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Cancer palliative care

This broad section considers submissions relevant to pain and symptom management for cancer patients, including studies related to rehabilitation, quality of life, and end of life care. We will consider quantitative and qualitative research, including clinical trials of pain or symptom control therapies, and health services studies evaluating the outcomes of diverse therapeutic models.

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  1. The prognosis of patients with incurable head and neck cancer (HNC) is a relevant topic. The mean survival of these patients is 5 months but may vary from weeks to more than 3 years. Discussing the prognosis e...

    Authors: Arta Hoesseini, Marinella P. J. Offerman, Bojou J. van de Wall-Neecke, Aniel Sewnaik, Marjan H. Wieringa and Robert J. Baatenburg de Jong

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:176

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  2. Worldwide, many patients with cancer, are infrequently referred to palliative care or are referred late. Oncologists and haematologists may act as gatekeepers, and their views may facilitate or hinder referral...

    Authors: Naveen Salins, Arunangshu Ghoshal, Sean Hughes and Nancy Preston

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:175

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  3. To support the early integration of palliative home care (PHC) in cancer treatment, we developed the EPHECT intervention and pilot tested it with 30 advanced cancer patients in Belgium using a pre post design ...

    Authors: Naomi Dhollander, Tinne Smets, Aline De Vleminck, Lore Lapeire, Koen Pardon and Luc Deliens

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:174

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  4. Continuous subcutaneous infusion (CSCI) via ambulatory infusion pump (AIP) is a valuable method of pain control in palliative care. When using CSCI, low-dose methadone as add-on to other opioids might be an op...

    Authors: Per Fürst, Staffan Lundström, Pål Klepstad and Peter Strang

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:172

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  5. Clinical cancer research trials may offer little or no direct clinical benefit to participants where a cure is no longer possible. As such, the decision-making and consent process for patient participation is ...

    Authors: Mary Murphy, Eilís McCaughan, Matthew A Carson, Monica Donovan, Richard H Wilson and Donna Fitzsimons

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:166

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  6. Although rehabilitation is recommended for terminal cancer patients, the specific components and methods of such programs are poorly documented. No studies to date have examined the effectiveness of rehabilita...

    Authors: Nanako Nishiyama, Yoshinobu Matsuda, Noriko Fujiwara, Keisuke Ariyoshi, Shunsuke Oyamada, Keiichi Narita, Ryouhei Ishii and Satoru Iwase

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:164

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  7. Delirium is highly problematic in palliative care (PC). Preliminary data indicate a potential role for melatonin to prevent delirium, but no randomized controlled trials (RCTs) are reported in PC.

    Authors: Peter G. Lawlor, Marie T. McNamara-Kilian, Alistair R. MacDonald, Franco Momoli, Sallyanne Tierney, Nathalie Lacaze-Masmonteil, Monidipa Dasgupta, Meera Agar, Jose L. Pereira, David C. Currow and Shirley H. Bush

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:163

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  8. This study examined phenomenological manifestations of delirium in advanced cancer patients by examining the factor structure of the Delirium Rating Scale-Revised-98 (DRS-R-98) and profiles of delirium symptoms.

    Authors: Eun-Jung Shim, Hyeju Ha, Won-Hyoung Kim, Moon-Hee Lee, Jisun Park, Kwang-Min Lee, Kyung-Lak Son, Chan-Woo Yeom and Bong-Jin Hahm

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:162

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  9. Most terminally ill cancer patients prefer to die at home, but a majority die in institutional settings. Research questions about this discrepancy have not been fully answered. This study applies artificial in...

    Authors: Heidi Kern, Giorgio Corani, David Huber, Nicola Vermes, Marco Zaffalon, Marco Varini, Claudia Wenzel and André Fringer

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:160

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  10. Patients have a ‘need to know’ (instrumental need) and a ‘need to feel known’ (affective need). During consultations with patients with limited health literacy (LHL) in the palliative phase of their disease, b...

    Authors: Janneke Noordman, Lotte Schulze, Ruud Roodbeen, Gudule Boland, Liesbeth M. van Vliet, Maria van den Muijsenbergh and Sandra van Dulmen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:152

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  11. Advance care planning (ACP) is a process by which patients reflect upon their goals, values and beliefs to allow them to make decisions about their future medical treatment that align with their goals and valu...

    Authors: J. T. Toguri, L. Grant-Nunn and R. Urquhart

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:150

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  12. While hospitals remain the most common place of death in many western countries, specialised palliative care (SPC) at home is an alternative to improve the quality of life for patients with incurable cancer. W...

