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D Díaz-Díaz, M Villanova Martínez, E Palencia Herrejón
OBJECTIVE: To analyze the factors influencing in-hospital mortality among cancer patients admitted to an Intensive Care Unit (ICU). DESIGN: A retrospective observational study was carried out. SETTING: The ICU of a community hospital. PATIENTS: Adults diagnosed with solid or hematological malignancies admitted to the ICU, excluding those admitted after scheduled surgery and those with an ICU stay of under 24h. INTERVENTIONS: Review of clinical data...
March 15, 2018: Medicina Intensiva
Katherine S Chen, Scott M Glaser, Allison E Garda, John A Vargo, M Saiful Huq, Dwight E Heron, Sushil Beriwal
BACKGROUND: Clinical pathways outline criteria for dose homogeneity and critical organ dosimetry. Based upon an internal audit showing suboptimal compliance with dosimetric parameters in whole breast irradiation (WBI), we conducted a mandatory web-based teaching conference for the network. This study reports the impact of this initiative on subsequent treatment plans. METHODS: Radiation treatment plans were collected for the 10 most recent patients receiving WBI at 16 institutions within the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center network...
March 16, 2018: Radiation 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
Lindsay J Blazin, Cherilyn Cecchini, Catherine Habashy, Erica C Kaye, Justin N Baker
Effective communication is essential to the practice of pediatric oncology. Clear and empathic delivery of diagnostic and prognostic information positively impacts the ways in which patients and families cope. Honest, compassionate discussions regarding goals of care and hopes for patients approaching end of life can provide healing when other therapies have failed. Effective communication and the positive relationships it fosters also can provide comfort to families grieving the loss of a child. A robust body of evidence demonstrates the benefits of optimal communication for patients, families, and healthcare providers...
March 11, 2018: Children
Katherine Murphy, Tim Cooksley, Phil Haji-Michael
Background: There has been a significant increase in the number of patients presenting with cancer related emergencies and potentially requiring critical care admission. Aim: To analyse the short and long term outcomes of patients with solid tumours requiring unplanned medical admission to a specialist cancer intensive care unit (ICU). Design: An unplanned cohort study. Methods: A retrospective analysis of patients admitted to a United Kingdom specialist tertiary oncology CCU between September 2009 and September 2015...
March 9, 2018: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
Gonzalo Vitagliano, Leandro Blas, Maximiliano Ringa, Nicolás Villasante, Hernando Ríos-Pita, Carlos Alberto Ameri
OBJECTIVE: Kidney tumors represent 2- 3% of adult tumors. Partial nephrectomy is the standard of care for the treatment of localized tumors. Minimizing ischemia time is critical for postoperative renal function. The aim of this paper is to present our experience in laparoscopic partial nephrectomy with selective renal parenchymal compression using the Simon clamp. METHODS: We analyzed the record of patients that underwent surgery for renal tumors between January 2011 and June 2016 at our institution...
March 2018: Archivos Españoles de Urología
A Carmona-Bayonas, F Gordo, C Beato, J Castaño Pérez, P Jiménez-Fonseca, J Virizuela Echaburu, J Garnacho-Montero
Cancer patients are a vulnerable group exposed to numerous and serious risks beyond cancer itself. In recent years, the prognosis of these individuals has improved substantially thanks to several advances such as immunotherapy, targeted molecular therapies, surgical techniques, or developments in support treatment. This coincides with the prolonged survival of oncological patients admitted to the ICU due to critical complications, and under the supervision of intensivists. The time has therefore come to revisit the intensive care support of these patients, which poses new professional as well as organizational challenges...
March 5, 2018: Medicina Intensiva
R Xia, D H Wang
With the improvement of diagnosis and treatment, tumor has become a chronic disease, and an increasing number of older patients will live with tumors. This change has led to an increase in demand for intensive care unit (ICU) and a challenge to the traditional ICU treatment concept. The option of ICU consists of two parts. The first is the option for admission. Since classic predictors of mortality are no longer relevant, we suggest broadening the criteria for ICU admission. Patients during the first course of cancer therapies should be treated with a full-code status similar to that of other patients without malignancy...
