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Publication-only abstracts (abstract number preceded by an "e"), published in conjunction with the 2019 ASCO Annual Meeting but not presented at the Meeting, can be found online only.

Mobile text messaging to improve adjuvant hormone therapy and side effect management among breast cancer patients: A pilot RCT.

Health Promotion

Symptoms and Survivorship

2019 ASCO Annual Meeting

Abstract No:

J Clin Oncol 37, 2019 (suppl; abstr e23061)

Author(s): Kuang-Yi Wen, Lori J. Goldstein, Rita Smith, Suzanne M. Miller; Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA; Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA

Abstract Disclosures


Background: Substantial evidence reports that adjuvant hormone therapy (AHT) decrease breast cancer (BCa) recurrence and mortality, however, many patients are nonadherent due to troublesome side effects. The goal of this pilot study is to test a novel mobile text messaging-based intervention (TXT2Adhere) that delivers adherence-promoting and side effect coping tips messages. Methods: 58 BCa patients who were within 1 month of AHT initiation were randomized into the TXT2Adhere group (n = 29) or usual care control group (UC, n = 29). Intervention participants received a daily reminder prompt for medication uptake and two messages addressing the importance of AHT adherence and management for potential side effects for 3 months. Assessments were conducted at baseline, 1-month, 2-month, and 3-month. Results: Participants in the TXT2Adhere group reported higher AHT adherence at 2 months (93% vs. 54%, p < 0.05) but this difference between groups disappeared at 3-month as adherence rate in the TXT2Adhere group greatly declined at month 3. Increase in symptom distress at 3-month was found substantially smaller in the TXT2Adhere group than the UC group, although this difference was not statistically significant. Conclusions: Daily text messages promoting adherence and side-effect management demonstrated feasibility with better short-term adherence. Potential intervention improvement to facilitate greater participant engagement and adherence behaviors as the onset of symptoms (e.g. during month 3) needs to be considered.

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