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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101087/methadone-as-first-line-opioid-in-cancer-pain-management-a-systematic-review
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Sebastiano Mercadante, Eduardo Bruera
AIM: The objective of this review was to assess the existent evidence for the use of methadone as first line therapy in cancer pain management. METHODS: A systematic literature search on MedLine, Embase databases was carried out from each data base, setting up the date to 30 August 2017 Studies were included if methadone was a first line drug as a step 3 of WHO analgesic ladder, or at low doses (step 2), if they were conducted in adult patients with cancer pain, if they contained outcomes on pain and opioid-related adverse effects...
October 31, 2017: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29178034/pharmacotherapy-for-neuropathic-pain-a-review
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Diego Fornasari
Neuropathic pain, comprising a range of heterogeneous conditions, is often severe and difficult to manage, and this may result in a chronic condition that negatively affects the overall functioning and quality of life in patients. The pharmacotherapy of neuropathic pain is challenging and for many patients effective treatment is lacking; therefore, evidence-based recommendations are essential. Currently, there is general agreement on which drugs are appropriate for the first-line treatment of neuropathic pain, whereas debate continues regarding second- and third-line treatments...
December 2017: Pain and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715539/medical-assistance-in-dying-our-lessons-learned
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Kieran L Quinn, Allan S Detsky
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 1, 2017: JAMA Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/19093700/treatment-of-nausea-and-vomiting-in-terminally-ill-cancer-patients
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Paul A Glare, David Dunwoodie, Katherine Clark, Alicia Ward, Patsy Yates, Sharon Ryan, Janet R Hardy
Nausea and vomiting is a common and distressing symptom complex in patients with far-advanced cancer, affecting up to 60% of individuals at some stage of their illness. The current approach to the palliative care of patients with nausea and vomiting is based on identifying the cause, understanding its pathophysiology and knowing the pharmacology of the drugs available for its amelioration. The following six main syndromes are identified: gastric stasis, biochemical, raised intracranial pressure, vestibular, mechanical bowel obstruction and ileus...
2008: Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903668/malignant-pleural-mesothelioma-an-update-on-investigation-diagnosis-and-treatment
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Anna C Bibby, Selina Tsim, Nikolaos Kanellakis, Hannah Ball, Denis C Talbot, Kevin G Blyth, Nick A Maskell, Ioannis Psallidas
Malignant pleural mesothelioma is an aggressive malignancy of the pleural surface, predominantly caused by prior asbestos exposure. There is a global epidemic of malignant pleural mesothelioma underway, and incidence rates are predicted to peak in the next few years.This article summarises the epidemiology and pathogenesis of malignant pleural mesothelioma, before describing some key factors in the patient experience and outlining common symptoms. Diagnostic approaches are reviewed, including imaging techniques and the role of various biomarkers...
December 2016: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655021/the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-prostate-cancer-a-review
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Mark S Litwin, Hung-Jui Tan
Importance: Prostate cancer is the most common cancer diagnosis made in men with more than 160 000 new cases each year in the United States. Although it often has an indolent course, prostate cancer remains the third-leading cause of cancer death in men. Observations: When prostate cancer is suspected, tissue biopsy remains the standard of care for diagnosis. However, the identification and characterization of the disease have become increasingly precise through improved risk stratification and advances in magnetic resonance and functional imaging, as well as from the emergence of biomarkers...
June 27, 2017: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428907/palliative-care-in-huntington-disease-personal-reflections-and-a-review-of-the-literature
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Christopher G Tarolli, Amy M Chesire, Kevin M Biglan
BACKGROUND: Huntington disease is a fatal, autosomal dominant, neurodegenerative disorder manifest by the triad of a movement disorder, behavioral disturbances, and dementia. At present, no curative or disease modifying therapies exist for the condition and current treatments are symptomatic. Palliative care is an approach to care that focuses on symptom relief, patient and caregiver support, and end of life care. There is increasing evidence of the benefit of palliative care throughout the course of neurodegenerative conditions including Parkinson disease and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis...
