A recent study conducted at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston has revealed that many women who have received a breast cancer diagnosis have a lack of understanding about their condition. The research team concluded that patient knowledge about their own breast cancer was generally poor, particularly for minority women. They concluded that there is a critical need for improved patient understanding and provider awareness.
This app provides educational content to breast cancer patients that is personalized to the individuals’ diagnosis, treatment, clinical and emotional status. New content is provided throughout the journey so that the patient has access to the right content at the right time. Barbara Jacoby
I don’t understand why anyone felt that there was a need for such a study but I believe that there is a bigger factor in play here and that is that with medical care being what it is now, there is virtually no time for doctor/patient interaction and discussions other than to get to the bottom line of a diagnosis and then quickly outline the next steps in a particular course of treatment. And if you were fortunate enough to remember anything of what you were told or had someone with you to try to gather whatever information was conveyed then you are heads above the majority. So what is a patient to do?
Enter “My Breast Cancer Journey App” from Willowglade Technologies that aims to bridge the patient knowledge gap when it comes to breast cancer. This app provides educational content to breast cancer patients that is personalized to the individuals’ diagnosis, treatment, clinical and emotional status. New content is provided throughout the journey so that the patient has access to the right content at the right time. Patients can also record and graph medical tests and non-cancer conditions that allow the creation of a comprehensive clinical picture of the patient. It is my belief with this technology, a patient’s medical team will be willing to become more engaged with a patient and provide them with the information and recommendations that are truly needed by the patient.
There is also a companion app named “Cancer Journey Supporter”. Once a supporter receives an invitation from a patient using “My Breast Cancer Journey”, the supporter app allows the recipient to review educational content that has been shared with them. They can also participate in a private social network and conversations about the content with the patient and other supporters invited to review the content.
Newly released, the Cancer Journey Apps solutions are now available for download for iPad, iPhone and Android devices now. The free mobile app is easily downloaded from iTunes or Google Play. To learn more about Cancer Journey Apps, go to www.cancerjourneyapps.com. Hopefully this will help cancer patients everywhere to become more knowledgeable and engaged in their breast cancer journey.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.