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PURPOSE Professionally administered psychosocial interventions have been shown to improve the quality of life of cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. The present study sought to improve access to psychosocial interventions during chemotherapy treatment by evaluating the efficacy and costs of a patient self-administered form of stress management training(More)
BACKGROUND Few intervention programs assist patients and their family caregivers to manage advanced cancer and maintain their quality of life (QOL). This study examined (i) whether patient-caregiver dyads (i.e., pairs) randomly assigned to a brief or extensive dyadic intervention (the FOCUS Program) had better outcomes than dyads randomly assigned to usual(More)
Extrapulmonary small-cell cancer is a distinct clinicopathological entity from small-cell anaplastic carcinoma of the lung. Approximately 1,000 cases have been projected annually in the United States, which represents an overall incidence of between 0.1% and 0.4% of all cancer. Not surprisingly then, little information is available regarding the treatment(More)
We have tested a simple procedure, disease association by locus stratification, for identifying breast cancer patients with pathogenetic allelic variants at several candidate loci. The strategy was based on the assumption of epistatic interactions of the candidates. We analyzed 66 independent cases from sib pairs affected with breast cancer that had(More)
The Functional Living Index-Cancer (FLIC) was administered to 438 patients in the Lung Cancer Study Group on whom long-term follow-up was available in 1993. Across all trials, the total FLIC score was predictive for survival even when corrected for extent of disease, although individual items on the FLIC were not. There was no significant impact of a short(More)
To examine potential predictors of cancer patient satisfaction with physician behavior, 366 cases were studied. Physician behavior was measured on morning rounds using the Physician Behavior Check List (PBCL). Patient satisfaction and perceptions were assessed after the visit. Patient characteristics were obtained from the chart and the physician. Results(More)
Physician behavior during inpatient rounds was observed and quantified for 394 interactions between patients with cancer and physicians. Most patients had solid tumors (90%) and a limited prognosis despite treatment (61%). The physicians spent 1.45 +/- 0.58 h on morning rounds seeing an average of 9.3 +/- 3.39 patients. For each patient an average of 3.61(More)
Morning rounds are the major focus of physician-patient interaction for hospitalized cancer patients. To determine the impact of specific physician behaviors on patient satisfaction with these rounds, the authors examined 401 such individual interactions using a previously developed Physician Behavior Check List (PBCL) and several visual analogue scales(More)
The treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer (NSCLC; including squamous, large-cell anaplastic, and adenocarcinoma) is one of the most frustrating areas in oncology. With the exception of the high cure rates for surgical treatment of truly localized disease, the prognosis for patients with NSCLC is grim. Often rancorous debate has ensued about the best means(More)
Cancer causes changes in the family's identity, roles, and daily functioning. Studies document that spouses are as distressed as cancer patients and that spousal and patient distress are correlated. Three major areas of caregiver concern are: fear of cancer and its spread, helping patients deal with the emotional ramifications of the disease, and managing(More)