    Authors: Christine Marie Bækø Halling, Rasmus Trap Wolf, Per Sjøgren, Hans Von Der Maase, Helle Timm, Christoffer Johansen and Jakob Kjellberg

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:142

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  13. Patients often view “palliative care” (PC) as an approach that is synonymous with end-of-life and death, leading to shock and fear. Differing cultural and social norms and religious affiliations greatly determ...

    Authors: Naheed Dosani, Ravi Bhargava, Amit Arya, Celeste Pang, Pavinder Tut, Achal Sharma and Martin Chasen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:141

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  14. There is controversy regarding the practical implementation of symptom-focused oncological cancer therapies to hospice residents. In this study, we aim to analyse the use and indication of supportive-oncologic...

    Authors: Ulrich Kaiser, Ursula Vehling-Kaiser, Fabian Kück, Nicolae-Catalin Mechie, Ana Hoffmann and Florian Kaiser

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:140

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  15. Palliative care is becoming increasingly important because the number of patients with an incurable disease is growing and their survival is improving. Previous research tells us that early palliative care has...

    Authors: Janneke van Roij, Myrte Zijlstra, Laurien Ham, Linda Brom, Heidi Fransen, Art Vreugdenhil, Natasja Raijmakers and Lonneke van de Poll-Franse

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:139

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  16. A critical barrier to improving the quality of end-of-life (EOL) cancer care is our lack of understanding of the mechanisms underlying variation in EOL treatment intensity. This study aims to fill this gap by ...

    Authors: Kristin E. Knutzen, Karen E. Schifferdecker, Genevra F. Murray, Shama S. Alam, Gabriel A. Brooks, Nirav S. Kapadia, Rebecca Butcher and Amber E. Barnato

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:136

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  17. To assure patient-centred end-of-life care, palliative interventions need to account for patients’ preferences. Advance care planning (ACP) is a structured approach that allows patients, relatives and physicia...

    Authors: Carola Seifart, Martin Koch, Nico Leppin, Katharina Nagelschmidt, Jorge Riera Knorrenschild, Nina Timmesfeld, Winfried Rief and Pia von Blanckenburg

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:134

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  18. Advanced cancer affects people’s lives, often causing stress, anxiety and depression. Peer mentor interventions are used to address psychosocial concerns, but their outcomes and effect are not known. Our objec...

    Authors: Catherine Walshe, Diane Roberts, Lynn Calman, Lynda Appleton, Robert Croft, Suzanne Skevington, Mari Lloyd-Williams, Gunn Grande and Guillermo Perez Algorta

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:129

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  19. Despite evidence that family members’ support to each other can be of importance to its members, there are limited studies of factors related to family members’ sense of such support during palliative care.

    Authors: Anna Milberg, Maria Liljeroos, Rakel Wåhlberg and Barbro Krevers

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:120

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  20. Palliative care is a modality of treatment that addresses physical, psychological and spiritual symptoms. Dignity therapy, a form of psychotherapy, was developed by Professor Harvey Chochinov, MD in 2005.The a...

    Authors: John Weru, Miriam Gatehi and Alice Musibi

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:114

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  21. The current study aimed to further our understanding of second opinions among medical oncology patients by examining the proportion of patients who sought a second opinion about their cancer treatment, and why.

    Authors: Ian Olver, Mariko Carey, Jamie Bryant, Allison Boyes, Tiffany Evans and Rob Sanson-Fisher

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:112

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  22. In ageing Western societies, many older persons live with and die from cancer. Despite that present-day healthcare aims to be patient-centered, scientific literature has little knowledge to offer about how can...

    Authors: Jelle L. P. van Gurp, Anne Ebenau, Simone van der Burg and Jeroen Hasselaar

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:109

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  23. Despite advances in surgery, radiotherapy, and chemotherapy, pancreatic adenocarcinoma often progresses rapidly and causes death. The physical decline of these patients is expected to impact their quality of l...

    Authors: Berta Laquente, Teresa Macarulla, Cristina Bugés, Marta Martín, Carlos García, Carles Pericay, Sandra Merino, Laura Visa, Teresa Martín, Manuela Pedraza, Beatriz Carnero, Raquel Guardeño, Helena Verdaguer, Alejandro Mut, David Vilanova and Adelaida García

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:103

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  24. The Barriers Questionnaire II (BQ-II) was developed to assess barriers to effective pain management. In this study, we aimed to assess the reliability and validity of the newly developed Japanese version of th...

