The Association of Community Cancer Centers (ACCC) has honored the University of Colorado Cancer Center with the 2019 Innovator Awards for achievements in oncology care.

The University of Colorado Cancer Center developed a telemedicine psychotherapy support group designed specifically for young adult patients with cancer, according to a press release.

It has enabled patients to join their peers virtually.

According to a press release, all participants completed the six-week pilot program and cited high rates of patient satisfaction, with increased access to mental health services, companionship, and reduced travel time as top benefits.

The pilot was a success; in fact, 71 percent of participants preferred meeting virtually. Group members stayed in touch with via email, texting and video chat.

The University of Colorado Cancer Center believes that virtual care, both clinical and otherwise, is the wave of the future.