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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
Mark G Gabriel, Claire E Wakefield, Janine Vetsch, Jonathan S Karpelowsky, Anne-Sophie E Darlington, Richard J Cohn, Christina Signorelli
OBJECTIVE: Surgery for paediatric cancer presents many stresses on patients and families. The authors aimed to understand the long-term impact of childhood cancer surgery on survivors and parents. METHODS: The study recruited participants from 11 Australia/New Zealand hospitals for telephone interviews. The authors used descriptive statistics to analyse participants' quantitative distress ratings and conducted thematic analysis of shared surgical experiences and needs...
June 11, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Kaliani Lima Coça, Anke Bergmann, Elisabete Carrara de Angelis, Sima Ferman, Márcia Gonçalves Ribeiro
INTRODUCTION: This study aims to assess the impact of paediatric benign and malignant solid tumours and its treatment on the health-related quality of life of children and adolescents who were followed up in a Reference Center in Pediatric Oncology in Rio de Janeiro. METHODS: It is a prospective cohort study. Quality of life assessment was performed using the PedsQL™ 4.0 Generic Core Scales and PedsQL™ 3.0 Cancer Module protocols three times: during hospital admission (T1), 6 months after admission (T2) and 1 year after admission (T3)...
June 11, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Wei-Shu Lai, Bih-Ching Shu, Wen-Li Hou
OBJECTIVE: Fear of cancer recurrence (FCR) is the most commonly reported problem and unmet need among breast cancer survivors. The aim of this qualitative study was to explore the experience of recurrence fears among Taiwanese breast cancer survivors. METHODS: Three focus groups were included in this study. A purposive sampling technique was used to recruit 11 recurrence-free women at least 20 years of age from southern Taiwan who were diagnosed with breast cancer within the previous 2 years...
June 10, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Jung-Won Lim
OBJECTIVE: The current study examined the relationships among physical and psychological symptoms, family communication, family coping and psychological distress for the spouses of cancer survivors. METHODS: A total of 91 spouses of cancer survivors who were diagnosed with breast, colorectal or prostate cancer who were recruited from the University Hospital registry in Cleveland, Ohio, participated in this study. Standardised questionnaires that assessed family communication, family coping and psychological distress were used...
June 6, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Feng-Chi Hsieh, Nae-Fang Miao, Ing-Jy Tseng, Huei-Ling Chiu, Ching-Chiu Kao, Doresses Liu, Ruey Chen, Hsiu-Fen Tsai, Kuei-Ru Chou
To explore the effects of home-based music intervention (HBMI) on symptom severity, pain intensity and perceived fatigue among patients with breast cancer. In this randomised controlled trial, patients with breast cancer were randomly assigned into an HBMI or control group. The HBMI group was administered 24-week HBMI involving five 30-min sessions per week. The primary outcome was symptom severity; the secondary outcomes were pain and fatigue. A generalised estimating equation was employed to compare the effects after 6, 12 and 24 weeks of intervention between the two groups...
June 5, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Yoonjung Kim, SungJe Park
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the feasibility and benefits of a combined programme of exercise and play for childhood cancer survivors on health-related quality of life (HRQOL), post-traumatic growth and physical strength levels. METHODS: Six childhood cancer survivors participated in the 8-week intervention consisting of supervised play and exercise sessions two times per week. The participants performed joint exercises, independently, at home, on the 5 days that they were unable to participate in group exercises...
June 4, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Meltem Saygili, Yusuf Çelik
BACKGROUND: Three different models are commonly used to provide palliative care services to cancer patients in Turkey: comprehensive palliative care center (CPCC), hospital inpatient services (HIS) and home healthcare (HHC). OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of three alternative palliative care models for cancer patients. METHODS: The study included a total of 160 patients diagnosed with cancer (CPCC:60, HIS:59, HHC:41)...
