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Supportive Care in Cancer

, Volume 23, Issue 7, pp 2183–2188 | Cite as

Optimizing cancer care through mobile health

  • Bassel Odeh
  • Reem Kayyali
  • Shereen Nabhani-Gebara
  • Nada Philip
Review Article

Abstract

The survival rates for patients living with cancer are increasing, due to recent advances in detection, prevention and treatment. It has been estimated that there were 28 million cancer survivors around the world in 2012. In the UK, for patients diagnosed in 2007, it is predicted that more than half of them will survive their cancer for 5 years or more. A large majority of cancer survivors report unmet supportive care needs and distressing symptoms and adverse long-term consequences related to their cancer. Cancer management could be optimized to better meet patients demand through technology, including mobile health (m-Health). m-Health is defined as the use of mobile communications and network technologies for health care. m-Health can help both patients and health-care professionals and play an important part in managing and delivering cancer care including managing side effects, supporting drug adherence, providing cancer information, planning and follow up and detecting and diagnosing cancer. Health authorities have already published guidelines regulating m-Health to insure patient safety and improve the accountability of its applications.

Keywords

Cancer care Mobile health Regulations 

Notes

Conflict of interest

None declared.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bassel Odeh
    • 1
    • 2
  • Reem Kayyali
    • 1
    • 2
  • Shereen Nabhani-Gebara
    • 1
    • 2
  • Nada Philip
    • 2
  1. 1.Drug Discovery, Delivery and Patient Care (DDDPC) Centre, School of Pharmacy and ChemistryKingston UniversityKingston upon ThamesUK
  2. 2.Medical Information and Network Technologies (MINT) Centre, School of Computing and Information SystemsKingston UniversityKingston upon ThamesUK

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