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    IBS28 - Managing Side Effects for Better Quality of Life (Ticketed Session) (ID 59)

    • Event: WCLC 2019
    • Type: Interactive Breakfast Session
    • Track: Advocacy
    • Presentations: 1
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      IBS28.01 - The Use of Digital Medicine for Symptoms Management in Lung Cancer Patients (Now Available) (ID 3402)

      07:00 - 08:00  |  Presenting Author(s): Rossie Navon

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      The use of digital medicine for symptom management in lung cancer patients

      Lung cancer is one of the most common cancers affecting both men and women. Lung cancer is associated with high symptom burden and psychological distress. As a result, lung cancer patients’ family caregivers also show high rates of distress. In addition, the common treatments, radiation and chemotherapy, may have severe side effects. Both treatments disrupt normal daily living activities and diminish well-being. Hence, symptom management in lung cancer patients may lead to improvements in various aspects, such as: quality of life, emotional stability and supportive environment. Additionally, the prolonged longevity of lung cancer patients nowadays significantly increased the burden of symptom management on the health system. Therefore, the need to optimize symptom management is of great significance.

      Contemporary technology enables the use of digital medicine, to provide information and interaction with patients in order to improve symptom management. It can help in overcoming several barriers and in reducing the health system's costs. For example, gathering information about the patients' needs may help health care providers to adjust and improve the services according to the principles of personalized medicine; frequent automated digital reminders may improve patients' collaboration during treatments. Patients' confusion and uncertainty that may lead patients to avoid consulting about symptoms, can be prevented by using on line follow-up regarding these symptoms. Enhancement of the care provided to people with cancer can be translated into reduction in symptom prevalence and/or burden and, possibly, reduction in unnecessary hospital admissions, hospitalization days, or clinic visits.

      A particular population which may benefit from the use of digital medicine is patients from rural areas. These patients lack accessibility medical services. Inaccessibility causes delays in diagnosis, treatment, and follows up, as well as unavailability of advanced care including multimodality treatment options and enrollment in clinical trials.

      Computer-based systems which employ interactive telecommunication technology have a great potential for a revolutionary impact on healthcare delivery by expanding accessibility and reducing costs. This is particularly true for those using computer-controlled telephony known as interactive voice response technology.

      This presentation will bring conclusions from several digital medicine symptom management programs, and emphasize lessons which can be learned from their results and possible directions for the future.

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