Comparison of peripherally inserted central venous catheters (PICC) versus subcutaneously implanted port-chamber catheters by complication and cost for patients receiving chemotherapy for non-haematological malignancies – Online First – Springer

Port devices are associated with a lower risk of complications, with no difference in cost, compared to PICC lines in patients with non-haematological malignancies receiving intravenous chemotherapy.

via Comparison of peripherally inserted central venous catheters (PICC) versus subcutaneously implanted port-chamber catheters by complication and cost for patients receiving chemotherapy for non-haematological malignancies – Online First – Springer.

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Effects of Chemotherapy on Survival of Elderly Patients with… : Journal of Thoracic Oncology

Statistically significant differences in the receipt of chemotherapy exist among elderly patients with SCLC. Chemotherapy is associated with a greater than 6-month improvement in median survival among elderly patients with SCLC, even in patients over the age of 80 years.

via Effects of Chemotherapy on Survival of Elderly Patients with… : Journal of Thoracic Oncology.

Thoughts at 39,000 feet | hairforhospices

I am writing this as I return from a UN-based meeting in the USA following up on the meeting at which I was invited to talk about the first Hair for Hospices in 2012.  Many remembered my presentation and had participated last year and plan to do so again this year.  However, I was very touched by a small number of colleagues who spoke to me privately to tell me of serious and terminal illness that had been diagnosed in their family members since last year.

via Thoughts at 39,000 feet | hairforhospices.

Contraindicated Use of Bevacizumab and Toxicity in Elderly Patients With Cancer

Conclusion Our study demonstrates widespread use of bevacizumab among patients who had contraindications. Black patients were less likely to receive the drug, but those who did were more likely to have a contraindication. Efforts to understand toxicity and efficacy in populations excluded from clinical trials are needed.

via Contraindicated Use of Bevacizumab and Toxicity in Elderly Patients With Cancer.

American College of Cardiology Foundation | Journal of the American College of Cardiology | Enalapril and Carvedilol to prevent chemotherapy-induced left ventricular systolic dysfunction in patients with malignant hemopathies

Enalapril and Carvedilol to prevent chemotherapy-induced left ventricular systolic dysfunction in patients with malignant hemopathies ONLINE FIRST

via American College of Cardiology Foundation | Journal of the American College of Cardiology | Enalapril and Carvedilol to prevent chemotherapy-induced left ventricular systolic dysfunction in patients with malignant hemopathies.

Supportive care during treatment for breast cancer: Resource allocations in low- and middle-income countries. A Breast Health Global Initiative 2013 consensus statement

This consensus statement describes twelve key recommendations for supportive care during treatment in low- and middle-income countries, identified by an expert international panel as part of the 5th Breast Health Global Initiative (BHGI) Global Summit for Supportive Care, which was held in October 2012, in Vienna, Austria.

via Supportive care during treatment for breast cancer: Resource allocations in low- and middle-income countries. A Breast Health Global Initiative 2013 consensus statement.

Pain in chemotherapy-induced neuropathy – more than neuropathic?

The detrimental effect of chemotherapy on large fibers failed to differentiate painful from painless CIN. Patients stratified for musculoskeletal or neuropathic pain, however, differed in psychological and somatosensory parameters. This stratification might allow for the application of a more specific therapy.

via Pain in chemotherapy-induced neuropathy – more than neuropathic?.

The Impact of Religiosity and Individual Prayer Activities on Advanced Cancer Patients’ Health: Is There Any Difference in Function of Whether or Not Receiving Palliative Anti-neoplastic Therapy? – Online First – Springer

Higher religion scores were associated with lower levels of inflammation in advanced cancer patients still undergoing ANTs. Additionally, higher IPA was an independent good prognostic factor in patients on active ANTs. Further studies are necessary to confirm these findings and to investigate possible biological mechanisms involved.

via The Impact of Religiosity and Individual Prayer Activities on Advanced Cancer Patients’ Health: Is There Any Difference in Function of Whether or Not Receiving Palliative Anti-neoplastic Therapy? – Online First – Springer.

Multimodal exercise training during myeloablative chemotherapy: a prospective randomized pilot trial – Online First – Springer

Multimodal exercise has beneficial effects on physical performance, physical functioning, and treatment-related symptoms even during myeloablative chemotherapy. We suggest an enhanced physical activity intervention program during hospitalization of cancer patients.

via Multimodal exercise training during myeloablative chemotherapy: a prospective randomized pilot trial – Online First – Springer.

Development and initial evaluation of electronic Children’s International Mucositis Evaluation Scale (eChIMES) for children with cancer – Online First – Springer

We found that eChIMES was easy to use, understandable, and suitable for monitoring mucositis among children with cancer. Incorporation into clinical trials may improve the ability to compare and evaluate interventions for mucositis.

via Development and initial evaluation of electronic Children’s International Mucositis Evaluation Scale (eChIMES) for children with cancer – Online First – Springer.