Best Apps for Cancer Research and Assistance

Gil Schwartzberg
Jun 23, 2016 · 3 min read

Breast cancer begins when cells in the breast form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or feels like a lump. The tumor becomes harmful if the cells develop into encompassing tissues or spread to far off territories of the body.

Cells in almost any part of the human body are susceptible to malignancy, and have the ability to spread. For more information on breast cancer in men and women, visitCancer.org.

Aside from the information and resources available on Cancer.org, there are also many apps on Android and Iphones that can assist with detecting breast cancer, keep diagnosed patients informed about their breast cancer, and help keep them mindful of the importance of self-exams and mammograms.

Here are some apps (free and paid, but mostly free!) that can be helpful for cancer patients as well as survivors.

Cancer Therapy Advisor

Price: Free
Android rating: 4.5 stars
Iphone rating: 4.5 stars
About the app: Cancer Therapy Advisor users have access to learn about the latest news and upcoming trends in oncology.
Users should be aware of the clinical language used. It may be a difficult read for many, however, if a patient happens to see information relevant to their situation they should bring it to the attention of their physician.

Breast Cancer: Beyond the Shock

Price: Free
Iphone rating: 4.5 stars
Not available on Android
About the app: The moments following news of a breast cancer diagnosis are significantly hard for patients. This app, created by the National Breast Cancer Foundation is created to help deal with all the emotions associated with the news of a breast cancer diagnosis.

iBreastCheck

Price: Free
Iphone rating: 4.5 stars
Not available on Android
About the app: This app assists with reminding patients to follow through with weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly exams. There is also a video feature that allows users to see how a proper self-exam is done.

CareZone

Price: Free
Android rating: 4.5 stars
Iphone rating: 4 stars
About the app: CareZone’s family organizer app. The app creates profiles for each member of the patient’s family and syncs the schedules of every family member, so you can stay up to date on what everyone is up to.
The app also has a journal feature that allows you to share relevant and important news with family members and friends and a medication/prescription schedule.

Early Detection Plan: Breast Cancer

Price: Free
Android rating: 5 stars
Iphone rating: 4 stars
About the app:The Early Detection Plan (EDP) app reminds patients to perform routine breast exams, remind you to schedule checkups and mammograms. The app alerts are set based upon the risk factors, health history, and age.

Pills on the Go

Price: Free
Android rating: 4 stars
Not available on Iphone
About the app: Pills on the Go is an app that can inform patients their medication supply is due for a refill and which time of day medicine(s) should be taken.

TweetCaster PINK for Twitter

Android price: $10.99
Android rating: 4.5 stars
Iphone price: $9.99
Iphone rating: 4 stars
About the app: TweetCaster PINK for Twitter combines social media in conjunction with ability to raise funds for breast cancer awareness.

Gil Schwartzberg

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Former CEO of City of Hope National Medical Center. Worked with the Girl Scouts Council, Junior Blind of America and Buckley School. Gilschwartzberg.info

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