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Author Topic: Patients Who Report Problems Early During Cancer Treatment May Survive Longer  (Read 2440 times)

Offline Cancer Health Editors

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Cancer treatments are notoriously hard on patients, as more often than not, they cause unpleasant side effects. But findings presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and published in the Journal of the American Medical Association show that reporting these complications sooner rather than later may increase how long folks live, reports the Associated Press.

For the study, researchers selected 766 people being treated for a variety of advanced cancers at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Scientists divided individuals into two groups: those who received regular care and those who used an online tool to log common symptoms related to therapy, such as loss of appetite, diarrhea, constipation, nausea, fatigue and pain.

Participants noted any difficulties they experienced at least once a week or sooner if they had a particular issue. Doctors viewed reports during checkups with patients, and nurses received email alerts when anyone suffered severe side effects. (Nurses responded immediately about 80 percent of the time and requested medicines to relieve patients’ pain or other issues.)


Offline potisgood?

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This study seems like it's purpose is to trick patients to stay on chemo. The side effects are awful what good does reporting them early do? The outcomes still suck.

Offline sickandtired

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These experts are saying that simply reporting reactions on a computer could add months to your life. I say focus on nutrition and then you don't have to deal with side effects!

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Please people report the treatment horrors you experienced. Only hearing the good stuff doesn't help. Need the bad stuff as well to help others understand what they are up against and the possible outcomes.


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