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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29354498/perspective-on-cytoreduction-and-metastasis-directed-therapy-in-node-positive-and-metastatic-urothelial-carcinoma-of-the-bladder
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Karel Decaestecker, Valérie Fonteyne, Willem Oosterlinck
The outcome of node positive or metastatic urothelial carcinoma of the bladder (mUCB) is poor and palliative chemotherapy has long been considered the only treatment option for this patient group. Cytoreduction and metastasis-directed therapy, either by surgery or radiotherapy, has been successfully applied in other metastatic solid tumors in order to increase survival. In this article, we explore the literature supporting cytoreduction and metastasis-directed therapy in node positive and mUCB and try to define a patient cohort that could benefit from these treatments...
December 2017: Translational Andrology and Urology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353888/palliative-care-in-resource-poor-settings-inequalities-challenges-and-opportunities
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Ganesh Dangal, Bishnu Datta Paudel, Anjani Kumar Jha
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January 1, 2018: Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353639/palliative-care-in-liver-disease-a-matter-of-life-and-death
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EDITORIAL
The Lancet Gastroenterology Hepatology
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: Lancet. Gastroenterology & Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353253/experiential-learning-to-increase-palliative-care-competence-among-the-indigenous-workforce-an-australian-experience
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Shaouli Shahid, Stuart Ekberg, Michele Holloway, Catherine Jacka, Patsy Yates, Gail Garvey, Sandra C Thompson
OBJECTIVES: Improving Indigenous people's access to palliative care requires a health workforce with appropriate knowledge and skills to respond to end-of-life (EOL) issues. The Indigenous component of the Program of Experience in the Palliative Approach (PEPA) includes opportunities for Indigenous health practitioners to develop skills in the palliative approach by undertaking a supervised clinical placement of up to 5 days within specialist palliative care services. This paper presents the evaluative findings of the components of an experiential learning programme and considers the broader implications for delivery of successful palliative care education programme for Indigenous people...
January 20, 2018: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352836/implementation-of-the-integrated-palliative-care-outcome-scale-in-acute-care-settings-a-feasibility-study
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Susanne Lind, J Sandberg, T Brytting, C J Fürst, L Wallin
OBJECTIVE: Although hospitals have been described as inadequate place for end-of-life care, many deaths still occur in hospital settings. Although patient-reported outcome measures have shown positive effects for patients in need of palliative care, little is known about how to implement them. We aimed to explore the feasibility of a pilot version of an implementation strategy for the Integrated Palliative care Outcome Scale (IPOS) in acute care settings. METHOD: A strategy, including information, training, and facilitation to support the use of IPOS, was developed and carried out at three acute care units...
January 21, 2018: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352832/-you-either-need-help%C3%A2-you-feel-you-don-t-need-help%C3%A2-or-you-don-t-feel-worthy-of-asking-for-it-receptivity-to-bereavement-support
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Pippa Blackburn, Caroline Bulsara
OBJECTIVE: Although the needs of the bereaved have been identified widely in the literature, how these needs translate into meaningful, appropriate, and client-centered programs needs further exploration. The application of receptivity to support is a critical factor in participation by the bereaved in palliative care bereavement programs. Receptivity is a complex multifactorial phenomenon influenced by internal and external factors that ultimately influences engagement in psychosocial support in bereavement...
January 21, 2018: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352818/validity-and-reliability-of-the-palliative-care-transition-measure-for-caregivers-pctm-c
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Daniela D'Angelo, Chiara Mastroianni, Marco Artico, Valentina Biagioli, Roberto Latina, Michela Guarda, Michela Piredda, Maria Grazia De Marinis
OBJECTIVE: Patients suffering from advanced disease face different care transitions. The transition from acute to palliative care is challenging and may lead to the discontinuity of care. Family caregivers become important sources of information, as patients begin to experience difficulties in coping with emotional transition events. The Care Transition Measure was developed to evaluate care transitions as experienced by the elderly. It has never been used in palliative care. The aim of this study was to test the validity and reliability of a modified version of the Palliative Care Transition Measure, specifically the Palliative Care Transition Measure for Caregivers (PCTM-C)...
January 21, 2018: Palliative & Supportive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352714/effect-of-single-agent-daily-prednisone-on-outcomes-and-toxicities-in-metastatic-castration-resistant-prostate-cancer-pooled-analysis-of-prospective-studies
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Pooja Ghatalia, Gregory R Pond, Arnoud J Templeton, Guru Sonpavde
The clinical effect of prednisone in metastatic castration-resistant prostate cancer (mCRPC) is unknown. We performed a pooled analysis of control arms of randomized controlled trials that had or had not administered single-agent prednisone. Randomized controlled trials with a control arm that included single-agent placebo (or no anticancer therapy) or single-agent prednisone (with or without placebo) were eligible for analysis. Patients receiving prednisone combined with other agents in the control arm were excluded...
