Cancer Care Facilities

Publication Title: 
Hematology. American Society of Hematology. Education Program

Integrative medicine (IM) has become a major challenge for doctors and nurses, as well as psychologists and many other disciplines involved in the endeavor to help patients to better tolerate the burden of toxic therapies and give patients tools so they can actively participate in their "salutogenesis." IM encompasses psycho-oncology, acupuncture, and physical and mental exercises to restore vital capacities lost due to toxic therapies; furthermore, it aims to replenish nutritional and metabolic deficits during and after cancer treatment.

Author(s): 
Diehl, Volker
Publication Title: 
Supportive Care in Cancer: Official Journal of the Multinational Association of Supportive Care in Cancer

GOALS OF WORK: Therapeutic touch (TT) is a complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) treatment modeled on the ancient practice of "laying on of hands" that has been developed into a contemporary supportive care intervention. Evidence-based support for TT is emerging with increasingly more sophisticated studies; however, flaws in early research contributed to a perception that TT is poor science. Yet TT is a safe CAM treatment that is highly valued by patients and can be integrated into conventional settings.

Author(s): 
Stephen, Joanne E.
Mackenzie, Gina
Sample, Sarah
Macdonald, Jennifer
Publication Title: 
European Journal of Oncology Nursing: The Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society

BACKGROUND: Women with recurring ovarian cancer are living longer, due to advances in treatment options. They are now often outpatients, experiencing rapid encounters on treatment days. Whether this shift in care meets women's needs has been scarcely explored scientifically. PURPOSE OF THE STUDY: This study aimed to illuminate the phenomenon of living with recurring ovarian cancer as experienced by women in that condition. METHODS AND SAMPLE: A descriptive phenomenological method was used.

Author(s): 
Ekwall, Eva
Ternestedt, Britt-Marie
Sorbe, Bengt
Sunvisson, Helena
Publication Title: 
Oncology Nursing Forum

PURPOSE/OBJECTIVES: To explore the meanings and uses of an expressed desire for hastened death in seven patients living with advanced cancer. DESIGN: A phenomenologic inquiry. SETTING: Urban cancer research center. SAMPLE: Terminally ill patients with cancer who had expressed a desire for hastened death. METHODS: A series of in-depth semistructured interviews were audiotaped, transcribed, coded, and organized into themes.

Author(s): 
Coyle, Nessa
Sculco, Lois
Publication Title: 
Palliative Medicine

The aromatherapy service at the Cancer Support and Information Centre (CSIC) of this regional Cancer Centre has been continually assessed since its inception in 1993. New methods of assessing complementary therapies, based on the 'therapy-as-practised', have been explored. The present study evaluates the service following changes made after an initial pilot. The professional aromatherapist developed an evaluation tool, and formal questionnaires were limited to the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS).

Author(s): 
Kite, S. M.
Maher, E. J.
Anderson, K.
Young, T.
Young, J.
Wood, J.
Howells, N.
Bradburn, J.
Publication Title: 
Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America

Clinical research on acupuncture in cancer care is a new and challenging field in oncology. The results of clinical research will continue to provide clinically relevant answers for patients and oncologists. The evidence currently available has suggested that acupuncture is a safe and effective therapy to manage cancer and treatment related symptoms, while giving patients the ability to actively participate in their own care plan. The article explains the potential benefits of acupuncture and describes the difficulties in studying its effectiveness.

Author(s): 
Lu, Weidong
Dean-Clower, Elizabeth
Doherty-Gilman, Anne
Rosenthal, David S.
Publication Title: 
Palliative Medicine

The aromatherapy service at the Cancer Support and Information Centre (CSIC) of this regional Cancer Centre has been continually assessed since its inception in 1993. New methods of assessing complementary therapies, based on the 'therapy-as-practised', have been explored. The present study evaluates the service following changes made after an initial pilot. The professional aromatherapist developed an evaluation tool, and formal questionnaires were limited to the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS).

Author(s): 
Kite, S. M.
Maher, E. J.
Anderson, K.
Young, T.
Young, J.
Wood, J.
Howells, N.
Bradburn, J.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Cancer Education: The Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Education

BACKGROUND: Following a survey of health professionals' familiarity with 19 non-pharmacologic interventions for cancer pain, evidence-based continuing education sessions were conducted on the five therapies about which the professionals reported being most interested in learning more. METHODS: Three months following the education sessions, the original questionnaire was re-administered. Responses from the original survey were compared with those on the post-education survey.

Author(s): 
Zaza, C.
Sellick, S.
Publication Title: 
European Journal of Oncology Nursing: The Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society

The Chair Massage service considered in this evaluation study was provided to carers, visiting in-patients at a major cancer hospital in the UK. The two-stage evaluation comprised: firstly, a retrospective review of treatment records for the previous 12 months (n=182), and secondly, a prospective study, gathering data by interview and a 'next-day' questionnaire from carers (n=34), during 1 week of service delivery. The study at both stages sought to identify who used the service, post-treatment comments and changes in scores using a Feeling Good Thermometer (Field, T., 2000.

Author(s): 
Mackereth, Peter
Sylt, Paola
Weinberg, Ashley
Campbell, Gwynneth
Publication Title: 
Pediatrics

BACKGROUND: Children undergoing stem cell transplantation (SCT) are thought to be at risk for increased distress, adjustment difficulties, and impaired health-related quality of life (HRQL). We report results of a multisite trial designed to improve psychological adjustment and HRQL in children undergoing SCT. METHODS: A total of 171 patients and parents from 4 sites were randomized to receive a child-targeted intervention; a child and parent intervention; or standard care.

Author(s): 
Phipps, Sean
Peasant, Courtney
Barrera, Maru
Alderfer, Melissa A.
Huang, Qinlei
Vannatta, Kathryn

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