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Chemotherapy-induced neutropenia is a major risk factor for infection-related morbidity and mortality and also a significant dose-limiting toxicity in cancer treatment. Patients developing severe (grade 3/4) or febrile neutropenia (FN) during chemotherapy frequently receive dose reductions and/or delays to their chemotherapy. This may impact the success of(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to explore the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) in cancer patients across a number of European countries. METHODS A descriptive survey design was developed. Fourteen countries participated in the study and data was collected through a descriptive questionnaire from 956 patients. RESULTS Data(More)
Chemotherapy-induced neutropenia is not only a major risk factor for infection-related morbidity and mortality, but is also a significant dose-limiting toxicity in cancer treatment. Patients developing severe (grade 3/4) or febrile neutropenia (FN) during chemotherapy frequently receive dose reductions and/or delays to their chemotherapy. This may impact on(More)
This pilot study examined whether exercise as an adjunctive rehabilitation therapy could benefit women who have early stage breast cancer and are currently receiving chemotherapy/radiotherapy. The study was designed as a randomised controlled trial (RCT). Physical functioning, fatigue and Quality of Life (QoL) outcomes were evaluated pre and post a 12-week(More)
OBJECTIVES To determine functional and psychological benefits of a 12 week supervised group exercise programme during treatment for early stage breast cancer, with six month follow-up. DESIGN Pragmatic randomised controlled prospective open trial. SETTING Three National Health Service oncology clinics in Scotland and community exercise facilities. (More)
To evaluate the impact of a mobile phone-based, remote monitoring, advanced symptom management system (ASyMS©) on the incidence, severity and distress of six chemotherapy-related symptoms (nausea, vomiting, fatigue, mucositis, hand–foot syndrome and diarrhoea) in patients with lung, breast or colorectal cancer. A two group (intervention and control) by five(More)
OBJECTIVES To investigate cancer patients' experience of fatigue and their perceptions about the causes, management and impact of this symptom. DESIGN Cross-sectional, questionnaire-based survey. SETTINGS Three regional cancer centres; Glasgow, Birmingham and Southampton. PARTICIPANTS One thousand three hundred seven outpatients with cancer attending(More)
Complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) has gained popularity among cancer patients in the past years. For this study, CAM includes any group of health care systems, practices or products that are not considered to be part of conventional medicine at present (National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine). The present study assessed(More)
PURPOSE The systematic use of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) has been advocated as an effective way to standardize cancer practice. Yet, the question of whether PROMs can lead to actual improvements in the quality of patient care remains under debate. This review examined whether inclusion of PROM in routine clinical practice is associated with(More)
OBJECTIVE To understand key challenges in researching end of life issues and identify ways of overcoming these. DESIGN Qualitative study involving in-depth interviews with researchers and focus groups with people affected by cancer. PARTICIPANTS An international sample of 32 researchers; seven patients with experience of cancer; and four carers in south(More)