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Interactive Tool Improves Breast Cancer Treatment Decision-Making

Interactive Tool Improves Breast Cancer Treatment Decision-Making

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A tool called iCanDecide prepares patients for making decision about treatment better than static online information, study finds.

Cognitive Computing Expedites Matching Patients to Clinical Trials

Cognitive Computing Expedites Matching Patients to Clinical Trials

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IBM Watson for Clinical Trial Matching compares study enrollment criteria with patient data in electronic medical records.

Mobile App May Improve Oral Chemotherapy Adherence

Mobile App May Improve Oral Chemotherapy Adherence

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Patients with adherence problems were more likely to take their pills compared with those who received standard care.

PAS: Internet Info Can Affect Parent Trust in Doctors' Diagnosis

PAS: Internet Info Can Affect Parent Trust in Doctors' Diagnosis

Computer-generated diagnoses may mislead patients or parents, research indicates.

Postoperative Outcomes Similar With Mobile App Follow-up for Ambulatory Breast Reconstruction

Postoperative Outcomes Similar With Mobile App Follow-up for Ambulatory Breast Reconstruction

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Follow-up via mobile app similar to in-person postoperative visits for low-risk ambulatory patients after breast reconstruction.

Web-based Symptom Management Improves Symptom Controllability in Ovarian Cancer

Web-based Symptom Management Improves Symptom Controllability in Ovarian Cancer

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Nurse-guided and self-directed web-based symptom management interventions (WRITE Symptoms) improved symptom controllability among women with recurrent ovarian cancer.

Technology Issues, Price Are Obstacles to Real-time Reporting of Cancer Symptoms

Technology Issues, Price Are Obstacles to Real-time Reporting of Cancer Symptoms

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Real-time reporting and integration of patient symptom reports into clinical practice could benefit patients, but practical obstacles remain.

Lung Cancer Navigator App Aims to Help Patients Understand Disease

Lung Cancer Navigator App Aims to Help Patients Understand Disease

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Lung Cancer Navigator, a mobile, customizable app from LUNGEVITY, helps patients with lung cancer better understand their disease, manage medications, track symptoms, and access support.

MOCHA App Facilitates Communication Between Caregivers, Patients

MOCHA App Facilitates Communication Between Caregivers, Patients

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An app developed to track posthospitalization progress and activity of patients with breast cancer, adding the information into patients' electronic health records in real time, was presented at SABCS 2016.

Smartphone Apps Help Patients Reach Health and Fitness Goals

Smartphone Apps Help Patients Reach Health and Fitness Goals

Smartphones can motivate patients to stay on track with lifestyle changes.

Social Media Platforms Assist Cancer Patients During Treatment Journey in Many Ways

Social Media Platforms Assist Cancer Patients During Treatment Journey in Many Ways

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Social media has become a mainstay of day-to-day life. For patients with cancer, it can be a lifeline to unprecedented support that is unique to their needs.

Decision Support and Shared Decision Making Help Patients Choose Plan for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

Decision Support and Shared Decision Making Help Patients Choose Plan for Low-Risk Prostate Cancer

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Using an online decision-support tool led to most men with low-risk prostate cancer choosing active surveillance with less conflict about their decision.

Survey Highlights Barriers to Global Data Sharing

Survey Highlights Barriers to Global Data Sharing

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Funding, informatics system, clinical data capture, and European data protection legislation were considered the greatest barriers to effective data sharing.

Web Application Improves Follow-up in Patients With Advanced Lung Cancer

Web Application Improves Follow-up in Patients With Advanced Lung Cancer

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A Web application called Moovcare that guides follow-up improved survival for patients with advanced lung cancer after receiving initial therapy.

Analysis Shows Better Integration Needed Between ClinicalTrials.gov and Drugs@FDA

Analysis Shows Better Integration Needed Between ClinicalTrials.gov and Drugs@FDA

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Although Drugs@FDA may be useful for validating trial primary outcomes found on ClinicalTrials.gov, Drugs@FDA lacked information on secondary outcomes and adverse events, including deaths, according to an analysis of data from 100 trials available on both websites.

Novel Device Captures Excess Chemotherapy, Avoiding Systemic Exposure to the Drugs

Novel Device Captures Excess Chemotherapy, Avoiding Systemic Exposure to the Drugs

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A new material was developed to soak up chemotherapy drugs after the tumor is treated and before they can circulate throughout the body, potentially limiting the side effects of chemotherapy.

Patient Navigation Significantly Improves Cancer Screening Rates

Patient Navigation Significantly Improves Cancer Screening Rates

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The addition of a patient navigation component to a population-based IT system boosted screening rates for breast cancer, cervical cancer, and colorectal cancer in patients at high risk for nonadherence.

ASCO: Smartphone App May Help Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer

ASCO: Smartphone App May Help Lung Cancer Patients Live Longer

Researchers found tracking symptoms and alerting doctors to problems early led to longer survival for patients with lung cancer.

Targeting Drugs to Pancreatic Cancer Through Implantable Device

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New research indicates a far greater efficacy in pancreatic cancer drug therapy delivered via implantable device than via IV.

Social Media Has Unrealized Potential for Clinical Trial Communication and Recruitment

Social Media Has Unrealized Potential for Clinical Trial Communication and Recruitment

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The social media platform Twitter could develop into a useful tool for communicating with the public about cancer clinical trials and for recruiting participants.

Study Raises Privacy Concerns for Health Care App Use

Study Raises Privacy Concerns for Health Care App Use

Many health care programs have no policies, and may share data with third parties, researchers say.

Families of Patients With Cancer Seek Information More Than Support on Internet

Families of Patients With Cancer Seek Information More Than Support on Internet

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Families of patients with cancer are more likely to seek information online than support.

Stethoscope Remains Important Despite Technological Advances

Stethoscope Remains Important Despite Technological Advances

Despite increase in point-of-care ultrasound training, stethoscopes remain an important tool for clinicians.

Telemedicine of Benefit to Intensive Care Nurses

Telemedicine of Benefit to Intensive Care Nurses

Use of telemedicine allows nurses to accomplish tasks more quickly, increases both collaboration and communication.

Noninvasive Scan May Offer Alternative to Biopsy in Skin Cancer

Noninvasive Scan May Offer Alternative to Biopsy in Skin Cancer

A noninvasive technique designed to identify melanin pigment naturally found in melanoma tumor cells shows promise for detecting the spread of skin cancer.

AAFP Recommends Clinician Use of Social Media

AAFP Recommends Clinician Use of Social Media

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) has provided guidelines for physicians wishing to become more active via social media.

Treatment Navigator Mobile App for Patients With Breast Cancer

Treatment Navigator Mobile App for Patients With Breast Cancer

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A new first-of-its-kind mobile app called Breast Cancer Ally serves as a treatment navigator for patients with breast cancer receiving care.

New Electronic Health Record Regulations Issued

New Electronic Health Record Regulations Issued

The new EHR regulations modify Stage 2 of meaningful use program and finalize requirements for Stage 3.

Computerized Tool Improves Cognitive Deficits in Cancer Survivors

Computerized Tool Improves Cognitive Deficits in Cancer Survivors

Findings based on small study of childhood cancer survivors with treatment-related deficits shows benefits of computerized cognitive intervention.

Windows 10: Microsoft's Apology to PC Users

Windows 10: Microsoft's Apology to PC Users

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The software giant's latest software package offers a mea culpa to users left on the wayside of its previous major system upgrade. This article offers an overview of the program's returning favorites and new features for nurses.

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