New Referral Pathway Cuts Palliative Radiotherapy Wait

Use of an advanced practice radiation therapist also reduces number of visits needed
Source: The Doctors Lounge - Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: Nursing, Oncology, Radiology, Journal, Source Type: news

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In this report, we describe a case of nasopharyngeal carcinoma with a solitary vertebral metastasis successfully treated with high-dose palliative radiotherapy alone, resulting in a long-term disease-free interval of more than 8 years at the time of writing. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a long-term survivor of metastatic nasopharyngeal carcinoma with oligometastatic bone disease who had received no chemotherapy. In view of this case, there may be potential for other patients with oligometastases from nasopharyngeal carcinoma to be treated solely with local therapy, thereby sparing them the toxicities of ch...
Source: Case Reports in Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
The recent suicides of highly regarded fashion designer Kate Spade and television celebrity chef and author Anthony Bourdain remind us this mental health crisis can touch anyone. Cancer patients are no exception. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), suicide rates between 1999 and 2016 have risen more than 30 percent in half of the country and by nearly 60 percent in some states. This trend is particularly worrisome for cancer patients because this group has a higher suicide risk than the general public. For mesothelioma patients and the people who care for them, one part of this picture deser...
Source: Asbestos and Mesothelioma News - Category: Environmental Health Authors: Source Type: news
Funding for research focused on identification of the key barriers to effective end-of-life and palliative care health literacy in diverse settings and populations, and to create novel strategies, interventions, and models of care to improve health literacy, with the goal of improving outcomes for individuals with serious, advanced illness and their families and caregivers. This program is featured in the Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences Selected List of Funding Opportunities Relevant to Rural Cancer Control. Geographic coverage: Nationwide -- National Cancer Institute, National Institute of Nursing Resea...
Source: Funding opportunities via the Rural Health Information Hub - Category: American Health Source Type: funding
Conclusion: TACE in HCC patients with BCLC stage C at Rajavithi Hospital was an effective and safe palliative treatment. PMID: 29911378 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Journal of the Medical Association of Thailand = Chotmaihet thangphaet - Category: General Medicine Tags: J Med Assoc Thai Source Type: research
Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) is a condition which makes it difficult to chew on food and talk, while being quite painful and unpleasant. It’s caused by the breakdown of the cartilage disc that brings together two bones of the ...
Source: Medgadget - Category: Medical Devices Authors: Tags: ENT Genetics Orthopedic Surgery Source Type: blogs
Endoscopic drainage has virtually replaced surgery for biliary obstruction, irrespective of a benign or a malignant cause. Compared with surgery, ERCP for palliative drainage of malignant biliary obstruction is less expensive, is associated with reduced morbidity, and provides a better quality of life.1-3 When compared with percutaneous transhepatic biliary drainage (PTBD), ERCP is associated with lower  rates of adverse events and a better quality of life.4 Therefore, ERCP has been traditionally preferred over surgery and PTBD in cases with malignant biliary obstruction.
Source: Gastrointestinal Endoscopy - Category: Gastroenterology Authors: Tags: Original article Source Type: research
This article reviews surgical and nonsurgical palliative treatments for the symptoms and complications associated with advanced, incurable peritoneal carcinomatosis. It is important that providers caring for patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis be knowledgeable in the palliative management of this condition, including the usefulness of early palliative care referral.
Source: Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
Journal of Palliative Medicine, Ahead of Print.
Source: Journal of Palliative Medicine - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
This study aimed to describe a seven hour End-of-Life/Palliative Care educational intervention including online content related to symptom management, communication and decision-making capacity and an in-person group integration activity, from the perspective of the interprofessional team in terms of its acceptability and feasibility.
Source: Intensive and Critical Care Nursing - Category: Nursing Authors: Tags: Research article Source Type: research
We reviewed USMLE Step examinations for palliative care (PC) content, assessing whether they tested PC knowledge necessary for graduating medical students and residents applying for licensure.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Original Article Source Type: research
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