February 23, 2018: Zhonghua Zhong Liu za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Oncology]
Daniel F Craft, Stephen F Kry, Peter Balter, Mohammad Salehpour, Wendy Woodward, Rebecca M Howell
PURPOSE: Using 3D printing to fabricate patient-specific devices such as tissue compensators, boluses, and phantoms is inexpensive and relatively simple. However, most 3D printing materials have not been well characterized, including their radiologic tissue-equivalence. The purposes of this study were to (1) determine the variance in Hounsfield Units (HU) for printed objects, (2) determine if HU varies over time, and (3) calculate the clinical dose uncertainty caused by these material variations...
March 1, 2018: Medical Physics
Gustavo Chavez, Ilana B Richman, Rajani Kaimal, Jason Bentley, Lee Ann Yasukawa, Russ B Altman, Vyjeyanthi S Periyakoil, Jonathan H Chen
IMPORTANCE: Critically ill patients often receive high-intensity life sustaining treatments (LST) in the intensive care unit (ICU), although they can be ineffective and eventually undesired. Determining the risk factors associated with reversals in LST goals can improve patient and provider appreciation for the natural history and epidemiology of critical care and inform decision making around the (continued) use of LSTs. METHODS: This is a single institution retrospective cohort study of patients receiving life sustaining treatment in an academic tertiary hospital from 2009 to 2013...
2018: PloS One
Assaf Berger, Rotem Tellem, Michal Arad, Uri Hochberg, Tal Gonen, Ido Strauss
Pain is one of the most common symptoms among cancer patients, and particularly in those who suffer from metastatic or terminal disease. There is great importance in delivering good pain management to these patients in order to alleviate their suffering, improve their functional status and their overall quality of life. In most cases, pain management is based on pharmacotherapy with opioids and other medications. However, there are selected patients for whom pharmacotherapy does not achieve acceptable pain relief or is associated with marked side effects...
February 2018: Harefuah
Ori Barzilai, Charles G Fisher, Mark H Bilsky
Treatment paradigms for patients with spine metastases have evolved significantly over the past decade. Incorporating stereotactic radiosurgery into these paradigms has been particularly transformative, offering precise delivery of tumoricidal radiation doses with sparing of adjacent tissues. Evidence supports the safety and efficacy of radiosurgery as it currently offers durable local tumor control with low complication rates even for tumors previously considered radioresistant to conventional radiation. The role for surgical intervention remains consistent, but a trend has been observed toward less aggressive, often minimally invasive, techniques...
February 22, 2018: Neurosurgery
Helen M Nichols, Jennifer E Swanberg, Robin C Vanderpool
In 2017, there will be more than 250,000 new diagnoses of invasive breast cancer; most cases will occur in working-age women. The goal of this qualitative study was to explore low-wage-earning breast cancer survivors' experiences communicating with their oncology team about cancer and employment issues. Twenty-four low-wage-earning breast cancer survivors in the USA were interviewed in 2012 using a structured interview protocol. Sociodemographic data, cancer history, and patient-provider communication experiences regarding the management of cancer and work were collected...
February 26, 2018: Journal of Cancer Education: the Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education
Franco Fulciniti, Kenji Yanoh, Petros Karakitsos, Jun Watanabe, Alessia Di Lorito, Niki Margari, Yoshinobu Maeda, Maki Kihara, Yoshiaki Norimatsu, Tadao K Kobayashi, Yasuo Hirai
BACKGROUND: The main purpose of directly sampled endometrial cytology is to detect invasive endometrial malignancies. With this principle in mind, The Yokohama System (TYS) Working Group, composed of cytopathologists, surgical pathologists, and gynecologic oncologists met at the 2016 International Congress of Cytology, Yokohama, with the aim to publish a standardized reporting system inclusive of specific diagnostic categories and cytomorphologic criteria for uniform and reliable diagnosis of endometrial malignancies on directly sampled endometrial samples...
