ALEXANDRIA, Va. – The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the world’s leading professional organization representing cancer physicians, today released Cancer.Net Mobile for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch – a free app designed by oncologists to help people with cancer and their caregivers plan and manage cancer treatment and care. The app includes comprehensive, doctor-approved information on more than 120 cancer types, together with a package of interactive tools for patients. Cancer.Net Mobile is available for download in Apple’s App Store and is the mobile companion to ASCO’s award-winning Cancer.Net website (www.Cancer.Net).
“Cancer.Net Mobile puts up-to-date, accurate cancer information and interactive tools at the fingertips of people living with cancer and their families and caregivers, wherever they are,” said ASCO CEO Allen S. Lichter, MD. “Cancer.Net Mobile was developed by leading cancer doctors with patients and their caregivers in mind, to help them take charge of their cancer care and get the most out of doctor’s visits.”
In addition to its comprehensive cancer guides covering more than 120 common and rare types of cancer, Cancer.Net Mobile includes interactive tools for patients 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 (on camera-enabled devices)
- Track the time and severity of symptoms and side effects during treatment, to aid in reporting them during doctor’s visits
- Learn about new cancer care topics through weekly podcast and video interviews with ASCO member physicians
Cancer.Net Mobile offers a portable version of the extensive cancer information library available on the Cancer.Net website, with expert information about treating cancer, managing side effects, managing the cost of care, and coping with a cancer diagnosis. All Cancer.Net content is reviewed for accuracy and completeness by an editorial board composed of more than 150 medical, surgical, radiation, and pediatric oncologists; oncology nurses; social workers; and patient advocates. This ensures that the cancer information provided reflects the latest advances in cancer science and clinical practice. Cancer.Net is supported by the Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO.
Cancer.Net Mobile is available for download in Apple’s App Store at http://itunes.com/apps/cancernetmobile (iTunes required). It is compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch devices running iOS version 3.2 or later. Cancer.Net Mobile is a free tool provided by ASCO. Cancer.Net Mobile app updates will be issued regularly as the cancer guide content is updated.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians who care for people with cancer. With nearly 30,000 members, ASCO is committed to improving cancer care through scientific meetings, educational programs, and peer-reviewed journals. For ASCO information and resources, visit www.asco.org. Patient-oriented cancer information is available at www.cancer.net.
About the Conquer Cancer Foundation
The Conquer Cancer Foundation is working to create a world free from the fear of cancer by funding breakthrough research, by sharing knowledge with physicians and patients worldwide, and by supporting initiatives to ensure that all people have access to high-quality cancer care. Working in close collaboration with a global network of top scientists and clinicians, as well as leading advocacy and research organizations, the Foundation draws on the passion and expertise of the nearly 30,000 oncology professionals who are members of its partner organization, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). For more information, visit www.conquercancerfoundation.org.
I can’t even begin to imagine how hard it would be to manage cancer treatments, but I can imagine that any kind of help is a good thing. I like how they added a voice feature for those people that find it hard to type on small keyboards. One of the great things about this app is how it applies to so many different types of cancer. It has to be helpful to doctors as well knowing that their patients can get reliable information even when they can’t personally give it to the patient. With all the information out there it is essential that patients receive the accurate stuff because their lives truly are on the line. I would also think it would improve treatment for doctors to get more accurate information regarding the symptoms and side effects their patients are having.