Top Ten Tips Palliative Care Clinicians Should Know When Caring for Patients with Brain Cancer

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Source: Journal of Palliative Medicine - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research

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ConclusionsThis is the first large-scale study of 30-day mortality for unselected adult palliative RT in Hong Kong. A balance needs to be achieved between duration of RT course and potential benefits through appropriate patient selection. The observed differences in early mortality by fractionation support the use of this measure in assessing clinical decision making in palliative RT, and further studies in other centres and health care systems are required.Legal entity responsible for the studyShing Fung Lee.FundingHas not received any funding.DisclosureAll authors have declared no conflicts of interest.
Source: Annals of Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
Conclusion: WBRT is an effective treatment modality for patients with brain metastasis in our resource-poor environment. However, improvement of patients' performance status declined with advancing age.
Source: Annals of African Medicine - Category: African Health Authors: Source Type: research
Abstract BACKGROUND: The American Society of Clinical Oncology recently recommends patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) should be offered palliative care services earlier. We sought to investigate the timing of palliative care referral of Chinese patients with NSCLC in our center. METHOD: Retrospective medical data including demographic characteristics and referral information were collected for analysis. Overall survival (OS) was calculated as the time since cancer diagnosis till patient's death. The time interval from palliative care (PC) referral to a patient's death (PC-D) was calcu...
Source: The American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Tags: Am J Hosp Palliat Care Source Type: research
Brain metastases deriving from esophageal cancer are very rare with scarce data available concerning these patients’ outcome. We, therefore, evaluated outcome after surgical resection followed by radiotherapy of brain metastasis from esophageal cancer. A retrospective analysis was conducted on consecutive patients undergoing resection of brain metastasis from esophageal cancer in 2 neuro-oncological centers between 2008 and 2018. Clinical and demographic data were retrieved from electronic patient charts. Post-treatment survival was calculated using Kaplan–Meier estimates. Twenty-five patients were identified...
Source: Medicine - Category: Internal Medicine Tags: Research Article: Observational Study Source Type: research
AbstractBackground.High‐grade neuroendocrine carcinomas are rare in the gastrointestinal tract. However, treatment patterns and outcomes have not been well described.Subjects, Materials, and Methods.The National Cancer Database was analyzed. The primary objective was to describe the clinical outcomes and identify prognostic factors. Univariate and multivariate analyses were done to identify factors associated with patient outcome.Results.A total of 1,861 patients were identified between 2004 and 2013. The mean age was 63 years (standard deviation ±13). The majority of the patients (78.1%) were non‐Hispanic white...
Source: The Oncologist - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Gastrointestinal Cancer Source Type: research
Conclusions: Palliative radiation is an important part of the management of cancer care and when given improves QOL, and significant pain relief.
Source: Indian Journal of Palliative Care - Category: Palliative Care Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Palliative radiotherapy was completed as originally planned in 51 cases (79.9%) with a clinical benefit for 44 cases (68.8%). Radiation therapy must not be neglected as a palliative treatment at the end-of-life. PMID: 31300329 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Cancer Radiotherapie - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Cancer Radiother Source Type: research
Conclusion The COMPLETE intervention provided a unique mechanism to foster early discussions about PC/EOL options between parents and an interprofessional team during the first 6 months of the child's cancer treatment. Future study is needed using a randomized clinical control-group design to evaluate COMPLETE with a large sample of parents. Implications for Practice Findings provide promising evidence of parents' preference and receptivity to receive early information about PC/EOL care options for a child with a brain tumor with a poor prognosis. The COMPLETE intervention provided a mechanism to help encourage parent...
Source: Cancer Nursing - Category: Nursing Tags: ARTICLES: ONLINE ONLY Source Type: research
Conclusions: NACT prescription remained commonplace in terminally ill palliative cancer patients, although their benefit is questionable.Oncology
Source: Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
CONCLUSIONS: NACT prescription remained commonplace in terminally ill palliative cancer patients, although their benefit is questionable. PMID: 31220846 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Oncology Source Type: research
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