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Online tool helps ovarian-cancer patients manage symptoms


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Journal of Clinical Oncology
Reuters Health - 11/02/2022 - An online symptom-management tool helps women with ovarian cancer get control over their symptoms. The WRITE Symptoms tool - short for Written Representational Intervention to Ease Symptoms - guides patients to reflect on how they experience a symptom: what causes it, what makes it worse, how it feels, how it impacts their daily life and how they've tried to manage it. It was developed by a University of Pittsburgh team led by nurse-scientist Dr. Heidi Donovan. "Women with ovarian cancer experience an average of 14 concurrent symptoms, so symptom management is very complex. It can be overwhelming for patients and challenging for providers, who may not have time to address these symptoms in a typical 15-minute appointment. That's why we developed a symptom management approach outside of a normal clinical setting, from the comfort of a woman's own home," Dr. Donovan said in a university news release. "The WRITE approach blen...


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