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Psychosocial oncology

Federica Ferrari, Flavia Faccio, Fedro Peccatori, Gabriella Pravettoni
BACKGROUND: Cancer during pregnancy is a rare event. However, knowledge about treatment has progressed in recent years with improved maternal and neonatal outcomes. The number of women who decide to continue their pregnancy and undergo cancer treatment is increasing. MAIN BODY: Women face two critical events simultaneously; oncological illness and pregnancy, with different and conflicting emotions. In addition, the last trimester of gestation sets the ground for construction of the mother-child relationship, which is of great importance for the child's development...
March 16, 2018: BMC Psychology
Sin Hui Ang, Serena Siew Lin Koh, Xiu Hua Hideka Tamamura Lee, Shefaly Shorey
This study aimed to explore the experiences of adolescents from Singapore, aged 10-18 years old, living with cancer and their perceptions on how their psychosocial outcomes can be improved. A descriptive qualitative study design was used. Convenience sampling was used to recruit 10 participants from a pediatric oncology ward in a Singapore hospital. Individual semi-structured interviews were conducted. Thematic analysis was used to analyze the data. Five major themes emerged: (1) experience of physical symptoms, (2) emotional response to their condition, (3) changes in social dynamics, and (4) falling behind in academics...
January 1, 2018: Journal of Child Health Care: for Professionals Working with Children in the Hospital and Community
Belinda Rahman, Anne Lanceley, Rebecca S Kristeleit, Jonathan A Ledermann, Michelle Lockley, Mary McCormack, Tim Mould, Lucy Side
BACKGROUND: Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cause of cancer death for women in the UK. Up to 18% of cases can be attributed to germline mutations in BRCA1 and BRCA2 genes. Identifying patients who carry a BRCA mutation provides important information about potential response to treatment and eligibility for therapies such as poly ADP ribose polymerase (PARP) inhibitors. Implementation of systematic genetic testing of patients with ovarian cancer via oncology clinics (mainstreamed genetic testing, MGT) is increasing...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Medical Genetics
Belle H de Rooij, Nicole P M Ezendam, Kim A H Nicolaije, Paul Lodder, M Caroline Vos, Johanna M A Pijnenborg, Dorry Boll, Roy F P M Kruitwagen, Lonneke V van de Poll-Franse
PURPOSE: Prior results from the registration system oncological gynecology (ROGY) care trial showed that survivorship care plans (SCPs) increased threatening illness perceptions in gynecological cancer survivors, but it remained unclear whether this would result in poorer physical and psychosocial outcomes. The aim of the current study is to assess the direct and indirect effects of SCPs on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and anxiety and depression, through illness perceptions...
March 6, 2018: Quality of Life Research
Anne E Kazak, Wei-Ting Hwang, Fang Fang Chen, Martha A Askins, Olivia Carlson, Francisco Argueta-Ortiz, Lamia P Barakat
Objective: Family psychosocial risk screening is an important initial step in delivering evidence-based care. The Psychosocial Assessment Tool (PAT) is a brief parent report screener based on the trilevel Pediatric Psychosocial Preventative Health Model (PPPHM; Universal, Targeted, Clinical). The current article validates a revised PAT (version 3.0) in pediatric oncology that includes new items (for families of younger patients; clinically relevant risk items) and applicable to broad health literacy levels (a 4th grade reading level)...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Psychology
Maria Olsson, Gunnar Steineck, Karin Enskär, Ulrica Wilderäng, Marianne Jarfelt
PURPOSE: Previous research has established that treatments for cancer can result in short- and long-term effects on sexual function in adult cancer patients. The purpose was to investigate patient-reported physical and psychosexual complications in adolescents and young adults after they have undergone treatment for cancer. METHODS: In this population-based study, a study-specific questionnaire was developed by a method used in several previous investigations carried out by our research group, Clinical Cancer Epidemiology...
