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Shing Fung Lee
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March 2, 2018: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
Hiroaki Watanabe, Takuya Odagiri, Yasuyuki Asai
CONTEXT: Acute suppurative sialadenitis (hereafter referred to as sialadenitis) is accompanied by pain and fever and can diminish the quality of life (QOL) in end-stage cancer patients; however, its incidence is not clear. OBJECTIVES: We conducted this study to elucidate the incidence of sialadenitis in end-stage cancer patients. METHODS: Retrospective review, observational study based on patients' medical records SUBJECTS: 726 consecutive cancer patients who died on the palliative care unit of our hospital between April 2012 and November 2016 were included...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
Emily Higgins, Liam Monaghan, Raghu R Mani
This case report details of a case of cutaneous metastasis from a primary adenocarcinoma of the oesophagus to the right cheek. A 67-year-old male was referred to the maxillofacial department with a 2-3 week history of non-painful swelling of the cheek. A diagnosis of infected sebaceous cyst was made and drainage was attempted with adjunctive antibiotic therapy. Follow up appointments showed no improvement a biopsy was taken. Histology reported presence of metastatic adenocarcinoma, suggesting the gastrointestinal tract as the primary site...
September 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
Sarah A Servid, Brie N Noble, Erik K Fromme, Jon P Furuno
OBJECTIVES: To better understand the clinical intentions for antibiotic prescribing upon discharge from acute care to hospice care. DESIGN: Retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Five hundred forty-four-bed academic, acute-care, tertiary referral hospital in Portland, Oregon. PARTICIPANTS: Adults (≥18) who received an outpatient prescription for antibiotics on discharge from an acute care hospital to hospice care between January 1, 2009 and December 31, 2011 (N = 149)...
January 18, 2018: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
Carsten Nieder, Thomas A Kämpe, Adam Pawinski, Astrid Dalhaug
BACKGROUND: Widely used prognostic scores, e. g., for brain or bone metastases, are based on disease- and patient-related factors such as extent of metastases, age and performance status, which were available in the databases used to develop the scores. Few groups were able to include patient-reported symptoms. In our department, all patients were assessed with the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS, a one-sheet questionnaire addressing 11 major symptoms and wellbeing on a numeric scale of 0-10) at the time of treatment planning since 2012...
January 17, 2018: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
Shinichi Miyazaki, Takuya Ikeda, Genshi Ito, Masahide Inoue, Keiji Nara, Yuko Nishinaga, Yoshinori Hasegawa
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary tumor thrombotic microangiopathy is a special type of tumor thromboembolism. We report the case of a patient who developed pulmonary tumor thrombotic microangiopathy with alveolar hemorrhage. Almost all patients with pulmonary tumor thrombotic microangiopathy die within 1 week of the onset of dyspnea; however, the prognosis in this case was better, with 10 weeks of survival from presentation. CASE PRESENTATION: A 62-year-old Japanese man was referred to our hospital with a 4-week history of dyspnea on exertion and severe pulmonary hypertension...
December 23, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
Ian A Yang, Juliet L Brown, Johnson George, Sue Jenkins, Christine F McDonald, Vanessa M McDonald, Kirsten Phillips, Brian J Smith, Nicholas A Zwar, Eli Dabscheck
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterised by persistent respiratory symptoms and chronic airflow limitation, and is associated with exacerbations and comorbidities. Advances in the management of COPD are updated quarterly in the national COPD guidelines, the COPD-X plan, published by Lung Foundation Australia in conjunction with the Thoracic Society of Australia and New Zealand and available at Main recommendations: Spirometry detects persistent airflow limitation (post-bronchodilator FEV1/FVC < 0...
November 20, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
Juliana Lemound, Thomas Muecke, Alexander-Nicolai Zeller, Jürgen Lichtenstein, André Eckardt, Nils-Claudius Gellrich
PURPOSE: Medication-related osteonecrosis of the jaw (MRONJ) is an adverse side effect of antiresorptive and antiangiogenic therapeutic agents that is difficult to treat owing to its high relapse rate. The aim of the present study was to determine whether patients with MRONJ treated using decortication and a nasolabial flap compared with those who underwent decortication with mucoperiosteal flaps have better outcomes regarding stable wound closure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two groups of patients with MRONJ and intraoral exposed bone were evaluated in a cohort clinical study retrospectively...
