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Borstkanker [Breast cancer]

Borstkanker [Breast cancer]
developed by Dutch Application Company BV, Netherlands


RemindersSelf-monitoringInformation

Dutch

Cost: Free

Provides information about breast cancer, and about treatment of the condition.

“Helps in the physical examination of the breast.” BorstkankerVereniging Nederland [Netherlands Breast Cancer Association], Netherlands | PatientView survey, July-August 2012


Tags: Medical

BreastAware

BreastAware
developed by Ioannis Demetrakopoulos, Anadelta Information and Medical Systems, Greece


RemindersSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free

Information on how to check breasts, and on lifestyle choices for decreasing the risk of breast cancer.

"The BreastAware app presents an easy way to understand how to become more breast aware, and aware of lifestyle choices that can increase or decrease your risk of breast cancer. There are a number of videos on the app offering advice on screening, and on how best to check your breasts. There’s a reminder facility to do so regularly, and, at the push of a button, the ability to make an appointment for our screening, counselling, or a complementary therapy session." Action Cancer, Northern Ireland | http://bit.ly/xhSvpO


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Cancer iOncolex

Cancer iOncolex
developed by Institute for Medical Informatics (IMI), Norway


Information

English

Cost: Free

Provides patients (and their carers and families) with information on up to three cancers (breast, lung and prostate), supported by interactive illustrations, photos and videos. Now only available via website. The app version is no longer supported. 

Recommended by the Kreftforeningen [Norwegian Cancer Society], Norway Recommended by the Kreftforeningen [Norwegian Cancer Society], Norway | [Source no longer available]


Tags: Medical

Chemo Brain Doc Notes Free

Chemo Brain Doc Notes Free
developed by Neuron Softech LLC


Allows networking with other people like me / Family / FriendsImproving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

English

Cost: Free
Recording tool to help patients gain the most from a visit to a doctor.
"Cancer patients plagued by ‘chemo brain’ or other memory issues have a new tool to help them at the doctor’s office. 'Chemo BrainDoc Notes' is a new free smartphone iOS and Android app that helps patients remember important questions for their next doctor's visit, and what was said during the appointment. With the app, recalling important information is never easier. ... The app  provides patients with an easy way to record questions, either by voice or text, for their next doctor visit. Patients can also record their doctor’s visit in a voice memo, and play it back later. ... Chemo Brain Doc Notes was created by Jenny Ahlstrom, multiple-myeloma survivor, wife, mom of six, and founder of mPatient Myeloma Radio, a live weekly Internet radio interview show interviewing the top doctors and researchers in the field of multiple myeloma. ”My goal is to make life a little easier for those with cancer because I understand the needs firsthand"." CrowdCare Foundation Inc, USA | http://bit.ly/1oxSkOW


Tags: Disability

Clinical Trial Seek

Clinical Trial Seek
developed by Vogel Farina LLC


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free
Searches the National Institutes of Health clinicaltrials.gov database for cancer clinical trials.
“Novartis is a bit of an exception. They actually have an android app ... ‘Clinical Trial Seek’ ... which does a reasonable job of accessing the ClinicalTrials.gov database, and therefore gives you ALL available clinical trial options, rather than only those related to their products (as most other drug company sites do).” ‘Chaotically Precise: Life, Love, and Melanoma’ blog, USA | http://bit.ly/1gez9oK


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Ecco CanCer

Ecco CanCer
developed by Appsolution SA, USA


Information

English

Cost: Free

Features the activities of Belgium-based multi-stakeholder organisation specialising in cancer, the European CanCer Organisation (ECCO).

“Just the right balance between news, and background about ECCO—and, of course, the programmes of our biggest conferences.” European CanCer Organisation (ECCO), Belgium | http://bit.ly/HNhStu


Tags: Medical

iBreastCheck

iBreastCheck
developed by Torchbox, UK


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesSelf-monitoringInformation

English

Cost: Free

Contains a video on how women should properly check their breasts for cancer. Is approved by NHS Choices as being safe.  

