Treating Childhood Cancer With Telehealth: From Symptoms to Treatment

Despite continued advancements in modern medicine, cancer remains one of the most challenging diseases for medical professionals to fight. In 2022 alone, researchers project that 1.9 million people will be diagnosed with cancer — and the disease will kill over 600,000 people. With such high numbers, finding innovative forms of treatment continues to be at the forefront of medical research.

Telehealth is a technological sector of innovation within the healthcare field. When it comes to fighting cancer — particularly when it affects children — care via telehealth can be a compelling option to add to the treatment mix. Read on to discover how telehealth provides utility to healthcare providers.

Creating More Approachable Care for Younger Patients Using Virtual Care

Lifestyle changes due to cancer treatment are difficult to deal with as an adult, let alone as a child. Children don’t enjoy going to the doctor for normal check-ups — frequent visits for cancer treatment can prove mentally exhausting for young patients.

Virtual care for cancer patients creates an informal, casual environment in which the flow of information moves easily between doctor and patient. This ease of care can help reduce the stress for younger patients in a situation that can feel very mentally challenging and exhausting.

Moreover, depending on their age, reluctance or lack of symptom recognition can be particularly challenging with children. Beyond fear of a doctor, a child simply might not have the understanding of how their body operates to recognize that something is “off.” A virtual visit from a child’s home can help them feel comfortable to express their symptoms to the best of their abilities.

Creating more approachable care for younger cancer patients can massively help providers. As younger patients feel comfortable to more effectively and clearly communicate their needs, the patient experience improves. It also allows doctors to save time and energy otherwise spent on navigating patient communication, ultimately freeing up additional resources and streamlining scheduling so that they may continue to provide the best possible care.

Remote Patient Monitoring, Both Before and After Chemotherapy

Going through chemotherapy can be a traumatic experience, even as it improves a patient’s overall health. There are multiple side effects with which patients are forced to deal, such as fatigue, hair loss, infections, bruising and bleeding, sore mouth, and loss of appetite.

Remote patient monitoring helps to bridge the gap between technology, data, and patient care. This technology allows doctors to holistically treat patients by understanding all aspects of their needs, helping to improve quality of care for diverse patients.

For cancer patients specifically, RPM can help limit time spent in healthcare facilities as doctors measure vitals from the patient’s home — allowing providers with the opportunity to allocate empty rooms towards patients who need in-person treatment.

Lowering The Burden Of Travel For Patients and Their Families

lower travel expenses for cancer treatment using telehealth

Travel for cancer care can be physically and mentally taxing — and costly. Because children are unable to transport themselves, parents of patients may need to take time off of work to ensure their child gets the treatment they need. With financial challenges surrounding health insurance and medical care costs in general, travel costs to cancer care can quickly add even more expenses to a family’s budget.

Combining virtual care and RPM, telehealth cancer treatment can greatly reduce the burden of travel for patients and their families. Utilizing telehealth, families only travel for treatment when they absolutely have to — eliminating conversations and tracking that can be done from home using telehealth technology.

With less traveling families, healthcare providers can again focus more on providing care to patients who need in-person care — creating more time for doctors and space in operating rooms for emergency patients.

Help Fight Childhood Cancer with Telehealth Treatment

Thanks to the internet and hyper-connectivity, the world is smaller than ever. Through understanding and employing the advancements of telehealth, healthcare providers have the opportunity to transform the way they treat young patients — helping to make childhood cancer treatment far more approachable.

Trapollo’s full suite of Connected Healthcare solutions can help facilitate streamlined treatment for cancer, diabetes, and other chronic diseases. Discover the specific ways we help simplify chronic disease management and contact us today.

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Meredith leads strategy and execution of Trapollo's comprehensive marketing strategy including events, digital, content, campaigns and social media. She has a passion for bringing awareness to innovative, digital healthcare solutions through marketing programs enabling organizations to fully engage patients and improve patient experiences.