October 13, 2017: Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Pierre-Alain Billy, Laurence Parmeland, Sylvie Brunette, Sophie Lecordier, Matthieu Pecquet
We report the case of a 54-year-old man with metastatic pulmonary neuroendocrine tumor associated with major procalcitonin (PCT) elevation without sepsis. Three lines of antibiotic therapies were successively introduced but had no positive effect on PCT kinetic and disease progression. Under palliative care, increasing of PCT level was constant during the hospitalization, along with major asthenia and pain and metastatic progression. PCT is an excellent biological marker of bacterial infection, both sensitive and specific...
October 1, 2017: Annales de Biologie Clinique
P A Heedman, E Åstradsson, K Blomquist, R Sjödahl
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Endoscopic stents in the common bile duct is the first treatment choice to alleviate symptoms of biliary obstruction due to malignant disease. When endoscopic stenting fails in palliative patients, one option is to use a percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage, but it is not clear whether and how it can reduce the symptom load. The aim of this study was to evaluate benefits and disadvantages of percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage in palliative care. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Inclusion criteria were malignant disease and bilirubin ≥26 µmol/L in plasma...
September 1, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Surgery: SJS
César L Avila, Silvina Chaves, Sergio B Socias, Esteban Vera-Pingitore, Florencia González-Lizárraga, Cecilia Vera, Diego Ploper, Rosana Chehín
The close relationship between protein aggregation and neurodegenerative diseases has been the driving force behind the renewed interest in a field where biophysics, neurobiology and nanotechnology converge in the study of the aggregate state. On one hand, knowledge of the molecular principles that govern the processes of protein aggregation has a direct impact on the design of new drugs for high-incidence pathologies that currently can only be treated palliatively. On the other hand, exploiting the benefits of protein aggregation in the design of new nanomaterials could have a strong impact on biotechnology...
October 2017: Biophysical Reviews
Maria Helde-Frankling, Jenny Bergqvist, Caritha Klasson, Marie Nordström, Jonas Höijer, Peter Bergman, Linda Björkhem-Bergman
BACKGROUND: According to a small pilot study on palliative cancer patients at our ward, vitamin D supplementation had beneficial effects on pain (measured as opioid consumption), infections and quality of life (QoL) without having any significant side effects. OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of the 'Palliative-D' study is to test the hypothesis that vitamin D supplementation for 12 weeks reduces opioid consumption. The secondary objectives are to study if reduction of antibiotic consumption and fatigue as well as improvement in QoL assessments can be observed...
September 13, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
Maria Helde-Frankling, Jonas Höijer, Jenny Bergqvist, Linda Björkhem-Bergman
BACKGROUND: We previously showed an association between low vitamin D levels and high opioid doses to alleviate pain in palliative cancer patients. The aim of this case-controlled study was to investigate if vitamin D supplementation could improve pain management, quality of life (QoL) and decrease infections in palliative cancer patients. METHODS: Thirty-nine palliative cancer patients with levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D < 75 nmol/L were supplemented with vitamin D 4000 IE/day, and were compared to 39 untreated, matched "control"-patients from a previous study at the same ward...
2017: PloS One
Darshini A Ramasubbu, Valerie Smith, Fiona Hayden, Patricia Cronin
BACKGROUND: Malignant wounds are a devastating complication of cancer. They usually develop in the last six months of life, in the breast, chest wall or head and neck regions. They are very difficult to treat successfully, and the commonly associated symptoms of pain, exudate, malodour, and the risk of haemorrhage are extremely distressing for those with advanced cancer. Treatment and care of malignant wounds is primarily palliative, and focuses on alleviating pain, controlling infection and odour from the wound, managing exudate and protecting the surrounding skin from further deterioration...