March 5, 2018: Journal of Cancer Survivorship: Research and Practice
Barbara Jones, Jennifer Currin-Mcculloch, Wendy Pelletier, Vicki Sardi-Brown, Peter Brown, Lori Wiener
In 2015, an interdisciplinary group of psychosocial experts developed The Standards of Psychosocial Care for Children with Cancer and Their Families. This paper presents data from a national survey of pediatric oncology social workers and their experiences in delivering psychosocial care to children and families. In total, 107 social workers from 81 cancer institutions participated in a 25-item online survey that mirrored the 15 Standards for Psychosocial Care. Both closed and open-ended questions were included...
April 2018: Social Work in Health Care
Alexandra Cutillo, Erin O'Hea, Sharina Person, Darleen Lessard, Tina Harralson, Edwin Boudreaux
Purpose/Objectives: To establish an optimal cutoff point for the National Comprehensive Cancer Network’s Distress Thermometer (DT) as a screening measure to identify and address psychological distress in individuals with cancer, and to examine whether distress as measured by the DT significantly changes across the treatment trajectory. Design: Secondary analyses of baseline data from a longitudinal parent study examining a computerized psychosocial assessment...
May 1, 2017: Oncology Nursing Forum
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March 2018: Psycho-oncology
Melissa Horlait, Simon Van Belle, Mark Leys
BACKGROUND: Multidisciplinary team meetings (MDTMs) have become standard practice in oncology and gained the status of the key decision-making forum for cancer patient management. The current literature provides evidence that MDTMs are achieving their intended objectives but there are also indications to question the positive impact of MDTMs in oncology settings. For cancer management to be patient-centered, it is crucial that medical information as well as psychosocial aspects-such as the patients' living situation, possible family problems, patients' mental state, and patients' perceptions and values or preferences towards treatment or care-are considered and discussed during MDTMs...
February 26, 2018: JMIR Research Protocols
Fanny L Loth, V Meraner, Bernhard Holzner, Susanne Singer, Irene Virgolini, Eva M Gamper
OBJECTIVE: In this retrospective investigation of patient pathways to psycho-oncological treatment (POT) we compared the number of POT referrals before and after implementation of electronic screening for POT needs and investigated psychosocial predictors for POT wish at a nuclear medicine department. METHODS: We extracted medical chart information about number of referrals and extent of follow-up contacts. During standard referral (November 2014-October 2015), POT needs were identified by clinical staff only...
February 20, 2018: Psycho-oncology
Randy A Taplitz, Erin B Kennedy, Eric J Bow, Jennie Crews, Charise Gleason, Douglas K Hawley, Amelia A Langston, Loretta J Nastoupil, Michelle Rajotte, Kenneth Rolston, Lynne Strasfeld, Christopher R Flowers
Purpose To provide an updated joint ASCO/Infectious Diseases Society of American (IDSA) guideline on outpatient management of fever and neutropenia in patients with cancer. Methods ASCO and IDSA convened an Update Expert Panel and conducted a systematic review of relevant studies. The guideline recommendations were based on the review of evidence by the Expert Panel. Results Six new or updated meta-analyses and six new primary studies were added to the updated systematic review. Recommendations Clinical judgment is recommended when determining which patients are candidates for outpatient management, using clinical criteria or a validated tool such as the Multinational Association of Support Care in Cancer risk index...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
David B Bekelman, Rachel Johnson-Koenke, Daniel W Bowles, Stacy M Fischer
BACKGROUND: Patients with cancer could benefit from early primary (i.e., basic) palliative care. Scalable models of care delivery are needed. OBJECTIVE: Examine the feasibility of a stepped peer navigator and social work intervention developed to improve palliative care outcomes. DESIGN: Single-arm prospective clinical trial. The peer navigator educated patients to advocate for pain and symptom management with their healthcare providers, motivated patients to pursue advance care planning, and discussed the role of hospice...
February 20, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
Anne-Sophie Heimes, Kathrin Stewen, Annette Hasenburg
Background: Only little is known about the psychosocial aspects of breast cancer patients after mastectomy with immediate versus delayed breast reconstruction. Methods: We systematically screened PubMed using the following key words: mastectomy, immediate vs. delayed reconstruction, psychosocial aspects and quality of life. To highlight different psychological outcomes, studies were categorized into those describing: anxiety, depression, body image and satisfaction with the surgical outcome...
