oncology

Publication Title: 
Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology

PURPOSE: Determining the appropriate rate of radiotherapy (RT) utilization is important for health care planning and resource allocation. The difference between the observed and the appropriate RT rate is influenced by the choice of a criterion based benchmarking (CBB) or evidence-based estimates (EBEST) measure.

Author(s): 
Shack, Lorraine
Lu, Shuang
Weeks, Lee-Anne
Craighead, Peter
Kerba, Marc
Publication Title: 
Integrative Cancer Therapies

Objective This is a review of spiritually based interventions (eg, mindfulness-based stress reduction) that utilized psychoneuroimmunological (PNI) outcome measures in breast cancer survivors. Specifically, this review sought to examine the evidence regarding relationships between spiritually based interventions, psychosocial-spiritual outcomes, and biomarker outcomes in breast cancer survivors. Methods A systematic search of 9 online databases was conducted for articles of original research, peer-reviewed, randomized and nonrandomized control trials from 2005-2015.

Author(s): 
Hulett, Jennifer M.
Armer, Jane M.
Publication Title: 
Psycho-Oncology

OBJECTIVE: This study aims to investigate the evidence of the efficacy of mindfulness-based stress reduction (MBSR) in improving stress, depression and anxiety in breast cancer patients. METHODS: An extensive systematic electronic review (PubMed, Embase, CINAHL, PsyArticles, PsycINFO, Scopus, Ovid, Web of Science and The Cochrane Library) and a hand search were carried out from 15 October 2011 to 30 November 2011 to retrieve relevant articles using 'mindfulness' or 'mindfulness-based stress reduction' and 'breast cancer' as keywords.

Author(s): 
Zainal, Nor Zuraida
Booth, Sara
Huppert, Felicia A.
Publication Title: 
Journal of Traditional and Complementary Medicine

Oncology acupuncture has become a new and promising field of research because more and more cancer patients have sought non-pharmacological alternatives for symptom management. While different mechanisms have been proposed to explain its efficacy, including theories of the neural system, endocrine cytokine or immunological regulation, its eventual role has become that of alleviating the side effects induced by chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

Author(s): 
Chien, Tsai-Ju
Liu, Chia-Yu
Hsu, Chung-Hua
Publication Title: 
Acupuncture in Medicine: Journal of the British Medical Acupuncture Society

OBJECTIVE: To assess the efficacy/effectiveness and safety of acupuncture in patients recovering from colorectal cancer resection. METHODS: We systematically searched four English language databases (Medline, Embase, CENTRAL (Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials), and AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine Database)) and one Chinese database (CAJ, China Academic Journals). Randomised trials of acupuncture compared with usual/routine care, sham interventions or active comparators in patients undergoing colorectal cancer resection were eligible for inclusion.

Author(s): 
Kim, Kun Hyung
Kim, Dae Hun
Kim, Hee Young
Son, Gyung Mo
Publication Title: 
BMJ open

INTRODUCTION: Many cancer patients experience leucopoenia during chemotherapy. Granulocyte- colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) is used to treat chemotherapy-induced leucopoenia (CIL) but has various limitations. Clinical trials have indicated that acupuncture may prevent bone marrow suppression and increase leucocyte counts after chemotherapy. The objective of this review is to assess the efficacy and safety of acupuncture for treating CIL.

Author(s): 
Nian, Jiayun
Sun, Xu
Guo, Jiao
Yan, Chen
Wang, Xiaomin
Yang, Guowang
Yang, Lin
Yu, Mingwei
Zhang, Ganlin
Publication Title: 
European Journal of Oncology Nursing: The Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to test the previous proposed Preliminary Live with Love Conceptual Framework (P-LLCF) that focuses on spousal caregiver-patient couples in their journey of coping with cancer as dyads. METHODS: A mixed-methods study that included qualitative and quantitative approaches was conducted. Methods of concept and theory analysis, and structural equation modeling (SEM) were applied in testing the P-LLCF.

Author(s): 
Li, Qiuping
Xu, Yinghua
Zhou, Huiya
Loke, Alice Yuen
Publication Title: 
European Journal of Oncology Nursing: The Official Journal of European Oncology Nursing Society

PURPOSE: The relational dynamics of couples may be under great strain due to the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. A complex "Caring for Couples Coping with Cancer" (4Cs) intervention program, guided by a Preliminary Live with Love Conceptual Framework (P-LLCF) for Cancer Couple Dyads, was developed to support couples going through such hardship. The purpose of this paper is to present a re-analysis of the results of the 4Cs intervention program to determine whether the findings provide evidence to support the constructs in the P-LLCF.

Author(s): 
Li, Qiuping
Xu, Yinghua
Zhou, Huiya
Loke, Alice Yuen
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