#hpm Tweetchat 07.23.2014 - The Importance of Language

Language represents symbols and the meaning of those symbols depends on the nature of our interaction. When sitting in a clinic and receiving bad news, patients will cling to every word. Doctors may choose words carefully, avoiding some terms and emphasizing others. Patients and families, listening carefully to each word, walk away from these emotionally charged interactions, often hearing different words, and many times finding different meaning. Vinay Prasad studied the written words used in the Oncology literature, specifically the word “cure”. Defining cure as the chance someone will die of cancer being no greater then that of the age of their peers in general population dying of any cause. However, he found that nearly half the oncology literature uses the word cure to describe diseases that are considered incurable, that do not meet that definition. So, what do is meant by cure? Another equally confusing term is “fight”. What does it mean to fight cancer? Perhaps even more important, what does it mean to “lose the fight?” Stuart Scott received the Jimmy V award at last weeks ESPYs. Although the language of a battlefield was used throughout the talk, he introduced a new twist when he said, “When you die that does not mean you lose to cancer. You beat cancer by how you live”. Fighting cancer or learning to live with cancer, its a matter of language, its a matter of perspective. Choosing to “fight” or choosing to ...
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Woman,over age 70, compose 30% of breast cancer cases. Over expression of HER2 occurs in 15% of cases. NCCN guidelines recommend systemic treatment for tumors over 1 cm. The Charlson Comorbidity Index can quantify multiple comorbidities and predict a limited life expectancy that allows stratification of women over age 70 who may not benefit from systemic treatment of HER2 breast cancer.
Source: Journal of the American College of Surgeons - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Geriatric and Palliative Care Source Type: research
Palliative care (PC) is an essential aspect of high-quality pancreatic cancer-care, however, its national utilization is unknown. Among patients with metastatic pancreatic cancer, we sought to (1) identify factors associated with PC, and (2) assess hospital variation in utilization of PC.
Source: Journal of the American College of Surgeons - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Geriatric and Palliative Care Source Type: research
PC offers various benefits for patient with cancer that include, but are not limited to, decrease in disease-specific symptoms and improvement in functional status. Several oncological guidelines have adopted early integration of PC into oncologic care to improve quality of life among patients with advanced malignancies. However, PC utilization patterns and factors associated with its use in advanced RCC remain poorly understood.
Source: Journal of the American College of Surgeons - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Urological Surgery Source Type: research
J Palliat Care. 2021 Oct 21:8258597211045780. doi: 10.1177/08258597211045780. Online ahead of print.ABSTRACTHospitalization is a stressful experience both for primary caregivers (PCs) and cancer patients alike. Although there is significant evidence that PCs of cancer patients can experience significant caregiver burden (CB), less is known about the relationships between PCs and patient symptom severity that influence CB. Methods: In this cross-sectional study, measures of the symptom severity were obtained from cancer patients. The PCs were assessed for CB. Associations between patients' symptoms and demographic character...
Source: Journal of Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Initial results of this new biomarker panel (quintuple-wildtype) are promising for anti-EGFR therapy with cetuximab plus doublet chemotherapy (FOLFIRI) in first-line treatment of metastatic CRC. These results warrant confirmation with higher case numbers in the IVOPAK II trial.PMID:34670215 | DOI:10.1159/000519252
Source: Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusion: Initial results of this new biomarker panel (quintuple-wildtype) are promising for anti-EGFR therapy with cetuximab plus doublet chemotherapy (FOLFIRI) in first-line treatment of metastatic CRC. These results warrant confirmation with higher case numbers in the IVOPAK II trial.Oncology
Source: Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
This article summarizes the numerous and complex barriers to equitable palliative care utilization among patients with cancer. Potential strategies for dismantling these barriers are also discussed.
Source: Surgical Oncology Clinics of North America - Category: Surgery Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionsPalliative care has received considerable socio-political support in recent years, due primarily to epidemiological developments. Depending on severity, life expectancy and the patients' personal circumstances, it can be delivered in a variety of settings, including private residences, assisted living facilities, acute and long-term care hospitals, hospice residences, correctional facilities, and homeless shelters. As a result, access barriers might be particularly complex to identify and overcome. Cross-country learning can be an important catalyst for future improvements.
Source: The European Journal of Public Health - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Abstract Access to health care is a key performance dimension for health systems. Around 3% of the EU27 population experienced unmet need for health services in 2019 (Eurostat 2021). However, this average hides significant differences across and within countries, between income groups, levels of education and socio-economic categories. While some of the reasons for unmet need are more personal (no time, fear of doctor, etc.), the most common factors are health system-related. Although self-reported unmet need and other existing indicators, including catastrophic spending and impoverishing out-of-pocket spending, provi...
Source: The European Journal of Public Health - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
Most individuals who typically receive palliative care (PC) tend to have cancer and a relatively short prognosis (
Source: BMC Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Research Source Type: research
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