Patients to track cancer treatment online

Angela Dawe and Jane Randles talk about remote surveillance of cancer patients at Clatterbridge

Listeners to Radio Clatterbridge have heard how cancer patients will be able to track the progress of their treatment online.

The trial is being developed by Living With And Beyond Cancer, a two-year project based at Clatterbridge Health Park.

Programme Officers Angela Dawe and Jane Randles appeared on the Coffee Club to talk about the latest developments.

They said the new system is aimed at giving patients confidence, knowledge and skills to be in control of their own health without having to make regular inconvenient visits to outpatients.

Angela and Jane explained to presenter Steve Evans how patients are put on a self-management pathway by their consultant following treatment.

Instead of returning to The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre to get blood results, they can instead log on to an online portal.

The pair said those patients who show abnormalities will not be able to view the results but will instead be given an appointment.

The website will also allow people to see when visits are due and offers a range of information from dealing wth fatigue to financial advice.

Those without a computer will still be on the system but will receive phone calls of progress and results from their care navigator support worker, they said.

"A lot of the patients say they feel they’ve lost control of their lives when they’re diagnosed with cancer. This is a means of giving them back some control over their life." - Angela Dawe, Living With And Beyond Cancer

Healthcare professionals will have their own portal which allows follow-up letters to be sent to both the patient and their GP at the same time.

This is the latest in a series of monthly interviews from many of the 10-strong team working on the pioneering project in association with Macmillan.


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