New Research on Reducing Distress For People with Advanced Cancer

Last Updated: May 11, 2018

Dr. Daniel Hayes discusses new research presented at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting on improved psychological support for people with advanced cancer.

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Psychological Intervention Relieves Distress in Patients with Advanced Cancer

ASCO President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FACP, FASCO:You know, this abstract really represents, in my opinion, a maturation in our field of medical oncology. We used to care about whether patients will survive. Increasingly over the last two decades, we’ve also become concerned about whether they survive well. We have better and better treatments, but we also have more concerns about how patients are doing while we’re treating them.

In this study, they randomly assigned people, meaning half got one thing, half didn’t, and the thing they got instead of a different drug here, was they got psychological testing and help and support, and the other group got good supportive care, but not that kind of intensity.

And what they found was, not surprisingly, people who got more support, felt better, had less depression, lived better, and so while they were getting good cancer care, they were also getting good emotional care. And that’s important for all of us, that’s important for our patients. I think this is a great step forward, I’m very excited about this.

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