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April 14, 1999

Computer-Based Support Systems for Women With Breast Cancer

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Deputy EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Interim CoeditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1999;281(14):1268-1269. doi:10.1001/jama.281.14.1268

To the Editor: Dr Gustafson and colleagues1 have described the use of a Comprehensive Health Enhancement Support System (CHESS) for patients with breast cancer and other serious diseases. If CHESS is effective, the support it would provide at an optimal time could indeed be beneficial for patients who are newly diagnosed as having cancer and other serious diseases. These benefits could include social and emotional support at the time of diagnosis; information on the prognosis so that the patient could plan her or his life; information on the choice of therapy so that the patient could make an informed decision; and information on a variety of services, such as rehabilitative, cosmetic, occupational therapy, and vocational training services where applicable.