A recent article was posted on healthcentral.com that provided a list of apps that they recommended for managing your breast cancer and included on this list is one that I have written about in the past, the Breast Advocate® app that is FREE to download. I was particularly interested in the criteria used to compile this list and wish to share that information with you.
“I was ecstatic to share with everyone the FREE Breast Advocate® app when it was introduced as it seemed to cover everything that I called from “diagnosis to forever” and I was so glad to see that it was being recognized on this particular list that was labelled “expert-approved picks”.”Barbara Jacoby
As the writer of the article, Julia Savacool, says:
“Your phone is loaded with apps for finding the nearest gas station, keeping tabs on your kid’s soccer schedule, and locating an Uber to the airport. But should you trust an app to manage your breast cancer? Short answer: Yes. Downloading one can help you organize your treatment and ease the stress that accompanies diagnosis, according to a study at the University of Amsterdam, something that your doctor should support. “Your doctor should be positive about you taking the initiative with your health,” says lead author Chiara Jongerius. The big question: Which app to use?
Part of it depends on your needs: Are you looking for logistical help scheduling appointments? Reminders on when to take your meds? Do you want alerts for the latest news on HER2 or EGFR? “Technology can be extra helpful for understanding complex topics,” says Michael Sabel, M.D., a surgical oncologist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor who developed a treatment-managing app for his patients. Once you’ve identified areas that you want help with, check out these expert-approved picks, available for iOS and Android.
If you are like me, at the time that I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I knew nothing about any of my options about treatments and was in no position to have a conversation with my medical team on any level. Therefore, I just blindly followed the direction of my various medical professionals without hesitation. Now, there is so much information available from so many sources that one hardly knows where to start looking in order to even decide what questions to ask or know whether what you are learning is even information that you can trust.
As a result, I was ecstatic to share with everyone the FREE Breast Advocate® app when it was introduced as it seemed to cover everything that I called from “diagnosis to forever” and I was so glad to see that it was being recognized on this particular list that was labelled “expert-approved picks”. Therefore, I just encourage you to download the app for free, if you have not already done so, and find out for yourselves. And I do want to send out a special “thank you” to Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo who made this app possible for all of us! We are so much more grateful to him than we can possibly express in words for giving us this fantastic tool to facilitate our doctor/patient conversations.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.