Duncan J F Brown

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OBJECTIVE To understand key challenges in researching end of life issues and identify ways of overcoming these. DESIGN Qualitative study involving in-depth interviews with researchers and focus groups with people affected by cancer. PARTICIPANTS An international sample of 32 researchers; seven patients with experience of cancer; and four carers in south(More)
The relationship between the magnitude of systemic inflammatory response and the nutritional/functional parameters in patients with inoperable non-small cell lung cancer were studied. The extent of weight loss, albumin, C-reactive protein, performance status and quality of life was measured in 106 patients with inoperable non-small cell lung cancer (stages(More)
BACKGROUND Functional disability is reported frequently in fatigued cancer patients, but little is known about the correlation between fatigue and objective physical function. In addition, from previous work, the systemic inflammatory response and psychological distress appear to be related to fatigue. METHODS Thirty-eight patients with metastatic or(More)
The aim of the present study was to examine the relationship between adiponectin and the systemic inflammatory response in weight-losing patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). Measurement of anthropometry, acute phase proteins, interleukin-6, leptin (total and free) and adiponectin were carried out on healthy subjects (n = 13) and non-small cell(More)
The relationship between circulating C-reactive protein concentrations and potential cytokine and receptor mediators (interleukin-6, leukaemia inhibitory factor (LIF), ciliary neurotrophic factor (CNTF), soluble IL-6 receptor, soluble gp130, soluble TNF receptor, interleukin-1 receptor antagonist and interleukin-8 (IL-8)) of this acute phase protein were(More)
The relationship between weight loss, the systemic inflammatory response and quality of life in patients with inoperable non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) was studied. The extent of weight loss, the systemic inflammatory response (C-reactive protein) and quality of life (EORTC-QLQ-C30) was measured in 106 patients with inoperable NSCLC (stage III and IV).(More)
Ribavirin, a synthetic guanosine analogue, possesses a broad spectrum of activity against DNA and RNA viruses. It has been previously shown to attenuate the course of fulminant hepatitis in mice produced by murine hepatitis virus strain 3. We therefore studied the effects of ribavirin on murine hepatitis virus strain 3 replication, macrophage production of(More)
BACKGROUND The Glasgow Prognostic Score (GPS), an inflammation-based prognostic score formed from standard thresholds of C reactive protein (CRP) and albumin, has prognostic value in patients with advanced cancer. Little is known about the general biochemical disturbance associated with the systemic inflammatory response in cancer. AIM To examine the(More)
OBJECTIVES To examine the care experiences of South Asian Sikh and Muslim patients in Scotland with life limiting illness and their families and to understand the reasons for any difficulties with access to services and how these might be overcome. DESIGN Prospective, longitudinal, qualitative design using in-depth interviews. SETTING Central Scotland.(More)
This report describes a novel diagnostic method for virus-vector trichodorid nematodes and associated Tobacco rattle virus (TRV) based on a real-time fluorogenic 5' nuclease PCR assay (TaqMan). Two independent primer/probe sets were designed targeting the 18S gene of the ribosomal cistron for the trichodorid species, Paratrichodorus pachydermus and(More)