Survival and QOL Outcomes with Quality Palliative QUAD SHOT Radiotherapy in Advanced Head and Neck Cancer (HNC) – An Alternative Regimen in Low Resource Countries

We present a prospective study on palliative QUAD SHOT radiotherapy (RT) in advanced HNC patients.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research

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Purpose of review Pain is one of the most feared and most common symptoms of cancer, experienced by 38–85% of patients. Pain in terminally ill cancer patients is a multidimensional experience caused by a diverse array of factors – cancer itself, its treatment or other causes. Studies have shown a high incidence of myofascial pain syndrome (MPS) in patients with cancer and the knowledge of myofascial trigger points (MTrPs) is important to address and manage existing pain, and to prevent the recurrence of pain. This review aims to summarize recent advances in interventions for managing MPS in patients with canc...
Source: Current Opinion in Supportive and Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Tags: MUSCULOSKELETAL PROBLEMS: Edited by Roberto Casale and Piercarlo Sarzi Source Type: research
We read with interest the paper by Lee et al reporting the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) as a means of non-invasive ventilation in the palliative management of stridor at the end of life in a patient with head and neck cancer.1
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
Authors: Chatterjee A, Nimje G, Jain PN Abstract The study aimed to identify patterns of patient referral from oncology services, including pain severity, prior analgesics, impact of patient's literacy on referral, and adequacy of pain relief offered by the pain clinic. A retrospective analysis of pain clinic data from August 2014 to February 2015 at the Tata Memorial Hospital was carried out, wherein adult cancer patients referred for the first time to the pain clinic were included. Two thousand patients were included: 38.1% of the referred were at pretreatment stage, 28.8% advanced. Most referrals were from head ...
Source: Journal of Pain and Palliative Care Pharmacotherapy - Category: Palliative Care Tags: J Pain Palliat Care Pharmacother Source Type: research
Upper airway obstruction and stridor are common symptoms faced by Head and Neck Cancer patients. Progression of cancers of the head and neck region often result in an audible stridor when the primary tumor occupies an already anatomically restricted space in the upper airway. Management of upper airway obstruction includes non-pharmacological maneuvers such as head tilt, chin lift and jaw thrust 1. Pharmacological measures are usually limited to the relief of symptoms associated with the airway obstruction such as breathlessness and stridor.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
Upper airway obstruction and stridor are common symptoms faced by head and neck cancer patients. Progression of cancers of the head and neck region often results in an audible stridor when the primary tumor occupies an already anatomically restricted space in the upper airway. Management of upper airway obstruction includes nonpharmacological maneuvers such as head tilt, chin lift, and jaw thrust.1 Pharmacological measures are usually limited to the relief of symptoms associated with the airway obstruction such as breathlessness and stridor.
Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Letter Source Type: research
Conclusion: Systemic treatment with Ivermectin, Albendazole and Clindamycin (Triple Therapy) enhances the removal of maggots, early recovery and relief from distress and associated symptoms.
Source: Indian Journal of Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
Conclusions: TD Buprenorphine had similar efficacy with oral morphine, with better toxicity profile and better compliance.
Source: Indian Journal of Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
by Drew RosielleTheAmerican Society of Clinical Oncology annual meeting, besides being a feast for the pharmaceutical business news pages (google'ASCO'and most of the hits will be about how announcement X affected drug company Y's stock), is also one of the premiere platforms for publishing original palliative-oncology research. So every year I try to at least scan the abstracts to see what's happening, and I figure I might as well blog about it. It's tough to analyze abstracts, so I'll mostly just be summarizing ones that I think will be of interest to hospice and palliative care folks. I imagine I've missed some good one...
Source: Pallimed: A Hospice and Palliative Medicine Blog - Category: Palliative Care Tags: artificial nutrition ASCO cannabanoid code status conference reviews fatigue hpmglobal marijuana mindfulness mucositis neuropathic oncology pain race rosielle scrambler Source Type: blogs
Conclusion: The home-based application of SPGB is an easy, safe, and cost-effective method to manage cancer pain. It provides excellent immediate pain relief with a minimum side effect. It can be performed bilaterally, repeatedly and even with a feeding tube in place.
Source: Indian Journal of Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
Authors: Cocks H, Ah-See K, Capel M, Taylor P Abstract This is the official guideline endorsed by the specialty associations involved in the care of head and neck cancer patients in the UK. It provides recommendations on the assessments and interventions for this group of patients receiving palliative and supportive care. Recommendations • Palliative and supportive care must be multidisciplinary. (G) • All core team members should have training in advanced communication skills. (G) • Palliative surgery should be considered in selected cases. (R) • Hypofractionated or short course radiotherapy sh...
Source: Journal of Laryngology and Otology - Category: ENT & OMF Tags: J Laryngol Otol Source Type: research
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