New Research on Online Therapy for People with Cancer

Last Updated: May 11, 2018

Dr. Daniel Hayes discusses new research presented at the 2017 ASCO Annual Meeting on an 8-week, online therapy program for people with cancer.

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Remote Therapy Program Improves Quality of Life, Lowers Distress after Cancer Diagnosis

ASCO President Daniel F. Hayes, MD, FACP, FASCO: This is a really important study, it tells us that our field is maturing, that as we get more and more people surviving from cancer, who are diagnosed early and treated for cure--we now have 15 million cancer survivors in this country--we want them not to just survive, but to survive well. Cancer is a very scary disease, and when you're told you have cancer, the first thing you think is, I'm not going to see my son or daughter get married, I'm not going to see my grandchildren, I'm not going to see... whatever other life issues are important.

What this study tells us is that patients who received a fairly intensive, but only 8-week treatment of stress management and psychological support did much better in terms of how they felt about their lives, than patients who got good oncology care, but not necessarily that sort of intense management. I think this is really neat. It's 1 of many abstracts that the meeting--that tell us that we need to not just worry about whether patients live, but whether they live well. And that's what we're trying to do.

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