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Telemedicine Improves Access to Supportive Group Psychotherapy for Young Adults with Cancer

University of Colorado Cancer Center at University of Colorado Hospital
Aurora, Colorado

Laura Melton, PhD, ABPP, Medical Director for Supportive Oncology, University of Colorado Cancer Center at University of Colorado Hospital

The University of Colorado Cancer Center developed a telemedicine psychotherapy support group designed specifically for young adult patients with cancer. Those who would not have been able to attend regularly due to long geographic distances, severe weather, and health issues—such as immunosuppression and hospitalization—were able to join their peers virtually. All participants completed the six-week pilot program and cited high rates of patient satisfaction, with increased access to mental health services, companionship, and reduced travel time as top benefits.