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European Journal of Cancer Care

Laura Lupini, Gennaro Scutiero, Piergiorgio Iannone, Ruby Martinello, Cristian Bassi, Noemi Ravaioli, Ilaria Soave, Gloria Bonaccorsi, Giovanni Lanza, Roberta Gafà, Vera Loizzi, Massimo Negrini, Pantaleo Greco
OBJECTIVE: Endometrial carcinoma represents the most common gynaecological cancer and the sixth most frequent cancer among women worldwide. The 5-year survival of patients with stage I endometrial carcinoma is 75%-88% versus 50% for stage III or 15% for stage IV disease. Therefore, early detection could improve survival rates. Specifically, in the most prevalent, type 1 endometrial cancer develops from hyperplastic endometrium. The aim of the study was to evaluate the utility of cancer gene mutations from endometrial biopsies towards predicting synchronous or metachronous development of malignant lesions...
August 14, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Annemiek J Linn, Margot J van der Goot, Kim Brandes, Julia C M van Weert, Edith G Smit
INTRODUCTION: The aim of our study was to provide an overview of intervention guidelines on how to address patients' practical needs for support in expressing instrumental concerns and emotions regarding medical, psychosocial and practical topics. METHODS: Six focus groups of cancer patients and survivors (N = 39) were organised. An interview guide was created that consisted of three topics: (a) concerns, (b) needs for support, and (c) a Concern Prompt List. Using the framework method, the transcripts were coded and analysed in Atlas T...
August 7, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Miguel A Sánchez-Lastra, Jorge Torres, Iván Martínez-Lemos, Carlos Ayán
Nordic walking (NW) seems to be an interesting rehabilitation strategy for women with breast cancer (BC). No review article that has synthesised and summarised the existing scientific evidence about the effect of NW on BC survivors has been published so far. A systematic review was conducted aimed at identifying the characteristics and methodological quality of the studies that have analysed the effects of NW on women with BC. The critical appraisal of the randomised controlled trials (RCTs) was retrieved from the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro)...
August 6, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Najwa Reynolds, Andrew M Cole, Bruce Walmsley, Christopher J Poulos
OBJECTIVE: Rehabilitation is increasingly recognised as effective in addressing impairment and functional disability after cancer treatment. Few studies have investigated the lived positive and negative experiences of cancer patients receiving rehabilitation. METHOD: Semi-structured in-depth interviews were conducted with 22 inpatient volunteers, at their admission and discharge from a subacute hospital rehabilitation unit. We heard narratives of their experiences and their individual goals in our programmes, seeking to make positive and negative subjective interpretations of these...
July 30, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Yuan-Yuan Fang, Chia-Tai Hung, Jui-Chun Chan, Sheng-Miauh Huang, Yun-Hsiang Lee
BACKGROUND: Sleep problems cause physical and mental distress and may influence the survival of cancer patients. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to explore the efficacy of exercise intervention to improve sleep in cancer patients. METHODS: Published papers from 1980 to 2018 were searched. RESULTS: The major findings included (a) exercise intervention had small positive effects on enhancing total subjective sleep quality (TSSQ; g = 0...
July 28, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Sarah Weller, John L Oliffe, Kristin L Campbell
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to understand the exercise levels, preferences and interests of prostate cancer survivors in Canada. METHODS: An electronic survey was administered via a prostate cancer-specific website and assessed self-reported exercise levels, exercise preferences and interests, exercise barriers and facilitators to exercise. RESULTS: Based on 103 participants, the majority (75.7%) of prostate cancer survivors did not meet both aerobic and resistance exercise guidelines, despite an interest in exercise...
July 22, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Tamara Ownsworth, Suzanne Chambers, Joanne F Aitken, Matthew Foote, Mark B Pinkham, Louisa G Gordon, Gemma Lock, Brigid Hanley, Tracey Gardner, Stephanie Jones, Julia Robertson, David Shum, Elizabeth Conlon
OBJECTIVE: There is a lack of research on interventions that address the specific psychosocial needs of people with brain tumour and their families. This paper describes the protocol for a pragmatic randomised control trial (RCT) evaluating the clinical efficacy and cost-effectiveness of the Making Sense of Brain Tumour program delivered via telehealth (Tele-MAST) relative to standard care. METHODS: The 148 adults with primary brain tumour will be randomly allocated to the 10-session Tele-MAST videoconferencing program or standard care from a cancer counselling service...
