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Definition and classification of cancer cachexia: an international consensus.
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A framework exists on a framework for the definition and classification of cancer cachexia, a multifactorial syndrome defined by an ongoing loss of skeletal muscle mass that cannot be fully reversed by conventional nutritional support and leads to progressive functional impairment. Expand
The Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS): A Simple Method for the Assessment of Palliative Care Patients
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It is concluded that this is a simple and useful method for the regular assessment of symptom distress in the palliative care setting. Expand
Critical issues on opioids in chronic non-cancer pain: An epidemiological study
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It is remarkable that opioid treatment of long‐term/chronic non‐cancer pain does not seem to fulfil any of the key outcome opioid treatment goals: pain relief, improved quality of life and improved functional capacity. Expand
Abbreviated course of radiation therapy in older patients with glioblastoma multiforme: a prospective randomized clinical trial.
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In view of the similar KPS scores, decreased increment in corticosteroid requirement, and reduced treatment time, the abbreviated course of RT seems to be a reasonable treatment option for older patients with glioblastoma multiforme. Expand
Occurrence, causes, and outcome of delirium in patients with advanced cancer: a prospective study.
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Delirium precipitated by opioids and other psychoactive medications and dehydration is frequently reversible with change of opioid or dose reduction, discontinuation of unnecessary psychoactive medication, or hydration, respectively, and patients with delirium had poorer survival rates than controls. Expand
Validity of the McGill Quality of Life Questionnaire in the palliative care setting: a multi-centre Canadian study demonstrating the importance of the existential domain
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A revised version of The McGill Quality of Life Questionnaire (MQOL) is compared to a single-item scale measuring overall quality of life (SIS), and the self-administered version of the Spitzer Quality of life Index (SA-QLI), to obtain evidence of validity. Expand
Exploring joint effects of genes and the clinical efficacy of morphine for cancer pain: OPRM1 and COMT gene
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Genotype and clinical data from a pharmacokinetic study of morphine in 207 inpatients treated with stable morphine dose for at least 3 days by Palliative Medicine Specialists showed significant variation in morphine dose requirement by genotype groups, and joint effects for the Met/Met and AA genotypes persisted. Expand
NOPPAIN: A Nursing Assistant- Administered Pain Assessment Instrument for Use in Dementia
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Results indicated the NAs were quite accurate in their ratings of the videos, providing excellent preliminary evidence on the use of the NOPPAIN for detecting pain in nursing home patients with dementia. Expand
Spirituality, religiosity, and spiritual pain in advanced cancer patients.
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There was a trend toward increased depression, anxiety, anorexia, and drowsiness, as measured by the ESAS, among patients with spiritual pain, although this was not significant after Bonferroni correction. Expand
Can this patient be discharged home? Factors associated with at-home death among patients with cancer.
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Asking a few simple patient- and family-centered questions may help to inform the decision regarding the best place for end-of-life care and death. Expand
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