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Online Program Aims to Assist With Clinical Trial Enrollment for Hematologic Cancers

Online Program Aims to Assist With Clinical Trial Enrollment for Hematologic Cancers

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A newly developed web site, described in a presentation at the 2018 ONS Annual Congress, aims to help nurses and patients explore clinical trial options for patients with hematologic cancers.

Can a Smartphone App Track Patient Symptoms During Clinical Trials?

Can a Smartphone App Track Patient Symptoms During Clinical Trials?

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Researchers explored the effectiveness of using a smartphone app to monitor adverse effects of patients with cancer undergoing treatment as part of a clinical trial.

Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate Increased by Digital Self-Ordering

Colorectal Cancer Screening Rate Increased by Digital Self-Ordering

Fifty-three percent of intervention participants used app to self-order a colorectal screening test.

iPad app that allows patients to order tests doubles colon cancer screening rates in study

1. Digital health intervention resulted in significantly higher colon cancer screening rates among participants. 2. No statistically significant relationship was observed between the digital health intervention and health literacy, income, or race and ethnicity. Evidence Rating Level: 1 (Excellent) Study Rundown: Colorectal cancer (CRC) is one of the leading causes of cancer in both men []

Artificial Intelligence Promising for Breast Cancer Metastases Detection

Artificial Intelligence Promising for Breast Cancer Metastases Detection

Two studies evaluate use of deep learning algorithm; one for breast cancer, the other for diabetic retinopathy

MOCHA App Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Achieve Weight-Loss Goals

MOCHA App Helps Breast Cancer Survivors Achieve Weight-Loss Goals

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A team from Methodist Hospital Cancer Center discuss an app developed at the facility that helps breast cancer survivors with nutrition and physical activity at SABCS 2017.

Digital Recording in Skills Lab Beneficial for Nursing Students

Digital Recording in Skills Lab Beneficial for Nursing Students

The use of digital recording may aid in the transition from theory-based learning to practice.

Virtual Reality Offers New Experiences to Patients in Hospice

Virtual Reality Offers New Experiences to Patients in Hospice

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A London hospice facility's experiment with virtual reality offers patients at the end of life the chance to explore the world beyond their bed.

Teens and Young Adults with Cancer and Survivors Express Use of Digital Resources

Teens and Young Adults with Cancer and Survivors Express Use of Digital Resources

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Teenagers and young adults with cancer rated digital resources such as email, online information resources, and communication tools as critical to their lives. These patients would also utilize additional resources such as chat rooms and online counseling and support.

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.

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