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European Journal of Cancer Care

Matti Aapro, Andriy Krendyukov, Nadja Höbel, Pere Gascon
OBJECTIVE: Real-world evidence data on the use of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) in patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) are limited. MONITOR-GCSF is a pan-European, multicentre, prospective, non-interventional study designed to describe patient characteristics, treatment patterns and clinical outcomes in patients receiving biosimilar filgrastim in the prophylaxis of chemotherapy-induced neutropaenia (CIN) and febrile neutropaenia (FN). METHODS: In this subanalysis, patient characteristics, treatment patterns, and outcomes are described for 345 patients with stage 3 or 4 NSCLC, receiving up to six chemotherapy cycles...
April 10, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Mark Lazenby, Elizabeth Ercolano, Hui Tan, Leah Ferrucci, Terry Badger, Marcia Grant, Paul Jacobsen, Ruth McCorkle
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the RE-AIM framework's effect on retention of participants and implementation outcomes of a 5-year cancer research education programme on psychosocial distress screening in cancer centres across the United States. METHODS: A one-group pre-/post-test design was used to evaluate the programme on participant retention and implementation outcomes at 6, 12 and 24 months after enrolling in the programme (baseline) and analysed using descriptive statistics...
April 10, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Albert Ho-Huynh, Alex Tran, Gerard Bray, Samuel Abbot, Timothy Elston, Ronny Gunnarsson, Alan de Costa
PURPOSE: This systematic review evaluates factors influencing breast cancer outcomes for women treated in Australia, facilitating the exploration of disparities in breast cancer outcomes for certain groups of women in Australia. METHOD: A systematic literature search was performed using MEDLINE and Scopus focusing on breast cancer in Australia with outcome measures being breast cancer survival and recurrence with no restrictions on date. Risk of bias was assessed using Cairns Assessment Scale for Observational studies of Risk factors (CASOR)...
March 27, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Anna Johnsson, Per Broberg, Ute Krüger, Anders Johnsson, Åsa B Tornberg, Håkan Olsson
INTRODUCTION: Physical activity (PA) leads to improved survival in women following the diagnosis of breast cancer, but it is less clear whether PA has equally positive effects regardless of age at diagnosis. The purpose of our study was to evaluate the association between post-diagnosis PA and survival in women aged below or over 55 years at diagnosis. METHODS: From a prospective population-based cohort of Swedish women, we included 847 women, aged 34-84 years, who were diagnosed with breast cancer from 1992 to 2012...
March 21, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Rajib Rana, Siddique Latif, Raj Gururajan, Anthony Gray, Geraldine Mackenzie, Gerald Humphris, Jeff Dunn
Distress is a complex condition, which affects a significant percentage of cancer patients and may lead to depression, anxiety, sadness, suicide and other forms of psychological morbidity. Compelling evidence supports screening for distress as a means of facilitating early intervention and subsequent improvements in psychological well-being and overall quality of life. Nevertheless, despite the existence of evidence-based and easily administered screening tools, for example, the Distress Thermometer, routine screening for distress is yet to achieve widespread implementation...
March 18, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Sara Faithfull, Lauren Turner, Karen Poole, Mark Joy, Ralph Manders, Jennifer Weprin, Kerri Winters-Stone, John Saxton
OBJECTIVE: Prehabilitation is increasingly being used to mitigate treatment-related complications and enhance recovery. An individual's state of health at diagnosis, including obesity, physical fitness and comorbidities, are influencing factors for the occurrence of adverse effects. This review explores whether prehabilitation works in improving health outcomes at or beyond the initial 30 days post-treatment and considers the utility of prehabilitation before cancer treatment. METHODS: A database search was conducted for articles published with prehabilitation as a pre-cancer treatment intervention between 2009 and 2017...
