Cancer patients who enter their symptoms into a smartphone app live more than five months longer than expected, a new study suggests.
A trial of 766 patients with advanced breast or lung cancer found that those who updated their doctors about pain levels in real time missed fewer chemotherapy sessions and were able to keep more active.
The team at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York said many patients wrongly expect to live with significant pain, but that keeping a record of it allowed doctors to intervene and keep treatment going.
Scientists have hailed the simple intervention, which British researchers are currently studying in order to incorporate into the NHS, as more effective than many targeted cancer drugs.
Professor Ethan Basch, who led the research, said there was a "communication gap" between doctors and their patients once they are at home.
“There is a collusion,…