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Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc. 2008;2008:5152-5. doi: 10.1109/IEMBS.2008.4650374.

Chemotherapy side-effect management using mobile phones.

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Institute of Biomedical Engineering, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford, OX3 7DQ, UK.


Colorectal cancer is a major health problem in developed countries, accounting for a significant proportion of deaths in the population. Advances in chemotherapy treatment have led to therapy being delivered in the home-setting, which presents challenges in ensuring that treatment-related side-effects are detected and reported to clinical staff in an appropriate time-frame. A telemedicine system has been developed using a mobile-phone platform to allow patients to complete symptom diaries which trigger alerts paged to their nurse in the event of severe side-effects. Six patients used this system for two cycles of oral chemotherapy. Two cases of moderate symptoms deteriorating to more severe conditions were observed, and individual self-care and treatment advice were presented to these patients.

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