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Olanzapine for prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in children and adolescents: a multi-center, feasibility study
This study evaluated the feasibility of a trial of olanzapine to evaluate the contribution of olanzapine to CINV control in pediatric oncology patients.MethodsPatients
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

How to report adherence to treatment as clinically relevant data —making a case of CML and TKI
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Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Bilateral vs. unilateral endoscopic ultrasound-guided celiac plexus neurolysis for abdominal pain management in patients with pancreatic malignancy: a systematic review and meta-analysis
ConclusionThe short-term analgesic effect and general risk of bilateral EUS-CPN are comparable with those of unilateral EUS-CPN, but our evidence supports the conclusion that the bilateral approach significantly reduces postoperative analgesic use. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Long-term quality of life profile in oncology: a comparison between cancer survivors and the general population
AbstractPurposeUnderstanding the quality of life (QoL) of cancer survivors is relevant to both clinical practice and health care policy. The current study compared the QoL profile in this specific population with that of a normative sample for the general population, as well as with those of both healthy and oncological patients normative sub-samples. In addition, associations between the obtained QoL profile and the main socio-demographic and clinical characteristics of the sample were examined.MethodsThree hundred and ninety-two adult long-term cancer survivors (i.e., people 5  + years from their cancer diagnos...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Management of superior vena cava syndrome in critically ill cancer patients
AbstractPurposeThe purpose of this study is to describe the management and outcome of critically ill cancer patients with Superior Vena Cava Syndrome (SVCS).MethodsAll cancer patients admitted to the medical intensive care unit (ICU) of the Saint-Louis University Hospital for a SVCS between January 2004 and December 2016 were included.ResultsOf the 50 patients included in the study, obstruction of the superior vena cava was partial in two-thirds of the cases and complete in one-third. Pleural effusion was reported in two-thirds of the patients, pulmonary atelectasis in 16 (32%), and pulmonary embolism in five (10%). Comput...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Fentanyl buccal tablet for breakthrough cancer pain in clinical practice: results of the non-interventional prospective study ErkentNIS
AbstractPurposeSeveral patients with advanced cancer suffer from breakthrough cancer pain (BTcP). BTcP is pain exacerbation despite opioid baseline therapy. Fentanyl buccal tablet (FBT) is a rapid-onset opioid for the treatment of BTcP. The aim of this study is to document the feasibility of FBT in patients with BTcP.MethodsThe study was performed in 64 centers. Basic pain score was rated on a numeric rating scale (NRS) before and after treatment. BTcP episodes, baseline opioid therapy, and FBT dose were rated as well as individual dose titration, findings on tolerability, patient satisfaction, and safety of the drug.Resul...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) and adherence to antiemetic guidelines: results of a survey of oncology nurses
ConclusionsThis survey revealed an opportunity to increase awareness of antiemetic guidelines and a critical need to address barriers interfering with utilization of guideline-recommended antiemetic agents in order to optimize CINV control for patients undergoing emetogenic chemotherapy. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Evaluating the efficacy of vaginal dehydroepiandosterone for vaginal symptoms in postmenopausal cancer survivors: NCCTG N10C1 (Alliance)
This study evaluated vaginal dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) for alleviation of vaginal symptoms.MethodsThis three-arm randomized, controlled trial evaluated DHEA 3.25  mg and DHEA 6.5 mg, each compared to a plain moisturizer (PM) over 12 weeks, to improve the severity of vaginal dryness or dyspareunia, measured with an ordinal scale, and overall sexual health using the Female Sexual Function Index (FSFI). Postmenopausal women with a history of breast or gyneco logic cancer who had completed primary treatment, had no evidence of disease, and reported at least moderate vaginal symptoms were eligible. The mean c...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Adherence to TKI in CML patients: more than reports
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Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Effects of acupuncture on cancer-related fatigue: a meta-analysis
ConclusionsAcupuncture is effective for CRF management and should be recommended as a beneficial alternative therapy for CRF patients, particularly for breast cancer patients and those currently undergoing anti-cancer treatment. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Longitudinal assessment of the impact of adapted physical activity on upper limb disability and quality of life in breast cancer survivors from an Italian cohort
ConclusionsThe survivorship phase of breast cancer requires a multidisciplinary collaboration involving either the cancer-care medical team or APA professionals to manage psychophysical outcomes. A specific APA protocol may represent an effective countermeasure to reduce post-treatment upper limb disability and improve the quality of life in breast cancer survivors. Participation in structured APA protocols should be maintained over time to preserve the achieved benefits. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Patient and provider perceptions of Internet-delivered cognitive behavior therapy for recent cancer survivors
ConclusionsResults provide additional evidence for the acceptability of an iCBT program among recent cancer survivors and providers in oncology settings. The current study highlights the value of research exploring iCBT for cancer survivors and provides insights for other groups considering Internet-delivered care for survivors. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Madarosis: a qualitative study to assess perceptions and experience of Australian patients with early breast cancer treated with taxane-based chemotherapy
ConclusionThis study highlights the significant impact of madarosis on patients, providing the first published analysis of patient ’s attitude and perception of eyelash and eyebrow loss during chemotherapy. Further research in this area is required and will be benefitted from the development of a dedicated instrument/questionnaire that can capture and measure the impact of madarosis on QoL and allow development of clinical tr ial strategies. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Acute impact of home parenteral nutrition in patients with late-stage cancer on family caregivers: preliminary data
ConclusionThis preliminary investigation shows that home parenteral nutrition does not exacerbate the level of strain on caregivers involved in surveillance of such a supportive intervention. It is possible that the perception of an active contribution to the benefit of patients, who maintained unchanged their nutritional status and quality of life, could gratify caregivers despite the objective burden in the constant supervision of administering Parenteral Nutrition. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Development and feasibility of a web application to monitor patients ’ cancer-related pain
AbstractBackgroundIn the outpatient setting, pain management is often inadequate in patients with cancer-related pain, because of patient- and professional-related barriers in communication and infrequent contacts. The internet may provide new opportunities for monitoring these patients.PurposeThe purpose of this study was to investigate whether internet monitoring of cancer-related pain in outpatients was feasible.MethodsWe developed an internet application that contained a pain diary, eConsult, and patient pain education. In the pain diary, patients scored their pain intensity (0 –10 Numeric Rating Scale) and analg...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