    Authors: Naoki Sakakibara, Hiroko Komatsu, Mikako Takahashi, Hideko Yamauchi, Teruo Yamauchi and Ardith Z. Doorenbos

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:102

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  25. The ERANet-LAC CODE (Care Of the Dying Evaluation) international survey assessed quality of care for dying cancer patients in seven countries, by use of the i-CODE questionnaire completed by bereaved relatives...

    Authors: Marit Irene Tuen Hansen, Dagny Faksvåg Haugen, Katrin Ruth Sigurdardottir, Anne Kvikstad, Catriona R. Mayland and Margrethe Aase Schaufel

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:98

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  26. Although palliative care providers, patients, and their families rely heavily on accurate prognostication, the prognostic value of electrolyte imbalance has received little attention.

    Authors: Min-Seok Seo, In Cheol Hwang, Jaehun Jung, Hwanhee Lee, Jae Hee Choi and Jae-Yong Shim

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:94

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  27. There is an increased interest in the analysis of large, national palliative care data sets including patient reported outcomes (PROs). No study has investigated if it was best to include or exclude data from ...

    Authors: Maiken Bang Hansen, Morten Aagaard Petersen, Lone Ross and Mogens Groenvold

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:89

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  28. Lung cancer has a high impact on both patients and relatives due to the high disease burden and short life expectancy. Previous studies looked into treatment goals patients have before starting a systemic trea...

    Authors: Adinda Mieras, Bregje D. Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Annemarie Becker-Commissaris, Jose C. M. Bos and H. Roeline W. Pasman

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:86

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  29. French legislation about sedation in palliative medicine evolved in 2016 with the introduction of a right to deep and continuous sedation, maintained until death. The objective was to describe midazolam sedati...

    Authors: Vincent Gamblin, Vincent Berry, Emmanuelle Tresch-Bruneel, Michel Reich, Arlette Da Silva, Stéphanie Villet, Nicolas Penel and Chloé Prod’Homme

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:85

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  30. The assessment of patients’ quality of life (QOL) is essential when evaluating the outcome of palliative care; however, no instruments have been validated for measuring symptoms and QOL in patients receiving p...

    Authors: Leslye Rojas-Concha, Maiken Bang Hansen, Morten Aagaard Petersen and Mogens Groenvold

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:81

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    The Correction to this article has been published in BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:157

  31. Anticancer treatment exposes patients to negative consequences such as increased toxicity and decreased quality of life, and there are clear guidelines recommending limiting use of aggressive anticancer treatm...

    Authors: Ellinor Christin Haukland, Christian von Plessen, Carsten Nieder and Barthold Vonen

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:76

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  32. Patients with advanced cancer, receiving at-home palliative care, are subject to numerous symptoms that are changeable and often require attention, a stressful situation that also impacts on the family caregiv...

    Authors: Inmaculada Valero-Cantero, Francisco Javier Martínez-Valero, Milagrosa Espinar-Toledo, Cristina Casals, Francisco Javier Barón-López and María Ángeles Vázquez-Sánchez

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:61

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  33. The significance of metaphors for the experience of cancer has been the topic of extensive previous research, with “Battle” and “Journey” metaphors standing out as key. Adaptation to the patient’s use of metap...

    Authors: Charlotte Hommerberg, Anna W. Gustafsson and Anna Sandgren

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:59

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  34. Olanzapine is an atypical antipsychotic that has affinity for many central nervous system receptors. Its efficacy is supported by several studies in the prevention and treatment of chemotherapy-induced nausea ...

    Authors: G. Saudemont, C. Prod’Homme, A. Da Silva, S. Villet, M. Reich, N. Penel and V. Gamblin

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:56

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  35. Despite the significant benefits of palliative care (PC) services for cancer patients, multiple challenges hinder the provision of PC services for these patients. Low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) are w...

    Authors: Hammoda Abu-Odah, Alex Molassiotis and Justina Liu

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:55

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  36. Patients with advanced haematological malignancies suffer from a very high symptom burden and psychological, spiritual, social and physical symptoms comparable with patients with metastatic non-haematological ...

    Authors: Silvia Tanzi, Stefano Luminari, Silvio Cavuto, Elena Turola, Luca Ghirotto and Massimo Costantini

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:53

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  37. Measuring functional status in palliative care may help clinicians to assess a patient’s prognosis, recommend adequate therapy, avoid futile or aggressive medical care, consider hospice referral, and evaluate ...

