Prostate cancer is the second most common form of cancer afflicting men in Australia. The Cancer Council of Australia states that, by the age of 85, 1 out of 6 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer, 63% of them being diagnosed after the age of 65. It is also the third leading cause of cancer related death. However, with that in consideration, the 5-year survival rate when it comes to prostate cancer is at 95%
As with many cancers, treatment becomes increasingly difficult if the cancer is allowed to advance. Advanced prostate cancer can be categorized in two stages. Firstly, locally advanced prostate cancer, where the cancer has spread but only to the glands and parts immediately surrounding the prostate. The next stage is what is referred to as metastatic prostate cancer, where it has spread to other parts of the body while originating in the prostate. The most common symptoms men who suffer from prostate cancer will experience include, frequent urination, blood in urine and/or semen, pain when urinating, pain in the lower back/pelvis, and weakness in the legs or feet.
Digital health solutions like Care.Wallet can be easily configured to help a patient manage their prostate cancer and treatments effectively. Patients can keep track of their symptoms and note to their doctor what may be causing them, what aggravates their symptoms, and also easily receive the care and knowledge they need. If experiencing unexpected symptoms, a patient can book an appointment with a few clicks directly in the App. If a patient needs a ride to the facility, Care.Wallet has got them covered with a medical transportation solution embedded. If it’s not possible to have an in-office visit, Care.Wallet allows for booking online appointments via Global Telehealth Exchange. Care.Wallet can also be a useful tool for improving your quality of life, and other patient-related outcomes during cancer care.
With Care.Wallet the patient doesn’t have to worry about preparing for the appointment, as all their previous medical records are securely stored in their Care.Wallet and can be shared with all members of their care team in real-time. On top of that, Care.Wallet allows for symptom recording and management. Armed with all the necessary information, medical professionals can better evaluate the health condition of the patient and diagnose the problem. Prescriptions and referrals can be easily managed within the App as well. Care.Wallet has a comprehensive feedback function, called “How Are You Feeling Today” (HAYFT) Cards, that allows the patient to stay in touch with their care provider and report any changes to their health condition. With this, their physicians can easily provide advice quickly. In addition, the Care.Circle functionality provides an opportunity for the patient to have health information exchanged between all care professionals involved in their treatment. Family and friends can be invited to join their Care.Circle, as well to support the patient in their recovery and stay updated about their current health situation.
Care.Wallet is a powerful health management tool designed to offer a new improved standard of care and will improve the way healthcare works by putting patients in control of their health management. If you enjoyed this article, do take a look at our previous article Ulcerative Colitis in Brazil.