Accompanying cancer patients on holiday


How to accompany patients
with cancer during their holidays?

Summer is a crucial time for cancer patients. When they decide to go on holiday, far from their care centre and the carers who accompany them on a daily basis, they can feel isolated and worried about not always finding the answers to their questions. To reassure patients and give them peace of mind during their holidays, some centres set up remote monitoring of patients to enable them to enjoy their holidays while keeping a link with their carers by guaranteeing their medical follow-up.

Monitoring patients during the summer: "hospital in your pocket

Going on holiday for cancer patients is a break from an often well-established medical routine. The challenge is twofold: it is necessary to ensure follow-up at a distance and to adapt to a different pace of life. This follow-up must also besufficiently flexible so as not to place too many constraints on the patient during his or her holidays.

Medical monitoring, integrated directly into the patient's mobile phone thanks to a mobile application, makes it possible to adapt as best as possible by putting the hospital "in the patient's pocket".  

However, caregivers must be careful that this flexibility does not jeopardise the treatment. To this end, reminders can be given to patients to ensure that medical indications are followed closely

Reassuring patients, even from a distance

During this period, patients may be concerned about the monitoring of their health status. Their contact with health care providers is often less regular and distance can be a barrier to communication. It is therefore essential to reassure patients about their medical follow-up.

To this end, the care team can remotely monitor the patient's state of health on a daily basis using questionnaires filled in by the patient. If the patient's state of health deteriorates, he or she will be contacted again by his or her caregivers.  

Teleconsultation is also a solution to reassure the patient. They can consult their medical team at any time, even during their holidays .

The Antoine Lacassagne Centre digitises patient follow-up during the summer with exolis

The digitisation of the patient pathway thanks to the exolis solution allows the Centre Antoine Lacassagne to follow 3552 cancer patients remotely during their holidays via the CAL&you application.


The provision of questionnaires to be filled in directly on the mobile phone allows patients to maintain contact with the health care team. Caregivers have direct access to information on the patient's state of health via the hospital's screens and can react if necessary, particularly thanks to the implementation of teleconsultations.

"This application changes the way we follow up patients outside the hospital. It allows us to improve the quality of care and the service provided to the patient when they are at home. Patients are always connected to the medical team to follow their health status, and they are more reassured. Their follow-up is adapted on a case-by-case basis, which allows them to go on holiday with peace of mind.

About exolis

exolis, an expert in the connected patient pathway, offers a complete, multi-service and multi-pathology patient portal that strengthens the link between the patient and the hospital. Designed for health establishments, institutions and general practitioners, exolis is a white-label partner in the digital transformation of the medical world.

The application is built around and for the patient, allowing him or her to enter a supervised care pathway in the institution and at home (making appointments, reception terminal, adapted and personalised medical follow-up, teleconsultation, online payments, electronic signature of consent, etc.). exolis works with a strong conviction: the involvement of the patient in all stages of his or her care pathway, even administrative, is a strong vector for therapeutic success.


About the Antoine Lacassagne Centre

Founded in 1961, the Antoine Lacassagne Centre is one of the 18 French Cancer Centres of the Unicancer network. The Centre Antoine Lacassagne is a private, not-for-profit health establishment recognised as being of public interest (ESPIC status - Private Health Establishment of Collective Interest). It fulfils public service missions in the field of cancerology:

  • Care: prevention, screening, treatment and rehabilitation
  • Research: basic, translational, clinical
  • Teaching: university and post-graduate.

Key figures for 2020: 192 beds and places, 859 employees, 6,131 patients in care (active file), 847 patients included in clinical trials, nearly 62,000 medical consultations, 63,520 hospital stays.

The Antoine Lacassagne Centre was certified without reservation by the High Authority for Health in October 2016.



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