March 11, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Yu Chen, Weichen Chen, Yuan Yang, Yang Zhao, Xueling Yang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the psychometric properties of a modified Chinese version of the Symptom Distress Scale (SDS), to explore symptom distress and its association with mood disturbance and factors that related to levels of symptom distress and mood disturbance. METHODS: A cross-sectional, correlation design was adopted. A convenience sample of 190 nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC) patients was recruited from a Cancer Center in Guangzhou, China, with 169 patients completing the study...
March 11, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Nataskja-Elena Kersting Lie, Per Koren Solvang, May Aasebø Hauken
OBJECTIVE: The facilitation of complex cancer rehabilitation interventions in primary health care has become of growing importance to meet the bio-psycho-social needs of cancer survivors. However, the delivery of cancer rehabilitation is debated and services are underutilised. Cancer coordinators (CCs) provide patients with coordinated services throughout the trajectory. Little is known about CCs' rehabilitation-focused tasks. This study's objective was to explore Norwegian CCs' experiences with cancer rehabilitation interventions in primary health care...
March 7, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Luís Antunes, Francisco Rocha-Gonçalves, Sérgio Chacim, Cinira Lefèvre, Marta Pereira, Sónia Pereira, Aleksandra Zagorska, Maria José Bento
OBJECTIVE: We provide a real-world overview of multiple myeloma (MM) treatment patterns, outcomes and healthcare resource use (HRU) in Portugal. METHODS: Data were collected retrospectively from consecutive patients diagnosed/treated at the Portuguese Oncology Institute of Porto (IPO-Porto) between 2012 and 2015. Primary objectives were progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS), with treatment patterns and HRU secondary. Analysis was by line of therapy (LOT), and post hoc by age (<65/≥65 years)...
March 3, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Michael A Moore, Janene Batten, Mark Lazenby
INTRODUCTION: Gay, bisexual and queer (GBQ) men with prostate cancer have unique experiences of the prostate cancer journey. The current integrative review aimed to synthesise existing scientific literature for the purpose of identifying GBQ men's psychosocial experience of undergoing treatment for prostate cancer. METHODS: We utilised the Whittemore and Knafl (Journal of Advanced Nursing, 52, 546-553) integrative review methodology and the Garrard (Health sciences literature review made easy...
March 3, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Michelle Darezzo Rodrigues Nunes, Lucila Castanheira Nascimento, Ananda Maria Fernandes, Luis Batalha, Catarina De Campos, Ana Gonçalves, Ana Carolina Andrade Biaggi Leite, Willyane de Andrade Alvarenga, Regina Aparecida Garcia de Lima, Eufemia Jacob
PURPOSE: To compare sleep and health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in children and adolescents with cancer who had pain, with those who had no pain during hospitalisation. METHOD: A prospective comparative study was used to collect data from paediatric oncology units in three countries (Portugal, Brazil, USA). Participants (n = 118; 8-18 years) completed the Quality of Life Inventory (PedsQL) Cancer module, which includes a pain subscale, and wore a wrist actigraph for at least 72 hr...
March 3, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Martin Preiß, Michael Friedrich, Jens-Uwe Stolzenburg, Markus Zenger, Andreas Hinz
OBJECTIVE: Urologic cancer patients often assess their quality of life (QoL) as being relatively good. Response shift (change in internal standards) may be one reason for that effect. The aim of this study was to test such response shift effects. METHODS: A sample of 197 male urologic cancer patients was tested while hospitalised (t1) and three months later (t2). The participants had to assess their current health state and the health state of two anchoring vignettes...
February 27, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Michelle Forgione, Sally Sara, Andrew D Vincent, Martin Borg, Kim Moretti, Michael E O'Callaghan
PURPOSE: This study aims to describe: (a) the proportion of prostate cancer patients satisfied with treatment, (b) how satisfaction changes after treatment, and (c) predictors of patient satisfaction including demographic, symptom-related and treatment variables. METHOD: Self-reported quality of life and satisfaction questionnaire (UCLA Expanded Prostate Cancer Index Composite [EPIC] 26), and demographics were obtained from the South Australian Prostate Cancer Clinical Outcomes Collaborative (SA-PCCOC) database...
