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Digital solutions for assisting cancer patients

DISCOVERIES (ISSN 2359-7232), 2019, April-June issue

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Walkaden C. Digital solutions for assisting cancer patients manage the physical, emotional, psychological and social complications . Discoveries 2019, 7(2); e95. DOI:10.15190/d.2019.8

Submitted: June 27th, 2019; Revised: June 30th, 2019; Accepted: June 30th, 2019; Published: June 30th, 2019; 

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Digital solutions for assisting cancer patients manage the physical, emotional, psychological and social complications

Chad Walkaden

Counselling and Consulting Services, New South Wales, 2099, Australia

*Corresponding authors

Chad Walkaden, BSW, Counselling and Consulting Services, New South Wales 2099, Australia; chad@cwcounselling.com.au

Abstract

The introduction of immunotherapy as a treatment option has been a significant contributor to improving the survival rates for certain cancer patients. Notwithstanding these astonishing achievements, there are novel challenges for overstretched healthcare systems that will be required to manage the complex medical needs of a projected 34% increase in the number of cancer survivors over the next seven years. These alarming figures highlight the need for health systems to strengthen their capacity to deliver effective digital solutions that can be scaled to support to patients with their range of medical needs. At the core of the provision of digital solutions, it appears that a need exists for a dual focus to exist whereby patients and health care system equally benefit from the introduction of services. Among the available initiatives is a cancer support program, “The Cancer Blueprint”. The Cancer Blueprint has passed three stages of testing and has impressive results that shows significant potential to be a major part in the future of cancer support programs.

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