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One phone call can help cancer patients

(KWWL) -- 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.

Online Anchor: Sunny Layne

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