New iPhone App from ASCO Puts Cancer Care in Hands of Patients
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) has released a free app to help patients with cancer and their caregivers -- Cancer.Net Mobile for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch. The app is intended to help them plan and manage cancer treatment and care.
Cancer.Net Mobile provides comprehensive, oncologist-approved information is provided on more than 120 cancer types. Included are interactive tools to help manage and plan the patient’s individual treatment.
The interactive tools included with Cancer.Net Mobile allow patients and caregivers to:
• Keep track of questions to ask their doctors, record voice answers, and choose from frequently-asked questions suggested by Cancer.Net experts
• Save important information about prescribed medications, including photos of medicine labels and bottles (on camera-enabled devices)
• Track the time and severity of symptoms and side effects during treatment, to aid in reporting them during doctor’s visits
• Learn about new cancer care topics through weekly podcast and video interviews with ASCO member physicians
Cancer.Net Mobile allows the patient and caregiver to have a portable version of the extensive cancer information library available on the Cancer.Net website. Information available includes expert information about treating cancer, managing side effects, managing the cost of care, and coping with a cancer diagnosis.
All Cancer.Net content is reviewed for accuracy and completeness by an editorial board composed of more than 150 medical, surgical, radiation, and pediatric oncologists; oncology nurses; social workers; and patient advocates. This ensures that the cancer information provided reflects the latest advances in cancer science and clinical practice. Cancer.Net is supported by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO.
Cancer.Net Mobile is available for download in Apple’s App Store at http://itunes.com/apps/cancernetmobile (iTunes required). It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices running iOS version 3.2 or later. Cancer.Net Mobile is a free tool provided by ASCO. Cancer.Net Mobile app updates will be issued regularly as the cancer guide content is updated.
Early user reviews on iTunes are positive:
“Loads of information here. The symptom tracker and questions are especially handy.”
“This is a terrific resource for cancer patients. Well organized information you can trust.”