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Cochrane Clinical Answers

Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs) provide a readable, digestible, clinically focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane Reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform point of care decision making. 

Below are recent cancer related Cochrane clinical questions, click on the links to view answers. 

How do interventions for the management of malignant pleural effusions compare? 28 September 2020.

What are the effects of fibrates used for prevention of melanoma? 10 September 2020. 

What is the accuracy of reflectance confocal microscopy (RCM) for the diagnosis of basal cell carcinoma (BCC) of the skin in adults? 10 September 2020. 

What are the effects of statins used for prevention of melanoma? 10 September 2020. 

What is the accuracy of tests used for primary screening for cervical intraepithelial neoplasia grade 2+ (CIN2+)? 8 August 2020. 

Recent Irish Research

Peirce C, Khan J. Commentary on effectiveness and safety of tumor site marking with near-infrared fluorescent clips in colorectal laparoscopic surgery: A case series study. Int J Surg. 2020 Sep;81:111-112. doi: 10.1016/j.ijsu.2020.07.044. Epub 2020 Jul 31. PMID: 32739544.

Saab MM, Kilty C, Noonan B, FitzGerald S, Collins A, Lyng Á, Kennedy U, Hegarty J. Public Health Messaging and Strategies to Promote "SWIFT" Lung Cancer Detection: a Qualitative Study Among High-Risk Individuals. J Cancer Educ. 2020 Oct 31. doi: 10.1007/s13187-020-01916-w. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33131021.

O'Mahony C, Murphy KD, O'Brien GL, Aherne J, Hanan T, Mullen L, Keane M, Donnellan P, Davey C, Browne H, Malee K, Byrne S. A cost comparison study to review community versus acute hospital models of nursing care delivered to oncology patients. Eur J Oncol Nurs. 2020 Sep 28;49:101842. doi: 10.1016/j.ejon.2020.101842. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33126156.

Cullinane CM, Byrne J, Akmenkalne L, O' Leary DP, Connors AM, Corrigan MA, Redmond HP, Kelly L, O' Sullivan MJ. The LOCalizer Radiofrequency Identification System: An Effective New Technology for Localizing Non-Palpable Breast Lesions for Surgery. Surg Innov. 2020 Oct 21:1553350620967853. doi: 10.1177/1553350620967853. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33085567.

McGettigan S, Mulkerrin P, O'Shea PM, O'Keeffe ST, Mulkerrin EC. Establishing Benefit from Vitamin D Supplementation - Adherence to Defined Criteria and Targeting of High-Risk Groups Essential? J Nutr Health Aging. 2020;24(8):827-831. doi: 10.1007/s12603-020-1384-6. PMID: 33009532.

Moloney BM, McAnena PF, Ryan ÉJ, Beirn EO, Waldron RM, Connell AO, Walsh S, Ennis R, Glynn C, Lowery AJ, McCarthy PA, Kerin MJ. The Impact of Preoperative Breast Magnetic Resonance Imaging on Surgical Management in Symptomatic Patients With Invasive Lobular Carcinoma. Breast Cancer (Auckl). 2020 Aug 14;14:1178223420948477. doi: 10.1177/1178223420948477. PMID: 32863709; PMCID: PMC7430084.

Kalachand RD, O'Riain C, Toomey S, Carr A, Timms KM, O'Toole S, Madden S, Bates M, O'Leary JJ, Gleeson N, O'Donnell D, Grogan L, Breathnach O, Farrelly A, Stordal B, Hennessy BT. Prevalence of tumor BRCA1 and BRCA2 dysfunction in unselected patients with ovarian cancer. Obstet Gynecol Sci. 2020 Sep;63(5):643-654. doi: 10.5468/ogs.20033. Epub 2020 Sep 2. PMID: 32872764.

Grant-Freemantle MC, Lane O'Neill B, Clover AJP. The effectiveness of radiotherapy in the treatment of head and neck mucosal melanoma: Systematic review and meta-analysis. Head Neck. 2020 Sep 14. doi: 10.1002/hed.26470. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 32926490.

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