Perusing ASCO 2017 - AKA Time for Lorazepam

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CONCLUSIONS: Since the introduction of SAE the authors have avoided emergency radiotherapy, surgery, and repeat vaginal packing in patients with intractable vaginal bleeding due to gynaecological cancer. Patients were discharged to their appropriate treatment pathways in a timely manner. The authors recommend the application of SAE. PMID: 29787023 [PubMed - in process]
Source: European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology - Category: OBGYN Tags: Eur J Gynaecol Oncol Source Type: research
This study shows the importance of differential diagnosis during the oncologic monitoring of cervical cancer patients to avoid unnecessary treatments at the expense of better therapeutic options. PMID: 29787017 [PubMed - in process]
Source: European Journal of Gynaecological Oncology - Category: OBGYN Tags: Eur J Gynaecol Oncol Source Type: research
Abstract Ionizing radiation affects the metabolism of key proteins of extracellular matrix including type III collagen, an important component of human skin. The aim of the work is an analysis of the impact of radical and palliative radiotherapy on collagen type III synthesis in patients with head and neck cancer. The test group consisted of 56 males with histopathologically confirmed head and neck cancer, for whom radiotherapy was applied as a form of radical or palliative treatment. The level of procollagen III aminoterminal propeptide (PIIINP), which is a marker of collagen type III synthesis, was determined in...
Source: Biomed Res - Category: Research Authors: Tags: Biomed Res Int Source Type: research
Authors: Swarm RA, Dans M Abstract The NCCN Framework aims to provide adapted guidelines for low- and middle-resource countries to improve the experience of patients with cancer. In particular, the NCCN Frameworks for Adult Cancer Pain and Palliative Care and were designed to help expand access to pain management and palliative care for patients in low-resource countries. The NCCN Framework is one of several tools that can improve cancer care in the developing world. The NCCN Harmonized Guidelines for Sub-Saharan Africa, a collaborative effort between NCCN, American Cancer Society, Clinton Health Access Initiative,...
Source: Journal of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network : JNCCN - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: J Natl Compr Canc Netw Source Type: research
Palliative care is a proven approach to enhance quality of life and care both for people with severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) [1] and those with lung cancer [2], and it is encouraged to start palliative care early in the disease trajectory [3, 4]. Similar symptoms occur in both diseases, such as pain, insomnia, fatigue, low mood and dyspnoea [5], with a study reporting even worse physical and emotional functioning for COPD than for lung cancer [6]. These symptoms signal palliative care needs [6], and require treatment focused on symptom management and psychosocial support for more than just the terminal...
Source: European Respiratory Journal - Category: Respiratory Medicine Authors: Tags: Original Articles: Research letters Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Patients over seventy years tolerate radical radiotherapy for treatment of laryngeal cancer. In spite of minor toxicities, all patients completed treatment and had good oncological outcomes. Patients with stage III/IV unfit for concomitant chemotherapy administration treated with radiotherapy alone had a good disease free survival. Curative intent therapy should not be withheld from elderly patients on the basis of age.
Source: Indian Journal of Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
Andeep Ramesh Kukkar, Harsha Panchal, Asha AnandIndian Journal of Cancer 2017 54(3):556-559 Primary neuroendocrine tumors of the thymus are unusual anterior mediastinal tumors with a variable prognosis. A retrospective analysis of five patients with primary neuroendocrine tumors of the thymus admitted to the Gujarat Cancer and Research Institute, Ahmedabad, between 2012 and 2016, was done to study the clinical profile and outcome of these patients. The role of various prognostic factors such as surgical resection, histological grade, and Masaoka-Koga staging was also analyzed. Majority of the patients present with signs a...
Source: Indian Journal of Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
a Progress in cancer treatment has improved the survival of patients with advanced-stage cancers. Consequently, the clinical courses of patients are prolonged and often accompanied by morbidity due to bone metastases. Skeletal-related events (SREs), such as pathological fractures and spinal paralysis, cause impairment in activities of daily life and quality of life (QOL). To avoid serious SREs causing impairment in QOL and survival, early diagnosis and a prophylactic approach are required. It is necessary to initiate a bone management program concurrently with the initiation of cancer treatment to prevent complications...
Source: Cancers - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Review Source Type: research
Objectives Randomized trials have shown a local control benefit with adjuvant radiotherapy (RT) in high-intermediate–risk endometrial cancer patients, although not all such patients receive RT. We reviewed the National Cancer Data Base to investigate which patient/tumor-related factors are associated with delivery of adjuvant RT. Methods The National Cancer Data Base was queried for patients diagnosed with International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics 2009 stage I endometrioid adenocarcinoma from 1998 to 2012 who underwent surgery +/− adjuvant RT. Exclusion criteria were unknown stage/grade, nonsur...
Source: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Uterine Cancer Source Type: research
Doctors who don't have palliative care training are more likely to recommend aggressive surgery for patients with life-limiting diseases, a study suggests.Reuters Health Information
Source: Medscape Medical News Headlines - Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Medscape Today News Source Type: news
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