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Scientists Explore Web-Based Educational Tools for Young Adults with Cancer

Oct 17, 2017

Overall, the two interventions were well-received. Committed users utilized most of the features. Many appreciated the flexibility offered by the program, since they could use it on several types of devices as their schedule and health permitted. Most of the committed users said that the content was helpful for them, though some felt distress or sadness as they learned more about their situation. They also liked being able to communicate with peers in the forum.

What’s next for the program? Now that the scientists have found it is feasible, they will tweak the tools based on user feedback. One difference will be the removal of the “ask the expert” feature, as the work involved in maintaining it did not appear to match user interest. Also, the questions posed showed that users did have regular contact with their doctors and asked similar questions of them.

Once the adjustments are made, scientists will set up a new trial to determine how effective the program is. Eventually, the tool could become a standard part of care for young adults with cancer in Sweden.


Supportive Care in Cancer

Wiklander, Maria, et al.

“Feasibility of a self-help web-based intervention targeting young cancer patients with sexual problems and fertility distress”

(Full-text. First online: July 18, 2017)

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