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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149150/the-hopeless-case-palliative-cryoablation-and-cementoplasty-procedures-for-palliation-of-large-pelvic-bone-metastases
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Tyler M Coupal, Kevin Pennycooke, Paul I Mallinson, Hugue A Ouellette, Paul W Clarkson, Pippa Hawley, Peter L Munk
BACKGROUND: Metastases to the bone are common in cancer patients, and it has been estimated that up to 50% of patients with pelvic bone metastases will not achieve adequate pain control with medications alone. This has led to a paradigm shift over recent years towards the use and development of minimally invasive image-guided treatment options for palliation of bony metastases. Despite these developments, large metastatic lesions are still often considered to be "hopeless cases" that would garner little to no benefit from image-guided intervention...
November 2017: Pain Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148298/understanding-patient-requirements-for-technology-systems-that-support-pain-management-in-palliative-care-services-a-qualitative-study
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Matthew J Allsop, Sally Taylor, Michael I Bennett, Bridgette M Bewick
Approaches to pain management using electronic systems are being developed for use in palliative care. This article explores palliative care patients' perspectives on managing and talking about pain, the role of technology in their lives and how technology could support pain management. Face-to-face interviews were used to understand patient needs and concerns to inform how electronic systems are developed. A total of 13 interviews took place with a convenience sample of community-based patients with advanced cancer receiving palliative care through a hospice...
November 1, 2017: Health Informatics Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29147877/efficacy-and-safety-of-fully-covered-self-expanding-metal-stents-for-malignant-esophageal-obstruction
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Hoonsub So, Ji Yong Ahn, Seungbong Han, Kyoungwon Jung, Hee Kyong Na, Jeong Hoon Lee, Kee Wook Jeong, Do Hoon Kim, Kee Don Choi, Ho June Song, Gin Hyug Lee, Hwoon-Yong Jung
BACKGROUND: Malignant dysphagia can result in poor nutritional status with severe weight loss. Rapid relief from dysphagia can be achieved with esophageal self-expanding metal stents (SEMSs), a minimally invasive method. In this study, we evaluated the usefulness of SEMSs for malignant dysphagia. METHODS: Between 2012 and 2015, 119 patients with malignant dysphagia underwent esophageal SEMS insertion with endoscopic assistance. Their demographics and clinical outcomes were collected...
November 17, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
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/29146661/what-is-the-relationship-between-physical-activity-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-stroke-survivors-post-completion-of-rehabilitation-protocol-for-a-longitudinal-study
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Natalie A Fini, Julie Bernhardt, Anne E Holland
INTRODUCTION: Physical activity (PA) can modify cardiovascular and other health risks in people with stroke, but we know little about long-term PA in this group. This study aims to describe PA levels and investigate relationships between PA, cardiovascular risk factors, mobility and participant characteristics (eg, age, mood and fatigue) in the 2 years following rehabilitation discharge after first stroke. METHODS AND ANALYSIS: This is a longitudinal observational study with follow-up at 6, 12 and 24 months after rehabilitation discharge...
November 15, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145869/a-mixed-methods-analysis-of-quality-of-life-among-late-life-patients-diagnosed-with-chronic-illnesses
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Monica S Frazer, Patrick Mobley
BACKGROUND: Quality of life (QOL) is an important consideration for people living with advancing chronic conditions. Palliative care providers speak about how, despite physical decline in late life, many patients report growth and meaning in other domains. This mixed methods study uses QOL survey responses to explore domain trajectories and interview data to explore how patients with advancing chronic conditions experience distinct QOL domains. METHODS: The study sample includes 156 now-deceased participants who completed the FACIT-Pal quarterly, and 40 (10 now-deceased) participants who discussed QOL in an interview...