February 26, 2018: Diagnostic Cytopathology
Peter J Neumann, Richard J Willke, Louis P Garrison
Concerns about rising spending on prescription drugs and other areas of health care have led to multiple initiatives in the United States designed to measure and communicate the value of pharmaceuticals and other technologies for decision making. In this section we introduce the work of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research Special Task Force on US Value Assessment Frameworks formed to review relevant perspectives and appropriate approaches and methods to support the definition and use of high-quality value frameworks...
February 2018: Value in Health: the Journal of the International Society for Pharmacoeconomics and Outcomes Research
D Nikoleishvili, G Koberidze, M Kutateladze, G Zumbadze, A Mariamidze
Adrenocortical carcinoma is a very rare and aggressive endocrinological malignancy arising from the adrenal cortex. The estimated incidence is 1 per million people, with an estimated 5-year survival rate of 16-47%. It can be bilateral in roughly 2-10% of cases, but the data is scarce and there is no conclusive evidence whether the contralateral mass is an independent tumor or a metastasis from the other adrenal gland cancer. Radical surgical excision is the only curative treatment. Therefore, careful pre- and intraoperative surgical planning is critically important...
January 2018: Georgian Medical News
Jeanne A Drisko, Oscar K Serrano, Lisa R Spruce, Qi Chen, Mark Levine
Pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) has a dismal prognosis and is often discovered at an advanced stage with few therapeutic options. Current conventional regimens for PDA are associated with significant morbidity, decreased quality of life, and a considerable financial burden. As a result, some patients turn to integrative medicine therapies as an alternate option after a diagnosis of PDA. Intravenous pharmacologic ascorbic acid (PAA) is one such treatment. The use of PAA has been passionately debated for many years, but more recent rigorous scientific research has shown that there are significant blood concentration differences when ascorbic acid is given parenterally when compared to oral dosing...
February 12, 2018: Anti-cancer Drugs
E Soto-Perez-de-Celis, R Cordoba, R Gironés, T Karnakis, I Paredero, Y Chavarri-Guerra, A P Navarrete-Reyes, J A Avila-Funes
Population aging represents a worldwide challenge. In Ibero-America (Spain, Portugal, and the American countries in which the Spanish or Portuguese language are spoken), the number of older adults is growing, leading to an increase in aging-related diseases such as cancer. Older adults already account for half of all cancer cases in Ibero-America, and this proportion will continue to increase. Furthermore, Ibero-American healthcare systems are not adequately prepared to provide care for older adults with cancer, mainly due to a lack of resources and generalized paucity of geriatric training for healthcare providers...
February 12, 2018: Clinical & Translational Oncology
Kavita V Dharmarajan, Shayna E Rich, Candice A Johnstone, Lauren M Hertan, Randy Wei, Lauren E Colbert, Joshua A Jones, Arif H Kamal, Christopher A Jones
As palliative care (PC) moves upstream in the course of advanced illness, it is critical that PC providers have a broad understanding of curative and palliative treatments for serious diseases. Possessing a working knowledge of radiation therapy (RT), one of the three pillars of cancer care, is crucial to PC providers given RT's role in both the curative and palliative settings. This article provides PC providers with a primer on the vocabulary of RT; the team of people involved in the planning of RT; and common indications, benefits, and side effects of treatment...
February 12, 2018: Journal of Palliative Medicine
Nathan D Montgomery, Tamiwe Tomoka, Robert Krysiak, Eric Powers, Maurice Mulenga, Coxcilly Kampani, Fred Chimzimu, Michael K Owino, Bal Mukunda Dhungel, Satish Gopal, Yuri Fedoriw
Across much of Africa, there is a critical shortage of pathology services necessary for clinical care. Even in settings where specialty-level clinical care, such as medical oncology, is available, access to anatomic pathology services has often lagged behind. Pathology laboratories in the region are challenging to establish and maintain. This article describes the successful implementation of telepathology services in Malawi and reviews other successful programs developed to support diagnostic pathology in resource-limited settings...
March 2018: Clinics in Laboratory Medicine
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