August 24, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
V Kolek, M Vašáková, M Šterclová, K Cwiertka, D Vrána, A Kudláček, J Skřičková, M Pešek, J Petera
BACKGROUND: This article is a joint statement of the Czech Pneumological and Physiological Society and the Czech Society for Radiation Oncology, Biology and Physics, and reviews current opinions on radiotherapy in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). In general, radiotherapy of lung tumours is associated with risk of radiation pneumonitis (RP); moreover, IPF may be complicated by acute exacerbations (AE-IPF). Both complications may immediately threaten patients lives. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Assessment of individual radiotherapy modalities has shown that conventional radiotherapy is not appropriate, especially in large tumours...
2017: Klinická Onkologie: Casopis Ceské a Slovenské Onkologické Spolecnosti
Sonja Hofmann, Stephanie Hess, Carsten Klein, Gabriele Lindena, Lukas Radbruch, Christoph Ostgathe
INTRODUCTION: Anxiety is one of the most common psychological symptoms in patients in a palliative care situation. This study aims to develop a predictive model for anxiety using data from the standard documentation routine. METHODS: Data sets of palliative care patients collected by the German quality management benchmarking system called Hospice and Palliative Care Evaluation (HOPE) from 2007 to 2011 were randomly divided into a training set containing two-thirds of the data and a test set with the remaining one-third...
2017: PloS One
Jason Hom, Andre Kumar, Kambria H Evans, David Svec, Ilana Richman, Daniel Fang, Andrea Smeraglio, Marisa Holubar, Tyler Johnson, Neil Shah, Cybele Renault, Neera Ahuja, Ronald Witteles, Stephanie Harman, Lisa Shieh
PURPOSE: Most residency programmes do not have a formal high value care curriculum. Our goal was to design and implement a multidisciplinary high value care curriculum specifically targeted at interns. DESIGN: Our curriculum was designed with multidisciplinary input from attendings, fellows and residents at Stanford. Curricular topics were inspired by the American Board of Internal Medicine's Choosing Wisely campaign, Alliance for Academic Internal Medicine, American College of Physicians and Society of Hospital Medicine...
December 2017: Postgraduate Medical Journal
Elia Lo Priore, Monika Fliedner, Johannes T Heverhagen, Urban Novak, Jonas Marschall
AIMS OF THE STUDY: In our hospital, a previous attempt to introduce peripherally inserted central catheters (PICC) was aborted after a nonsystematic approach, seemingly accompanied by high rates of complications. The goal of this new interdisciplinary project was to introduce PICCs in an academic hospital, with an embedded interdisciplinary surveillance programme for both infectious and noninfectious outcomes. METHODS: We prospectively collected data for this surveillance study from all patients who underwent PICC insertion from 1 January 2014 and had the catheter removed by 31 December 2015 in our 950-bed academic hospital (Bern University Hospital, Switzerland)...
June 21, 2017: Swiss Medical Weekly
Carsten Nieder, Bård Mannsåker, Astrid Dalhaug, Adam Pawinski, Ellinor Haukland
The purpose of the present retrospective study was to investigate whether a score reflecting systemic inflammatory processes [the Glasgow Prognostic Score (GPS)] provides relevant information for radiation oncologists. GPS is a three-tiered score [0: normal C-reactive protein (CRP) and albumin; 1: one abnormal result; 2: increased CRP and low albumin]. Correlations between disease type and extent, resource utilization, survival and GPS were analyzed in 703 patients. In the subgroup with GPS 2, significantly higher rates of lung, adrenal gland and liver metastases were observed...
June 2017: Molecular and Clinical Oncology
Jenny T van der Steen, Paola Di Giulio, Fabrizio Giunco, Massimo Monti, Simona Gentile, Daniele Villani, Silvia Finetti, Francesca Pettenati, Lorena Charrier, Franco Toscani
BACKGROUND: Comfort may be an appropriate goal in advanced dementia. Longitudinal studies on physician decision-making and discomfort assessed by direct observation are rare, and intravenous rehydration therapy is controversial. METHODS: To assess treatment decisions and discomfort in patients with advanced dementia and pneumonia and to compare by intravenous rehydration therapy, we used data from the observational multicenter Italian End of Life Observatory-Prospective Study On DEmentia patients Care...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
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