Navigating cancer treatment and care when living with comorbid dementia: an ethnographic study
ConclusionsDementia impacts patients ’ abilities to navigate the many practical aspects of attending hospital for cancer treatment and care. This study indicates the importance of addressing ways to improve the experience of travelling to and from the hospital, alongside extending the ongoing efforts to develop ‘dementia-friendly’ hospital in-patient areas and practices, to outpatient departments. Such steps will serve to improve hospital-based cancer treatment and care and more broadly outpatient appointment experiences for people with dementia and their families. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Oncology nursing supportive care during the COVID-19 pandemic: reality and challenges
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Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Self-rated health in relation to fruit and vegetable consumption and physical activity among older cancer survivors
AbstractPurposeWe aimed to investigate associations of self-rated health with fruit and vegetable consumption (FVC) and physical activity (PA) among older cancer survivors.MethodsWe used the 2017 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to identify cancer survivors ≥ 65 years (N = 2663). Self-reported FVC and PA were categorized as ordinal variables to approximate quartiles. Low general health (LGH) was defined as fair or poor self-rated health. A multivariable logistic regression treating LGH as the outcome was used to calculate adjusted odd ratios (aORs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for FVC and PA. Restricted ...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Perceptions of time spent pursuing cancer care among patients, caregivers, and oncology professionals
ConclusionsWe found that the time spent undergoing cancer treatment affects well-being and often prevents patients and caregivers from participating in meaningful activities. The investment of personal time undergoing cancer therapy for patients with advanced solid tumors merits further study and can enhance communication between patients, caregivers, and their oncologists. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

FIT: Functional and imaging testing for patients with metastatic cancer
AbstractBackgroundSelecting study endpoints in prospective cancer cachexia trials remains poorly defined. The aim of this study was to further evaluate associations in changes in weight, body composition, functional outcomes, and patient-reported outcomes (PROs) in patients with metastatic cancer.MethodsWe completed a 2-year (2016 –2018) observational study in patients with metastatic solid cancer and ECOG performance status 0 to 2 while receiving chemotherapy and/or immunotherapy. We completed assessments at study enrollment and 3 months from enrollment. We analyzed longitudinal changes in weight and body compo...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Efficacy and safety of lipegfilgrastim versus pegfilgrastim in elderly patients with aggressive B cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL): results of the randomized, open-label, non-inferiority AVOID neutropenia study
AbstractBackgroundLipegfilgrastim has been shown to be non-inferior to pegfilgrastim for reduction of the duration of severe neutropenia (DSN) in breast cancer patients. This open-label, non-inferiority study assessed the efficacy and safety of lipegfilgrastim versus pegfilgrastim in elderly patients with aggressive B cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) at high risk for chemotherapy-induced neutropenia.Patient and methodsOne hundred and one patients (median age, 75 years) were randomized to lipegfilgrastim or pegfilgrastim (6 mg/cycle) during six cycles of R-CHOP21.ResultsLipegfilgrastim was non-inferior to pegfilgrastim for t...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Men ’s sexual help-seeking and care needs after radical prostatectomy or other non-hormonal, active prostate cancer treatments
AbstractObjectiveTo examine prostate cancer (PCa) survivors ’ sexual help-seeking intentions, behaviours, and unmet needs.MethodsIn this prospective cohort study, men who underwent active, non-hormonal treatment completed baseline (N = 558) and 6-month follow-up (N = 387) questionnaires. Theory of planned behaviour (TPB) constructs (sexual help-seeking intention, perceived behavioural control (PBC), subjective norm, attitude), masculine values (e.g., sexual importance/priority, emotional self-reliance), sex life and functioning, sexual supportive care needs, distress (anxiety, depression), and sexual help-seeking beh...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

‘I don’t talk about my distress to others; I feel that I have to suffer my problems...’ Voices of Indian women with breast cancer: a qualitative interview study
ConclusionPsychological concerns related to disease and treatment are common in Indian women with particular emphasis on body image issues associated with hair loss. Family and faith were key support systems for almost all the women, although it could also be the causes of distress. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

