Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Web-based support helps women with breast cancer

06.03.2012
Every day 18 Swedish women are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Although there is a real need for support and information, many women struggle and get lost in the deluge of information. In a study of 227 women, researchers at the Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, have developed a web-based programme to guide patients all the way from diagnosis to rehabilitation.

Last year 6,800 Swedish women were diagnosed with breast cancer. Diagnosis is followed by an operation to remove part or all of the breast, radiotherapy and/or chemotherapy, and then anti-hormonal treatment for up to ten years after the operation – all of which involves being shunted around between outpatient clinics and various hospital wards.

Need for information

Several scientific studies have shown that women with breast cancer have a real need for communication and information about their disease – such as how they can help themselves – as well as psychological and emotional support. This being the case, researchers at the University of Gothenburg’s Sahlgrenska Academy have worked with patients and care staff to develop an Internet-based programme that supports breast cancer patients from diagnosis right through to rehabilitation.

Design based on interviews

Designed after interviews with women with breast cancer, the programme includes input from various experts (doctors, nurses, social workers, physiotherapists, patient representatives), links to websites, book recommendations and glossaries of medical terms.

Increase the involvement

“We tackle the questions that crop up before and after the operation, and try to give psychosocial support and provide information on rehabilitation,” says researcher Ingalill Koinberg who is leading the study at the Sahlgrenska Academy. “The aim is to see whether Internet-based support can help ease breast cancer patients’ anxiety and worries, increase their involvement in their care and help them to help themselves.”

Complement to health care

The programme is being assessed scientifically in a study of 227 women who had surgery for breast cancer at Sahlgrenska University Hospital and Lund University Hospital between 2008 and 2011.

“The Internet support is to be viewed as complementary to standard health care and aims to allow patients to get hold of sorted, packaged and quality-assured information at any time of the day or night,” says Koinberg. “As the project has only recently got under way we can’t say that much about the results, but we believe that knowledge, support and information can only ever help.”

The web-based programme will be available through the Swedish Breast Cancer Association’s website: http://www.bro.org.se

For further information, please contact: Ingalill Koinberg, senior lecturer, Institute of Health and Care Sciences, Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg
Telephone: +46 (0)31 786 6023
Mobile: +46 (0)709 350 386
E-mail: Ingalill.koinberg@gu.se

Helena Aaberg | idw
Further information:
http://www.gu.se
http://www.bro.org.se/

Further reports about: Web-based Learning breast cancer cancer patients health care

More articles from Health and Medicine:

nachricht Purdue cancer identity technology makes it easier to find a tumor's 'address'
16.11.2018 | Purdue University

nachricht Microgel powder fights infection and helps wounds heal
14.11.2018 | Michigan Technological University

All articles from Health and Medicine >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: UNH scientists help provide first-ever views of elusive energy explosion

Researchers at the University of New Hampshire have captured a difficult-to-view singular event involving "magnetic reconnection"--the process by which sparse particles and energy around Earth collide producing a quick but mighty explosion--in the Earth's magnetotail, the magnetic environment that trails behind the planet.

Magnetic reconnection has remained a bit of a mystery to scientists. They know it exists and have documented the effects that the energy explosions can...

Im Focus: A Chip with Blood Vessels

Biochips have been developed at TU Wien (Vienna), on which tissue can be produced and examined. This allows supplying the tissue with different substances in a very controlled way.

Cultivating human cells in the Petri dish is not a big challenge today. Producing artificial tissue, however, permeated by fine blood vessels, is a much more...

Im Focus: A Leap Into Quantum Technology

Faster and secure data communication: This is the goal of a new joint project involving physicists from the University of Würzburg. The German Federal Ministry of Education and Research funds the project with 14.8 million euro.

In our digital world data security and secure communication are becoming more and more important. Quantum communication is a promising approach to achieve...

Im Focus: Research icebreaker Polarstern begins the Antarctic season

What does it look like below the ice shelf of the calved massive iceberg A68?

On Saturday, 10 November 2018, the research icebreaker Polarstern will leave its homeport of Bremerhaven, bound for Cape Town, South Africa.

Im Focus: Penn engineers develop ultrathin, ultralight 'nanocardboard'

When choosing materials to make something, trade-offs need to be made between a host of properties, such as thickness, stiffness and weight. Depending on the application in question, finding just the right balance is the difference between success and failure

Now, a team of Penn Engineers has demonstrated a new material they call "nanocardboard," an ultrathin equivalent of corrugated paper cardboard. A square...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

VideoLinks
Industry & Economy
Event News

“3rd Conference on Laser Polishing – LaP 2018” Attracts International Experts and Users

09.11.2018 | Event News

On the brain’s ability to find the right direction

06.11.2018 | Event News

European Space Talks: Weltraumschrott – eine Gefahr für die Gesellschaft?

23.10.2018 | Event News

 
Latest News

Purdue cancer identity technology makes it easier to find a tumor's 'address'

16.11.2018 | Health and Medicine

Good preparation is half the digestion

16.11.2018 | Life Sciences

Microscope measures muscle weakness

16.11.2018 | Life Sciences

VideoLinks
Science & Research
Overview of more VideoLinks >>>