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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738035/palliative-care-and-phase-1-trials-intervention-to-improve-quality-of-life-and-provide-education%C3%A2
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Betty R Ferrell, Vincent Chung, Marianna Koczywas, Anna Cathy Williams, Denise Gallagher, Patricia Fischer, Thomas J Smith
BACKGROUND: Patients in phase 1 clinical trials often have significant symptom burdens and quality-of-life concerns that increase as they progress along the cancer trajectory and experience drug toxicities from the clinical trial. 
. OBJECTIVES: The interdisciplinary intervention described is aimed at providing optimum palliative care to support patients with solid tumors participating in a phase 1 clinical trial.
. METHODS: The intervention includes a baseline evaluation using quantitative surveys, a comprehensive palliative care assessment by a research nurse based on patient baseline evaluation, and a goals-of-care discussion by the treating oncologist...
August 1, 2017: Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737996/integrating-palliative-and-oncology-care-for-patients-with-advanced-cancer-a-quality-improvement-intervention
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Laura C Hanson, Frances Collichio, Stephen A Bernard, William A Wood, Matt Milowsky, Erin Burgess, Crista J Creedle, Summer Cheek, Lydia Chang, Bhisham Chera, Alexandra Fox, Feng-Chang Lin
BACKGROUND: Practice guidelines recommend palliative care for patients with advanced cancer, but gaps in access and quality of care persist. OBJECTIVE: To increase goals-of-care (GOC) communication for hospitalized patients with Stage IV cancer. METHODS: An interdisciplinary team designed a quality improvement intervention to enhance oncology palliative care, including training in communication skills and triggers for palliative care consults...
July 24, 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737455/-difficulties-in-communication-with-parents-of-pediatric-cancer-patients-during-the-transition-to-palliative-care
#3
Judit Nyirő, Péter Hauser, Szilvia Zörgő, Katalin Hegedűs
INTRODUCTION: Adequate communication by medical personnel is especially important at certain points during the treatment of childhood cancer patients. AIM: To investigate the timing and manner of communication with parents concerning the introduction of palliative care in pediatric oncology. METHOD: Structured interviews, containing 14 questions, were carried out with physicians working in pediatric oncology (n = 22). Codes were generated inductively with the aid of Atlas...
July 2017: Orvosi Hetilap
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736841/outcomes-of-blalock-taussig-shunts-in-current-era-a-single-center-experience
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Navaneetha Sasikumar, Antony Hermuzi, Chun-Po Steve Fan, Kyong-Jin Lee, Rajiv Chaturvedi, Edward Hickey, Osami Honjo, Glen S Van Arsdell, Christopher A Caldarone, Arnav Agarwal, Lee Benson
OBJECTIVES: Mortality associated with the modified Blalock-Taussig shunt (MBTS) remains high despite advanced perioperative management. This study was formulated to provide data on (1) current indications, (2) outcomes, and (3) factors affecting mortality and morbidity. DESIGN: A retrospective single center chart review identified 95 children (excluding hypoplastic left heart lesions) requiring a MBTS. Mortality and major morbidity were analyzed using the Kaplan Meier method and risk factor analysis using Cox's proportional hazard regression...
July 24, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736105/full-title-policy-measures-to-support-palliative-care-at-home-a-cross-country-case-comparison-in-three-european-countries
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Arno Maetens, Kim Beernaert, Luc Deliens, Régis Aubry, Lukas Radbruch, Joachim Cohen
BACKGROUND: The proportion of people in need of palliative care worldwide is rising, and the majority wish to receive this care at home. Many countries have created policy measures to support palliative care at home. AIM: To list and compare existing policy measures designed to support palliative care at home in addition to available primary care services in Belgium, France and Germany. METHODS: A cross-country case comparison based on expert consultation, governmental policy documents and relevant scientific literature...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736103/what-impact-do-chaplains-have-a-pilot-study-of-spiritual-aim-for-advanced-cancer-patients-in-outpatient-palliative-care
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Allison Kestenbaum, Michele Shields, Jennifer James, Will Hocker, Stefana Morgan, Shweta Karve, Michael W Rabow, Laura B Dunn
CONTEXT: Spiritual care is integral to quality palliative care. Although chaplains are uniquely trained to provide spiritual care, studies evaluating chaplains' work in palliative care are scarce. OBJECTIVES: The goals of this pre-post study, conducted among patients with advanced cancer receiving outpatient palliative care, were to evaluate the feasibility and acceptability of chaplain-delivered spiritual care, utilizing the Spiritual Assessment and Intervention Model ("Spiritual AIM"); and to gather pilot data on Spiritual AIM's effects on spiritual well-being, religious and cancer-specific coping, and physical and psychological symptoms...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735270/subcutaneous-levetiracetam-for-the-management-of-seizures-at-the-end-of-life
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REVIEW
Anna Elizabeth Sutherland, John Curtin, Victoria Bradley, Olivia Bush, Maggie Presswood, Victoria Hedges, Katrien Naessens
OBJECTIVES: To report the results of a combined case series analysis of subcutaneous levetiracetam (Keppra) for the management of seizures in palliative care patients. METHODS: A comprehensive literature review on the use of subcutaneous levetiracetam was performed, and these data were combined with a prospective observational audit of its use in terminal care undertaken in a regional palliative care network. RESULTS: 7 papers were identified from the literature review-four case reports and three observational case series-reporting on a total of 53 cases where subcutaneous levetiracetam was administered...
