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High Tech Help For Patients Coping with Cancer Treatment

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cancer patient Ronald Keswick and his wife

"We've had conversation about some of the questions on the survey and it has been helpful for both of us," says cancer patient Ronald Keswick.

Credit: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Computers have helped doctors in the medical community for years. Now, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston are working to see if computers can help cancer patients physically and emotionally during treatment. They are testing a new  program to assist cancer patients with treatment side effects like fatigue and harder to talk about issues like depression.

"I always say that the computer never raises an eyebrow no matter what answer you give it," says Donna Berry, a nurse at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute who is heading up the study. The institute is using the Electronic Self Report Assessment-Cancer program (ES-RA C) to monitor patients' symptoms.

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