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C-reactive protein, symptoms and activity of daily living in patients with advanced cancer receiving palliative care.   Amano K, Maeda I, Morita T, et al   J Cachexia Sarcopenia Muscle. 2017 Jun;8(3):457-465.   A secondary data analysis of a cross-sectional study looked at the associations between C-reactive protein (CRP) level, manual muscle testing of limbs, […]

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Retrospective review of serotonergic medication tolerability in patients with neuroendocrine tumors with biochemically proven carcinoid syndrome.   Shi DD, Yuppa DP, Dutton T, et al.   Cancer. 2017 Jul 15;123(14):2735-2742   A retrospective review of patients with metastatic carcinoid tumours and elevated serotonin levels who received serotonergic antidepressants was performed to evaluate the effect of […]

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Prevalence and incidence of chronic pain with or without neuropathic characteristics in patients with cancer.   Bouhassira D, Luporsi E, Krakowski I.   Pain. 2017 Jun;158(6):1118-1125.   A prospective observational study in France recruited 1805 cancer patients attending out-patients for cancer treatment from 12 oncology units. A clinical examination, DN4 questionnaire and Brief Pain Inventory […]

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Cost analysis of a prospective multi-site cohort study of palliative care consultation teams for adults with advanced cancer: Where do cost-savings come from? May P, Garrido MM, Cassel JB, Kelley AS, Meier DE, Normand C, Smith TJ, Morrison RS. Palliat Med. 2017 Apr;31(4):378-386.   A prospective multi-site cohort study in three US hospitals included 863 […]

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Comparing the symptom experience of cancer patients and non-cancer patients. Deshields TL, Penalba V, Liu J, Avery J. Support Care Cancer. 2017 Apr;25(4):1103-1109.   This study focussed on symptom burden of 301 consecutive patients from a general medical clinic and 558 cancer patients from a tumour registry who completed the Memorial Symptom Assessment Scale. Results […]

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Predictors of Complicated Grief and Depression in Bereaved Caregivers: A Nationwide Prospective Cohort Study. Nielsen MK, Neergaard MA, Jensen AB, et al. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Mar;53(3):540-550   A prospective survey of 3635 caregivers to terminally ill patients in Denmark was conducted. 2420 were bereaved within six months and of the survey, 2125 (88%) […]

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Caregivers’ Perspectives on the Use of Long-Term Oxygen Therapy for the Treatment of Refractory Breathlessness: A Qualitative Study Aileen Collier, Katrina Breaden, Jane L. Phillips, Meera Agar, Caroline Litster, David C. Currow. J Pain Symptom Manage. 2017 Jan;53(1):33-39.   A qualitative study of the perspectives of 20 caregivers in the palliative setting of patients on […]

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Prevalence of cancer chemotherapy-related problems, their relation to health-related quality of life and associated supportive care: a cross-sectional survey. Wagland, Richardson A, Ewings S, Armes J, Lennan E, Hankins M, Griffiths P. Support Care Cancer. 2016 Dec;24(12):4901-4911.   This study surveyed the prevalence of 17 problems whilst undergoing chemotherapy and people’s experiences of supportive care […]

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