A new first-of-its-kind mobile app called Breast Cancer Ally serves as a treatment navigator for patients with breast cancer receiving care at University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center in Ann Arbor, according to a press release.1
The app helps patients manage the overload of information and reminders associated with a cancer diagnosis, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and surgery.
“We approached Breast Cancer Ally with a simple concept in mind,” says Michael Sabel, MD, a breast cancer surgeon who led the app’s development.
“We went to each specialist involved in breast cancer care and asked, ‘If you could have someone follow your patients after they left the office or the hospital, what would you want to remind the patient or encourage the patient to do?’ We then went to our patients and asked them a similar question: ‘What are the things you need after you leave us?’”
The app comes with multiple tools, including daily reminders, toxicity tracker, and educational information, specific to each individual patient’s needs. The app can also track their progress.
“Mobile apps like Breast Cancer Ally provide a unique opportunity to deliver tailored education to patients and assist patients with the recovery and side effects of treatment—improving quality of life not just during treatment, but well into survivorship,” says Sabel.
Developers are also working to expand the app to include other disease types and to be used at other cancer institutions, as it is currently limited to care recommendations from University of Michigan physicians.
1. U-M launces new app for breast cancer patients [news release]. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Cancer; November 10, 2015. http://www.mcancer.org/news/archive/u-m-launches-new-app-breast-cancer-patients. Accessed November 11, 2015.