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Fifteen patients were enrolled in a pilot study to evaluate the safety and efficacy of acupuncture for the treatment of menopausal symptoms in tamoxifen-treated patients. Patients were evaluated before treatment and after one, three and six months with the Greene Menopause Index and were treated according to the traditional Chinese medicine. Anxiety,(More)
Familial breast cancer, whether associated or not with particular other breast cancer features (male, early onset, bilateral breast cancer), determines a wide and variable risk of developing breast cancer in the 'unpatients' (unaffected individuals) of these families, particularly in those harboring a genetic predisposition. The antiestrogen tamoxifen has(More)
An important goal for cancer patients is to improve the quality of life (QOL) by maximising functions affected by the disease and its therapy. Preliminary research suggests that exercise may be an effective intervention for enhancing QOL in cancer survivors. Research has provided preliminary evidence for the safety, feasibility, and efficacy of exercise(More)
The goal of this study is to evaluate the feasibility and efficacy of palliative sedation at home (PSH) to approach refractory symptoms in dying cancer patients. Charts of 121 patients, observed by “L'Aquila per la Vita” Home Care Unit, from August 2006 to May 2008, were reviewed. Sixteen patients out of 44 who died at home (36.4%) were sedated. Indication(More)
CONTEXT Patients with advanced cancer who are near the end of life may experience intolerable suffering refractory to targeted palliative therapies. Palliative sedation (PS) is considered to be an effective treatment modality for these refractory symptoms when aggressive efforts fail to provide relief. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to(More)
The Supportive Care Task Force (SCTF) was established within the Medical Oncology Department at the University of L’Aquila in May 2002. The missions of the SCTF were to allow systematic evaluation and treatment of symptoms, to warrant continuity of care in all phases of disease and to provide medical oncology residents with training in the treatment of(More)
CONTEXT Data regarding palliative sedation at home in dying patients are lacking. OBJECTIVES To describe the frequency, indication, and modality of palliative sedation (PS) in patients followed at home. METHODS A retrospective analysis of home care cancer patients was performed. Patients who received PS before dying were selected and information about(More)
CONTEXT Data regarding the circumstances of the process of death of terminally ill patients followed at home are lacking. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to describe the characteristics and assess the circumstances of the process of death of terminally ill patients followed at home. METHODS This was a prospective survey to assess the dying process(More)
CONTEXT Data regarding prognostication of life expectancy in patients with advanced cancer are of paramount importance to patients, families, and clinicians. However, data regarding patients followed at home are lacking. OBJECTIVES The aim of this study was to evaluate the correlation between various factors recorded at the beginning of home care(More)