Two New Free Apps for Cancer Patients

12-09-2014 10:13 AM

If you have a problem, there’s probably an app for it.

I don’t know about you, but I love my apps.

My FedEx and UPS apps let me know when my packages will be delivered. I've even rerouted a package to a different address via an app.

I shop my favorite stores through apps.

I can even edit photos on apps.

So I’m really not surprised that there are new apps popping up all the time to help cancer patients. Here are two of the newest.

You’ll definitely want to share these with friends and family members who are going through cancer. Obviously, an app cannot replace the advice of healthcare providers, but it can help the patient feel empowered. You can find both these apps for Apple and Android devices.

Self-Care During Cancer Treatment
This tool helps you care for yourself while you get treated for cancer. Use it to track your symptoms and learn about helpful self-care strategies. You can even email a copy to your doctor or print a copy for yourself.

For example, if you are anxious, the app gives you some tips on managing anxiety. Some include praying, exercising, writing your feelings or watching a funny TV show. Then, the app gives you some links to other sites to find out more information.

The My Care Plan
When active cancer treatment has ended, many survivors feel a bit lost and unsure about the next steps.

Survivors can complete the My Care Plan on their own and share it with their oncologist and health care team to review and finalize. The plan includes a self-assessment tool to identify symptoms and concerns, a summary of cancer treatment, a post-treatment care schedule, and a list of late- and long-term effects and symptoms.

Stacy Graves is contributing editor of The Mary Kay Foundation blog. Her cousin and her aunt are both breast cancer survivors.

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