A survey of oncology healthcare professionals ’ knowledge and attitudes toward the use of music as a therapeutic tool in healthcare
ConclusionWhile there is generally high interest and perceived value among nurses in music care interventions, knowledge level about such interventions was low. The study has implications for knowledge translation and education needed to further support uptake and use of music care in nursing practice. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - May 3, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Polyphenols, Mediterranean diet, and colon cancer
(Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - May 3, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Survey and analysis of the nutritional status in hospitalized patients with malignant gastric tumors and its influence on the quality of life
AbstractBackground/objectivesThe assessment of nutritional status and the quality of life in patients with gastric cancer has become one of the important goals of current clinical treatment. The purpose of this study was to assess the nutritional status in hospitalized gastric cancer patients by using patient-generated subjective global assessment (PG-SGA) and to analyze the influence of nutritional status on the patients ’ quality of life (QOL).MethodsWe reviewed the pathological diagnosis of gastric cancer for 2322 hospitalized patients using PG-SGA to assess their nutritional status and collected data on clinical ...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - May 3, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Music, heart rate variability, and symptom clusters: a comparative study
ConclusionsA single-session music intervention can be effectively used to reduce symptom clusters for women with breast cancer. Targeting those who have a higher level of sympathetic tone activity is recommended. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - May 2, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Patterns of primary health care service use of Indigenous Australians diagnosed with cancer
ConclusionThe frequency of utilization of PHC services, especially by patients with comorbidities, and the range of reasons for attendance highlights the important role of PHC services in providing cancer care. The reliance on PHC services, particularly by patients in remote and disadvantaged communities, has important implications for appropriate resourcing and support for services in these locations. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - May 2, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Unintentional weight loss, its associated burden, and perceived weight status in people with cancer
ConclusionIn people with cancer, perceived weight status, rather than BMI, had greater impact on negative “beliefs and concerns” about UWL. Findings suggest assessment of both perceived and actual BMI to address the impact of UWL on psychosocial wellbeing. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - May 2, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Nutritional parameters associated with hospital admissions in patients being treated for head and neck cancer
This study analysed nutritional parameters (baseline body mass index (BMI), weight changes and enteral nutrition (EN) use, and their association with hospital admissions during radiotherapy in patients with head and neck cancer (HNC)).MethodsA retrospective review of patients diagnosed with HNC and treated with radiotherapy between October 2012 and April 2014 was conducted. Data on each subject ’s diagnosis, age, sex, chemotherapy, previous surgery, EN use, weight changes, and BMI were examined for their association with hospital admissions during treatment.ResultsEighty-three patients were included, mean age ( &plus...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - May 2, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

The risk of bloodstream infection associated with totally implantable venous access ports in cancer patient: a systematic review and meta-analysis
AbstractObjectiveThis systematic review and meta-analysis aimed to provide evidence-based guidance to better understand the risk of central line-associated bloodstream infection (CLABSI) in cancer patients who received totally implantable venous access ports (TIVAPs) compared with those who received external central venous catheters (CVCs).MethodsA systematic search of PubMed, Web of science, Embase, and the Cochrane Library was carried out from inception through Oct 2018, with no language restrictions. Trials examining the risk of CLABSI in cancer patients who received TIVAPs compared with those who received external CVCs...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - May 2, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Patient-reported outcomes of the relative severity of side effects from cancer radiotherapy
ConclusionPerceptions of SEs of cancer RT are dominated by physical quality of life (QoL) concerns and are influenced by the anatomic area receiving RT. Psychosocial QoL concerns are significantly more frequent in breast cancer patients.Trial registrationClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02978846 (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - May 2, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Parents ’ acceptance and regret about end of life care for children who died due to malignancy
ConclusionHome-based care is the preferred option for end of life care by the care givers. Lack of community-based terminal care support system and availability of analgesics are the main areas to work on in India. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - May 1, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Factors influencing patient ’s perception of long-term treatment with low-molecular-weight heparins for cancer-associated thrombosis: an updated analysis of TROPIQUE, a prospective observational study
ConclusionCAT patients had a good perception of the 6-month LMWH treatment when comparing expectations and experience. Using a quantitative scale validated in the general population for VTE and subcutaneous injection and including a large number of patients, bleeding complications and LMWH twice daily were associated with a nonsignificant trend towards a worsen perception. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - May 1, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

