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Free Mobile Apps for Cancer Survivors Now Available


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The American Society of Clinical Oncology has released Cancer.Net Mobile for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch – a free app designed to help people with cancer and their caregivers plan and manage cancer treatment and care. Cancer.Net Mobile is available for download in Apple’s App Store.

The app includes comprehensive, doctor-approved information on more than 120 cancer types. In addition, Cancer.Net Mobile includes interactive tools for people with cancer 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; track the time and severity of symptoms and side effects during treatment; and learn about new cancer care topics through weekly podcast and video interviews with physicians.

The Cancer Support Community has launched CancerSupportSource™, a free mobile app providing people with cancer and their caregivers a unique set of tools addressing the physical, social, and emotional concerns related to living with cancer and its treatment. The app is available for download in the iTunes Store and is designed for use with the iPhone and iPod Touch.

CancerSupportSource helps people with cancer monitor their concerns over time, record thoughts and questions in a personal journal, access educational information and a community support network, and report progress to their healthcare team. In addition, CancerSupportSource allows users to monitor common concerns, such as fatigue, difficulty sleeping, sadness, anxiety, and pain; track potential life worries, such as family, work, money, and nutrition; and record thoughts and questions in a personal journal.

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This article was published in Coping® with Cancer magazine, July/August 2011.