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Marcon A.,Local Health Authority of Romagna | Bravi F.,Local Health Authority of Romagna | Foglino S.,University of Bologna | Angelastro A.,National Agency For Regional Health Services Agenas | And 4 more authors.
Annali di igiene : medicina preventiva e di comunità | Year: 2014

The Italian Ministry of Health declared oncology a priority and stressed the importance of ensuring continuity and integration in cancer care pathways. In order to monitor the quality of cancer care pathways, we need to explore patients' experience of the continuity of care, identifying the dimensions that define continuity. We found 886 relevant articles in the Pubmed database from 1987 to 5 November 2013. The search strategy for the electronic database was defined using the Population, Intervention, Comparison and Outcome(s) framework (PICO) to identify keywords. Two researchers independently reviewed records identified through the search strategy, analyzing continuity dimensions, specificity and/or transversal domains. We selected 20 articles that measure the patients' experience of continuity of care: 7 articles including 5 questionnaires [Questionnaire by King et al. 2008; Cancer care coordination Questionnaire (Cccq); Patient Continuity of Care Questionnaire (Pccq); Medical Care Questionnaire (Mcq); Continuity and Coordination of Care Questionnaire (CCCQ)]; 6 articles evaluating the relationship between patient and his/her physician (the same across the care pathway) in terms of frequency and/or dispersion; 6 articles considering one subscale of larger scales designed to evaluate the generic cancer care service patient experience; 1 revealing four organizational indicators of care pathway continuity / discontinuity. We traced 3 transversal dimensions across the individual analyses: informational, organizational, relational continuity. It follows that in order to cater to the needs of cancer patients, we need to simultaneously focus on these three dimensions along the cancer care pathway. In line with these results, we promoted the "R.In.Cu.ORAM.i" study (Networks for Integrated Treatment of colorectal and breast cancer), in Area Vasta Romagna Area (Italy), and developed a continuity of care patient-experience continuity tool. Source


Ell B.,Princeton University | Qiu Q.,Princeton University | Wei Y.,Princeton University | Mercatali L.,IRCCS Scientific Institute of Romagna for the Study and Treatment of Cancer IRST IRCCS | And 4 more authors.
Journal of Biological Chemistry | Year: 2014

Background: The role of microRNA (miRNA)-23b/27b/24 in metastasis is controversial. Results: Ectopic expression of the miRNA-23b/27b/24 cluster enhances metastasis in vivo by direct inhibition of prosaposin (PSAP). Conclusion: PSAP is a metastasis suppressor that is targeted by miRNA-23b/27b/24 in breast cancer. Significance: This finding represents a novel miRNA-target interaction for therapeutic intervention of breast cancer metastasis. © 2014 by The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Inc. Source


Amadori D.,IRCCS Scientific Institute of Romagna for the Study and Treatment of Cancer IRST IRCCS | Aglietta M.,Institute for Cancer Research and Treatment | Alessi B.,University of Udine | Gianni L.,Infermi Hospital | And 8 more authors.
The Lancet Oncology | Year: 2013

Background: Zoledronic acid reduces skeletal-related events in patients with breast cancer, but concerns have been raised about prolonged monthly administration. We assessed the efficacy and safety of a reduced dosing frequency of zoledronic acid in women treated previously with monthly zoledronic acid. Methods: We did this non-inferiority, phase 3 trial in 62 centres in Italy. We enrolled patients with breast cancer who had one or more bone metastases and had completed 12-15 months of monthly treatment with zoledronic acid. Patients were randomly assigned with a permutated block (size four to eight) random list stratified by centre in a 1:1 ratio to zoledronic acid 4 mg once every 12 weeks or once every 4 weeks, and followed up for at least 1 year. Neither patients nor investigators were masked to treatment allocation. The primary outcome was skeletal morbidity rate (skeletal-related events per patient per year) in the intention-to-treat population. We used a non-inferiority margin of 0·19. The trial is registered with EudraCT, number 2005-004942-15. Findings: We screened 430 patients and enrolled 425, of whom 209 were assigned to the 12-week group and 216 to the 4-week group. The skeletal morbidity rate was 0·26 (95% CI 0·15-0·37) in the 12-week group versus 0·22 (0·14-0·29) in the 4-week group. The between-group difference was 0·04 and the upper limit of one-tailed 97·5% CI was 0·17, which is lower than the non-inferiority margin. The most common grade 3-4 adverse events were bone pain (56 [27%] patients in the 12-week group vs 65 [30%] in the 4-week group), nausea (24 [11%] vs 33 [15%]), and asthenia (18 [9%] vs 33 [15%]). Renal adverse events occurred in one patient (<1%) in the 12-week group versus two (1%) in the 4-week group. One patient (<1%) in the 4-week group had grade 1 acute renal failure. Osteonecrosis of the jaw occurred in four patients in the 12-week group versus three in the 4-week group. No treatment-related deaths were reported. Median N-terminal telopeptide concentration changed from baseline more in the 12-week group than in the 4-week group after 12 months (12·2% vs 0·0%; p=0·011). Interpretation: Our results raise the possibility of decreasing administration of zoledronic acid to a 12-weekly regimen to reduce exposure during the second year, while maintaining its therapeutic effects. However, the effects on N-terminal telopeptide should be investigated further before changing current practice. Funding: Novartis Farma. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd. Source

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