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Jul 20, 2010 12:35 PM by Bea Karnes, News First 5

Combating depression in cancer patients

A simple phone call could help some cancer patients deal with symptoms of pain and depression.

Researchers at the Indiana School of Medicine tested a program that allows cancer patients to dial into an automated monitoring and nurse care manager. Patients were able to quantify their symptoms by pushing a number key -- allowing a nurse to contact those with the most urgent needs.

The system significantly improved pain and depression symptoms in patients in all phases of treatment -- from initial diagnosis to recurrent cancer -- to full remission.

For caring counseling, contact the Dorcy Cancer Center at St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center in Pueblo.



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