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BACKGROUND Recent studies examining the medical and psychosocial sequelae of bone marrow transplantation have reported most survivors do relatively well while a smaller group continues to experience less than optimal quality of life (QOL). Many of these studies are limited by small sample sizes, limited scope, and focus on a narrow (1-4 year) window of(More)
Samarium-153-ethylenediaminetetramethylene phosphoric acid (EDTMP), a bone-seeking radiopharmaceutical, was given to prostate cancer patients in a dose escalation protocol for pain palliation to determine the maximally tolerated dose. Fifty-two patients with hormone refractory prostate cancer with bony metastases were treated with doses beginning at 0.5(More)
UNLABELLED Fibromyalgia syndrome (FMS) is a prevalent and disabling chronic pain disorder. Past research suggests that obesity is a common comorbidity and may be related to the severity of FMS. The main objective of the present study was to evaluate the relationships between FMS and obesity in the multiple FMS-related domains: hyperalgesia, symptoms,(More)
Few controlled clinical trials have tested the efficacy of psychological techniques for reducing cancer pain or post-chemotherapy nausea and emesis. In this study, 67 bone marrow transplant patients with hematological malignancies were randomly assigned to one of four groups prior to beginning transplantation conditioning: (1) hypnosis training (HYP); (2)(More)
A randomized clinical trial was conducted to assess the effects of home nursing care for patients with progressive lung cancer. One hundred sixty-six patients were assigned to either an oncology home care group (OHC) that received care from oncology home care nurses, a standard home care group (SHC) that received care from regular home care nurses, or an(More)
Pupillary response to noxious stimulation was investigated in men (n = 11) and women (n = 9). Subjects experienced repeated trials of noxious electrical fingertip stimulation at four intensities, ranging from faint to barely tolerable pain. Measures included pupil dilation response (PDR), pain report (PR), and brain evoked potentials (EPs). The PDR began at(More)
BACKGROUND Individual differences in treatment responses to health-related quality-of-life interventions arise ubiquitously and prominently in clinical trials. These differences do not reflect error, but instead represent patterns of response that vary reliably across patients. Individual differences complement and qualify the information conveyed by(More)
We investigated the antiemetic efficacy and safety of intravenous ondansetron infusion in the BMT setting. We conducted prospective randomized comparison trials between ondansetron at 2 dose levels and metoclopramide (MCP) plus droperidol for the prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting in 2 patient populations scheduled to undergo BMT. One(More)
BACKGROUND Despite a large number of clinical investigations in postoperative patients, the pharmacology of epidural fentanyl, alfentanil, and sufentanil has not been well characterized in a human laboratory setting. In this double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover study, we evaluated analgesia and side effects produced by epidural fentanyl (30 and 100(More)