An investigation of the prevalence of swallowing difficulties and impact on quality of life in patients with advanced lung cancer
ConclusionsDysphagia is a potential symptom in advanced lung cancer which may impact QOL. Patients, carers and healthcare professionals should be aware of this so that early referral to SLT can be expedited. More robust prevalence and interventional studies are required to inform optimal management of this distressing condition. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Does grip strength decrease in the very early stages of hematological treatment?
AbstractMuscle weakness in hematological cancer patients undergoing acute stages of treatment is an important concern and strong predictor of poor outcomes. However, evidence of strength loss in the very early stages of cancer treatment is not addressed. Here, we found that grip strength was compromised within the first 7  days of hematological treatment (− 2.3 kg,P  = 0.002). These findings are novel in elucidating lower handgrip strength in the first week of hematological treatment and encourage additional research focusing on handgrip strength in oncology patients under initial high-dose c...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Analysing the impact of a case management model on the specialised palliative care multi-professional team
AbstractPurposePalliative care (PC) involves many health care providers leading to a high complexity of structures that requires efficient coordination as provided by case management (CM). Our study aimed to evaluate the effects of CM newly implemented in a specialised palliative care unit by evaluating team members ’ tasks and time resources before (T0) and after implementation (T1). It was hypothesised that team members would be able to spend less time on organisational and administrative tasks and more time on patient care.MethodsA prospective pre-post study design was used. Time distribution of different tasks at...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Geriatric assessment with management intervention in older adults with cancer: a randomized pilot study
ConclusionsAn algorithm can be used to guide GA management recommendations in older adults with cancer. However, reliance upon the primary oncologist for execution resulted in a low prevalence of implementation. Future work should aim to understand barriers to implementation and explore alternate models of implementing geriatric-focused care for older adults with cancer. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