What are the sources of distress in a range of cancer caregivers? A qualitative study
ConclusionCaregivers face a number of specific challenges beyond those experienced by patients. It is essential to ensure that caregivers are actively well-informed and well-supported alongside the person who is diagnosed with cancer. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Detection of early changes in the muscle properties of the pectoralis major in breast cancer patients treated with radiotherapy using a handheld myotonometer
ConclusionIn breast cancer patients who received RT after surgery, increased tone, stiffness, and decreased elasticity were observed in the affected PM compared with the unaffected side, which sustained four months post-RT. Change in muscle properties immediately after RT preceded subjective stiffness, which worsened significantly 4  months post-RT compared with baseline. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Nurses ’ communication difficulties when providing end-of-life care in the oncology setting: a cross-sectional study
AbstractPurposeTo (1) examine the communication difficulties nurses experience when providing end-of-life (EOL) care, (2) establish the correlation between communication difficulties across various stakeholders and (3) determine the impact sociodemographic factors has on the communication difficulties experienced.Methods124/178 (69.7%) nurses from oncology wards of a tertiary hospital were recruited. Sociodemographic survey and three validated subscales: Communication with Patient and Family (CPF), Explanation to Family (EF) and Reassessment of Current Treatment and Nursing Care (RCTNC) were used to collect the data. Data ...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Implementation of tobacco cessation services at a comprehensive cancer center: a qualitative study of oncology providers ’ perceptions and practices
ConclusionOncology providers in this study perceived patients ’ tobacco cessation as a low priority relative to providing direct cancer treatment and addressing acute complications. These findings indicate opportunities for training to increase delivery of evidence-based cessation advice and facilitate patients’ engagement in cessation services. Provider t rainings on embracing an active role in tobacco cessation, addressing multi-level barriers to patients’ tobacco cessation, and using gain-framed messaging should be implemented. This has the potential to improve cancer patients’ treatment outcomes...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Exploring the social stressors and resources of husbands of women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in their role as primary caregivers in Kumasi, Ghana
ConclusionThe study is the first of our knowledge to explore the experiences of husbands acting as primary caregivers of their wives who are diagnosed with advanced breast cancer in Ghana. It revealed that they rely on specific resources to cope with the burdens associated with their role. Policies and programs aiming at assisting women diagnosed with advanced breast cancer to manage and cope with the disease should include the partners of the married ones by designing programs that help the husbands to understand the situation and adequately provide the care that promotes the quality of life of the husband, wife, and the ...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Sarcopenia in Hodgkin ’s lymphoma evaluated with 18-FDG PET/CT, focus on age, performance, and treatment
AbstractSarcopenia is defined as a progressive and generalized muscle disorder associated with certain physiological and pathological conditions. We aimed to evaluate the prevalence of sarcopenia in patients with HL using 18-fluoro deoxyglucose (FDG) PET/CT, which would provide a data of muscle mass with the CT compartment and also data of muscle metabolism with the 18-FDG compartment of the imaging modality. Fifty-nine patients diagnosed with HL were included in the study. PET/CT images before and after treatment were evaluated with regard to lumbar muscle mass and metabolism. Mean lumbar muscle evaluation with CT before ...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Factors associated with the desire to undergo post-mastectomy breast reconstruction in a Mexican breast cancer center
AbstractPurposeTo assess the proportion of breast cancer patients treated with total mastectomy who are interested in undergoing breast reconstruction, the factors associated with their desire to undergo this procedure, and the motives stated for their decision.MethodsWomen with stage I –III breast cancer, public health insurance, and history of total mastectomy treated at a center in Monterrey, Mexico, were invited to answer a series of questionnaires regarding their clinical and demographic characteristics, information received about breast reconstruction, body image, and relat ionship satisfaction.ResultsA total o...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Exceptional toxicity resistance
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Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Effectiveness of palliative care consultation service on caregiver burden over time between terminally ill cancer and non-cancer family caregivers
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Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

The impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on supportive care for oral mucositis: current concepts and practice
AbstractThe outbreak of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) markedly affected the way healthcare professionals approach patients with cancer worldwide, not only in terms of therapeutic decision-making but also in terms of supportive care. With the rapid appearance of signs and symptoms and the need of close re-assessment, standard management of oral mucositis has been challenged by physical distancing and limited resources due to the global crisis. Building on the clinical experience developed during the acute phase by members of the Mucositis Study Group of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer/Intern...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - March 20, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Now we are 30: 10 more years of MASCC
AbstractThis paper chronicles the third decade of MASCC from 2010. There was a generational change in this decade, building on the solid foundation of the founders. It included the first female President, and a new Executive Director with a background in strategy and business development and operations as applied to healthcare. The headquarters moved from Copenhagen to Toronto. The first meeting to be held outside of Europe or North America was held in Adelaide, Australia, and the membership in the Asia Pacific region expanded. A program of international affiliates saw national supportive care organisations formally link w...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Utility of the Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System (PROMIS) to measure primary health outcomes in cancer patients: a systematic review
ConclusionThe PROMIS measure system is increasingly popular to measure PROs in cancer patients with acceptance of its various short forms and electronic-based systems to administer data electronically. Findings from this review highlight various aspects of PROMIS and may help health professionals in their choice of PRO tools for optimizing care and support for cancer patients. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Physical activity assessment among men undergoing genetic counseling for inherited prostate cancer: a teachable moment for improved survivorship
ConclusionsHigh proportions of men receiving PCA GC were overweight/obese and lacked adherence to PA recommendations. GC represents a teachable moment to address PA to reduce cancer risk and promote cancer survivorship. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Dental status and risk of odontogenic complication in patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplant
ConclusionsWith conservative pre-HSCT dental treatment based on an infection risk classification system, a low odontogenic complication rate was observed. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Mental health-related quality of life is associated with diet quality among survivors of breast cancer
ConclusionDiet quality and MHRQoL were associated among breast cancer survivors, with education level also being associated with diet quality. These results can be used to aid targeted nutrition counseling and mental health interventions to address the nutritional vulnerabilities among female breast cancer survivors, particularly among older cancer survivors. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

End-of-life care for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people with cancer: an exploratory study of service utilisation and unmet supportive care needs
ConclusionsUtilisation of palliative care services that manage a full range of physical and psychosocial needs was low. Addressing worries about treatment results, finances and generalised anxiety are priorities in this population. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

“To be there for my family” and “Keep my independence”: Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Cancer Survivors’ Health Behaviour Motives
ConclusionsA predominant motive for health behaviour change in cancer survivors across geographical location was the ability to enjoy family and engage in leisure and work activities. Programs aiming to promote health behaviours in cancer survivors might consider framing interventions accordingly by emphasizing benefits of longevity and maintaining independence. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

ACE-27 as a prognostic tool of severe acute toxicities in patients with head and neck cancer treated with chemoradiotherapy: a real-world, prospective, observational study
ConclusionIn patients with head and neck cancer treated with chemoradiotherapy, the presence of moderate to severe comorbidities seems to correlate with higher incidences of severe acute toxicities. ACE-27 may identify patients at higher risk of major toxicities and assist decisions regarding treatment. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

High-intensity interval training in the prehabilitation of cancer patients —a systematic review and meta-analysis
ConclusionIn the phase of prehabilitation, HIIT has potential health benefits in patients diagnosed with cancer and is feasible and safe to perform. Nonetheless, larger randomized controlled trials focusing on long-term effects (such as cancer recurrence or survival rates) are missing, to underline the potential relevance of HIIT for cancer patients. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Patient and clinician perspectives of desired features for a web-based self-management program (icanmanage.ca): exposing patients “hard work” of managing acute cancer
ConclusionsOur findings describe the how peoples ’ cancer experiences and the gaps in self-management care can be enhanced by specific features and functions within the ICMC. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

A perfect storm and patient-provider breakdown in communication: two mechanisms underlying practice gaps in cancer-related fatigue guidelines implementation
ConclusionsThere is little indication that CRF guidelines are routinely implemented in clinical practice. This study provides insights from various perspectives to aid understanding of the critical issues that require consideration to increase implementation of CRF guidelines by HCPs. As patients are currently dissatisfied with CRF-related care, implementation of CRF guidelines is needed. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Association of a pediatric palliative oncology clinic on palliative care access, timing and location of care for children with cancer
AbstractBackgroundMost pediatric palliative care (PPC) services are inpatient consultation services and do not reach patients and families in the outpatient and home settings, where a vast majority of oncology care occurs. We explored whether an embedded pediatric palliative oncology (PPO) clinic is associated with receipt and timing of PPC and hospital days in the last 90  days of life.MethodsOncology patients (ages 0 –25) with a high-risk event (death, relapse/progression, and/or phase I/II clinical trial enrollment) between 07/01/2015 and 06/30/2018 were included. PPO clinic started July 2017. Two cohorts wer...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Patient-reported psychosocial distress in adolescents and young adults with germ cell tumours
ConclusionsThe results of this study indicate that AYA with testicular cancer have unique needs and experience more self-reported anxiety symptoms with emotional, informational and practical concerns. This is valuable information to stakeholders for allocation of resources to address cancer survivorship amongst these patients. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

