7 Apps for Cancer Patients

Community // June 20, 2018

Whether you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, you need some assistance in keeping track of appointments, treatments and connecting with others going through the same process. Thankfully, your mobile device is here to help. These apps give users the ability to easily manage and track their cancer treatment, as well as connecting those affected by cancer to one another to share stories and words of encouragement.

OhMD

OhMD is one of the first apps to bring telehealth into reality. Telehealth is the idea of having doctors treat their patients via communication technology. With this free app, available for both iOS and Android devices, you can message your doctor one-on-one on a bank-grade encrypted system. The HIPAA-compliant texting system allows patients and providers to connect with each other without having to spend time on hold and waiting for voicemails to be heard. The app saves time, improves patients’ well-being and allows doctors to adjust the patient’s care plan as needed based on new symptoms or side effects. Providers can also message one another through the app to consult on cases and discuss next steps.

CancerAid

Personalize the CancerAid app to fit your needs. You can track and manage your cancer symptoms, treatments and medications in one place. Compatible with both iOS and Android systems, the app allows you to store medical records, results and specialist details to build a profile. Log medications and treatments you’ve taken and whether or not they’ve been effective in your cancer care, and learn about new treatments with peer-reviewed in-app content. Record your personal journey through text or video in the app’s journal feature and connect with others. You can also access news and information about cancer research, clinical trials, fundraising and community events.

My Medical

This secure, record-keeping app is a must-have for anyone, not just cancer patients. For only $4.99, you can store medical histories for as many people as you’d like, including your spouse, children, and parents. The app keeps critical and hard-to-remember information accessible. Easily send records to your doctor with the click of a button. It also offers autocompletion and autosuggestions when discussing technical medical jargon. My Medical syncs with your calendar to enter upcoming doctor appointments and lab tests without ever leaving the app. Additional areas within the app allow you to store in-case-of-emergency contacts, insurance and doctor information, as well as keep documents that can’t be typed, such as photos, lab work and x-rays. Unfortunately, My Medical is only compatible with Android devices, not iPhones or other iOS devices.

Stupid Cancer

Once you’ve been diagnosed with cancer, it’s easy to feel out of place with your friends and family members. While they do their best to support and help, they can’t completely understand what you’re going through. That’s where the Stupid Cancer app steps in. The app allows you to connect with other cancer patients or caretakers in a safe place through private chats or open group chats. The free app is simple to set up, just answer a few quick questions. Choose if you are the one who’s been diagnosed with cancer or if you know someone who has been. Next, select the primary diagnosis and the cancer’s stage. Finally, enter your location to find people near you. Then connect with others cancer has affected in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Find Stupid Cancer in the app store for both Apple and Android products.

CaringBridge

Keeping loved ones up-to-date after a cancer diagnosis can be exhausting. CaringBridge has taken some of the stress away by allowing you to create a website where you can easily share updates for everyone to see. The site allows you to receive support and strength from those in your network, either through words or offers to help with daily tasks. CaringBridge allows you to personalize the site by sharing your story, journal and photos. Followers can share thoughts and well wishes, donate to a personal fundraiser or help with tasks. They also receive a notification every time an update is posted on the site, so they never miss a moment of your journey to becoming a cancer survivor.

Cancer.net Mobile

This free, up-to-date app offers trusted cancer information on more than 120 different cancers. Your My Health dashboard allows you to record questions for your doctor, schedule appointments and log your medications. Easily link your questions to a specific medication or treatment to discuss with your doctor at your next appointment. The guides offer medical information on treatment, managing side effects, cost of care and living with cancer, as well as videos, podcasts and Cancer.net blog posts. This app is compatible with Apple and Android products.

DrawMD

Being a cancer patient comes with a variety of stressors. One of the top stressors is trying to comprehend a string of technical medical terms on a daily basis. The DrawMD app allows healthcare providers to use illustrations to explain conditions and procedures. The app’s content library offers several presentation templates on a variety of medical specialties. Once a provider chooses the template, they can add notes and other information, including charts and diagrams. The provider can then present the information to the patient with easy to understand charts and pictures. The app also allows for presentation sharing via email, print or download, so the patient can take the information with them to review at home. Find DrawMD in the Google Play or Apple App store, as well as online.

A cancer diagnosis is a terrifying thing, but these apps can help you manage your time and the disease. By having your cancer treatment organized, you’ll be able to focus on other parts of your life, like spending time with family and loved ones, resting and recovering, and most importantly, becoming a cancer survivor.