A predictive model of inflammatory markers and patient-reported symptoms for cachexia in newly diagnosed pancreatic cancer patients: methodological issues to avoid misinterpretation
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Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - January 3, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Beyond death and dying: how Chinese spouses navigate the final days with their loved ones suffering from terminal cancer
AbstractWhile advances in biomedicine exist for cancer, its diagnosis and treatment still bring the threat of mortality to the forefront of spouses ’ lives. Family conflict is largely due to unmet expectations that generate a lot of physical and emotional distress for spouses, as the primary surrogates. Moreover, older individuals in Hong Kong tend to lack control of where they die and who is present at the end of their lives. Deeper understa nding of Chinese spouses’ perspectives is needed to generate new insights, particularly in how spouses cope with caregiving. The aim of the study was to explore the Chines...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Totally implantable venous access ports: a prospective long-term study of early and late complications in adult patients with cancer
ConclusionsThis study demonstrates excellent tolerability, with only occasional complications. Most of these occurred during the year following implantation. A TIVAP may also be left in place for an extremely long time. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Is the addition of a neurokinin-1 receptor antagonist beneficial in moderately emetogenic chemotherapy? —a systematic review and meta-analysis
AbstractPurposeThis systematic review evaluates the efficacy of neurokinin-1 receptor antagonists (NK1RAs) for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in moderately emetogenic chemotherapy (MEC) excluding anthracycline-cyclophosphamide-based regimens.MethodsA systematic review of MEDLINE (via PubMed and OVID) and Central databases, plus major oncology conferences, identified randomized trials evaluating NK1RAs in combination with a 5-HT3 RA plus a glucocorticoid for management of CINV. Efficacy endpoints were complete response (CR), no emesis and no nausea rates. Data were analyzed using a random ...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

A randomized phase II trial of geriatric assessment and management for older cancer patients
ConclusionsThis trial showed that it was feasible to recruit and retain older adults for a GAM study. Those who survived at least 6  months seemed to receive a greater QOL benefit than those who died or withdrew. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Prevalence of hyponatremia in inpatients with incurable and life-limiting diseases and its association with physical symptoms —a retrospective descriptive study
This study aims to describe the prevalence of hyponatremia, associated symptoms, and symptom intensity in inpatients with hyponatremia receiving specialist palliative care (SPC).MethodsThis is a retrospective study. Demographic and clinical data as well as symptoms, scored symptom intensity, and laboratory values were collected. All inpatients of a large German University Hospital receiving SPC in 2013 with documented sodium values were included.ResultsIn 2013, 789 inpatients received SPC of which 710 had documented sodium values. The prevalence of hyponatremia was 38.7% (275/710). A mild degree showed 220 (31,0%), 44 (6.2...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

The influence of family adaptability and cohesion on anxiety and depression of terminally ill cancer patients
ConclusionsA higher family adaptability resulted in a lower degree of anxiety and depression in terminally ill cancer patients. The higher the family cohesion, the lower the degree of depression in the patient. The presence of the family caregiver and the visiting time by family and friends did not affect the patient ’s anxiety and depression. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Shared decision-making in palliative care: desires and facts
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Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Amisulpride in the prevention of nausea and vomiting induced by cisplatin-based chemotherapy: a dose-escalation study
AbstractPurposeThe purpose of this study was to investigate the antiemetic effect of the dopamine D2- and dopamine D3-receptor antagonist, amisulpride, in patients receiving cisplatin-based chemotherapy.MethodsThis dose-finding, non-comparative study investigated the antiemetic effect and safety of increasing doses (2.5, 7.5 and 20  mg) of amisulpride against acute nausea and vomiting in the period 0–24 h after initiation of cisplatin-based chemotherapy. The 20 mg dose was also investigated in combination with the 5-HT3-receptor antagonist, ondansetron. The primary parameter was complete response (0 –...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Information service in head and neck cancer care —a qualitative study
ConclusionsAlthough the doctors were the main source of information, patients experience difficulties in understanding what was said to them. Comprehensive information together with audiovisuals, when provided to H&N cancer patients based on their needs, seems to improve their understanding of their cancer and prepare them for their treatment. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Management of bone health in postmenopausal women on aromatase inhibitors (AIs): a single health care system experience
ConclusionsIn this single health system experience, women start antiresorptive drugs that are unnecessary in 15 –52%. These results highlight the nonuniformity in guideline recommendations, and this has implications for quality of care, cost-effectiveness, and value-of-care analyses for preventing fractures. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

