CureSearch CancerCare mobile app enables families better manage their child’s treatments and provide better care.
Cancer is a disease that affects people of all ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic groups. It is the number one cause of death by disease in children and each day in the United States, there are 43 children who are diagnosed with cancer. Common cancers that affect children are leukemia (blood cancer), lymphoma (lymph tissue cancer), and solid tumour cancers that affect bone, organs, and other tissues.
With a cancer diagnosis, many caregivers and families are overwhelmed with the management of their child’s cancer treatment. New medical terms, scheduling, a multitude of tests and procedures, as well as medication and its side effects, take a physical and emotional toll. To help parents and caregivers cope with their child’s treatment, CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, a not-for-profit organization with a mission to accelerate the search for a cure for childhood cancer, has developed the CureSearch CancerCare App.
The CancerCare App helps parents and caregivers manage their child’s cancer treatments. A simple dashboard enables users to:
- Organize treatment dates and medication schedules
- Keep track of patient and doctor information
- Track patient mood, side effects, and blood counts in real time
- Confidentially share information with other family caregivers and health care providers
In addition, the CancerCare App also links users to cancer care resources. Basic cancer information, details on what happens during and after treatment, and coping strategies like support groups and healthy eating suggestions from CureSearch are available through the app.
In 2015, the app won The Mobileys Grand Prize for best early-stage mobile app. The mobile app is free to download and has no in-app purchases or advertisements. It is the hope of CureSearch that their app will help provide additional organization and support to families so that they, along with their physician, provide better care for their child with cancer.
Written By: Fiona Wong, PhD