This study evaluates a smart phone based mobile application designed for patients with Renal
Cell and Prostate Cancer taking oral anti-cancer medications. (OAMs) All participants will
be patients at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Half of the
participants will use the mobile application for a 3 month period along with their usual
care. Half of the participants will just receive usual care.
The investigators hope to show that cancer patients taking OAMs who use the mobile
application will be better connected to their care team and will develop increased
competency for self-care which will primarily increase medication adherence.
The widespread and increasing use of oral anti-cancer medications (OAMs) has been ushered in
by a rapidly increasing understanding of cancer pathophysiology. Furthermore, OAMs' popular
ease of administration and potential cost savings has highlighted their central position in
the healthcare system as a whole. Importantly, these facts have heightened appreciation of
the unique challenges associated with OAMs use, especially in relation to prescribing,
dispensing, reimbursement, education, adherence, and comprehensive quality and safety
assurance. In this regard, the investigators goal is to improve medication adherence and
clinical outcomes for cancer patients using OAMs through a mobile-enabled, multi-modal
self-management and educational intervention .
The intervention seeks to enable patients' self-efficacy to adhere to their medications
through directed education and coaching, anticipation of symptoms and associated adverse
events, and closer monitoring with accurate assessment of self-reported outcomes. This
innovative approach necessarily includes personalizing feedback and management based on
patients' own treatment regimen, baseline knowledge and elucidated barriers to adherence,
and holds great promise in improving overall adherence, safety, and clinical outcomes in
The investigators hypothesize that cancer patients on OAMs who use a mobile-based,
multi-modal health self-management (M health) intervention designed for extensive patient
education and symptom management will be better connected to their care team and will
develop increased competency for self-care which will primarily increase medication
adherence and improve secondary outcomes measured in this study compared to cancer patients
on OAMs who do not use the mobile-based intervention.
- Adult (≥18 years) patients being treated at the Dana Farber Cancer Institute for
Renal Cell Cancer or Prostate Cancer commencing a new course cycle of OAMs. . -
-Participants must be ambulatory and able to consent for self.
- Participants must have an Apple or Android smart phone and be willing to download the
mobile application on their smartphones so they can utilize the intervention.
- Patients must be able to read/speak English.
- Life expectancy less than 3 months as determined by the managing oncologist.
- Significant psychiatric co-morbidities and memory or cognitive impairments. A
significant psychiatric condition includes any condition which creates major distress
for a patient or which markedly impairs the patient's daily functioning. It includes,
but not limited to, acute psychoses, major depressive disorder, dementia, etc
- Patients currently on similar interventional studies geared to improve medication
adherence or in investigational drug trials in which adverse effects have not been
Kamal Jethwani, MD, MPH
Center for Connected Health, Partners HealthCare
Stephen Agboola, MD, MPH