Embedding lifestyle interventions into cancer care: has telehealth narrowed the equity gap?

Amy M. Dennett, Kelly A. Hirko, Kathleen J. Porter, Kah Poh Loh, Yue Liao, Lin Yang, Hannah Arem, Jasmine S. Sukumar, Elizabeth A. Salerno

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Abstract

Lifestyle interventions targeting energy balance (ie, diet, exercise) are critical for optimizing the health and well-being of cancer survivors. Despite their benefits, access to these interventions is limited, especially in underserved populations, including older people, minority populations and those living in rural and remote areas. Telehealth has the potential to improve equity and increase access. This article outlines the advantages and challenges of using telehealth to support the integration of lifestyle interventions into cancer care. We describe 2 recent studies, GO-EXCAP and weSurvive, as examples of telehealth lifestyle intervention in underserved populations (older people and rural cancer survivors) and offer practical recommendations for future implementation. Innovative approaches to the use of telehealth-delivered lifestyle intervention during cancer survivorship offer great potential to reduce cancer burden.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)133-139
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of the National Cancer Institute. Monographs
Volume2023
Issue number61
DOIs
StatePublished - May 4 2023

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