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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 serotonergic antidepressants on […]

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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 were used to […]

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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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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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Association Between Palliative Care and Patient and Caregiver Outcomes: A Systematic Review and Meta-analysis. Kavalieratos D, Corbelli J, Zhang D, Dionne-Odom JN, Ernecoff NC, Hanmer J, Hoydich ZP, Ikejiani DZ, Klein-Fedyshin M, Zimmermann C, Morton SC, Arnold RM, Heller L, Schenker Y. JAMA. 2016 Nov 22;316(20):2104-2114. doi: 10.1001/jama.2016.16840. A narrative meta-analysis of randomized clinical trials […]

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Relationship between Opioid Treatment and Rate of Healing in Chronic Wounds. Shanmugam VK, Couch KS, McNish S, Amdur RL. Wound Repair Regen. 2016 Nov 16. doi: 10.1111/wrr.12496. [Epub ahead of print] 450 people participated in this longitudinal observational study to investigate the relationship between opioids and wound healing.  Using fixed-effects models and time-to-event analysis, opioid […]

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