The impact of pretreatment serum cobalamin and folate levels on complications and peripheral blood recovery during induction chemotherapy of leukemia: a cross-sectional study
ConclusionAlthough pre-induction low serum levels of vitamin B12 and folate did not have statistically significant impact on disease-/treatment-related complications and peripheral blood recovery at induction, the frequency of FN and number of febrile day were higher in both deficiencies and folate-deficient patients, respectively. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Factors influencing posttraumatic growth in ovarian cancer survivors
AbstractPurposeThe purpose of this study was to examine posttraumatic growth (PTG), cancer coping, posttraumatic stress, and genetics knowledge among ovarian cancer survivors and to identify factors affecting PTG.MethodsThis cross-sectional study included 148 outpatient ovarian cancer survivors at a cancer center. Data were collected between February 25 and April 11, 2019, and were analyzed usingt tests, ANOVA, Pearson-correlations, and multiple regression.ResultsOn average, the ovarian cancer survivors scored 68.09 ± 20.17 in PTG, 59.75 ± 13.37 in cancer coping, 29.30 ± 17.25 in posttraumatic stress, ...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Information, communication, and cancer patients ’ trust in the physician: what challenges do we have to face in an era of precision cancer medicine?
ConclusionThe challenges in PCM consist in providing unambiguous information, especially concerning treatment benefit, and providing guidance and support. Therefore, psycho-oncology needs to develop guidelines for adequate patient communication in order to help healthcare providers and cancer patients to handle these challenges in the developing field of PCM. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