A prospective study of docetaxel-associated pain syndrome
ConclusionThis study documents the significant incidence of TAPS in patients treated with docetaxel chemotherapy and shows a long-term persistence of the syndrome. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Palliative care needs in hospitalized cancer patients: a 5-year follow-up study
AbstractPurposeThe aims of this study were to describe and compare diagnoses, symptoms, and care needs in palliative cancer patients in two medium-sized hospitals in a county council with no specialized palliative care available 24/7; to analyze the relationships between diagnosis and symptoms/care needs; and to compare results and trends from two datasets (from 2007 and 2012).MethodsThe study was population-based with a cross-sectional design and was conducted at two acute care hospitals. We performed 142 one-day inventories (n = 2972) in 2007 and 139 in 2012 (n = 2843) to register symptoms, care needs...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Barriers and enablers to implementing scalp cooling in Australia: a qualitative study of health professionals ’ attitudes to and experience with scalp cooling
ConclusionsThis qualitative study provides the first methodological exploration of Australian health professionals ’ perceptions of barriers and enablers to scalp cooling uptake. The results highlighted health professional support drives the introduction of scalp cooling. Integration of the technology requires adjustments to nursing practice to manage the increased time, workload and change in patient flow. St rategies to manage the change in practice and organisational support for change in work flow are essential for successful implementation into routine care. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Efficacy of palonosetron to prevent delayed nausea and vomiting in non-Hodgkin ’s lymphoma patients undergoing repeated cycles of the CHOP regimen
ConclusionThese results suggest that the antiemetic effects during the delayed phase were inferior to those in the acute phase during the first cycle. However, even at the same dose of palonosetron, CR and CC rates increased in the second cycle. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

An optimal design for the study of palliative sedation —making somewhat better pictures
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Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Predictive model of complexity in early palliative care: a cohort of advanced cancer patients (PALCOM study)
ConclusionThis study provides a new model and tools to assess complexity in palliative care, which may be very useful to manage referral to specialized PC services, and agree intensity of their intervention in a model of early-shared care integrated in oncology. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Impact of emotional competence on supportive care needs, anxiety and depression symptoms of cancer patients: a multiple mediation model
ConclusionsThese innovative results show the important effect of patients ’ emotional competence on their supportive care need satisfaction, as mediated by anxiety and depression. Consequently, patients with high emotional competence may require less psychosocial input from medical clinicians. Thus, emotional competence may be integrated into health models and psychosoc ial interventions to improve patient adjustment. Further investigation is, however, needed to know which are the most beneficial specific emotional competences and at what point of the cancer pathway. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Clinical equivalence with G-CSF biosimilars: methodologic approach in a (neo)adjuvant setting in non-metastatic breast cancer
AbstractBiosimilars are biological medicines that have been shown to be similar to a reference biological medicine that has already been approved for use. Development of biosimilars is based on a “totality of evidence” approach that involves a series of steps by which biosimilars must demonstrate similarity to a reference product in all aspects of the drug and eliminate any remaining uncertainties. Clinical studies are then considered confirmatory and are performed to show that there are no clinically meaningful differences compared with the reference product in a sensitive patient population. The recombinant h...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Automatic referral to standardize palliative care access: an international Delphi survey
ConclusionsOur panelists favored the combination of automatic referral to augment clinician-based referral. This integrated referral framework may inform policy and program development. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Making an informed decision of Korean cancer patients: the discrepancy between a patient ’s recall of information and the information needed for acquisition of radiotherapy informed consent
ConclusionMany Korean cancer patients misunderstand the aims of treatment and half of participants do not want further information. Physicians should address whether specific interventions can solve these barriers so that Korean cancer patients can make truly autonomous treatment decisions. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - November 27, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

