The Lurie Cancer Center’s Supportive Oncology Program offers psychological, rehabilitation, integrative medicine, palliative care and nutrition services to all patients undergoing cancer treatment, while research efforts include studies that measure quality of life during treatment.
Developing better measures of symptoms during treatment, which may include fatigue, nausea, pain and anxiety, also is ongoing here. In one research project, Dr. Cella’s team regularly asks patients a list of questions about their symptoms.
“We can generate a report on symptoms,” says Dr. Cella. “When the physician sees you at your next appointment, he can talk with you about the symptom data too.” The goal is to make the collection and reporting of symptoms a part of routine care for patients here.
“It will enable us to more effectively get this quality of life information into the dialogue about when to treat a patient and how much to treat,” he says. “We’re factoring in the patient’s voice more than ever before.”
Learn more about how we are advancing the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer in the Cancer Annual Review.