How palliative care professionals deal with predicting life expectancy at the end of life: predictors and accuracy
ConclusionsSome clinical symptoms rated as relevant by the hospice staff could be important for predicting survival. However, only intestinal symptoms and confusion significantly improved the accuracy of physicians ’ predictions, despite the high prevalence of overestimated survival. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Body mass index and self-care behaviors related to oral health –related quality of life in patients with oral squamous cell carcinoma within three months posttreatment
ConclusionsThe severity of adverse effects after self-care behaviors and using feeding tubes during treatment strongly influenced overall OHRQoL and seven specific dimensions of OHRQoL. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Mortality communication and post-bereavement depression among Danish family caregivers of terminal cancer patients
ConclusionAs in Hebrew, Arabic, and English, the CCID can be used with confidence among Danish family caregivers. Mortality communication is a significant factor that may predict depressive symptoms while caregiving and also after the care recipient ’s death. This factor should be considered for inclusion in early family caregiver interventions. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Reply to: “Supportive care in cancer-a MASCC perspective”
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Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - February 19, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Smell and taste function in childhood cancer patients: a feasibility study
The objective of this study was to determine whether psychophysical smell and taste tests are suitable for children with cancer. Taste and smell function, fungiform papillae density, and eating behavior were measured before (T1) and after (T2) a cycle of chemotherapy and compared with healthy controls.MethodsThirty-one childhood cancer patients treated for a hematological, solid, or brain malignancy (median age 12  years, 16 girls), and 24 healthy controls (median age: 11 years, 10 girls) participated. Smell function was measured using Sniffin’ Sticks, including a threshold, discrimination, and identificati...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 29, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Path analysis of survivorship care needs, symptom experience, and quality of life among multiethnic cancer survivors
ConclusionsOur findings reveal that cancer survivors continue to experience symptoms across the survivorship trajectory. The results provide information for nurses during the planning and execution of survivorship care. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 29, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Effects of 12 weeks of water aerobics on body composition in those affected by breast cancer
ConclusionsA water aerobics program for 12  weeks was not enough to observe changes in body composition nor did it increase the risk for lymphedema and may be a safe exercise method for breast cancer survivors. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 29, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Inherent and modifiable risk factors for peripheral venous catheter failure during cancer treatment: a prospective cohort study
ConclusionPIV failure rates among patients receiving cancer treatment are high, the sequelae of which may include delayed treatment and infection. Larger studies on risk factors and interventions to prevent PIV failure in this population are needed; however, the use of secondary securements (such as non-sterile tape) to provide further securement to the primary PIV dressing is particularly important.Trial registrationStudy methods were registered prospectively with the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry on the 27th March 2017 (ACTRN12617000438358);https://www.anzctr.org.au/Trial/Registration/TrialReview.aspx?i...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 29, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Assessment of adherence to cancer-associated venous thromboembolism guideline and pharmacist ’s impact on anticoagulant therapy
This study aimed to evaluate the guideline adherence and identify potential gaps between the recommendations and their implications in clinics.MethodsA prospective study was conducted between September and December 2018 at oncology inpatient and ambulatory settings. The guideline adherence rate was assessed for inpatients during hospital stay by using 8 criteria developed based on the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guideline on Cancer Associated Venous Thromboembolic Disease Version 1.2018. Guideline-based recommendations were proposed to the consultant physician in case of non-adherence. Khorana risk scores ...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 29, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Supportive care needs and service use during palliative care in family caregivers of patients with advanced cancer: a prospective longitudinal study
ConclusionsThe findings offer a useful guide for adequately addressing FCs ’ needs in an effort to optimize FC support. However, only a subgroup of the FCs used support services. Better information and provision of tailored services might improve FCs’ situations in the future. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 29, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Evaluation of the effects of integrative non-pharmacological interventions on the internal coherence and resilience of breast cancer patients
This study included 231 primary breast cancer patients treated with standard oncological therapy and NPIs, which comprise art and movement therapies, nursing interventions, and educational components, and had answered the internal coherence scale (ICS) questionnaire at first diagnosis and 12  months later. Data were collected from the Network Oncology clinical registry of the GKH, and effects of NPIs on ICS changes were analyzed with adjusted linear multivariable regression analyses, using the software R.ResultsTwo hundred twenty breast cancer patients of all tumor stages were eligible for a total of 27 separate adjus...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 29, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Supportive health education reduces health care utilization and costs in Latinas with breast cancer and their caregivers
ConclusionsBased on this evidence, SHE can be a cost-saving supportive care solution that benefits not only survivors and caregivers, but also oncology practices reimbursed through episodes of care. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 29, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Impact of illness perception, mental adjustment, and sociodemographic characteristics on return to work in patients with head and neck cancer
AbstractPurposeTo examine the effects of emotional distress, illness perception, and mental adjustment on return to work (RTW) among patients with head and neck cancer (HNC) and identify factors associated with RTW.MethodsA cross-sectional study with convenience sampling was conducted in Taiwan. Structured questionnaires were used to collect data on RTW status and to explore possible factors related to RTW. RTW status was assessed by a single question. Anxiety and depression were assessed using the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, illness perception was assessed by the Brief Illness Perception Questionnaire, and ment...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 29, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Prevalence and correlates of unmet palliative care needs in dyads of Chinese patients with advanced cancer and their informal caregivers: a cross-sectional survey
AbstractObjectivesTo examine palliative care needs of advanced cancer patients and their informal caregivers and correlates of their needs within Chinese context.MethodsThis was a cross-sectional survey conducted in two study sites in Mainland China. Patients and caregivers were recruited in dyads. Patients completed the following questionnaires: Problems and Needs in Palliative Care-short version, Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS), Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS), Medical Outcomes Study-Social Support Survey (MOS-SSS), Brief Coping Orientation to Problems Experienced Scale (Brief-COPE), and Quality-of-...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 29, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Impact of respiratory physical therapy on heart rate autonomic control in children with leukemia
ConclusionA respiratory physical therapy session did not significantly change autonomic control of HR in children with leukemia. Yet, clinicians should be mindful of subjects undergoing treatment with vincristine. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 29, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Asprosin is associated with anorexia and body fat mass in cancer patients
ConclusionsPatients with anorexia had significantly lower asprosin levels compared with patients without anorexia. We therefore speculated that asprosin might intervene in the development of cancer anorexia and serve as a potential therapeutic target. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 29, 2021 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research