Silvoniemi M.,University of Turku |
Vasankari T.,University of Turku |
Vahlberg T.,University of Turku |
Vuorinen E.,Kotka Central Hospital |
And 2 more authors.
Supportive Care in Cancer | Year: 2012
Purpose Adequate pain control is essential in cancer treatment. We surveyed Finnish physicians' perception on their skills and training needs on palliative pain management. Methods A structured questionnaire with multiple choices and open ended questions was used for collecting data in 2006-2008. Of 720 physicians participating, 59 were working in oncology and 661 physicians in internal medicine, geriatrics, and primary health care. Results The principles of the WHO guidelines of cancer pain management were not well known. Forty-six percent of oncologists and 32% of other physicians (P<0.0001) knew the analgesic ladder consisting of three steps. Forty-seven percent of oncologists and 61% of other physicians considered pain treatment of cancer patients being well managed in Finland. Only 24% of oncologists and 5% of other physicians considered the education in palliative care being currently at a satisfactory level. Oncologists reported a need of training in interaction and communication skills, ethical questions, and palliative home care. The other physicians expressed the strongest need for training in pain management and palliative care. Conclusions To have more confidence in treating cancer, pain physicians would benefit in training and education in palliative care. It should be systematically included both in general and specialist training and continuous medical education. © Springer-Verlag 2012.
Schaub C.,University of Bonn |
Greschus S.,MediClin Robert Janker Klinik |
Seifert M.,MediClin Robert Janker Klinik |
Waha A.,MediClin Robert Janker Klinik |
And 17 more authors.
Oncology (Switzerland) | Year: 2013
Objectives: In this study, we analyzed the prognostic value of different MRI progression patterns for survival in patients with recurrent malignant glioma treated with the vascular endothelial growth factor antibody bevacizumab. Patients and Methods: Twenty-six adult patients with recurrent malignant glioma treated with bevacizumab or bevacizumab/irinotecan were retrospectively analyzed for the development of contrast-enhanced (T1-weighted MRI) and T2/FLAIR lesions. According to the progression pattern, patients were divided into 3 subgroups: (1) patients with primarily progressive contrast-enhanced lesions in the first MRI after initiation of therapy ('primary PD group'); (2) patients with stable or regressive enhanced lesions but progressive FLAIR lesions ('FLAIR-only PD group'), and (3) patients with stable or regressive contrast-enhanced T1 and FLAIR lesions ('no PD group'). Results: Overall survival (OS) in the 6 patients in the FLAIR-only PD group was not significantly different from the 11 patients in the no PD group (median 311 vs. 254 days, respectively). In contrast, survival in the FLAIR-only PD group was significantly better (p = 0.025) than in the primary PD group. Conclusion: FLAIR-only progression is not an independent prognostic factor negatively influencing OS in recurrent glioblastoma treated with bevacizumab and should not lead to discontinuation of bevacizumab therapy. © 2013 S. Karger AG, Basel.
Van De Voorde L.,Maastricht University |
Vanneste B.,Maastricht University |
Houben R.,Maastricht University |
Damen P.,Maastricht University |
And 8 more authors.
European Journal of Surgical Oncology | Year: 2015
Aims Stereotactic ablative body radiotherapy (SABR) is a non-invasive treatment option for inoperable patients or patients with irresectable liver tumors. Outcome and toxicity were evaluated retrospectively in this single-institution patient cohort. Patients and methods Between 2010 and 2014, 39 lesions were irradiated in 33 consecutive patients (18 male, 15 female, median age of 68 years). All the lesions were liver metastases (n = 34) or primary hepatocellular carcinomas (n = 5). The patients had undergone four-dimensional respiration-correlated PET-CT for treatment simulation to capture tumor motion. We analyzed local control with a focus on CT-based response at three months, one year and two years after treatment, looking at overall survival and the progression pattern. Results All patients were treated with hypofractionated image-guided stereotactic radiotherapy. The equivalent dose in 2 Gy fractions varied from 62.5 Gy to 150 Gy, delivered in 3-10 fractions (median dose 93.8 Gy, alpha/beta = 10). The CT-based regression pattern three months after radiotherapy revealed partial regression in 72.7% of patients with a complete remission in 27.3% of the cases. The site of first progression was predominantly distant. One- and two-year overall survival rates were 85.4% and 68.8%, respectively. No toxicity of grade 2 or higher according to the NCI Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events v4.0 was observed. Conclusion SABR is a safe and efficient treatment for selected inoperable patients or irresectable tumors of the liver. Future studies should combine SABR with systemic treatment acting in synergy with radiation, such as immunological interventions or hypoxic cell radiosensitizers to prevent distant relapse. © 2014 Elsevier Ltd.