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Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome (BWS) presents with visceromegaly, macroglossia, tumor predisposition and other congenital abnormalities, and is usually associated with abnormalities of chromosome 11p15. A number of identical twin pairs, mostly female, have been reported to be discordant for BWS. We show here that the incidence of female monozygotic twins among(More)
Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is a major problem in patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and may be mediated by circulating cytokines. We examined this relationship in 74 adult AML patients before and after the first cycle of induction chemotherapy. Plasma levels of 13 cytokines were measured via electrochemiluminescence. At baseline, potentially(More)
OBJECTIVES Intensive chemotherapy (IC) is the primary treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) but is associated with significant toxicity, particularly in older adults. We characterized the impact of AML and its treatment on quality of life (QOL) and physical function in younger (age 18-59) and older (age 60+) patients with AML over 1year from diagnosis.(More)
PURPOSE Depression is a common condition in patients with cancer, although there has been a relative paucity of research on the effectiveness of treatment in this population. This review summarizes the psychosocial and pharmacologic treatment of depression in patients with cancer based on a consideration of evidence regarding etiologic factors and treatment(More)
BACKGROUND Although an association between depression and physical burden has been demonstrated in advanced cancer, it remains unclear to what extent this is limited to specific physical symptoms, such as pain and fatigue, and is mediated by disease and treatment-related factors. We therefore investigated the relationship between depression and physical(More)
OBJECTIVES Suicide rates are elevated in individuals with cancer, although suicidal intention is not typically assessed in cancer centers. We evaluated in a large comprehensive cancer center the utility of an electronic Distress Assessment and Response Tool (DART), in which suicidal intention is assessed with a single item. METHODS Patients attending(More)
Multidisciplinary mental health rehabilitation settings often encounter patients with complex comorbid medical and psychiatric issues that require integrative, multifaceted treatment strategies. Although medication and psychotherapy are typical treatment mainstays, a broader variety of therapeutic options are available, including animal-assisted therapy.(More)
PURPOSE Systematic screening for distress in oncology clinics has gained increasing acceptance as a means to improve cancer care, but its implementation poses enormous challenges. We describe the development and implementation of the Distress Assessment and Response Tool (DART) program in a large urban comprehensive cancer center. METHOD DART is an(More)
Currently available antidepressants are effective in less than two thirds of depressed patients, with even lower remission rates in the context of co-morbid medical illness. A rapidly expanding evidence base suggests that maladaptive inflammatory immune responses may be a common pathophysiology underlying depression, particularly in the presence of a(More)
Higher rates of depression in women compared to men have been attributed to intrinsic biological or psychological vulnerabilities, to their disproportionate exposure to stressful events and circumstances, or to the combined contributions of these factors. This study aimed to determine if there is a gender disparity in depression rates in patients with(More)