In their own words: patient navigator roles in culturally sensitive cancer care
ConclusionsPatient navigators are uniquely well-positioned to improve cultural competence of cancer care given their role as liaison to patients and providers. Cancer care settings should use navigators with direct knowledge of patient culture whenever possible; however, communication and cultural competence training is highly recommended for all navigators given the diversity of patient needs. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Efficacy of Pennebaker ’s expressive writing intervention in reducing psychiatric symptoms among patients with first-time cancer diagnosis: a randomized clinical trial
ConclusionsOur findings indicate that the Pennebaker ’s EWI is effective in reducing the negative impact of cancer diagnosis on patients’ mental health. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Using patient-reported religious/spiritual concerns to identify patients who accept chaplain interventions in an outpatient oncology setting
ConclusionEffective screening practices are needed for chaplains to prioritize patients most in need. This exploratory study suggests that screening forstruggle to find meaning/hope in life,fear of death, and anxiety will help chaplains identify patients who have R/S concerns and will likely accept R/S interventions. Developing effective telehealth practices like this is an important direction for the field. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Comprehensive geriatric assessment and decision-making in older men with incurable but manageable (chronic) cancer
ConclusionsMany unmet needs were identified in this population of elderly men with manageable but non curable cancer which led to supportive care referrals and interventions. The CGA, however, did not result in significant changes in clinical oncology treatment plans for the majority of patients. The application of the CGA and other assessments was viewed positively by participants and can feasibly be undertaken in the outpatient oncology setting. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

The humanistic burden associated with caring for patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) in three European countries —a real-world survey of caregivers
ConclusionsInformal caregivers provided the majority of support for patients with advanced NSCLC and their caregiving activities impose a significant humanistic burden. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Oral and dental alterations and growth disruption following chemotherapy in long-term survivors of childhood malignancies
AbstractPurposeMore attention has been focused on the long-term side effects of treatment protocols since impressive advances in childhood cancer treatment have resulted in a growing population of patients. The purpose of this study was to investigate the disturbances of dento-facial development in children who were long-term survivors of childhood malignancies.MethodsFifty-three children (mean age, 10  years + 4 months) in long-term remission underwent oral/dental and radiographic examinations after completion of therapy. Crown and root malformations, gingival/periodontal status, enamel defects, di...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Usability testing of EirV3 —a computer-based tool for patient-reported outcome measures in cancer
ConclusionsIn the updated  Eir version, issues in the severe and moderate categories have been changed, to optimize the usability of using real-time PROMs in clinical practice. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

The influence of partner involvement in the decision-making process on body image and decision regret among women receiving breast reconstruction
ConclusionsMedical teams should provide female BC patients with complete medical information, and through partner involvement, women can be supported to make an appropriate decision regarding BR to achieve optimal levels of body image and lower levels of decision regret. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Patient experience of head and neck lymphedema therapy: a qualitative study
ConclusionsThe study has underscored the potential benefit of lymphedema therapy in the head and neck cancer population. Substantial barriers to therapy were reported and need to be addressed. Opportunities to improve lymphedema therapy outcomes were suggested. Personalized strategies should be considered for ensuring optimal patient outcomes. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Palliative sedation in clinical scenarios: results of a modified Delphi study
ConclusionsThe Delphi study failed to reach consensus in continuous palliative sedation and sedation levels for patients with refractory symptoms described in hypothetical clinical scenarios. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Illness perceptions are associated with higher health care use in survivors of endometrial cancer —a study from the population-based PROFILES registry
ConclusionsNegative illness perceptions among EC survivors were associated with higher health care use. For individuals with maladaptive illness perceptions, visits to their health care provider may reduce worry about their illness. Future research might address the effects of intervening in maladaptive illness perceptions on use of health care in this category of survivors. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Prolonging the duration of post-infusion scalp cooling in the prevention of anthracycline-induced alopecia: a randomised trial in patients with breast cancer treated with adjuvant chemotherapy
ConclusionsExtending the duration of 90-min post-infusion scalp cooling to 150  min in patients treated with adjuvant FEC chemotherapy was well-tolerated but did not significantly diminish the need for head covering. However, grades 2–3 alopecia was seen less often with prolonged post-infusion scalp cooling. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Does a homeopathic medicine reduce hot flushes induced by adjuvant endocrine therapy in localized breast cancer patients? A multicenter randomized placebo-controlled phase III trial
ConclusionsThe efficacy endpoint was not reached, and BRN-01 administration was not demonstrated as an efficient treatment to alleviate HF symptoms due to adjuvant ET in breast cancer patients. However, the study drug administration led to decreased HFS with a positive impact on QoL. Without any recommended treatment to treat or alleviate the HF-related disabling symptoms, Actheane ® could be a promising option, providing an interesting support for better adherence to ET, thereby reducing the risk of recurrence with a good tolerance profile. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Inter-rater reliability of the Oral Assessment Guide for oral cancer patients between nurses and dental hygienists: the difficulties in objectively assessing oral health
ConclusionsThis study showed low nurse –dental hygienist inter-rater reliability for the OAG and highlighted the difficulties in objectively assessing patients’ symptoms and oral health conditions. Therefore, rather than only relying on an objective assessment of symptoms by a clinician, assessments should also include patients’ su bjective reporting of symptoms. OAG will likely be used until a new assessment tool is developed. Objective assessment training and/or user manual development may be required to improve the reliability of OAG. The present training of one lesson a year is insufficient, and effor...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Stability of symptom clusters and sentinel symptoms during the first two cycles of adjuvant chemotherapy
ConclusionSymptom clusters demonstrated phase-specific stability. The current study identified a core set of symptoms that form stable symptom clusters during the 1st and 2nd cycles of CTx. Principal variable analysis identified sentinel symptoms which could facilitate efficient symptom management. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Bendamustine and G-CSF support
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Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Reply to: Prevalence, characteristics, and treatment of fatigue in oncological cancer patients in Italy: a cross-sectional study of the Italian Network for Supportive Care in Cancer (NICSO)
(Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Pegfilgrastim in primary prophylaxis of febrile neutropenia in elderly patients with hematological malignancies —bendamustine and G-CSF support
(Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Authors ’ response letter: Quality of life in oropharyngeal cancer: a structured review of the literature
(Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Commentary on: Quality of life in oropharyngeal cancer: a structured review of the literature
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Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 4, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Combined exercise and nutritional rehabilitation in outpatients with incurable cancer: a systematic review
ConclusionThere are limited data for multi-modal rehabilitation programmes combining exercise and nutritional interventions in patients with incurable cancer. However, studies to date report improvements in multiple domains, most notably physical endurance and depression scores. This supports the concept that multi-modal rehabilitation incorporating principles of cachexia management may be appropriate for the wider group of patients with incurable cancer. Further, high-quality studies are needed to define the optimal approach and outcome measures. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 3, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