From will to live to will to die: oncologists, nurses, and social workers identification of suicidality in cancer patients
ConclusionsSuicidality in cancer patients exists on a continuum. Cancer patients fluctuate on this spectrum depending on circumstances such as degree of suffering, their personalities and life circumstances, and whether they are nearing the end of life. Results of the study emphasize the need to collect more context specific data on suicidality among cancer patients and the importance of early integration of psychosocial and palliative care in the cancer treatment trajectory. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - October 26, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Durable usage of patient-reported outcome measures in clinical practice to monitor health-related quality of life in head and neck cancer patients
ConclusionUsage of PROMs in clinical practice and a nurse consultation is durable, even 5  years after the introduction. This study contributes to better insight into long-term follow-up of implementation, thereby guiding future research and projects that aim to implement PROMs in clinical practice to monitor HRQOL among (head and neck) cancer patients. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - October 26, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Resistance training as supportive measure in advanced cancer patients undergoing TKI therapy —a controlled feasibility trial
ConclusionsProgressive machine-based resistance training appears feasible in the majority of advanced cancer patients undergoing TKI therapy. However, its positive effects on muscle strength do not seem to be associated with positive effects on fatigue or quality of life. Future studies should therefore compare whether home-based training is more beneficial for patient-reported outcomes.Trial registrationNCT01645150 (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - October 26, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Risk factors of pain in breast cancer survivors: a systematic review and meta-analysis
AbstractBackgroundBreast cancer remains the number 1 lethal malignancy in women. With rising incidence and decreased mortality, the number of breast cancer survivors has increased. Consequently, sequelae, such as pain, are becoming more important.PurposeThe purpose of this study was to identify risk factors for the development of pain in breast cancer survivors.MethodsPubMed and Web of Science were systematically screened for studies encompassing risk factors for the development of pain in breast cancer survivors. Meta-analyses were carried out for risk factors described in more than one article. Moderator analysis was per...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - October 26, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Lifestyle advice provision to teenage and young adult cancer patients: the perspective of health professionals in the UK
ConclusionsTYA health professionals ’ awareness of lifestyle guidance and provision of advice regarding health behaviour is sub-optimal. Clear and comprehensive guidance written specifically for TYA health professionals could overcome the reported barriers and improve professionals’ confidence in addressing and providing advice on lifestyle to young people with cancer. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - October 26, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Symptom self-management strategies reported by adolescents and young adults with cancer receiving chemotherapy
ConclusionAYAs receiving chemotherapy use multiple common, yet uniquely individual symptom self-management strategies. AYAs ’ reported strategies range from those that involve shared management with a healthcare provider to those that AYAs implement independently. The study provides a foundation for future research to empower AYAs to engage in symptom self-management and to guide healthcare providers as they discuss de velopmentally relevant and evidence-based symptom self-management strategies. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - October 26, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Sleep quality in long-term survivors of head and neck cancer: preliminary findings
ConclusionThis is the first study to demonstrate a high prevalence of poor sleep quality in long-term head and neck cancer survivors. Extensive neck dissection, poor mental health, and psychological disability may contribute to poor sleep quality. Maintaining good oral health-related quality of life could promote better sleep in these patients. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - October 26, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

The effects of oncology massage on symptom self-report for cancer patients and their caregivers
AbstractBackgroundMassage has shown benefit for symptomatic relief in cancer patients and their caregivers. We explored the effects of a single massage session on self-reported symptoms in an outpatient clinic at a comprehensive cancer center.MethodsPatients and caregivers receiving oncology massage treatments (30 or 60-min duration) at our Integrative Medicine Center outpatient clinic from September 2012 to January 2015 completed the Edmonton Symptom Assessment Scale (ESAS; 0 –10 scale, 10 most severe) pre and post massage. ESAS individual items and subscales of physical distress (PHS), psychological distress (PSS),...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - October 26, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Feasibility of a self-help web-based intervention targeting young cancer patients with sexual problems and fertility distress
ConclusionsThe present study indicated that this web-based intervention was feasible for adolescents and young adults with cancer. The effectiveness of the intervention in decreasing sexual problems and fertility distress will be tested in a population-based randomized controlled trial for adolescents and young adults with cancer.Trial registration: ISRCTN36621459. (Source: Supportive Care in Cancer)
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - October 26, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research

Multicenter, cross-sectional observational study of the impact of neuropathic pain on quality of life in cancer patients
AbstractPurposeNeuropathic cancer pain (NCP) is a common and potentially debilitating symptom in cancer patients. We investigated the prevalence of NCP, as well as its management and association with QOL.MethodsCancer patients with pain ≥1 on the visual analogue scale (VAS) were surveyed with the Douleur Neuropathique (DN4) questionnaire, the Brief Pain Inventory-Short Form (BPI-SF), and the EuroQOL five dimensions (EQ-5D) questionnaire. The associations between NCP and pain severity or NCP and QOL, while controlling for variable s relevant to QOL, were then analyzed.ResultsA total of 2003 patients were enrolled in this...
Source: Supportive Care in Cancer - October 26, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research