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Clinicians have limited accuracy in the prediction of patient survival. We assessed the accuracy of probabilistic clinician prediction of survival (CPS) and temporal CPS for advanced cancer patients admitted to our acute palliative care unit, and identified factors associated with CPS accuracy. Eight physicians and 20 nurses provided their estimation of(More)
There has been long-standing debate regarding whether benzodiazepines possess analgesic properties that are independent of their effects on mood and alertness. A careful review of the literature reveals insufficient evidence to support the contention that the benzodiazepines have meaningful analgesic properties in most clinical circumstances. Treatment with(More)
PURPOSE Cancer-related fatigue (CRF) is the most common symptom in patients with advanced cancer. The primary objective of this prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was to compare the effect of dexamethasone and placebo on CRF. PATIENTS AND METHODS Patients with advanced cancer with ≥ three CRF-related symptoms (ie, fatigue,(More)
PURPOSE Inpatient palliative care units are unavailable in most cancer centers and tertiary hospitals. The purpose of this article is to review the outcomes of the first 344 admissions to the Palliative Care Inpatient Service (PCIS) at our comprehensive cancer center. PATIENTS AND METHODS We retrospectively reviewed our computerized database for clinical(More)
Even with specialist-level palliative care, cancer pain can be difficult to treat especially when the pain is complicated by profound suffering. It is paramount to consider not only the patients' biochemical factors but also their psychosocial and spiritual/existential influences. A multidimensional approach with knowledge of the risk factors for poor pain(More)
BACKGROUND Palliative care services provide symptom control and psychosocial support for dying patients and their families. These services are not available in many cancer centers and tertiary hospitals. The purpose of this study was to review the impact of a palliative care program, established in 1999, on overall in-hospital mortality. METHODS We(More)
BACKGROUND Dyspnea is a very distressing symptom present in the vast majority of patients with advanced cancer. There are limited data on the characteristics and correlates of dyspnea in this population. The purpose of this study was to characterize dyspnea, explore the differences between breakthrough and continuous presentations, and to determine factors(More)
Tomato leaf curl virus disease caused by whitefly-transmitted begomoviruses is a serious tomato production constraint in tropical and subtropical regions of the world. Use of genetic resistance for diseases caused by begomoviruses is an important component of sustainable disease management approaches. To date, six introgressions (Ty genes) derived from(More)
The role of neuroleptic drugs as adjuvant analgesics has been a subject of longstanding controversy. Despite frequent claims of efficacy, evidence from controlled trials supports neither claims of intrinsic analgesic properties nor the routine use of the neuroleptics as a means to reliably induce clinically useful analgesia. Methotrimeprazine is unique in(More)
PURPOSE There is limited information available about the role and effect of a palliative care consultation service (mobile team, MT) in patient care. The purpose of this retrospective chart review was to determine the characteristics, findings, and outcomes of patients referred to MT in a comprehensive cancer center and to thereby gain information about its(More)