"Being breast aware and regularly checking for the signs and symptoms of breast cancer is vital in detecting breast cancer at its earliest stages. It could save your life. iBreastCheck helps women be breast aware by directly addressing the reasons women don't check so often. It includes a video to show how, and a reminder so you don't forget. The information is evidence-based, and tested with women and health professionals." Breakthrough Breast Cancer (BBC), UK | PatientView survey 2012-2013


Tags: Medical

La Mia Voce

La Mia Voce
developed by Bumblebee Studios, Sweden; and Zadig Srl, Italy


Improving communicationSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilities

Italian

Cost: Free
Aims to help people with a permanent or temporary speech impediment communicate with family, friends and healthcare professionals.

“The app was built with advice from Dr Licitra of the Cancer Institute of Milan, with sponsorship from us, the Associazione Italiana Laringectomizzati (AILAR), and the Federazione Italiana delle Associazioni di Laringectomizzati e Pazienti Oncologici (FIALPO), and the Associazione Italiana di Oncologia Cervico-Cefalica (AIOCC). The app is an effective tool for patients with tumours of the head or neck, and also for people who have difficulty speaking. The app allows you to activate a voice synthesiser from a repertoire of phrases that best meet the basic needs of these types of patients. You can also write short sentences to be sent to the speech synthesiser, producing either a male or female voice.”

Associazione Italiana Laringectomizzati (AILAR), Italy | Source no longer available


Tags: Disability

Liv med Kræft [Life with Cancer]

Liv med Kræft [Life with Cancer]
developed by Kræftens Bekæmpelse [Cancer Society], Denmark


Allows networking with other people like me / Family / FriendsSelf-monitoringInformation

Danish / English

Cost: Free

Allows audio, images, and video relevant to cancer symptoms, and to life with cancer, to be stored in a logbook, and shared with carers, doctors, family, etc.

"A tool to overview your cancer treatment and your disease, and share the information with relatives. Allows near-by relevant events to be located and added to your own calendar and that of your relatives. A tool to manage checklists of questions to the doctor, the workplace, your relatives, etc. Has suggestions for common questions. It is necessary to be online to watch videos related to cancer treatment in the app." Kræftens Bekæmpelse [Cancer Society], Denmark | PatientView survey 2012-2013


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Manage My Pain Lite

Manage My Pain Lite
developed by ManagingLife


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesSelf-monitoringTrackersInformation

English

Cost: Free, Pro version £2.99 [approximately €4.23, $4.66]
Allows pain to be recorded, tracked and analysed.
“My number one, cream of the crop app for chronic pain sufferers is Manage My Pain. The app is basically a record-keeping tool for those in chronic pain, with free hosting of records on their servers to avoid losing data if your phone decides to throw a wobbler. I have used it for around 7 months now. At first, I had the free ‘Lite’ version, which became so handy that I needed up upgrade to the ‘Pro’ to allow myself the space for more records. Both levels of this app requires an account, but it is easily set up, and totally free to do. I found it very easy and uncomplicated to upgrade from Lite to Pro. The Pro version allows you to keep unlimited records of your pain, whereas the Lite version allows you ten at a time – which is do-able for the lighter user, or for someone who can really make the effort to blend reports a bit, to get the picture they need. I found it easier just to pay the extra to get the Pro version, and I’ve certainly got my money’s worth out of it. I would definitely recommend giving the free version a try, and seeing if it suits you. Sometimes, just being able to look at the timeline of results, and say “Well, x is obviously working”, helps you see the bigger picture of your pain when you’re struggling. Or if your pain is clearly increasing, it’s a visual record to show people who should be helping bring that level down – not just a tearful person turning up in A&E without ‘backup’ (as I have done). If I used this app to its full potential, and had a go with the reports section, I really think it could push my treatment forward, too.” Rise Above Pain blog, UK | http://bitly.com/12xNEVj


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

My NET Manager

My NET Manager
developed by Vogel Farina LLC


RemindersSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesSelf-monitoringTrackersInformation

English / French

Cost: Free
Organisational tool for people with a neuroendocrine tumour.
"The first mobile app for carcinoid cancer and neuroendocrine tumor (NET) patients is available for downloading on the iPhone, iPad, and Android. ‘My NET Manager’, a free app by Novartis Oncology, offers patients a unique opportunity to track their symptoms, set reminders, access test results, and view important dates. The app includes a medication tracker, an insurance tracker, a place to list physicians’ names and contact information, information about NETs, including a glossary, and more. ... A ‘Contacts’ section offers the app user a place to list laboratories, doctors, pharmacies, and insurance companies.” Carcinoid Cancer Foundation, USA | http://bit.ly/1ndsoJz


