- Phase 1 development of new digital therapeutic platform underway
- Pilot study in 69 patients completed
- Helping cancer patients live better with pain
- Improved mental health outcomes in pain management
Vancouver, British Columbia – TheNewswire - February 17, 2022 – Blackhawk Growth Corp. (CSE:BLR); (CNSX:BLR.CN); (OTC:BLRZF); (Frankfurt:0JJ) (the “Corporation” or “Blackhawk”), is pleased to announce that its subsidiary, Digital Mind Technology Pty. Ltd. (“DMT”) has started its phase 1 development of a digital therapeutic application designed for treating cancer patients experiencing pain and at risk of mental health disorders. DMT expects to complete phase 1 in Q2, 2022,
DMT’s clinical trials in cancer patients aim to develop a mindfulness intervention that is useful in pain management. Pain, endured for any length of time unsustainably can result in low mood and lead to depression, anxiety and other related mental health disorders. The mindfulness intervention will be designed to manage negative patterns of thoughts and behaviours.
With pain being one of the most common symptoms reported by nearly 70% of cancer patients1, DMT is creating a digital therapeutic application and web platform between patients and clinicians that can be used by patients to more effectively deal with pain.
Cancer pain remains a challenging symptom occurring long after treatment completion, with a prevalence of 20-50% in cancer survivors.2 The burden of mental health disorders appearing as a co-morbidity in cancer patients is high with around a quarter of cancer patients experiencing depression 3-5. A cancer diagnosis is life changing and in itself is a source of considerable psychological and emotional distress.
Dr Russell says: “In our pilot clinical trial in 69 patients, we saw that a digital therapeutic was helpful in treating cancer patients cope with fear of cancer recurrence. We are progressing well with our digital therapeutics platform to help cancer patients cope with pain that will have substantial benefit to mental health and wellbeing”.
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- Gallaway MS, Townsend JS, Shelby D, Puckett MC. Peer Reviewed: Pain Among Cancer Survivors. Preventing Chronic Disease. 2020;17.
- Naser AY, Hameed AN, Mustafa N, et al. Depression and Anxiety in Patients With Cancer: A Cross-Sectional Study. Frontiers in Psychology. 2021;12(1067).
- Pitman A, Suleman S, Hyde N, Hodgkiss A. Depression and anxiety in patients with cancer. BMJ. 2018;361:k1415.
- Hartung TJ, Brähler E, Faller H, et al. The risk of being depressed is significantly higher in cancer patients than in the general population: Prevalence and severity of depressive symptoms across major cancer types. European Journal of Cancer. 2017;72:46-53.
About Blackhawk Growth
Blackhawk is an investment holding company looking to create substantial value for its shareholders through the acquisition and development of high growth companies. It has focused its investments in the health, cannabis and cannabidiol industries in both Canada and the United States. Its portfolio of companies includes Sac Pharma, TERP Wholesale LLC, LeichtMind Clinics, Noble Hemp, Spaced Food, NuWave Foods, Digital Mind Therapeutics and MindBio Therapeutics, as well as a share position in Gaia Grow Corp. (CSE:GAIA).
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