June 4, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Giuseppe De Vincentis, Viviana Frantellizzi, Giulia Anna Follacchio, Alessio Farcomeni, Arianna Pani, Riccardo Samaritani, Giovanni Schinzari, Daniele Santini, Enrico Cortesi
OBJECTIVE: Painful bone metastases cause reduced quality of life (QoL) in patients with castration-resistant prostate cancer (CRPC). Alpha-emitter 223Radium is associated with a clear survival benefit and significant bone pain palliation in CRPC patients with symptomatic bone metastases. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between pain relief and psychological distress during the time course of therapy in patients treated with 223Radium. METHODS: A total of 63 patients with mCRPC undergoing 223Radium treatment in our Nuclear Medicine Unit, carefully instructed on the possibility of improving the pain and increasing the survival by the treatment, were retrospectively evaluated...
May 31, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Rosie Roberts, Louise Hanna, Annabel Borley, Gina Dolan, Edgar Mark Williams
OBJECTIVE: To establish whether using alternating arms for peripheral intravenous epirubicin administration affects the severity or duration of epirubicin-induced phlebitis. METHODS: An observational study of women with breast cancer (n = 237) in a UK Cancer Centre. Data were analysed after receiving three treatment cycles according to the arm used for epirubicin administration: same, alternating or mixed arm (two consecutive cycles in one arm and one in the alternate arm)...
May 31, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Matthias Unseld, Gloria M Gager, Feroniki Adamidis, Anna Kitta, Sophie Roider-Schur, Herbert H Watzke, Eva Katharina Masel
OBJECTIVE: There is a lack of information about patients' attitudes towards and knowledge of resuscitation and advance care planning (ACP) in the palliative care unit (PCU). The aims of this study were to examine (a) patients' attitudes towards and knowledge of the topic of resuscitation, (b) patients' level of education about their illness and (c) their concept of ACP. METHODS: This study used a qualitative methodology that involved semi-structured interviews with advanced cancer patients admitted to the PCU...
May 29, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Gareth McAteer, David Gillanders
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the predictive power of psychological flexibility, masculine self-esteem and stoicism in influencing psychological distress and quality of life in men diagnosed with prostate cancer. It explores relationships between these theorised predictors and prostate cancer physical symptoms, an established predictor of psychological distress and reduced quality of life. METHOD: A quantitative cross-sectional survey was undertaken with 286 men previously diagnosed with prostate cancer...
May 29, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Geraldine M Leydon, Amy Halls, Katie Ekberg, Sue Latter, Beth Stuart, Clare Moynihan, Peter Salmon, Lisa Danquah, Lucy Brindle, Sonia Howe, Catherine J Woods, Paul Little
OBJECTIVE: To identify call handlers' key experiences of providing telephone help on a cancer helpline. METHODS: Semi-structured qualitative interviews with 30 call handlers from three UK-based cancer helplines. Transcribed interview data were analysed thematically. RESULTS: Thematic analysis identified three themes: (a) call handlers' perceptions of their role on the helpline, (b) challenges of working on a helpline and (c) the need for training/keeping up with competencies...
May 23, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Marie L Tørring, Alina Z Falborg, Henry Jensen, Richard D Neal, David Weller, Irene Reguilon, Usha Menon, Peter Vedsted
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between tumour stage at diagnosis and selected components of primary and secondary care in the diagnostic interval for breast, colorectal, lung and ovarian cancers. METHODS: Observational study based on data from 6,162 newly diagnosed symptomatic cancer patients from Module 4 of the International Cancer Benchmarking Partnership. We analysed the odds of advanced stage of cancer as a flexible function of the length of primary care interval (days from first presentation to referral) and secondary care interval (days from referral to diagnosis), respectively, using logistic regression with restricted cubic splines...
May 22, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
Alfonso Gomez-Iturriaga, Francisco Casquero Ocio, Piet Ost, Iratxe Fernandez, Emilia Rodeño, Roberto Llarena, Jorge Garcia-Olaverri, Roberto Ortiz de Zarate, Jon Cacicedo, Alina Ahtamon, Pedro Bilbao
OBJECTIVE: The primary objective of this study was to assess clinical outcomes in patients with oligometastatic prostate cancer recurrence after single or repeated salvage radiation treatment. METHODS: Forty-nine consecutive prostate cancer patients diagnosed with oligometastatic recurrence on Ch-PET have been prospectively treated. Seven (23%) patients had castrate-resistant disease. Clinical outcomes were assessed using the Kaplan-Meier method. Potential prognostic factors were examined using univariate proportional hazards regression...
May 21, 2019: European Journal of Cancer Care
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