December 27, 2017: Clinical Genitourinary Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352441/utility-of-tumor-burden-score-to-stratify-prognosis-of-patients-with-hepatocellular-cancer-results-of-4759-cases-from-ita-li-ca-study-group
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Alessandro Vitale, Quirino Lai, Fabio Farinati, Laura Bucci, Edoardo G Giannini, Lucia Napoli, Francesca Ciccarese, Gian Lodovico Rapaccini, Maria Di Marco, Eugenio Caturelli, Marco Zoli, Franco Borzio, Rodolfo Sacco, Giuseppe Cabibbo, Roberto Virdone, Fabio Marra, Martina Felder, Filomena Morisco, Luisa Benvegnù, Antonio Gasbarrini, Gianluca Svegliati-Baroni, Francesco Giuseppe Foschi, Gabriele Missale, Alberto Masotto, Gerardo Nardone, Antonio Colecchia, Mauro Bernardi, Franco Trevisani, Timothy M Pawlik
BACKGROUND: Dichotomous models like Milan Criteria represent the routinely used tools for predicting the outcome of patients with hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC). However, a paradigm shift from a dichotomous to continuous prognostic stratification should represent a good strategy for improving the prediction process. Recently, the tumor burden score (TBS) has been proposed for selecting patients with colorectal liver metastases. To date, TBS has not been validated in a large HCC population...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery: Official Journal of the Society for Surgery of the Alimentary Tract
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351934/continuous-subcutaneous-levetiracetam-in-end-of-life-care
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Inês Furtado, Fernando Gonçalves, João Gonçalves, João Neves
Seizures constitute a determining aspect in quality of life and are frequently challenging in palliative care-a field where treatment has yet to be standardised. Levetiracetam-a new generation anticonvulsant-has proved efficacy both through oral, as well as intravenous administration in the general population. This case reports on the use of continuous subcutaneous levetiracetam to effectively control seizures in a terminally ill patient without patent oral route.
January 18, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351695/reasons-for-failure-of-systemic-to-pulmonary-artery-shunts-in-neonates
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Keti Vitanova, Cornelius Leopold, Jelena Pabst von Ohain, Cordula Wolf, Elisabeth Beran, Rüdiger Lange, Julie Cleuziou
BACKGROUND:  Systemic-to-pulmonary artery shunt placement is an established palliative procedure for congenital heart disease. Although it is thought to be a simple operation, it is associated with significant morbidity and mortality. METHODS:  Data for all neonates who underwent surgery for a systemic-to-pulmonary artery shunt between 2000 and 2016 were reviewed. The study endpoints were shunt failure and shunt-related mortality. Shunt failure was defined as a shunt dysfunction because of thrombosis or stenosis requiring intervention or reoperation; shunt mortality was defined as death because of a shunt dysfunction...
January 19, 2018: Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29351343/minority-race-and-male-sex-as-risk-factors-for-non-beneficial-gastrostomy-tube-placements-after-stroke
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Roland Faigle, Joseph A Carrese, Lisa A Cooper, Victor C Urrutia, Rebecca F Gottesman
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy (PEG) tubes are widely used for enteral feeding after stroke; however, PEG tubes placed in patients in whom death is imminent are considered non-beneficial. AIM: We sought to determine whether placement of non-beneficial PEG tubes differs by race and sex. DESIGN AND SETTING/PARTICIPANTS: In this retrospective cohort study, inpatient admissions for stroke patients who underwent palliative/withdrawal of care, were discharged to hospice, or died during the hospitalization, were identified from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample between 2007 and 2011...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350699/medical-cannabis-the-oncology-nurse-s-role-in-patient-education-about-the-effects-of-marijuana-on-cancer-palliation%C3%A2
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Carey S Clark
BACKGROUND: Cannabis, also known as marijuana, is legal either medicinally or recreationally in 29 states and the District of Columbia, with a majority of the U.S. adult population now living in states where cannabis is legal for medicinal use. As an advocate for patient autonomy and informed choice, the oncology nurse has an ethical responsibility to educate patients about and support their use of cannabis for palliation.
. OBJECTIVES: This article aims to discuss the human endocannabinoid system as a basis for better understanding the palliative and curative nature of cannabis as a medicine, as well as review cannabis delivery methods and the emerging role of the oncology nurse in this realm...
February 1, 2018: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350645/developments-in-the-management-of-bone-metastases-with-interventional-radiology
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Francesco Arrigoni, Federico Bruno, Luigi Zugaro, Raffaele Natella, Salvatore Cappabianca, Umberto Russo, Vito Roberto Papapietro, Alessandra Splendiani, Ernesto Di Cesare, Carlo Masciocchi, Antonio Barile
Interventional radiology has known an exponential growth in the last years. Technological advances of the last decades, have made it possible to use new treatments on a larger scale, with safe and effective results. They could be considered as palliative treatments for painful lesions but also curative procedures, as single treatment or specially in combination with other techniques (surgery, radiation and oncology therapies, etc.).The main diffuse techniques are those of thermal ablation that destroy the target lesion through the heat; however there are also endovascular therapies that destroy the target tissue thanks to devascularization...