2017: Tremor and Other Hyperkinetic Movements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464346/review-article-maximising-quality-of-life-while-aspiring-for-quantity-of-life-in-end-stage-liver-disease
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R A Bhanji, E J Carey, K D Watt
BACKGROUND: With recent advances in the management of chronic liver disease and its complications, the long-term survival in cirrhosis has improved. Therefore, the number of individuals who will spend a significant proportion of their life with end-stage liver disease (ESLD) may continue to rise. Thus, more attention to quality of life (QOL) and its integration with traditional clinical endpoints is needed. AIMS: Recently, there have been many studies looking at treatment outcomes and their impact on the QOL in patients with ESLD...
July 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341939/the-basic-pharmacology-of-opioids-informs-the-opioid-discourse-about-misuse-and-abuse-a-review
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Joseph V Pergolizzi, Jo Ann LeQuang, Garrett K Berger, Robert B Raffa
Morphine and other opioids are widely used to manage moderate to severe acute pain syndromes, such as pain associated with trauma or postoperative pain, and they have been used to manage chronic pain, even chronic nonmalignant pain. However, recent years have seen a renewed recognition of the potential for overuse, misuse, and abuse of opioids. Therefore, prescribing opioids is challenging for healthcare providers in that clinical effectiveness must be balanced against negative outcomes-with the possibility that neither are achieved perfectly...
June 2017: Pain and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410450/delirium-use-antipsychotics-when-appropriate-and-appropriately
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Jeremy M Hirst, Christina L Vaughan, Scott A Irwin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
August 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28399022/palliative-and-end-of-life-care-in-nephrology-moving-from-observations-to-interventions
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Nwamaka D Eneanya, Michael K Paasche-Orlow, Angelo Volandes
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In comparison with patients who have other serious illnesses, patients with advanced kidney disease have a higher rate of intensive care utilization at the end of life and receive palliative care less frequently. Consensus and clinical practice guidelines have therefore recommended the incorporation of palliative care earlier in the disease trajectory. This review summarizes recent literature on this aspect of care and will highlight future directions for patient-centered care within palliative nephrology...
July 2017: Current Opinion in Nephrology and Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341224/palliative-care-and-its-emerging-role-in-multiple-system-atrophy-and-progressive-supranuclear-palsy
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Louise Wiblin, Mark Lee, David Burn
Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) and Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) are sporadic, neurodegenerative conditions and belong to a group known as the atypical Parkinsonian disorders. The atypical Parkinsonian (AP) disorders have some features of idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD) but often with poor or transient levodopa response [1], distinct symptom profiles, more rapid progression and reduced survival. They have significant symptom burden [2]. It is beginning to be appreciated that AP disorders not only carry a heavy symptom burden equivalent to that of patients with advanced cancer but that AP patients experience significant morbidity for an extended period of time...
January 2017: Parkinsonism & related Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/24681579/epidural-catheter-design-history-innovations-and-clinical-implications
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Roulhac D Toledano, Lawrence C Tsen
Epidural catheters have evolved during the past several decades, as clinicians and manufacturers have sought to influence the quality of analgesia and anesthesia and reduce the incidence of catheter-related complications. This evolution has allowed a transformation from single-shot to continuous-infusion techniques and resulted in easier passage into the epidural space, more extensive medication distribution, and ultimately, improved patient satisfaction. Particular catheter features, including the materials used, tip design, and orifice number and arrangement, have been associated with specific outcomes and provide direction for future development...
