The Colorectal and Peritoneal Oncology Centre (CPOC) and The University of Manchester have found that smartwatches could help prepare patients for major cancer surgery.

Initial results from what’s believed to be the first monitored remote pre-habilitation programme in the UK are promising. It’s hoped that using smartwatches in this way before surgery could improve recovery by a third.

One patient on the trial Julie Gray, who had major abdominal surgery and the highly specialist HIPEC chemotherapy treatment, said she found she was doing a lot more exercise while wearing the smartwatch. She left hospital 9 days after her operation – 3 days earlier than the average length of stay for this kind of operation. 

You can read more about the results of this research study and what this could mean for cancer patients in our press release.

Last updated: June 2021