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Supportive therapy, survivorship and psychosocial oncology

This section focuses on clinical research in the field of supportive therapy for short and long term effects (including emesis, pain, bone metastases, orphan symptoms, simultaneous care, elderly, comorbidities, emerging toxicities induced by innovative drugs, etc) induced by cancer therapies, along with their impact on quality of life, survivorship and well-being. This section will also consider material on the field of precision medicine in supportive therapy, but also on patient care and psychosocial oncology.

  1. Content type: Research article

    The insurance reimbursement rate of medical cost affects the quality and quantity of health services provided in China. The nature of this relationship, however, has not been reliably described in the field of...

    Authors: Xi Li, Qi Zhou, Xinyu Wang, Shaofei Su, Meiqi Zhang, Hao Jiang, Jiaying Wang and Meina Liu

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:683

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    Evidence suggests reallocating daily sedentary time to physical activity or sleep confers important health benefits in cancer survivors. Despite emerging research suggesting physical activity as a treatment fo...

    Authors: Diane K. Ehlers, Jason Fanning, Elizabeth A. Salerno, Susan Aguiñaga, Josh Cosman, Joan Severson, Arthur F. Kramer and Edward McAuley

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:685

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    Prostate and breast cancer can have a lot of negative consequences such as fatigue, sleep difficulties and emotional distress, which decrease quality of life. Group interventions showed benefits to emotional d...

    Authors: C. Grégoire, H. Nicolas, I. Bragard, F. Delevallez, I. Merckaert, D. Razavi, D. Waltregny, M.-E. Faymonville and A. Vanhaudenhuyse

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:677

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  4. Content type: Research article

    Adolescent and young adults (AYA) enrolment rates into cancer clinical trials (CCT) are the lowest of any age group globally. As AYA have distinct biological, psychosocial and relational needs, we aimed to exp...

    Authors: Jennifer A.H. Bell, Victoria Forcina, Laura Mitchell, Seline Tam, Kate Wang, Abha A. Gupta and Jeremy Lewin

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:629

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  5. Content type: Research article

    Inter-patient variability in response to opioids is well known but a comprehensive definition of its pathophysiological mechanism is still lacking and, more importantly, no studies have focused on children. Th...

    Authors: Ersilia Lucenteforte, Laura Vagnoli, Alessandra Pugi, Giada Crescioli, Niccolò Lombardi, Roberto Bonaiuti, Maurizio Aricò, Sabrina Giglio, Andrea Messeri, Alessandro Mugelli, Alfredo Vannacci and Valentina Maggini

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:568

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  6. Content type: Research article

    Management of squamous cell carcinoma of the anus (SCCA) is becoming more relevant, as its incidence increases. The purpose of this study was to investigate possible differences in patient population and care ...

    Authors: Victor E. Pricolo, Matteo Bonvini and Carlo F. Abelli

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:567

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  7. Content type: Research article

    Nausea/vomiting (N/V) not related to anti-cancer treatment is common in patients with advanced cancer. The standard approach to management is to define a dominant cause, and treat with an antiemetic selected t...

    Authors: Janet Hardy, Helen Skerman, Paul Glare, Jennifer Philip, Peter Hudson, Geoffrey Mitchell, Peter Martin, Odette Spruyt, David Currow and Patsy Yates

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:510

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  8. Content type: Study protocol

    Advanced cancer significantly impacts quality of life of patients and families as they cope with symptom burden, treatment decision-making, uncertainty and costs of treatment. In Singapore, information about t...

    Authors: Irene Teo, Ratna Singh, Chetna Malhotra, Semra Ozdemir, Rebecca A. Dent, Nesaretnam Barr Kumarakulasinghe, Wee Lee Yeo, Yin Bun Cheung, Rahul Malhotra, Ravindran Kanesvaran, Alethea Chung Pheng Yee, Noreen Chan, Huei Yaw Wu, Soh Mun Chin, Hum Yin Mei Allyn, Grace Meijuan Yang…

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:459

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  9. Content type: Study protocol

    The consequences of treatment for Head and Neck cancer (HNC) patients has profound detrimental impacts such as impaired QOL, emotional distress, delayed recovery and frequent use of healthcare. The aim of this...

    Authors: Simon N. Rogers, Derek Lowe, Cher Lowies, Seow Tien Yeo, Christine Allmark, Dominic Mcavery, Gerald M. Humphris, Robert Flavel, Cherith Semple, Steven J. Thomas and Anastasios Kanatas

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:444

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  10. Content type: Research article

    The increasing incidence of colorectal cancer in Taiwan has generated a need for a disease-specific quality-of-life measuring instrument. We aimed to validate the Taiwan Chinese version of the European Organis...

    Authors: Ming-Hung Shen, Ling-Ping Chen, Thien-Fiew Ho, Ying-Yih Shih, Ching-Shui Huang, Wei-Chu Chie and Chi-Cheng Huang

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:353

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  11. Content type: Study protocol

    Brief interventions for smoking cessation and alcohol moderation may contribute considerably to the prevention of cancer among populations at risk, such as cancer survivors, in addition to improving their gene...

    Authors: Ajla Mujcic, Matthijs Blankers, Brigitte Boon, Rutger Engels and Margriet van Laar

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:364

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  12. Content type: Research article

    The intent of this pooled analysis as part of the German society for radiation oncology (DEGRO) stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT) initiative was to analyze the patterns of care of SBRT for liver oligometas...

    Authors: N. Andratschke, H. Alheid, M. Allgäuer, G. Becker, O. Blanck, J. Boda-Heggemann, T. Brunner, M. Duma, S. Gerum, M. Guckenberger, G. Hildebrandt, R. J. Klement, V. Lewitzki, C. Ostheimer, A. Papachristofilou, C. Petersen…

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:283

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  13. Content type: Review

    Fertility preservation (FP) is a major determinant of quality of life after cancer remission for women who may not have achieved their ideal family size. This article describes the FP services and strategy cur...

    Authors: Kathleen Melan, Frederic Amant, Jacqueline Veronique-Baudin, Clarisse Joachim and Eustase Janky

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:192

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  14. Content type: Research article

    Depression is highly prevalent yet often poorly detected and treated among cancer patients. In light of the move towards evidence-based healthcare policy, we have developed a simple tool that can assist policy...

    Authors: Robert W. Sanson-Fisher, Natasha E. Noble, Andrew M. Searles, Simon Deeming, Rochelle E. Smits, Christopher J. Oldmeadow and Jamie Bryant

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:125

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  15. Content type: Research article

    Quality of life has an important place in the future of patients with breast cancer. The objective of this study is to assess the evolution of the patient’s quality of life with breast cancer in Morocco after ...

    Authors: B. M. Traore, S. El Fakir, H. Charaka, N. Benaicha, A. Najdi, A. Zidouh, M. Bennani, H. Errihani, N. Mellass, A. Benider, R. Bekkali and C. Nejjari

    Citation: BMC Cancer 2018 18:109

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