This Web-based Tool Helps Cancer Patients Live Longer

This Web-based Tool Helps Cancer Patients Live Longer

Cancer patients rarely complain about the side effects of chemotherapy, which could help nurses and doctors adjust medication based on this feedback.

A recent study found that patients who used a simple web-based system, accessible via tablet or smart phone, to report any side efffects from the chemotherapy, on average lived 5 months longer than patients who reported side effects the usual way.

“Promising, low-cost way to reduce suffering and save millions of dollars in preventable emergency-department visits.” – Scott Ramsey (Director of the Hutchinson Institute for Cancer Outcomes Research at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle)

Ethan Basch, an oncologist at Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, was the lead author of the study.

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