This year, the world has been turned on its head and thanks to technology, we have been able to keep in contact with family, get groceries delivered to our front doors and continue working hard for our clients whilst keeping safe at home.

The medical community has also been taking advantage of technology, doing appointments by video call, and now researches at the University of Strathclyde are hoping to take this further, with a smartphone app to help mesothelioma patients manage their symptoms.

Symptoms of mesothelioma

The most common form of mesothelioma in adults is pleural mesothelioma, affecting the lungs. Symptoms can include:

  • Breathlessness
  • Chest pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Back and/or shoulder pain
  • Fatigue

The second most prevalent type of mesothelioma is peritoneal mesothelioma, affecting the abdomen. Symptoms can include:

  • Bloating
  • Swelling
  • Abdominal pain
  • Changes in bowel movements
  • Fatigue

Although treatments for mesothelioma have developed over recent years and people are surviving longer after their mesothelioma diagnosis, there is no cure for the disease.

Managing symptoms

The key to maintaining a good quality of life as a mesothelioma patient, is to effectively manage symptoms. These can change from day to day and it is not practical to attend an appointment with doctors every time symptoms change.

To help combat this, researchers have been developing a smartphone app for symptom management and tested a mesothelioma-specific version.

Patients took daily symptom questionnaires on the app and this information was sent to their doctors and at the end of the study both patients and doctors reported that the system made it quick and easy to manage their mesothelioma symptoms.

It is hoped that following further development, apps could be helping mesothelioma patients in the near future.

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Source:

Superior Symptom Administration System for Sufferers with Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (ASyMSmeso): Combined Strategies Research. Journal of Medical Web Analysis. Retrieved from: https://www.jmir.org/2020/11/e19180/. Accessed: 11/17/2020.

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