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Symptom Assessment and Management Tools
 

These tools help healthcare providers monitor and manage their patients’ symptoms more effectively, regardless of where they are in their cancer continuum.

Get the Updated Symptom Management Guides (SMGs) Mobile App!

Quickly find and use best practices for symptom assessment and control at the patient’s bedside. We’ve updated the SMG app based on testing and feedback from healthcare practitioners like you, and we’ve given it a fresh look too! (The SMG content remains the same.)

Download the free app on your mobile device: Apple iOS ; Android; Windows Phone

Use the app on your computer: smg.cancercare.on.ca

Your Symptoms Matter – General Symptoms

The Your Symptoms Matter – General Symptoms questionnaire is a revised version of the Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS). It is a valid and reliable assessment tool to screen for the intensity of nine common symptoms experienced by cancer patients: pain, tiredness, nausea, depression, anxiety, drowsiness, appetite, well-being and shortness of breath.

Patients can report their Your Symptoms Matter – General Symptoms scores electronically at many regional cancer centres using the Your Symptoms Matter platform. Find out more about the Your Symptoms Matter platform.

The Your Symptoms Matter – General Symptoms tool has been translated into many languages. Please select the language you would like to use.

  Your Symptoms Matter -

Note: You must allow pop-ups in your browser to download these files.

Your Symptoms Matter – Prostate Cancer

The Your Symptoms Matter – Prostate Cancer questionnaire is the revised version of the Expanded Prostate Cancer Index Composite (EPIC). It is a valid assessment tool designed to assess health-related quality of life in early-stage prostate cancer patients. It screens for five major domains including: bowel symptoms, sexual function symptoms, urinary irritation symptoms, urinary obstruction symptoms and hormonal/vitality symptoms.

Patients can report their Your Symptoms Matter – Prostate Cancer scores electronically at many regional cancer centres using the Your Symptoms Matter platform. Find out more about the Your Symptoms Matter platform.

Your Symptoms Matter – Daily Activities

A patient’s functional status helps to assess the disease progression and how it may be affecting the daily living abilities of the patient.

The Your Symptoms Matter – Daily Activities assessment tool asks patients to rate their functional status over a month through a single question on a five-point scale. The scale ranges from normal with no limitations to bedridden (rarely out of bed).

Your Symptoms Matter – Daily Activities is a version of the ECOG (Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group) Performance Status scoring system, but is expressed in simple language and designed to be completed by the patient. Your Symptoms Matter – Daily Activities is unique among functional status tools in that it is patient-reported, leading to higher understanding of a patient’s condition.

Your Symptoms Matter – Daily Activities has been translated into many languages to be made easily available and accessible to patients.

Patients can complete Your Symptoms Matter – Daily Activities electronically at many regional cancer centres using the Your Symptoms Matter platform. Find out more about the Your Symptoms Matter Platform.

    Your Symptoms Matter – Daily Activities Tool

    Note: You must allow pop-ups in your browser to download these files.

Symptom Management Guides

Symptom Management Guides help healthcare professionals assess and appropriately manage a patient's cancer-related symptoms.

Also available: condensed summaries in Pocket Guide format; 2-page Algorithms for each symptom; iPhone app; Windows Phone 7 app

Pain
Dyspnea
Nausea & Vomiting
Delirium
Loss of Appetite
Bowel Care
Oral Care
Anxiety **
Depression **
Fatigue **
Sleep Disturbances**
Combined: Delirium, Dyspnea, Nausea & Vomiting, Pain, Loss of Appetite, Bowel Care and Oral Care
* We recommend printing Pocket Guides in "booklet" format, available via most printer's properties or preferences. 
** Developed by the Cancer Journey Advisory Group and the Canadian Association of Psychosocial Oncology, with support from the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, in collaboration with the Ontario Cancer Symptom Management Collaborative.

Prostate Cancer Guides

Bowel Function
Hormonal Symptoms/Vitality
Sexual Function
Urinary Incontinence
Urinary Obstruction

These tools represent current evidence and best practice and replace previously published guidelines distributed through CCO, including the Telephone Nursing Practice and Symptom Management Guidelines and KFL&A Palliative Care Integration Project Symptom Management Guidelines .


Last modified: Thu, Sep 29, 2016
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