January 19, 2018: Acta Bio-medica: Atenei Parmensis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350577/serial-palliative-performance-scale-assessment-in-a-university-general-hospital-a-pilot-study
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Rafael Barone de Medeiros, Ana Maria Nunes de Faria Stamm, Rachel Duarte Moritz, Paulo Fontoura Freitas, Lara Patrícia Kretzer, Juliana Vieira Gomes
BACKGROUND: Serial Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) assessments may predict functional decline and prognosis in cancer and noncancer patients and help with end-of-life decision making. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the functional status of using serial PPS assessments of patients being assisted in collaboration with the palliative care team (PCT). DESIGN: Prospective cohort pilot study. MEASUREMENTS: The sample consisted of 64 cancer and noncancer inpatients being assisted in collaboration with the PCT during the period from 2012 to 2016 (included 12 months)...
January 19, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350384/the-importance-of-psychosocial-factors-in-management-of-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-patients
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Maria A Sobczak-Kaleta, Adam Torbicki, Jarosław D Kasprzak
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is significantly reshaping personal and professional lives of patients due to its chronic nature, varying clinical profile and uncertain perspectives of treatment. PAH is at this time an incurable disease, which requires to consider not only strictly medical dimension, but also the psychosocial aspects of care. This paper discusses therefore the psychological problems most commonly reported by PAH patients. It reviews the instruments used to assess them. We describe the relationships between the quality of life and depressive symptoms and the physical activity of the PAH patients, which have deep treatment-related consequences...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349618/respiratory-training-late-after-fontan-intervention-impact-on-cardiorespiratory-performance
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Lamia Ait Ali, Alessandro Pingitore, Paolo Piaggi, Fabio Brucini, Mirko Passera, Marco Marotta, Alessandra Cadoni, Claudio Passino, Giosuè Catapano, Pierluigi Festa
Fontan palliation allows patients with "single ventricle" circulation to reach adulthood with an acceptable quality of life, although exercise tolerance is significantly reduced. To assess whether controlled respiratory training (CRT) increases cardiorespiratory performance. 16 Adolescent Fontan patients (age 17. 5 ± 3.8 years) were enrolled. Patients were divided into CRT group (n = 10) and control group (C group, n = 6). Maximal cardiopulmonary test (CPT) was repeated at the end of CRT in the CRT group and after an average time of 3 months in the C group...
January 19, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349604/quality-of-training-in-radiation-oncology-in-germany-where-do-we-stand-results-from-a%C3%A2-2016-2017-survey-performed-by-the-working-group-young-degro-of-the-german-society-of-radiation-oncology-degro
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C T Dietzel, K Jablonska, M Niyazi, T Gauer, N Ebert, C Ostheimer, D Krug
PURPOSE: To evaluate the current situation of young radiation oncologists in Germany with regard to the contents and quality of training and level of knowledge, as well as their working conditions and professional satisfaction. METHODS: From June 2016 to February 2017, a survey was conducted by the young DEGRO (yDEGRO) using an online platform. The questionnaire consisted of 28 items examining a broad range of aspects influencing residency. There were 96 completed questionnaires RESULTS: 83% of participants stated to be very or mostly pleased with their residency training...
January 18, 2018: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349518/checkpoint-inhibitors-palliative-care-or-hospice
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REVIEW
Mellar P Davis, Rajiv Panikkar
PURPOSE: Checkpoint (CTLA-4, PD-1, and PD-L1) inhibitors have changed the face of oncology. A subset of patients enjoys long, gratifying treatment responses. Unfortunately, most patients do not respond even when expressing favorably markers such as PD-L1. Checkpoint inhibitors are largely palliative (though a subset have long-term cancer responses) and as such patient-related outcome measures should be included when evaluating benefits. The purpose of this review is to place checkpoint inhibitor trials within a palliation context...
January 19, 2018: Current Oncology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348899/curative-versus-palliative-treatments-for-colorectal-cancer-with-peritoneal-carcinomatosis-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#20
Wenqiong Wu, Shipeng Yan, Xianzhen Liao, Haifang Xiao, Zhongxi Fu, Lizhang Chen, Jinsong Mou, Haibo Yu, Lian Zhao, Xiangguo Liu
The objective of this study was to provide an up-to-date summary of the current evidence that may be useful for updating guidelines. We comprehensively searched the published literatures and conferences for studies that compared curative with palliative treatments in colorectal cancer patients with peritoneal metastasis. The primary outcomes considered in this study were three- and five-year overall survival rates. We pooled data across studies and estimated summary effect sizes. Overall, patients who received curative treatments had improved three-year survival (hazard ratio (HR), 2...
December 22, 2017: Oncotarget
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