned chemotherapy from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014. Eligible patients were identified as cancer patients (via ICD9 codes) who were admitted directly to the inpatient hematology/oncology service with intravenous chemotherapy orders submitted within 24 hours of the admission...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152726/reducing-the-percent-of-icu-deaths-of-patients-with-advanced-cancer-at-stanford
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Zarrina Bobokalonova, Eric Hadhazy, Sandy Chan, Holley Stallings
234 Background: Intensive care at the end of life, for patients with advanced cancer can compromise quality of life and result in excessive costs for patients and their families. In 2014, 40% of patients with solid tumors admitted to the Stanford Health Care ICU died with advanced stage disease. Sixty-five percent of the patients with advanced stage saw palliative care (PC) < 7 days of life. The aim was to decrease the percent of advanced solid tumor ICU deaths by 25%, through early palliative care intervention...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28152722/integrating-lean-six-sigma-in-the-daily-operations-of-an-icu-to-achieve-safe-quality-patient-care
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Jacqueline Magurn, Joanne McGovern, Michelle Jetter, Sarah Beadling, Dorothy Gregoire
230 Background: Developing and maintaining a culture of safety and quality in delivering patient care is critical in the intensive care unit (ICU) especially an oncology ICU. Incorporating the Lean Six Sigma program into daily operations of the ICU achieves, simplifies, and sustains continuous improvement in the delivery of safe quality patient care. This program engages the ICU team through visual management of quality, safety, and budget indicators including medication scanning, falls, sharps exposure, infection prevention including blood stream, catheter, hospital and ventilator acquired pneumonias, venous embolism prevention, and staffing compliance...
March 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054341/intermittent-pneumatic-compression-in-combination-with-low-molecular-weight-heparin-in-the-prevention-of-venous-thromboembolic-events-in-esophageal-cancer-surgery
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Kevin Parry, Amir-Hossein Sadeghi, Sylvia van der Horst, Jan Westerink, Jelle P Ruurda, Richard van Hillegersberg
INTRODUCTION: Aim of this study was to evaluate the use of Intermittent Pneumatic Compression (IPC) in the prevention of symptomatic venous thromboembolic events (VTE) in patients undergoing esophagectomy for cancer. METHODS: From a prospective database, all patients operated between 2010 and 2014 received IPC in addition to LMWH and were compared to a historical cohort of patients treated LMWH only (2004-2009). RESULTS: Of the 313 included patients, 195 (62%) received IPC...
February 2017: Journal of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995452/an-optimal-approach-for-laparoscopic-d3-lymphadenectomy-plus-complete-mesocolic-excision-d3-cme-for-right-sided-colon-cancer
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Daxing Xie, Chaoran Yu, Chun Gao, Hasan Osaiweran, Junbo Hu, Jianping Gong
BACKGROUND: It is common knowledge that high ligation of blood vessels at the D3 level and complete mesocolic excision (CME) are two critical points of right hemicolectomy for right colon cancer (RCC). (1-5) To date, a safe strategy for completing these two procedures under laparoscopic surgery has not been extensively described. The authors provide a video to demonstrate laparoscopic right hemicolectomy (D3 + CME) with an optimal mesentery-defined approach. By identifying three "tri-junctions," this approach facilitates dissection of the entire mesocolon along the embryologic planes as far centrally as possible and enables the high tie of feeding vessels at bifurcation...
December 19, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995450/prognostic-factors-and-significance-of-gastrointestinal-leak-after-cytoreductive-surgery-crs-with-heated-intraperitoneal-chemotherapy-hipec
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Konstantinos Chouliaras, Edward A Levine, Nora Fino, Perry Shen, Konstantinos I Votanopoulos
BACKGROUND: Gastrointestinal leak (GIL) after cytoreductive surgery with heated intraperitoneal chemotherapy (CRS/HIPEC) is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. This study aimed to identify GIL prognostic factors and its impact on overall survival. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of a prospectively maintained database comprising 1270 CRS/HIPEC procedures was performed. Type of GIL, functional and resection status, morbidity, mortality, and survival were reviewed...
December 19, 2016: Annals of Surgical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995015/the-prognostic-factors-for-patients-with-hematological-malignancies-admitted-to-the-intensive-care-unit
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REVIEW
Qian Cheng, Yishu Tang, Qing Yang, Erhua Wang, Jing Liu, Xin Li
Owing to the nature of acute illness and adverse effects derived from intensive chemotherapy, patients with hematological malignancies (HM) who are admitted to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) often present with poor prognosis. However, with advances in life-sustaining therapies and close collaborations between hematologists and intensive care specialists, the prognosis for these patients has improved substantially. Many studies from different countries have examined the prognostic factors of these critically ill HM patients...
2016: SpringerPlus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903025/-antifungal-medication-new-substances-new-experiences
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REVIEW
Dieter Buchheidt, Wolf-Karsten Hofmann
The incidence of life threatening invasive fungal infections in patients with hematological malignancies during intensive chemotherapy or after hematopoetic stem cell transplantation, patients after solid organ transplantation, ICU patients and premature infants is rising. Mortality rates of invasive fungal infections, caused by Aspergillus species or mucormycetes, may reach 100%, in spite of considerable progress in diagnosis, antifungal prophylaxis and therapy. Comprehensive, profound knowledge of specific diagnostic and current treatment algorithms is essential to improve the prognosis of patients suffering from systemic fungal infections; this article encompasses recent developments in the field of antifungal treatment...
November 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27864747/surgical-management-of-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-a-single-centre-experience-on-oncological-outcomes-of-pulmonary-resection-vs-cytoreductive-surgery-and-hipec
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Evelyn Yi Ting Wong, Grace Hwei Ching Tan, Deanna Wan Jie Ng, Tina Puay Theng Koh, Mrinal Kumar, Melissa Ching Ching Teo
PURPOSE: Metastasectomy is accepted as standard of care for selected patients with colorectal pulmonary metastases (CLM); however, the role of cytoreductive surgery (CRS) and hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) for colorectal peritoneal metastases (CPM) is not universally accepted. We aim to compare oncological outcomes of patients with CLM and CPM after pulmonary resection and CRS-HIPEC, respectively, by comparing overall survival (OS) and disease-free survival (DFS). METHODS: A retrospective review of 49 CLM patients who underwent pulmonary resection, and 52 CPM patients who underwent CRS-HIPEC in a single institution from January 2003 to March 2015, was performed...
November 19, 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862214/the-role-of-acuity-of-illness-at-presentation-in-early-mortality-in-black-children-with-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Lena E Winestone, Kelly D Getz, Tamara P Miller, Jennifer J Wilkes, Leah Sack, Yimei Li, Yuan-Shung Huang, Alix E Seif, Rochelle Bagatell, Brian T Fisher, Andrew J Epstein, Richard Aplenc
Black patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) experience higher mortality than White patients. We compared induction mortality, acuity of illness prior to chemotherapy, and insurance type between Black and White patients to assess whether acuity of presentation mediates the disparity. Within a retrospective cohort of 1,122 children with AML treated with two courses of standard induction chemotherapy between 2004 and 2014 in the Pediatric Health Information System (PHIS) database, the association between race (Black versus White) and inpatient mortality during induction was examined...
February 2017: American Journal of Hematology
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