A survey of patient and caregiver experience with malignant pleural mesothelioma
ConclusionsSatisfaction with treatment was high, but participants identified need for improved communication and quality information, discussion about all treatments, end-of-life assistance, and caregiver support after the patient ’s death. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 3, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Sarcopenia in patients with malignant pleural effusion: impact on symptoms, health status, and response to hospitalization
ConclusionsSarcopenia is a clinical characteristic with substantial negative effects in patients with MPE. Specific interventions may need to be provided, designed, and offered in the clinical setting. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 3, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Prognostic association of demographic and clinical factors with the change rates of symptoms and depression among patients with hepatocellular carcinoma
ConclusionAdvanced BCLC stage and undergoing RFA or liver resection were most closely associated with worsening physical and psychological symptoms over time. Clinical professionals should pay attention to these factors that affect physical and psychological symptoms during treatment. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 3, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Effects of exercise on inflammation in patients receiving chemotherapy: a nationwide NCORP randomized clinical trial
ConclusionsOur hypothesis-generating work suggests that regular exercise during 6  weeks of chemotherapy may cause certain cytokine concentrations to change collectively (not independently). This work enhances our understanding of relationshipsbetween cytokines and complements traditional analyses of cytokines in isolation. Future work should test for replication and relationships to patient outcomes.Trial registrationClinical Trials.gov, # NCT00924651,http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 2, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

What symptoms are important to patients? Developing a symptom burden measure for women with breast cancer
ConclusionsWe generated an instrument with content validity for measuring symptom burden specific to women with breast cancer. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 2, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

The ENHANCES study: a randomised controlled trial of a nurse-led survivorship intervention for patients treated for head and neck cancer
AbstractPurposeA randomised controlled trial was conducted to evaluate the effectiveness of a nurse-delivered Head and Neck Cancer Survivor Self-Management Care Plan (HNCP) for patients who had completed treatment for head and neck cancer (HNC).MethodsTen oncology nurses were trained to deliver the HNCP. The HNCP consisted of one face-to-face hour-long meeting in which the patient ’s treatment was recorded, as were contact details of health professionals involved in their care and follow-up schedules. Patients were guided to nominate up to three goals for their future well-being and assisted to devise an action plan ...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 2, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Sexual quality of life after the treatment of gynecologic cancer: what women want
ConclusionsWhile gynecologic cancer patients report changes in sexual function following cancer therapy, many believe there are other issues more paramount to be addressed. Further studies are warranted to develop better strategies for addressing sexual health in women receiving treatment for gynecologic cancers. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 2, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