July 22, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735068/primary-metastatic-breast-cancer-in-the-era-of-targeted-therapy-prognostic-impact-and-the-role-of-breast-tumour-surgery
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Jana Barinoff, Marcus Schmidt, Andreas Schneeweiss, Winfried Schoenegg, Marc Thill, Stella Keitel, Claus R Lattrich, Axel Hinke, Andreas Kutscheidt, Christian Jackisch
BACKGROUND: Except for meeting the individual palliative need, the benefit of breast surgery in primary metastatic breast cancer (PMBC), also known as de novo metastatic breast cancer, on long-term outcomes remains controversial. Twenty-four hundred and one patients with metastatic breast cancer, enrolled between 2000 and 2011 in two prospective non-interventional studies on targeted therapy, were screened with respect to this question. METHODS: One study investigated trastuzumab therapy for human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2)-positive metastatic breast cancer in addition to mainly first-line chemotherapy...
July 20, 2017: European Journal of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734881/state-of-the-science-of-spirituality-and-palliative-care-research-part-ii-screening-assessment-and-interventions
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Tracy A Balboni, George Fitchett, George Handzo, Kimberly S Johnson, Harold Koenig, Kenneth Pargament, Christina Puchalski, Shane Sinclair, Elizabeth J Taylor, Karen E Steinhauser
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 19, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734793/hardware-failure-in-patients-with-metastatic-cancer-to-the-spine
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Rachel Pedreira, Nancy Abu-Bonsrah, A Karim Ahmed, Rafael De la Garza-Ramos, C Rory Goodwin, Ziya L Gokaslan, Justin Sacks, Daniel M Sciubba
BACKGROUND: The spine is the most common site of skeletal metastases, affecting approximately 30% of individuals with cancer. The aim of surgical treatment for metastatic spine disease is generally palliative to address pain and/or neurologic compromise, significantly improving patients' quality of life. Patients with metastatic spine disease, however, represent a vulnerable cohort and may have comorbidities or previous treatments that impair the structural integrity of spinal hardware...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734786/clinical-usefulness-of-tools-to-support-decision-making-for-palliative-treatment-of%C3%A2-metastatic-colorectal-cancer-a-systematic-review
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Ellen G Engelhardt, Dóra Révész, Hans J Tamminga, Cornelis J A Punt, Mirjam Koopman, Bregje D Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Ewout W Steyerberg, Ilse P Jansma, Henrica C W De Vet, Veerle M H Coupé
BACKGROUND: Decision-making regarding palliative treatment for patients with metastatic colorectal cancer (mCRC) is complex and comprises numerous decisions. Decision-making should be guided by the premise of maintaining and/or improving patients' quality of life, by patient preference, and by the trade-off between treatment benefits and harm. Decision support systems (DSSs) for clinicians (eg, nomograms) can assist in this process. The present systematic review aimed to provide a comprehensive overview of the available DSSs for incurable mCRC and to assess their clinical usefulness...
June 24, 2017: Clinical Colorectal Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734721/factors-influencing-survival-of-patients-with-pancreatic-adenocarcinoma-and-synchronous-liver-metastases-receiving-palliative-care
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Huaqiang Ouyang, Weidong Ma, Fang Liu, Zhensong Yue, Minghui Fang, Manman Quan, Zhanyu Pan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Patients with pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma and synchronous liver metastases (PACLM) have an extremely limited life expectancy. We performed a single-center analysis to explore the clinical results and prognostic factors of patients with PACLM receiving palliative care. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed 189 patients undergoing palliative care at Tianjin Medical University Cancer Hospital over a 15-year period. Clinical characteristics, survival condition, and factors associated with survival were analyzed...
