Clockwise from the top: Dr. Linda Sarna, Dean; Dr. Eunice Lee, Associate Professor; Dr. Lynn Doering, Professor and Associate Dean; Agi Hirshberg, Founder.
The UCLA School of Nursing has received a generous grant from the Hirshberg Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research to improve quality of life for pancreatic cancer patients. The study will be led by Professor Lynn Doering and Associate Professor Eunice Lee.
With this support, the School of Nursing will conduct a study to assess how supportive care can increase the overall quality of life, and potentially survival rates, in pancreatic cancer patients.
It is known that pancreatic cancer patients and their caregivers often experience increased levels of depression and a high symptom burden. Furthermore, when patient-reported symptoms are integrated into routine care, there is evidence of increased survival time. We know that supportive care to improve symptoms, reduce hospital stays and preserve quality of life is imperative. This innovative new study will employ online nursing check-ins to track patients’ symptoms and improve supportive care, with the goal to reduce overall pain.
The study will also evaluate how the smartphone app, chemoWave, can increase collaboration with caregivers and improve patient wellbeing by recording and monitoring patients’ physical and emotional states.
By focusing on supportive care for both patients and caregivers, this study hopes to improve overall quality of life, and potentially survival rates for those facing pancreatic cancer.
The UCLA School of Nursing would like to thank Agi Hirshberg and the Hirshberg Foundation for their support of this important study.