Exploring the Barriers to Buprenorphine Therapy for Cancer-Related Pain and Concurrent Opioid Use Disorder: A Case Report
Seecof, Olivia M; Kuwata, Caitlyn; DiBiase, Jennifer; Popp, Beth
Although buprenorphine is widely accepted as a treatment option for opioid use disorder (OUD), it is underutilized as a treatment for cancer-related pain. Owing to its decreased side effect profile, various formulations (depending on FDA indication of pain versus OUD), and ability to simultaneously address OUD and pain, buprenorphine is gaining popularity in the outpatient palliative medicine setting. Despite these compelling benefits, there are significant barriers to initiating therapy. These barriers include clinician experience, insurance authorization, pharmacy supply, and stigma. We present a complicated case to describe the practical clinical experience of an attempt at low-dose initiation of buprenorphine to treat cancer-related pain in a patient with concurrent OUD and to discuss ways to start overcoming the encountered barriers.
Lessons Learned From a Pilot Project on Telemedicine Advance Care Planning in an Urban Geriatric Primary Care Office
Seecof, Olivia M; Allanoff, Molly; Liantonio, John; Parks, Susan
PURPOSE/UNASSIGNED:There is a dearth of literature regarding the documentation of advance care planning (ACP) in the geriatric population, despite the controversial, yet well-studied need for ACP. The purpose of this pilot study was to provide an update to a prior study from our institution that outlined the need for increased documentation of advance care planning (ACP) in an urban geriatric population. METHODS/UNASSIGNED:Our study involved using telemedicine to conduct dedicated ACP visits and an electronic medical record (EMR) note-template specifically designed for these visits in an attempt to increase the amount of documented ACP in the EMR in this population. RESULTS/UNASSIGNED:The study did not yield significant results due to the inability to schedule enough patients for these dedicated visits. DISCUSSION/UNASSIGNED:While our study was ultimately unsuccessful, 3 crucial lessons were identified that will inform and fuel future interventions by the authors to further the study of documentation of ACP.
Hyperpigmentation of the Tongue and Systemic Symptoms
Studdiford, James; Seecof, Olivia M; Trayes, Kathryn P; Valko, George
Is there an oxidative cost of acute stress? Characterization, implication of glucocorticoids and modulation by prior stress experience
Majer, Ariana D; Fasanello, Vince J; Tindle, Kailey; Frenz, Brian J; Ziur, Alexis D; Fischer, Chelsea P; Fletcher, Kelsey L; Seecof, Olivia M; Gronsky, Sarah; Vassallo, Brian G; Reed, Wendy L; Paitz, Ryan T; Stier, Antoine; Haussmann, Mark F
Acute rises in glucocorticoid hormones allow individuals to adaptively respond to environmental challenges but may also have negative consequences, including oxidative stress. While the effects of chronic glucocorticoid exposure on oxidative stress have been well characterized, those of acute stress or glucocorticoid exposure have mostly been overlooked. We examined the relationship between acute stress exposure, glucocorticoids and oxidative stress in Japanese quail (Coturnix japonica). We (i) characterized the pattern of oxidative stress during an acute stressor in two phenotypically distinct breeds; (ii) determined whether corticosterone ingestion, in the absence of acute stress, increased oxidative stress, which we call glucocorticoid-induced oxidative stress (GiOS); and (iii) explored how prior experience to stressful events affected GiOS. Both breeds exhibited an increase in oxidative stress in response to an acute stressor. Importantly, in the absence of acute stress, ingesting corticosterone caused an acute rise in plasma corticosterone and oxidative stress. Lastly, birds exposed to no previous acute stress or numerous stressful events had high levels of GiOS in response to acute stress, while birds with moderate prior exposure did not. Together, these findings suggest that an acute stress response results in GiOS, but prior experience to stressors may modulate that oxidative cost.
Dyskeratosis Congenita and Oral Cavity Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Report of a Case and Literature Review [Case Report]
Trott, Kiley E; Briddell, Jenna W; Corao-Uribe, Diana; Powell, Jonathan; Seecof, Olivia M; Levy, Carly; Miller, Elissa G; Shah, Udayan K
Dyskeratosis congenita is a rare genetic condition of telomerase dysfunction in which patients are at an increased risk of squamous cell carcinoma (SCCa) of the oral cavity. We present here the youngest patient in the literature with a diagnosis of SCCa. We discuss the literature and management of this advanced presentation of SCCa in a child, stressing the importance of palliative care involvement in facilitating medical decision making.
Migraine: Expanding our Tx arsenal
McGrath, Kathryn; Rague, Allison; Thesing, Claire; Collins, Elizabeth; Seecof, Olivia; Liantonio, John
Beyond tried-and-true therapies are new therapeutic targets on the horizon-giving you a bigger toolbox to help patients abort and prevent migraine episodes.
Prognostication Using SCORTEN Severity of Illness Score in Patients With Stevens Johnson Syndrome and Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis [Letter]
Seecof, Olivia M; Liantonio, John