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Self-reporting symptoms online improves patient care, chemotherapy duration and survival

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Published: 04.06.17
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Prof Ethan Basch - Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Centre of the University of North Carolina, USA

Prof Basch speaks with ecancer at ASCO 2017 about a web-based platform enabling metastatic cancer patients to report their experience of symptoms and side effects to medical staff between regular appointments.

He describes how, through using these up-to-date records, care can be tailored at very low cost, with benefits from improved quality of life to longer duration of chemotherapy, culminating in improved overall survival for patients with access to the platform.

Weighing this against other conference news presented by Dr Viviane Hess, who presented results from a web-based behavioural therapy platform to support the mental health of advanced cancer patients, Prof Basch predicts online support could become further integrated into treatment.

Watch Prof Basch present these results to the conference here.


ecancer's filming has been kindly supported by Amgen through the ECMS Foundation. ecancer is editorially independent and there is no influence over content.

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