November 16, 2017: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145675/-implementing-the-cross-disciplinary-subject-palliative-care-lecture-s-perspective
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Leonie Isermeyer, Benjamin Ilse, Gabriella Marx, Stephanie Seidemann, Jana Jünger, Friedemann Nauck, Bernd Alt-Epping
Introduction In 2009, palliative care was introduced as a mandatory subject in the undergraduate medical curriculum in Germany. Despite all efforts to integrate this subject into the curriculum, research suggests substantial differences and deficits in the quality of education between the medical schools. The aim of this research was to find out promoting as well as impedimental aspects of implementing palliative care in the medical training program. By this, a suitable framework in terms of content and structure for palliative care teaching should be extracted...
November 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145584/critical-lessons-from-high-value-oncology-practices
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Douglas W Blayney, Melora K Simon, Beatrice Podtschaske, Scott Ramsey, Margaret Shyu, Craig Lindquist, Arnold Milstein
Importance: Cancer care is expensive. Cancer care provided by practice organizations varies in total spending incurred by patients and payers during treatment episodes and in quality of care, and this unnecessary variation contributes to the high cost. Objective: To use the variation in total spending and quality of care to assess oncology practice attributes distinguishing "high value" that may be tested and adopted by others to produce similar results. Design, Setting, and Participants: "Positive deviance" was used in this exploratory mixed-methods (quantitative and qualitative) analysis of interview results...
November 16, 2017: JAMA Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145313/the-importance-of-family-caregiving-to-achieving-palliative-care-at-home-a-case-report-of-end-of-life-breast-cancer-in-an-area-struck-by-the-2011-fukushima-nuclear-crisis-a-case-report
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Akihiko Ozaki, Masaharu Tsubokura, Claire Leppold, Toyoaki Sawano, Manabu Tsukada, Tsuyoshi Nemoto, Kazuhiro Kosugi, Yoshitaka Nishikawa, Shigeaki Kato, Hiromichi Ohira
RATIONALE: The primary setting of palliative care has shifted from inpatient care to patients' residences. Family caregiving is essential for patients with life-limiting illnesses to receive palliative care at home, however little information is available regarding potential interventions to achieve palliative homecare for those without sufficient support from family members in various settings, including disasters. PATIENT CONCERNS: In March 2011, Fukushima, Japan experienced an earthquake, tsunami and nuclear disaster...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145036/liver-immunotolerance-and-hepatocellular-carcinoma-patho-physiological-mechanisms-and-therapeutic-perspectives
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REVIEW
Gaël S Roth, Thomas Decaens
At the moment of the diagnosis of hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), 70% of patients have only access to palliative treatments, with very few therapeutic options. Liver immunology is very specific, and liver immunotolerance is particularly developed because of the constant and massive influx of antigens. Deregulation of hepatic immunotolerance is implicated in chronic liver diseases development and particularly in liver carcinogenesis. For these reasons, HCC may be an excellent candidate for anticancer immunotherapies such as immune checkpoint inhibitors targeting CTLA-4 and PD-L1/PD-1...
November 13, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29144543/primary-thromboprophylaxis-in-individuals-without-cancer-admitted-to-a-geriatric-palliative-care-unit
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Adam J Gurau, Anna Berall, Jurgis Karuza, Giulia-Anna Perri
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: The prevalence of individuals with advanced noncancer disease is increasing on palliative care units (PCUs), but there are no current guidelines to direct venous thromboembolism (VTE) prophylaxis decisions in these individuals. The aim of this study was to compare primary VTE prophylaxis in elderly adults with advanced noncancer diagnoses with that of those with advanced cancer on a dedicated geriatric PCU. DESIGN: Single-center retrospective chart review...