July 2014: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090652/a-systematic-review-of-the-analgesic-efficacy-of-cannabinoid-medications-in-the-management-of-acute-pain
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A J Stevens, M D Higgins
BACKGROUND: Cannabinergic medications have been postulated to demonstrate efficacy in the management of pain. The aim of this systematic review was to assess the analgesic efficacy and adverse effects of cannabinoids when used for the management of acute pain. METHODS: A systematic review was performed by searching the MEDLINE, EMBASE and CENTRAL databases, and the World Health Organization International Clinical Trials Registry Platform for human randomized controlled trials that assessed the analgesic efficacy of cannabinoids compared to placebo or active comparators...
March 2017: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240995/pain-and-respiration-a-systematic-review
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Hassan Jafari, Imke Courtois, Omer Van den Bergh, Johan W S Vlaeyen, Ilse Van Diest
Breathing techniques are commonly used to alleviate pain. Despite their frequent use, surprisingly little is known about their efficacy as well as their underlying physiological mechanisms. The purpose of this systematic review is to summarize and critically appraise the results of existing studies on the association between respiration and pain, and to highlight a potential physiological mechanism underlying the respiration-pain connection. A total of 31 publications from between 1984 and 2015 were retrieved and analyzed...
June 2017: Pain
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28186841/topical-treatments-for-acute-and-chronic-wound-pain-327
#16
Katherine Steele
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2017: Journal of Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28156444/the-conversion-ratio-from-intravenous-iv-hydromorphone-to-oral-po-opioids-in-patients-with-cancer
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Sara Dost, Marieberta Vidal, Saneese Stephen, Karen Baumgartner, Jimin Wu, Diane D Liu, Sriram Yennu, Eduardo Bruera
197 Background: Inpatients with cancer frequently undergo conversions from IV to PO hydromorphone (HM) or opioid rotation (OR) from IV HM to another PO opioid prior to discharge. Currently used conversion ratios (CR) between IV and PO HM range from 2-5 and opioid rotation ratios (ORR) between IV HM and oral morphine equivalent daily dose (MEDD) range from 10-20. This large variation in ratios may lead to uncontrolled pain or overdosing. Our aim was to determine the accurate CR from IV to PO HM and ORR from IV HM to PO morphine and oxycodone (measured as MEDD)...
October 9, 2016: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159802/ranitidine-forgotten-drug-of-delayed-gastric-emptying
#18
Abbie E Veevers, Stephen G Oxberry
Delayed gastric emptying in the presence or absence of mechanical bowel obstruction can cause distressing symptoms in palliative care patients. We present two patients, both with vomiting due to delayed gastric emptying and gastric outlet obstruction secondary to pancreatic cancer, treated with subcutaneous ranitidine resulting in a symptomatic response. We hypothesise that ranitidine is a useful adjunct to standard treatment with prokinetic agents or octreotide in such patients and potentially those with proximal mechanical bowel obstruction from other malignancies with associated delayed gastric emptying...
February 3, 2017: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153487/myeloma-in-the-real-world-what-is-really-happening
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Krystal Bergin, Zoe McQuilten, Elizabeth Moore, Erica Wood, Andrew Spencer
Multiple myeloma (MM) is the second most common hematologic malignancy and is predominantly a disease of the elderly. In the past 2 decades, a range of new therapeutic options have become available, leading to improvements in patient outcomes, including both attainment of remission and overall survival. These improved outcomes have heralded a paradigm shift from a palliative approach toward more active management, including the use of sequential therapies, with the goal of prolonging progression-free and overall survival and preserving organ function to enable delivery of further therapy at relapse...
March 2017: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050136/a-user-s-guide-to-cannabinoid-therapies-in-oncology
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V Maida, P J Daeninck
"Cannabinoid" is the collective term for a group of chemical compounds that either are derived from the Cannabis plant, are synthetic analogues, or occur endogenously. Although cannabinoids interact mostly at the level of the currently recognized cannabinoid receptors, they might have cross reactivity, such as at opioid receptors. Patients with malignant disease represent a cohort within health care that have some of the greatest unmet needs despite the availability of a plethora of guideline-driven disease-modulating treatments and pain and symptom management options...
December 2016: Current Oncology
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