July 10, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Andreas Hinz, Philipp Yorck Herzberg, Florian Lordick, Joachim Weis, Hermann Faller, Elmar Brähler, Martin Härter, Karl Wegscheider, Kristina Geue, Anja Mehnert
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to compare the levels of anxiety and depression in cancer patients with those of the general population, to examine age and gender differences in anxiety and depression, to analyse the impact of several socio-demographic and clinical parameters on anxiety and depression, and to test the age and gender measurement invariance of the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS). METHODS: A sample of 3,785 German patients with cancer and a sample of 2,747 people of the German general population were examined using the HADS...
July 9, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
M Graça Pereira, Gabriela Ferreira, Marta Pereira, Sara Faria, Rosário Bacalhau, Sara Monteiro, Bruna Fernandes, Margarida Vilaça
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was the validation of the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer's Multiple Myeloma Module (QLQ-MY20) in Portuguese myeloma patients. METHODS: A total of 213 Portuguese patients diagnosed with multiple myeloma participated in this study and were assessed with the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer's (EORTC) Questionnaire C30 (QLQ-C30), the EORTC Multiple Myeloma Module (QLQ-MY20), the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS) and the Satisfaction with Social Support Scale (SSSS)...
July 4, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Eduardo Cerello Chapchap, Lucila Nassif Kerbauy, Iracema Esteves, Talita Rantin Belucci, Morgani Rodrigues, Fabio Rodrigues Kerbauy, Fabio Pires de Souza Santos, Andreza Alice Feitosa Ribeiro, Nelson Hamerschlak
OBJECTIVES: To analyse clinical outcomes comparing two age groups of patients undergoing allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT), and to identify risk factors associated with older patients' mortality. METHODS: In this retrospective study, the medical charts of all consecutive patients admitted in one hospital for allo-HSCT were reviewed. Overall survival (OS) and other outcomes were compared between patients aged up to 55 years (YG) and older than 55 (EG)...
June 30, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Katherine Taylor, Susanne Singer, Melanie May, Gülsemin Durdu, Andrea Petermann-Meyer
OBJECTIVE: To compare patients' experiences with a systematic, integrated psycho-oncological care (IC) model to experiences with "care as usual" (CAU). METHODS: To improve patients' knowledge about psychosocial support options and to facilitate use, an IC model was developed by psycho-oncologists and a health insurance company and implemented in one German cancer care facility. Using a parallel, non-randomised design, these patients' experiences were compared to CAU patients...
June 27, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Malene Missel, Britt Borregaard, Mai Nanna Schoenau, Maja Schick Sommer
OBJECTIVE: To explore the lived experiences and social benefits among patients with operable Non-small-cell lung cancer who participated in an exercise intervention. METHODS: Eighteen patients enrolled in an exercise intervention at 2 weeks post-surgery participated in qualitative interviews at three time points. A phenomenological hermeneutical approach comprised the epistemological stance inspired by Ricoeur's philosophy. Analysis and interpretation provided descriptions that captured the meaning of the patients' lived experiences...
June 27, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Jonathan Cottenet, Tienhan Sandrine Dabakuyo-Yonli, Anne-Sophie Mariet, Adrien Roussot, Patrick Arveux, Catherine Quantin
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer (BC) in men is a rare and neglected disease representing <1% of all cancers in men and only 1% of all incident BC in western countries. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to describe trends in the prevalence of patients hospitalised for male BC in France from 2009 to 2013, using the national administrative database (PMSI). METHODS: We included all men aged ≥18 admitted to hospital for BC during this period and estimated the prevalence of male breast cancer hospitalised in France over 5 years...
June 24, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Linda Aagaard Rasmussen, Henry Jensen, Line Flytkjaer Virgilsen, Alina Zalounina Falborg, Henrik Møller, Peter Vedsted
OBJECTIVE: Specialised follow-up care after cancer treatment is changing towards increased involvement of general practice. To ensure timely detection of new cancer events, knowledge is warranted on the timing of cancer recurrence (CR) and second primary cancer (SPC), including risk factors for CR. METHODS: This population-based register study included 67,092 patients diagnosed with malignant melanoma, bladder, lung, ovarian, endometrial, colorectal and breast cancer in Denmark in 2008-2016...