    Authors: Tomasz Dzierżanowski, Tomasz Gradalski and Michael Kozlowski

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:52

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  38. Despite the high potential to improve the quality of life of patients and families, palliative care services face significant obstacles to their use. In countries with high-resource health systems, the nonfina...

    Authors: Marco Bennardi, Nicola Diviani, Claudia Gamondi, Georg Stüssi, Piercarlo Saletti, Ivan Cinesi and Sara Rubinelli

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:47

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  39. In order to counteract fatigue, physical activity (PA) is recommended for all stages of cancer. However, only few advanced cancer patients (ACP) are physically active. Quantitative data with high numbers of AC...

    Authors: J. Frikkel, M. Götte, M. Beckmann, S. Kasper, J. Hense, M. Teufel, M. Schuler and M. Tewes

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:43

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  40. The probability of weaning and of long-term survival of chronically mechanically ventilated cancer patients is unknown, with incomplete information available to guide therapeutic decisions. We sought to determ...

    Authors: Kelly Haviland, Kay See Tan, Nadja Schwenk, Manju V. Pillai, Diane E. Stover and Robert J. Downey

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:42

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  41. The Palliative Care Consult Service (PCCS) programme was among the first initiations in Hungary to provide palliative care for patients admitted to hospital. The PCCS team provides palliative care for mainly c...

    Authors: Antal T. Zemplényi, Ágnes Csikós, Marcell Csanádi, Maureen Rutten-van Mölken, Carmen Hernandez, János G. Pitter, Thomas Czypionka, Markus Kraus and Zoltán Kaló

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:41

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  42. Outcome measurement is an essential part of the evaluation of palliative care and the measurements need to be reliable, valid and adapted to the culture in which they are used. The Integrated Palliative Outcom...

    Authors: Karolina Vlckova, Eva Hoschlova, Eva Chroustova and Martin Loucka

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:39

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  43. A better understanding of differences between the preferences of the general public and the recommendations of healthcare providers with regard to end-of-life (EOL) care may facilitate EOL discussion.

    Authors: Jun Hamano, Kyoko Hanari and Nanako Tamiya

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:38

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  44. In order to avoid unnecessary use of hospital services at the end-of-life, palliative care should be initiated early enough in order to have sufficient time to initiate and carry out good quality advance care ...

    Authors: Outi M. Hirvonen, Riikka-Leena Leskelä, Lotta Grönholm, Olli Haltia, Samuli Voltti, Kristiina Tyynelä-Korhonen, Eeva K. Rahko, Juho T. Lehto and Tiina Saarto

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:37

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  45. Family caregivers of patients with severe illness and in need for a palliative care approach, face numerous challenges and report having insufficient preparedness for the caregiver role as well as a need for i...

    Authors: Anette Alvariza, Louise Häger-Tibell, Maja Holm, Gunnar Steineck and Ulrika Kreicbergs

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:33

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  46. Palliative care (PC) referral is recommended early in the course of advanced cancer. This study aims to describe, in an integrated onco-palliative care program (IOPC), patient’s profile when first referred to ...

    Authors: Claire Barth, Isabelle Colombet, Vincent Montheil, Olivier Huillard, Pascaline Boudou-Rouquette, Camille Tlemsani, Jérôme Alexandre, François Goldwasser and Pascale Vinant

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:31

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  47. Spirituality is particularly important for patients suffering from life-threatening illness. Despite research showing the benefits of spiritual assessment and care for terminally ill patients, their spiritual ...

    Authors: Elisa Rabitti, Silvio Cavuto, Luca Iani, Simona Ottonelli, Francesco De Vincenzo and Massimo Costantini

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:26

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  48. Despite improvements in diagnostics and therapy, the majority of lung tumours are diagnosed at advanced stage IV with a poor prognosis. Due to the nature of an incurable disease, patients need to engage in sha...

    Authors: Jasmin Bossert, Michel Wensing, Michael Thomas, Matthias Villalobos, Corinna Jung, Anja Siegle, Laura Hagelskamp, Nicole Deis, Jana Jünger and Katja Krug

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:21

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  49. Cervical cancer is mostly diagnosed at advanced stages among the majority of women in low-income settings, with palliative care being the only feasible form of care. This study was aimed at investigating palli...

    Authors: O. Tapera and A. M. Nyakabau

    Citation: BMC Palliative Care 2020 19:20

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