Publications by authors named "Hiromi Funaki"

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Does Urinary Catheterization Affect the Quality of Death in Patients with Advanced Cancer? A Secondary Analysis of Multicenter Prospective Cohort Study.

J Palliat Med 2021 Oct 11. Epub 2021 Oct 11.

Department of Palliative Medicine, Kobe University School of Medicine, Kobe, Japan.

Patients with life-limiting illnesses frequently experience urinary difficulties, and urinary catheterization is one of the interventions for managing them. However, evidence supporting the effects of urinary catheters on the quality of death (QoD) is lacking in this population. To investigate whether urinary catheterization affects QoD in patients with advanced cancer in palliative care units. A secondary analysis of a multicenter, prospective cohort study. The study enrolled consecutive patients with advanced cancer admitted to palliative care units in Japan between January and December 2017. Those who were not catheterized on admission and who died while in a palliative care unit were analyzed. QoD was evaluated at death using the Good Death Scale (GDS). Of 885 patients, 297 (33.6%) were catheterized during their palliative care unit stay. Females and patients with a long palliative care unit stay were more likely to be catheterized. In inverse probability-weighted propensity score analysis, patients with urinary catheterization during their palliative care unit stay had higher total GDS scores than those without catheterization (coefficient 0.410, 95% confidence interval 0.068-0.752). In subgroup analyses stratified by sex, age, and length of palliative care unit stay, urinary catheterization was associated with higher total GDS scores in patients younger than 65 years of age and those who died after a palliative care unit stay of 21 days or fewer. This study suggested that urinary catheterization during a palliative care unit stay may have a positive impact on overall QoD in patients with advanced cancer. This study was registered in the UMIN Clinical Trials Registry (UMIN000025457).
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October 2021

Optimal Paracentesis Volume for Terminally Ill Cancer Patients With Ascites.

J Pain Symptom Manage 2021 Apr 29. Epub 2021 Apr 29.

Division of Biostatistics, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, Miyagi, Japan.

Context: Patients with malignant ascites often suffer from distressing symptoms, especially in their end-of-life stage. Although paracentesis is the most common treatment modality to alleviate such symptoms, the optimal volume of paracentesis is not known.

Objectives: To explore the efficacy and safety of paracentesis by the drainage volume for terminally ill cancer patients with malignant ascites.

Methods: This was part of a multicenter prospective observational study (EASED study). Consecutive adult patients with advanced cancer admitted to 23 participating palliative care units were eligible. We analyzed patients with malignant ascites who received paracentesis. We compared paracentesis-free survival (PFS) using Cox regression among three groups with different paracentesis volumes: minimum: ≤ 1500 mL, small: 1500-2500 mL, and moderate: > 2500 mL. Trends of the difference in the numerical rating scale of abdominal distension (0-10) and adverse events were compared among the 3 groups.

Results: Of the 1926 patients enrolled, 673 developed ascites (symptomatic, n = 374 and asymptomatic, n = 299). Finally, we analyzed 87 patients with paracentesis. Median PFS was 7 days. Compared with a moderate volume, small-volume paracentesis was not a significant risk for shorter PFS (HR: 1.14, 95% CI: 0.69-1.93), while a minimum volume was a significant risk (HR: 2.34). The abdominal distension intensity significantly decreased after paracentesis (median: 7.5 to 4.0), while the difference did not significantly increase as the volume of paracentesis rose (P = 0.61). No severe adverse event was observed.

Conclusion: Even small-volume paracentesis could alleviate abdominal distension of terminally ill cancer patients with malignant ascites without shortening the paracentesis interval compared with moderate-volume paracentesis. Small-volume paracentesis was a well-balanced treatment for these patients.
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April 2021