Red Tape May Delay Cancer Patients' Radiation

The delays cause added stress and anxiety for patients, and research has linked each week of delay in starting cancer therapy with a 1.2% to 3.2% increased risk of death, according to American Society for Radiation Oncology.
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ConclusionsAn increased understanding of pre-SRS HRQoL and predictors hereof, provides us with more insight into the well-being of our patients with BM and is necessary for the interpretation of (changes in) HRQoL after SRS.
Source: Journal of Neuro-Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Conclusion: Our results highlight the importance of early psychological screening among breast cancer patients before and after surgery as well. Orv Hetil. 2019; 160(18): 700-709. PMID: 31030532 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Orvosi Hetilap - Category: General Medicine Authors: Tags: Orv Hetil Source Type: research
This study aims to determine the prevalence and severity of insomnia as well as risk factors and sleep-related symptom clusters in a sample of cancer patients. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted collecting data from 213 cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy (age = 53.1 ± 11.3 years, 60% female). Insomnia was measured using the Insomnia Severity Index, a sleep log, and Actigraph, while symptoms were assessed using the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale and the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale. Quality of life was measured with the Functional Assessment of Cance...
Source: Sleep and Breathing - Category: Sleep Medicine Authors: Tags: Sleep Breath Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe two generalized designs (the two-facet unbalanced design and the one-facet multivariate design) indicated that the effects of the participate and the effects associated with the participate accounted for the majority of the total variation of the MPATS for Chinese college students, and the test items were not the main source of measurement errors. According to the generalizability coefficient and dependability index, the MPATS can be used either as a Norm Referenced Test or as a Criterion Referenced Test, but it depends on the research intention of the study that uses this scale. For the specific dimensions ...
Source: Frontiers in Psychiatry - Category: Psychiatry Source Type: research
ConclusionsThe results show that the psychological intervention group is efficient to improve emotional state and quality of life of women with breast cancer.ResumenAntecedentes/ObjetivoEl cáncer de mama provoca niveles altos de ansiedad y depresión, empeorando la calidad de vida (CV) de las pacientes. En numerosos estudios se ha visto que la terapia grupal reduce la depresión y ansiedad además de mejorar la CV. El objetivo de este estudio es analizar la efectividad de la intervención de la terapia grupal en el estado emocional y la CV de mujeres con cáncer de mama localizado al fi...
Source: International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology - Category: Psychiatry & Psychology Source Type: research
ConclusionsMany patients with MDS, AA, and PNH report severe fatigue. The helpfulness of fatigue management strategies may impact patients ’ continued use; whether these strategies are beneficial and decrease fatigue levels needs more study.
Source: Cancer Medicine - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL RESEARCH Source Type: research
ConclusionsA 10-week individualized in-person and remotely conducted yoga intervention was not feasible in children receiving cancer treatments because of failure to achieve the desired frequency of yoga sessions in a sufficient number of participants. Future research should identify approaches to improve compliance with remote yoga sessions and home practice.Trial registrationNCT03318068.
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Both the tailored CBT app for anxiety and the health education program were associated with improvements in anxiety, mood, and QOL, but these outcomes did not differ between study groups. The CBT app was more beneficial than health education for patients with severe baseline anxiety. IMPLICATIONS FOR PRACTICE: A cognitive-behavioral therapy mobile application tailored to treat anxiety in patients with advanced cancer helps improve access to evidence-based supportive care in a convenient, private, and timely manner. PMID: 30683710 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: The Oncologist - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Oncologist Source Type: research
ConclusionPatients with probably high anxiety levels (younger age, low education level, and those appearing for frightening procedures) should receive  extra careful clarification and treatment support such as a psycho-oncologist.
Source: Archives of Gynecology and Obstetrics - Category: OBGYN Source Type: research
ConclusionsMany patients with MDS, AA, and PNH report severe fatigue. The helpfulness of fatigue management strategies may impact patients ’ continued use; whether these strategies are beneficial and decrease fatigue levels needs more study.
Source: Cancer Medicine - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL RESEARCH Source Type: research
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