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The researchers used a series of focus groups to evaluate the system. AYA survivors in the pilot study reported that the text messaging system was a good way for them to communicate with their health care team, coordinate and receive reminders for survivorship care appointments, and locate medical and community resources. The survivors even suggested another use for the system: survivor social networks. The researchers conclude that text messaging systems have the potential to improve survivorship care. 


1. Casillas J, Goyal A, Bryman J, et al. Development of a text messaging system to improve receipt of survivorship care in adolescent and young adult survivors of childhood cancer [published online March 31, 2017]. J Cancer Surviv. doi:10.1007/s11764-017-0609-0