Teleoncology is the use of telemedicine technology in the delivery of cancer care services. Within the field of oncology, telemedicine may help with each stage of healthcare, such as diagnosis, treatment, and supportive care.
Some of the applications of teleoncology include:
- Symptom management
- Increased symptom relief
- Increasing access to cancer related clinical trials
In many instances, teleoncology is a supplement to face-to-face services. For example, the remote oncologist may advise and monitor the administration of chemotherapy, while an in-person clinic must provide this treatment.