Digital Tool for Patient-Reported Cancer Symptoms Extends Survival

By Dan Kamyck | June 6, 2017 at 6:03 PM

Symptom management is a core concern of oncology practice, with clinicians trying to alleviate suffering and avoid complications for advanced cancer patients. However, up to half of symptoms go missed between visits, seriously challenging clinicians' symptom management efforts and impacting patient survival.

A potential solution: Systemic symptom monitoring via web-based interface. According to a randomized trial, patients' use of a digital tool was associated with improved quality of life and longer overall survival – by almost half a year. “This approach should be considered for inclusion as a part of standard symptom management,”said Dr. Ethan Basch, principal investigator.