Looking Forward to #hpm Chats in 2017

InJuly 2010, Christian and I had a conversation about finding ways to bring people together online to connect, collaborate and learn more about topics in hospice and palliative care. We had seen some fascinating discussions with#hcsm, the health care social media community and decided to launch the#hpm chat as a weekly interdisciplinary discussion of issues in hospice and palliative care. I never imagined how this idea would develop into such a vibrant community where caregivers, doctors, nurses, social workers, volunteers and people with a variety of experiences have joined in to discuss topics on our weekly conversations.Thehealthcare hashtag project launched that Fall which bloomed into an awesome resource for learning about various healthcare communities, conferences and conversations.The #hpm chat community taught us early that online communities are powerful, meaningful and had impact beyond online relationships. What often started as a “Twitter Buddy,” turned into cross-border(and cross-specialty) friendships that may have started on online, but eventually, led to phone calls, dinners, parties, coffee meetings and rich dialogues about ways we can work as a community to advance public understanding of issues in #hpm as well as drive progress within the field.The relationships that have been built over the years have been well beyond people specializing in hospice and palliative medicine. I have fond memories of hopping on the phone withJody Schoger about the...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - Category: Palliative Care Source Type: blogs

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Conclusion: Knowledge obtained from this study could be beneficial for better understanding, assessment, and management of symptom clusters in women with BC. It may also help patients to plan ahead for them to seek management of concurrent symptoms to improve their quality of life.
Source: Indian Journal of Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
We read with great interest the article by Hans et al., titled ‘Preliminary results of the association of palbociclib and radiotherapy in metastatic breast cancer patients’ [1]. This is the only published data on tolerance of combined palbociclib and radiotherapy (Palbo-RT) treatment, which reported no instances of increased toxicity including gastrointesti nal acute radiation syndrome (GI-ARS) [1].
Source: Radiotherapy and Oncology - Category: Radiology Authors: Tags: Letter to the editor Source Type: research
Conclusion.One out of five patients achieves clinical benefit with TAS‐102. ECOG PS, LDH, and time from diagnosis of metastatic disease may help to identify these patients. Excluding patients with very short life expectancy appears a reasonable approach.Implications for Practice.Improving the cost‐efficacy ratio of TAS‐102 in metastatic colorectal cancer is needed to spare useless toxicities in a definitely palliative setting. Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status, lactate dehydrogenase levels, and time from the diagnosis of metastatic disease may help to identify patients more likely to achieve benef...
Source: The Oncologist - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Review, Breast Cancer Gastrointestinal Cancer Source Type: research
Authors: Coutinho I, Marques M, Almeida R, Custódio S, Simões Silva T, Águas F Abstract Orbital metastasis is a rare event, and metastatic disease affecting the extraocular muscles is an even less frequent complication of solid tumors. Herein, we report an unusual case of ptosis as the initial presentation of an invasive breast cancer. A 68-year-old woman presented with III and VI partial nerve paresis, secondary to a compressive retrobulbar mass. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed an infiltrative lesion involving the extraocular muscles. Tissue biopsy yielded a result compatible with metastas...
Source: Journal of Breast Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: J Breast Cancer Source Type: research
ConclusionScreening for breast cancer may help diagnose breast cancer at an early stage. Women with previous cancer who are not undergoing current treatment or in palliative care have the same propensity to participate as other women invited to breast cancer screening. Women with previous gynaecological cancer were less likely to participate in breast cancer screening than women with other cancer types. These results may only be generalised to similar health care systems.
Source: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Screening for breast cancer may help diagnose breast cancer at an early stage. Women with previous cancer who are not undergoing current treatment or in palliative care have the same propensity to participate as other women invited to breast cancer screening. Women with previous gynaecological cancer were less likely to participate in breast cancer screening than women with other cancer types. These results may only be generalised to similar health care systems. PMID: 30097713 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
Source: Clinical Breast Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: J Cancer Res Clin Oncol Source Type: research
ConclusionScreening for breast cancer may help diagnose breast cancer at an early stage. Women with previous cancer who are not undergoing current treatment or in palliative care have the same propensity to participate as other women invited to breast cancer screening. Women with previous gynaecological cancer were less likely to participate in breast cancer screening than women with other cancer types. These results may only be generalised to similar health care systems.
Source: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Authors: Yau WH, Roeland EJ, Revta C, Ale-Ali A, Ma JD PMID: 30204508 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy - Category: Palliative Care Tags: J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother Source Type: research
Abstract OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to assess the effectiveness of immersive virtual reality (VR) distraction technology in reducing pain and anxiety among female patients with breast cancer. METHOD: A randomized control trial design was used with a sample of 80 female patients with breast cancer at a specialized cancer center in Jordan. Participants were randomly assigned into intervention and comparison groups.ResultThe study findings showed that one session of the immersive VR plus morphine made a significant reduction in pain and anxiety self-reported scores, compared with morphine alone, in br...
Source: Palliative and Supportive Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Palliat Support Care Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewThe majority of Central and Eastern European (CEE) countries report inferior breast cancer survival rates compared with Western European countries. We review limitations in access to screening programs, surgery, radiotherapy, pathology, palliative care, and antineoplastic medicines as potential explanations for these disparities.Recent FindingsMost CEE countries do not have the quality and quantity of radiotherapy needed to adequately service the population. Surgical services are widely accessible, but sentinel node biopsy is not universally available. There are important limitations for CEE patien...
Source: Current Breast Cancer Reports - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
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