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Charity funds trial of cancer patient reporting programme

Charity funds trial of cancer patient reporting programme

Published at 6:02am 5th January 2016. (Updated at 3:45pm 5th January 2016)

Yorkshire Cancer Research is hoping to improve the way cancer patients report their symptoms and experiences by trialling an electronic programme.

Researchers from the School of Medicine at the University of Leeds will invite people with stage 3 or 4 ovarian cancer to take part in the £500,000 project.

Those patients usually go into remission after treatment with chemotherapy and surgery, but relapses are common and treatable, so they are frequently monitored.

They will be able to record their symptoms remotely and conveniently via a web-based system, reducing the frequency of appointments.

Professor Galina Velikova and her team are also planning to test the system with patients who take part in the early phase clinical trials of new drugs.

Professor Velikova said: "By monitoring the experience of patients during treatment and remission, we can improve patient safety and quality of life through early detection and the timely management of symptoms."