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François Tardif currently works at the Centre de recherche évaluatif en oncologie - CRCEO - Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Québec (CHU de Québec- Université Laval). I am the coordinator of the Reseau quebecois de recherche en soins palliatifs et de fin de vie - RQSPAL as well as the ERMOS research team coordinator.
Objective: We developed a specific cognitive-existential intervention to improve existential distress in nonmetastatic cancer patients. The present study reports the feasibility of implementing and evaluating this intervention, which involved 12 weekly sessions in both individual and group formats, and explores the efficacy of the intervention on...
Objective: Breakthrough pain is defined as a transient exacerbation of pain that occurs spontaneously or in response to a trigger despite stable and controlled background pain. The purpose of this study was to explore Canadian patients' awareness of and experience with breakthrough pain in cancer (BTPc). Methods: Four Canadian cancer centers par...
Delirium is a highly prevalent and deleterious disorder in terminally ill cancer patients. We assessed whether a multicomponent preventive intervention was effective in decreasing delirium incidence and severity among cancer patients receiving end-of-life care. A cohort of 1516 patients was followed from admission to death at seven Canadian palliat...
Oral candidiasis is a collective name for a group of disorders caused by the dimorphic fungus Candida albicans (C. albicans). Host defenses against C. albicans essentially fall into two categories: specific immune mechanisms and local oral mucosal epithelial cell defenses. The rationale of this study was to investigate the involvement of IL-18 in t...
Epithelial cells play a critical role in periodontal disease through the secretion of pro-inflammatory cytokines such as interleukin-1 beta (IL-1 beta) and interleukin-18 (IL-18). However, the role played by fibroblasts is still unclear. The rationale of this study was to throw light on the role of gingival fibroblasts in periodontal disease. We th...