November 16, 2017: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143916/a-real-world-comparison-of-folfirinox-gemcitabine-plus-nab-paclitaxel-and-gemcitabine-in-advanced-pancreatic-cancers
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Ying Wang, Pierre Camateros, Winson Y Cheung
PURPOSE: FOLFIRINOX (FFN), nab-paclitaxel plus gemcitabine (GN), and gemcitabine are three systemic therapies that provide clinically meaningful benefit to patients with unresectable pancreatic cancer (UPC). There are no clinical trials that directly compare the efficacy of all three regimens. In this study, we aim to examine and compare the real-world effectiveness of these treatments. METHODS: Patients diagnosed with UPC who initiated palliative chemotherapy from August 2014 to January 2016 at any one of six cancer centers in British Columbia were identified from the provincial pharmacy...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Gastrointestinal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143898/the-multidisciplinary-approach-to-localized-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma
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REVIEW
Hiral D Parekh, Jason Starr, Thomas J George
Pancreatic adenocarcinoma 2030 (PCa) is predicted to be the second leading cause of cancer death in USA by 2030. To date, attempts at early detection have been unsuccessful. Therapies for resectable PCa include surgery followed by adjuvant chemotherapy with or without radiotherapy. Unfortunately, most patients with PCa present with advanced disease and thus only 20% of patients are potentially resectable upon presentation. Improved surgical techniques along with adjuvant combination chemotherapy have improved outcomes for patients with resectable disease...
November 16, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143495/palliative-care-in-residential-aged-care-an-overview
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Juliet Butler
OBJECTIVE: To measure how care needs, health and length of stay in permanent residential aged care differs by assessed need for palliative care. METHODS: On entry into permanent residential aged care, people's care needs and health conditions are assessed on the Aged Care Funding Instrument. Data for the period 2008-2009 and 2015-2016 were analysed for trends in care needs, health conditions, length of stay and separation reason across assessed need for palliative care...
November 15, 2017: Australasian Journal on Ageing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143390/chemotherapy-and-healthcare-utilisation-near-the-end-of-life-in-patients-with-cancer
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K J G Schulkes, I C van Walree, L J R van Elden, F van den Bos, L van Huis-Tanja, J-W J Lammers, D Ten Bokkel Huinink, M E Hamaker
The quality of medical care delivered to patients with cancer near the end of life is a significant issue. Previous studies have defined several areas suggestive of aggressive cancer treatment as potentially representing poor quality care. The primary objective of current analysis was to examine chemotherapy and healthcare utilisation in the last 3 months of life among patients with cancer that received palliative chemotherapy. Patients were selected from the hospital administration database of the Diakonessenhuis Utrecht, the Netherlands...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Cancer Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143282/hypomethylating-agents-for-treatment-and-prevention-of-relapse-after-allogeneic-blood-stem-cell-transplantation
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REVIEW
Thomas Schroeder, Christina Rautenberg, Rainer Haas, Ulrich Germing, Guido Kobbe
Despite the curative potential of allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), many patients will relapse. Until recently therapeutic options mainly consisted of palliative care, chemotherapy, donor lymphocyte infusions and second transplantation in selected cases. Still many patients either do not tolerate intensive therapies or do not achieve durable remissions and will finally succumb. Given this unmet medical need the hypomethylating agents (HMA), Azacitidine (Aza) and Decitabine (DAC) have been tested as salvage therapy in patients with myeloid malignancies relapsing after allo-SCT...
November 15, 2017: International Journal of Hematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142750/evaluation-of-epidermal-growth-factor-receptor-serum-levels-and-their-association-with-clinicopathological-characteristics-in-patients-with-colorectal-cancer
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Mehmet Karabulut, Cigdem Usul Afsar, Halil Alıs, Ebru Oran, Senem Karabulut, Cevher Akarsu, Nuri Alper Sahbaz, Alpen Yahya Gümüsoglu, Elif Bilgin, Nuri Faruk Aykan
Colorectal cancer (CRC) is a major public health concern and one of the leading causes of cancer-related mortality worldwide. The aim of the present study was to determine the serum epidermal growth factor receptor (sEGFR) levels in healthy volunteers and patients with CRC, to determine the association between tumor marker levels and clinicopathological findings, and investigate its prognostic value. A total of 140 patients with CRC were enrolled in the present study. Pre-treatment sEGFR levels were determined using ELISA...
November 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
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