The experience of dysgeusia in allogeneic haematopoietic cell transplantation survivors: a qualitative study
ConclusionA cumulative burden is the result of dysgeusia and its clinical course reinforced also by related symptoms. Healthcare professionals must focus their attention on the management of these symptoms and offer interventions to safeguard the patient ’s social, physical and psychological well-being. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 1, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

A systematic review of psychological interventions for patients with head and neck cancer
ConclusionsFurther research is needed to investigate the effects of psychological interventions among patients with head and neck cancer, using randomised controlled designs, adequately powered samples, and long-term follow-up. This would allow evidence-based recommendations to be made regarding the most appropriate interventions to implement in clinical practice.Trial registrationCRD42017069851 (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - April 1, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Relationship between skeletal muscle function, body composition, and weight loss in patients with advanced pancreatic and gastrointestinal cancers
AbstractBackgroundMuscle function and its correlation with body composition and weight loss have not been studied deeply in pancreas and gastrointestinal cancers. This research aims to determine the skeletal muscle function and its relationship with body compartments, significant weight loss, and performance status (ECOG) 0-2 in a population with advanced digestive cancers.MethodsA cross-sectional study was designed to determine the relationship between muscular function, weight loss, and body composition. Patients with advanced digestive adenocarcinomas were evaluated. Muscle strength was examined by hand grip technique a...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 26, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

The impact of parental cancer on preadolescent children (0 –11 years) in Western Australia: a longitudinal population study
ConclusionsA substantial number of families are affected by parental cancer. Results can guide intervention development and delivery to children of different developmental stages, and inform decisions regarding resource allocation and health service accessibility. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 26, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

The prognostic and predictive role of hyponatremia in patients with advanced non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) with bone metastases
ConclusionsOur study showed that hyponatremia is an important prognostic factor and it should be necessarily considered to enhance the management of NSCLC patients with BMs. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 26, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Pre-to-post diagnosis weight trajectories in colorectal cancer patients with non-metastatic disease
ConclusionsOverall, hardly any pre-to-post diagnosis weight change was observed among CRC patients, because post-diagnosis weight gain was mainly observed in patients who lost weight before diagnosis. This was observed independent of treatment with adjuvant chemotherapy. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 26, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Enhancing behavioral change among lung cancer survivors participating in a lifestyle risk reduction intervention: a qualitative study
ConclusionsLung cancer survivors described the benefits of coaching to enhance their engagement in behavioral change. Additional research is needed to validate the benefit of the HD intervention to improve HR-QOL among this vulnerable and understudied group of cancer survivors. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 26, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Febrile neutropenia (FN) and pegfilgrastim prophylaxis in breast cancer and non-Hodgkin ’s lymphoma patients receiving high ( & gt;  20%) FN-risk chemotherapy: results from a prospective observational study
ConclusionsFN rates were consistent with previous reports with pegfilgrastim in clinical practice. No new ADRs were observed. G-CSF discontinuation was uncommon but appeared to increase the likelihood of neutropenic complications. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 26, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Unmet supportive care needs in Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors: prevalence and associations with patient-provider communication, satisfaction with cancer care, and symptom burden
AbstractPurposeThe aim of this study was to elucidate the prevalence of unmet supportive care needs in Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors and examine the association between unmet needs and patient-provider communication, satisfaction with cancer care, and cancer-specific symptom burden.MethodsHispanics/Latinos diagnosed with breast, prostate, or colorectal cancer within 15  months of treatment completion (n = 288) completed questionnaires as part of an NCI-funded project.ResultsHispanic/Latino cancer survivors reported greater unmet needs compared to previously published norms in primarily non-Hispanic/La...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 26, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Do haematological cancer patients get the information they need about their cancer and its treatment? Results of a cross-sectional survey
ConclusionWhile many haematological cancer patients report receiving adequate information, there is room for improvement. Implementation of evidence-based strategies, such as decision aids or audiotapes of the consultation, may help to improve information experiences.Practice implicationsA patient-centred approach to information provision is essential for ensuring information addresses the needs and preferences of the patient. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 26, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Qigong intervention for breast cancer survivors with complaints of decreased cognitive function
ConclusionsThe study results suggest that mindfulness-based exercise may be superior to gentle exercise alone or survivorship support for improving self-report of cognitive function and distress after treatment for breast cancer. The mindfulness component may enhance the positive impact of exercise on cognitive function. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 26, 2019 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research