July 8, 2017: Pancreatology: Official Journal of the International Association of Pancreatology (IAP) ... [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734628/adrenergic-receptor-genotypes-influence-postoperative-outcomes-in-infants-in-the-single-ventricle-reconstruction-trial
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Ronand Ramroop, George Manase, Danny Lu, Dorin Manase, Shan Chen, Richard Kim, Teresa Lee, William T Mahle, Kimberly McHugh, Mike Mitchell, Martin Tristani-Firouzi, Stephanie B Wechsler, Nicole S Wilder, Victor Zak, Myriam Lafreniere-Roula, Jane W Newburger, J William Gaynor, Mark W Russell, Seema Mital
OBJECTIVES: Adrenergic receptor (ADR) genotypes have been associated with adverse outcomes in heart failure. Our objective was to evaluate the association of ADR genotypes with post-Norwood outcomes in infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). METHODS: Infants with HLHS participating in the Pediatric Heart Network Single-Ventricle Reconstruction Trial underwent genotyping for 4 single-nucleotide polymorphisms in 3 ADR genes: ADRB1_231A/G, ADRB1_1165G/C, ADRB2_5318C/G, and ADRA2A_2790C/T...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733536/do-cancer-patients-with-dementia-receive-less-aggressive-treatment-in-end-of-life-care-a-nationwide-population-based-cohort-study
#14
Huei-Kai Huang, Jyh-Gang Hsieh, Chia-Jung Hsieh, Ying-Wei Wang
Dementia is a progressive, incurable disease that can deprive patients of the ability to make decisions. This study determines whether dementia influences the medical care that a cancer patient receives at the end of life. We conducted a nationwide population-based cohort study on patients aged ≥20 with newly diagnosed cancer during 2000-2012. After matching to reduce confounders, there were 7,111 patients with and 28,444 without dementia. The adjusted odd ratios (OR) for medical interventions, including intensive care, palliative care, invasive procedures, and advanced diagnostic testing, were calculated for the final month and three months of life by a multiple logistic regression model...
June 29, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733461/should-heart-failure-be-regarded-as-a-terminal-illness-requiring-palliative-care-a-study-of-heart-failure-patients-carers-and-clinicians-understanding-of-heart-failure-prognosis-and-its-management
#15
Rachel Stocker, Helen Close, Helen Hancock, A Pali S Hungin
OBJECTIVES: Communication and planning for heart failure (HF) care near the end of life is known to be complex. Little is known about how the patient experience of palliative assessment and communication needs change over time, and how this might inform management. Our aim was to explore experiences of giving or receiving a prognosis and advanced palliative care planning (ACP) for those with HF. METHODS: We carried out a longitudinal grounded theory study, employing in-depth interviews with 14 clinicians (primary and secondary care) and observations of clinic and home appointments, followed by a series of interviews with 13 patients with HF and 9 carers...
July 21, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733253/state-of-the-science-of-spirituality-and-palliative-care-research-research-landscape-and-future-directions
#16
Karen E Steinhauser, Tracy A Balboni
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 18, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733252/state-of-the-science-of-spirituality-and-palliative-care-research-part-i-definitions-and-taxonomy-measurement-and-outcomes
#17
Karen E Steinhauser, George Fitchett, George Handzo, Kimberly S Johnson, Harold Koenig, Kenneth Pargament, Christina Puchalski, Shane Sinclair, Elizabeth J Taylor, Tracy A Balboni
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
July 18, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732832/current-approaches-to-the-management-of-idiopathic-pulmonary-fibrosis
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REVIEW
Ganesh Raghu, Luca Richeldi
Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) is a progressive and ultimately fatal lung disease associated with dyspnoea, cough and impaired quality of life. Currently, the aims of patient care are to improve outcomes for patients by slowing the progression of the disease, extending life, and improving quality of life. A prompt, accurate diagnosis is important to enable patients to receive treatment early in the course of the disease and to be considered for lung transplantation. Two anti-fibrotic drugs, nintedanib and pirfenidone, have been shown to reduce decline in lung function in patients with IPF...
August 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731945/the-changing-paradigm-of-radiotherapy-in-the-elderly-population
#19
Myer Raphael Pfeffer, Philip Blumenfeld
There is increasing awareness of the special needs for care of the elderly cancer patient. Newer precise conformal radiotherapy techniques allow the safe delivery of higher doses of radiotherapy to the target tumor while reducing the dose to surrounding critical organs. This has led to a shortening of radiotherapy protocols for both curative and palliative indications. We review these novel techniques and protocols and the published clinical studies that include elderly patients treated with these techniques...
July 2017: Cancer Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731893/validity-of-administrative-data-in-identifying-cancer-related-events-in-adolescents-and-young-adults-a-population-based-study-using-the-impact-cohort
#20
Sumit Gupta, Paul C Nathan, Nancy N Baxter, Cindy Lau, Corinne Daly, Jason D Pole
BACKGROUND: Despite the importance of estimating population level cancer outcomes, most registries do not collect critical events such as relapse. Attempts to use health administrative data to identify these events have focused on older adults and have been mostly unsuccessful. We developed and tested administrative data-based algorithms in a population-based cohort of adolescents and young adults with cancer. METHODS: We identified all Ontario adolescents and young adults 15-21 years old diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, sarcoma, or testicular cancer between 1992-2012...
July 20, 2017: Medical Care
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