June 24, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Hanna E Tervonen, Tina Y T Chen, Enmoore Lin, Frances M Boyle, Eugene J Moylan, Stephen A Della-Fiorentina, Jane Beith, Amy Johnston, David C Currow
OBJECTIVE: To examine risk of emergency hospital admission and survival following adjuvant chemotherapy for early breast cancer. METHODS: Linked data from New South Wales population-based and clinical cancer registries (2008-2012), hospital admissions, official death records and pharmaceutical benefit claims. Women aged ≥18 years receiving adjuvant chemotherapy for early-stage operable breast cancer in NSW public hospitals were included. Odds ratios (OR) for emergency hospitalisation within 6 months following chemotherapy initiation were estimated using logistic regression and survival using Kaplan-Meier and Cox proportional hazards methods...
June 21, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Patricia Hunt, Suzanne Denieffe, Martina Gooney
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to examine the relationship of empathy and professional quality of life in cancer healthcare professionals. METHODS: A Professional Quality of Life instrument measuring compassion satisfaction and compassion fatigue, and the Interpersonal Reactivity Index measuring empathy were distributed to healthcare professionals working in cancer care in the Republic of Ireland. Final analysis was conducted on 117 participants. RESULTS: A quarter of participants experience high levels of compassion satisfaction, and a quarter are at risk of compassion fatigue...
June 20, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Troels Thorsteinsson, Kjeld Schmiegelow, Lone Friis Thing, Lars Bo Andersen, Anne Sofie Helms, Marianne Vie Ingersgaard, Lea Hjortshøj Lindgren, Hanne Baekgaard Larsen
INTRODUCTION: Children with cancer experience reduced physical fitness and compromised social relationships during and following intensive treatment. This may negatively impact their quality of life. As part of the RESPECT study, we explored the motivations for participation in a physical activity programme during treatment. METHODS: Thirteen semi-structured interviews were conducted with seven boys and six girls, diagnosed with paediatric cancer in 2013 and treated with chemotherapy (age 8-16 years; time from diagnosis to interview 6-16 months)...
June 18, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Lena Fauske, Hilde Bondevik, Karin Ahlberg, Arild Bjørndal
OBJECTIVE: Bone sarcoma survivors face a number of physical and psychosocial challenges in relation to the late effects they experience following treatment. The present study aimed to identify and explore the different trajectories that bone sarcoma survivors might navigate during follow-up. METHODS: In-depth and semi-structured interviews were conducted, and an inductive thematic analysis was performed. RESULTS: When they were interviewed three to ten years after the primary diagnosis, the eighteen bone cancer survivors were found to be in three different rehabilitation phases that followed fairly distinct trajectories, namely, back to normal, a new normal and still struggling...
June 11, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Kai-Ling Huang, Kuan-Yu Lin, Tsai-Wei Huang, El-Wui Loh, Yi-Ming Hua, Hui-Chen Su, Ka-Wai Tam
OBJECTIVE: This meta-analysis was performed to assess the efficacy of cryotherapy and nail solution (NS) use in preventing nail toxicity (NT) induced by taxane-based chemotherapy. METHODS: PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane Library and registry databases were searched for relevant studies published up to December 2018. The primary outcome was taxane-induced NT. Secondary outcomes were skin toxicity (ST), time to toxicity and patient comfort. RESULTS: We reviewed three randomised control trials and six prospective studies with 708 patients...
June 11, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Xing Tan, Haihan Xiong, Sijie Gui, Yanping Wan, Wenjing Yan, Dian Wang, Lingling Tong, Guqing Zeng
AIM: A randomised controlled trial (RCT) was implemented to verify the feasibility and acceptability of cognitive education in the format of mind maps for increasing perceived control and decreasing the symptom distress of lung cancer patients who were receiving chemotherapy. METHODS: A total of 136 lung cancer patients who were receiving chemotherapy were randomised using stratified blocks (1:1 ratio, from March 2016 to April 2017). The intervention group was given cognitive education in the format of mind maps...
June 11, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
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