Cancer patients can now use the Internet to report their post-chemotherapy symptoms to their doctor.
Researchers at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center offered over 100 cancer patients the option to report symptoms via the Internet.
They could give choose to give their report either at home or in the office waiting room. 100 percent of patients used the office computers and about 15 percent logged in from home.
Researchers hope this can identify important symptoms that occur between office visits. Oncology nurses involved in the study said the on-line symptom reporting system improved patient management, and all patients thought the system was easy to use.
The program is called STAR and it is not available everywhere. While doctors did not monitor the reports 24 hours a day, if patients entered information that signaled a major health problem an alert would pop up telling them to call their doctor.