February 27, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Cláudia Melo, Mariana Moura-Ramos, Maria Cristina Canavarro, Teresa Almeida-Santos
INTRODUCTION: This cross-sectional exploratory study aimed to examine the female cancer patients' personal and health care-related variables mostly associated with their decision whether to preserve or not their fertility, in order to know more about the influence of attitudinal and health care-related variables on this decision where fertility preservation (FP) is fully covered by the National Health System. METHODS: Childbearing attitudes, health care-related information, FP motivations and childbearing motivations were assessed, in a clinical setting, to female cancer patients in childbearing age, who were undergoing the FP decision-making process...
February 27, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Hulya Ustundag, Neriman Zengin, Isil Isik Andsoy, Asiye Gul
OBJECTIVE: This descriptive study was conducted in order to determine the risk factors, symptoms and awareness of health sciences students with regards to colorectal cancer (CRC). METHODS: This study included 1,028 health science students from two different universities. Data for this study were collected via a questionnaire form that included questions about CRC risk factors, protective approaches and symptoms. Frequencies, percentages and averages of the data were assessed with Kruskal-Wallis and Mann-Whitney U tests...
February 27, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Mary Anne Tanay, Jo Armes
OBJECTIVES: This study explored lived experiences of women who developed chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) following treatment for breast and ovarian cancer. It also explored cancer survivors' perceptions of information and advice offered by clinicians about CIPN and for managing CIPN. METHODS: The study was advertised through cancer charity websites and social media accounts. Purposeful, convenience sampling was carried out using set eligibility criteria...
February 20, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Mélanie Dos Santos, Justine Lequesne, Audrey Emmanuelle Dugué, Jean-Michel Grellard, Céline Ory, Sébastien Jaffré, Kelly Lavergne, Anaïs Lelaidier, Lucie Laroche, Fabienne Divanon, Corinne Delcambre, Marie-Pierre Galais, Bénédicte Clarisse, Audrey Faveyrial
OBJECTIVE: We implemented the two-step OPTIMA program to anticipate chemotherapy prescription which aims to assess the discrepancy rate between anticipated and real prescription and its impact on waiting time and quality of care. METHODS: This prospective study included cancer patients receiving any intravenous chemotherapy. The OPTIMA program consists in a nurse phone call and a blood sample two days before the planned treatment. Collected information and biological results were used by a physician to issue a non-effective (step 1) or effective (step 2) anticipated prescription the day before the consultation...
February 20, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Naomi Dhollander, Aline De Vleminck, Luc Deliens, Simon Van Belle, Koen Pardon
OBJECTIVES: Palliative care is still often involved late in the disease trajectory. Recently, some studies have explored the barriers to early integration of PC in the hospital setting. Because palliative care home care (PHC) is organised differently compared with PC in a hospital setting, the identification of barriers to the early integration of PHC is needed. METHODS: Six focus groups were held with PHC teams in Flanders, Belgium. Discussions were transcribed verbatim and analysed using constant comparative analysis...
February 19, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Leyla Zengin, Rukuye Aylaz
INTRODUCTION: This study was conducted to determine the effects of sleep hygiene education and reflexology on sleep quality and fatigue in the patients receiving chemotherapy. METHODS: The sample of the study consisted of 167 patients (84 in the experimental and 83 in the control group). The data were collected between October 2016 and November 2017 using an Introductory Information Form, the Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index (PSQI) and the Fatigue Severity Scale (FSS)...
February 19, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Nosayaba Osazuwa-Peters, Kara M Christopher, Lauren M Cass, Sean T Massa, Adnan S Hussaini, Anit Behera, Ronald J Walker, Mark A Varvares
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether marital status independently predicts survival in a head and neck cancer (HNC) survivor population. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, we analysed data from 460 adult patients (59.31 ± 11.42) years diagnosed with HNC at an academic tertiary referral centre between 1997 and 2012. Cox proportional hazards model estimated the effect of marital status on survival. RESULTS: Our study had 73% men, and 82...
February 19, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
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