Supplier: Tunstall Healthcare
07 June, 2011
About one in 18 men and one in 28 women will develop bowel cancer before the age of 75. The older you are, the greater your chance of developing bowel cancer.
Bowel Cancer Awareness Week 5-11 June
About one in 18 men and one in 28 women will develop bowel cancer before the age of 75. The older you are, the greater your chance of developing bowel cancer1.
Yet while it affects mainly people over 50, bowel cancer can occur at any age2.
Chemotherapy and radiotherapy are often used to treat bowel cancer.
The side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy vary greatly. Some of the side effects of treatment include tiredness and lethargy, nausea and vomiting, diarrhoea, hair loss, itchy or dry skin, bleeding in the bowel or other parts of the body and more. Most side effects are temporary and there may be ways to prevent or reduce them.
Tunstall’s telehealth program can be incorporated into bowel cancer treatment to help monitor and manage the side effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy.
Tunstall’s telehealth uses customised daily health interviews and vital sign monitoring to keep track of a patient’s condition. The data is transferred to a technical triage team, with abnormal readings for the patient passed onto the patient’s care team. This allows carers and clinicians to quickly detect any deterioration and intervene if necessary.
Research and pilot projects conducted on telehealth show that this intervention can be used to reduce severity of the incident, reduce unplanned hospital visits and reduce duration of hospital stay3.
Tunstall telehealth can also be used to provide specific advice and reminders to patients, such as "to prevent nausea, eat small amounts of food more often" or "apply sun screen when going in the sun as your skin may be more sensitive during treatment".
Tunstall telehealth uses a telehealth unit to capture this information in the comfort of the patient’s home, allowing them to carry on with their everyday life around treatment.
To find out more about telehealth visit www.tunstallhealthcare.com.au
To find out more about Bowel Cancer Awareness Week visit www.bowelcanceraustralia.org
1 Understanding Bowel Cancer, A guide for people with cancer, their families and friends. The Cancer Council NSW 2008, www.cancercouncil.com.au
2 Understanding Bowel Cancer, A guide for people with cancer, their families and friends. The Cancer Council NSW 2008, www.cancercouncil.com.au
3 Telehealthcare – Supporting People to Live Safely and Independently at home: An Australian Pilot Program, Feros Care 2010