December 2017: Breast Care
Eden G Robertson, Claire E Wakefield, Christina Signorelli, Richard J Cohn, Andrea Patenaude, Claire Foster, Tristan Pettit, Joanna E Fardell
OBJECTIVE: We conducted a systematic review to identify the strategies that have been recommended in the literature to facilitate shared decision-making regarding enrolment in pediatric oncology clinical trials. METHODS: We searched seven databases for peer-reviewed literature, published 1990-2017. Of 924 articles identified, 17 studies were eligible for the review. We assessed study quality using the 'Mixed-Methods Appraisal Tool'. We coded the results and discussions of papers line-by-line using nVivo software...
February 11, 2018: Patient Education and Counseling
Victor M Orellana-Noia, Michael G Douvas
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) Oncology is a relatively new field encompassing research in the unique pathophysiology, clinical care, and psychosocial issues facing patients between the ages of 15 and 40 with cancer. About 100,000 of the approximately 1.5 million people diagnosed annually with cancer in the USA are in this age range. This chapter will review notable new developments in the care of adolescents and young adults with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) within the last 3 years...
February 14, 2018: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
Kah Poh Loh, Enrique Soto-Perez-de-Celis, Tina Hsu, Nienke A de Glas, Nicolò Matteo Luca Battisti, Capucine Baldini, Manuel Rodrigues, Stuart M Lichtman, Hans Wildiers
Aging is a heterogeneous process. Most newly diagnosed cancers occur in older adults, and it is important to understand a patient's underlying health status when making treatment decisions. A geriatric assessment provides a detailed evaluation of medical, psychosocial, and functional problems in older patients with cancer. Specifically, it can identify areas of vulnerability, predict survival and toxicity, assist in clinical treatment decisions, and guide interventions in routine oncology practice; however, the uptake is hampered by limitations in both time and resources, as well as by a lack of expert interpretation...
February 2018: Journal of Oncology Practice
Juliana Assi, Juliana Santos, Tatiana Bonetti, Paulo C Serafini, Eduardo L A Motta, Mauricio Barbour Chehin
PURPOSE: The risk of ovarian failure after radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy is a concern among oncologic women. There is no doubt regarding the psycho-emotional benefits of fertility preservation (FP) after a cancer diagnosis because concerns about biological conception are a source of anxiety and can even affect the patient's cancer recovery. The aim of this study was to evaluate oncology patients' feelings, concerns, and life quality impacts related to FP. METHODS: This qualitative cross-sectional study was based on a questionnaire administered to a selected group of women diagnosed with cancer who underwent FP...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics
Ka Ming Chow, Winnie Kwok Wei So, Kai Chow Choi, Carmen Wing Han Chan
BACKGROUND: Disrupted sexual function is a prevalent and sustained side effect of gynaecological cancer and its related treatment. This problem may pose challenges to the survivors in the process of illness adjustment, leading to elevated psychological distress and impaired quality of life. However, care and interventions in this area have been neglected in most countries. OBJECTIVES: To investigate sexual function, psychosocial adjustment to illness and quality of life among Chinese gynaecological cancer survivors in Hong Kong, and to explore their associations...
February 12, 2018: Psycho-oncology
Eleanor Anderson Reid, Esayas Kebede Gudina, Nicola Ayers, Wondimagegnu Tigineh, Yoseph Mamo Azmera
BACKGROUND: Palliative care aims to reduce physical suffering and the emotional, spiritual, and psychosocial distress of life-limiting illness. Palliative care is a human right, yet there are vast disparities in its provision: of the 40 million people globally in need of palliative care, less than 10% receive it, largely in high-income countries. There is a particular paucity of data on palliative care needs across the spectrum of incurable disease in Ethiopia. OBJECTIVES: The aims of this research were to assess the overall burden of life-limiting illness, the costs associated with life-limiting illness, and barriers to accessing palliative care in Ethiopia...
February 9, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
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