Stephenson developing app for cancer patients during COVID-19

Published: Thursday, May 14, 2020 By: Journal Record Staff Source: The Journal Record
continue to receive cancer treatment despite risks introduced by the virus, she said, and Stephenson strives to provide a safe environment, which includes adequate screening and testing for COVID-19.

“I think the real-time symptom tracking enabled by this app will offer peace of mind to both patients and their oncologists,” Moxley said. “My patients and their family members are extremely anxious about their overall health and exposure risk right now. This app will give them a 24-hour lifeline that is applicable not only during the COVID-19 pandemic but also, in the future, to monitor and report significant side effects of chemotherapy. This is a valuable safety tool, especially for patients who live in rural Oklahoma and can’t easily travel to Stephenson Cancer Center or OU Medical Center for evaluation.”

Stephenson Cancer Center is collaborating with two other cancer centers for the study, Dartmouth-Hitchcock Norris Cotton Cancer Center in New Hampshire and Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center in New Jersey. All three are National Cancer Institute-Designated Cancer Centers. In addition to the National Cancer Institute’s funding of this study, the Stephenson’s Mobile Health Shared Resource is supported by the Oklahoma Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust.

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