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PURPOSE To determine whether making patient-reported cancer needs, quality-of-life (QOL), and psychosocial information available to the health care team, allowing coordinated specifically targeted psychosocial interventions, resulted in reduced cancer needs, improved QOL, and increased satisfaction with care received. METHODS Self-reported cancer needs,(More)
The European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC) quality of life questionnaire QLQ-C30 has been developed as a quantitative measure of health-related quality of life for use in clinical trials of cancer patients. Validity is an important measurement property of all scientific tests. This study contributes to the iterative process of(More)
Many patients with metastatic breast cancer receive several types of chemotherapy, although it is recognized that there is a declining probability of response. A major problem confronts oncologists in deciding when to recommend to patients that no further chemotherapy should be given. To address this problem we have assessed prospectively, health-related(More)
BACKGROUND Patients require accurate information about their illness to make informed decisions. Many sources of information exist, although reliability is variable. Our objective was to investigate information seeking behaviour and attitudes toward health-related information from the Internet in a sample of Australian oncology patients. METHOD During(More)
The objective of the study was to evaluate the acceptability and feasibility of computer touch-screen technology as a method for patients to report psychosocial functioning in an ambulatory cancer clinic. Patients participating in a randomized trial evaluating the use of self-reported psychosocial information in the clinical encounter were surveyed. The(More)
OBJECTIVE Our goal was to determine the feasibility of using an intravascular MR contrast agent to improve 3D MRA. MATERIALS AND METHODS Three-dimensional TOF MRA was performed in nine patients both prior to and following the administration of an ultrasmall particle superparamagnetic iron oxide contrast agent (AMI 227). The lengths of both renal arteries(More)
A review was conducted of 66 men with carcinoma of the breast seen at this institution between 1981 and 1992. The results of the study suggest that there are many similarities between breast cancer in men and women. The most common clinical presentation was a lump in the breast. The majority of tumors were T1 or T2, and infiltrating ductal carcinoma was the(More)
The object of this study was to identify factors which influence the uptake of psychosocial services in an ambulatory cancer setting and to identify potential barriers to the access of support services in the referral process. To this end, 202 individuals attending outpatient clinics of a cancer hospital were randomised to the intervention arm of a study to(More)
Depression in oncology patients is under-recognised and associated with poor outcomes. Screening can increase case recognition. The Brief Case-Find for Depression (BCD) is a four-question, interviewer-administered instrument that has been previously validated in a general medical setting. The primary aim of this study was to validate the BCD in a medical(More)
Adequate monitoring in cancer control needs to include measures of psychosocial outcomes so as to take account of the totality of the felt cancer experience. There is a need to know whether the experience of cancer is changing, as well as a need for tools to identify where supportive care interventions or services could be targeted to good effect. The aim(More)