Cancer Supportive Care Spotlight
This week in health care trends, our spotlight on cancer supportive care includes mobile health technology, family decision-making, and tips for treating pain.
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In a recent study, the Journal of Medical Internet Research examines the use of mobile technology among cancer patients. The results? Mobile health technology like text messaging services, apps, and telehealth services are used much more for patient self-management than for actual cancer treatment or diagnostics. Use will need to expand significantly in order for it to be a driving factor in other areas.
In this article, the Director of Supportive and Palliative Care Outpatient Services for Emory Healthcare shares her thoughts about the mission and benefits of supportive care: to “partner with individuals to help them cope with and manage the physical, emotional and spiritual distress that can arise during and after cancer treatment.”
A recent study of the roles of families in decision-making among cancer patients found that “Among 5284 patients, 80 (1.5%) reported family-controlled decisions, with the highest adjusted rates (12.8%) noted among non-English-speaking Asians. Among the 5204 remaining patients, 49.4% reported equally sharing decisions with family, 22.1% reported some family input, and 28.5% reported little family input.”
Treating Pain in Older Patients
Pain is a supportive care issue that demands attention. This article from the National Cancer Institute offers specific tips for helping older cancer patients deal with pain, reminding that it is important to be cautious of drug interactions and potential drug side effects.