Telehealth opens cancer treatment trials to rural patients

Aimed at giving regional and rural patients more accessibility to clinical trials, the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre is pushing for an extended use of telehealth. The “teletrials” program created by the Clinical Oncology Society of Society aims to build better relationships to connect regional and rural Victoria with the metropolitan research centres enabling patients to access clinical trials remotely.

With the accepting use of telehealth becoming more widespread during the COVID-19 panademic, “teletrials” provides an extension to this with less than 5 percent of regional cancer patients currently participating in trials, this model will encourage more people to participate without the barriers such as distance to travel, costs and loss of earnings being addressed. For researchers, the technology provides opportunities to engage more people effectively enabling them to complete their research faster. Read more… 

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