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Ostom-i Alert

Ostom-i Alert
developed by James Hutchinson


RemindersSupport to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesSelf-monitoringTrackers



Cost: The app is free, but the accompanying sensor (without which the app does not function) costs £49.00 / $74.99 / €54.99
Sensor for people who have had an ostomy: keeps the user informed about the contents level of their ostomy bag.
“The winner of the coveted Editor’s Choice award for best new product presented at the United Ostomy Associations of America (UOAA) 2013 Annual National Conference goes to Ostom-i Alert. The Alert is a small sensor clipped to your ostomy pouch that reacts as the pouch fills. It then sends that information directly to your smartphone with a setting you choose personally, such as, “half full, or one third full”. … The totally delightful young inventor, Michael Seres, told me that in England the device has been very useful with non-compliant teenagers who tend to ignore their appliance when it gets too full, thus leading to accidents. I personally imagine using it to alert you if you’re medicated to the point of drowsiness, sleep deeply, or for a loved one with limited communications ability or the beginnings of dementia. The device can also be used in hospitals where medical professionals can safely monitor when your appliance needs emptying.” Broward Ostomy Association (United Ostomy Associations of America, UOAA), Broward Beacon, Fall 2013, p.14 | http://bit.ly/16pp4az


Tags: Medical

Play to Cure: Genes in Space

Play to Cure: Genes in Space
developed by Guerilla Tea Games


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free
Space-themed game designed to help cancer researchers analyse data on breast cancer.
"The world’s first mobile phone that allows players to analyse real genetic data from cancer cells. Called 'Play To Cure: Genes in Space', we’ve developed the game to help our scientists get to grips with a major challenge facing researchers today – too much data, and not enough time to analyse it. We wanted to do something that we thought would help us to speed up our research. What we found is the analysis of data needs to be done by humans and the only way of really speeding that up is by getting more humans looking at that data. We believe that by doing a mobile phone game we can create something which enables people of all ages all around the world to look at that data. Every level that you play, every couple of minutes, you will be helping to accelerate our research and help us to beat cancer sooner. Professor Carlos Caldas from our Cambridge Research Institute, whose lab have provided the data for the gamers to analyse, explains in more detail: "We’re generating massive amounts of data: in this particular project we profiled tumours from 2,000 different breast cancer patients, and for each of those tumours we obtain over 2,000,000 data points. To analyse that data using human input it would take thousands of hours. So instead what we did is we analysed the data using computers. And you might think that computers are absolutely precise – they’re very good but they’re not 100% precise. The human eye is very good at recognising patterns, and at recognising changes in patterns. So what we hope is that by having people play the game, what they’re doing is using the data that we used to generate the new breast cancer classifications, that they will refine the precision of the calls and therefore refine the identification of new breast cancer genes. So they have the element of the game that is just playing a game. But to play the game - in order to enable the starship - they have to collect this 'substance alpha'. And when they go and collect substance alpha, without knowing what they’re doing, what they’re really doing is analysing the data. By calling where there are gains and losses - so the peaks and the troughs in the data - they are effectively helping us find and map the faulty genes. That information is collected through the computer from each of these players. Many players will look at the same data and we will be calling data from the same tumour, so we hope that by the crowd-sourcing that we will refine the precision of the calls. By navigating through the data, effectively displayed to them as this cosmic dust, what they’re doing is really routing and tracing precisely where there are flat copy numbers - where there are gains, and where there are losses – and they are also identifying where the breaks occur; where from one level you have a gain and then it has a loss and those co-ordinates are registered when they put a dot in their computer. Without realising, they’re giving us the co-ordinates where they think the breaks are occurring." " Cancer Research UK | http://bit.ly/1kkvgpg


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

Reverse the Odds

Reverse the Odds
developed by Multiplatform team, Maverick TV; Chunk Digital; Zooniverse


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesInformation

English

Cost: Free
Game that utilises the principle of crowdsourcing to allow the users to help UK-based cancer researchers analyse cells.
“Create a magical world, save a race of adorable minions, and help our scientists analyse real cancer data—all through a puzzle game on your mobile. In ‘Reverse the Odds’, you help the ‘Odds—colourful creatures whose world is falling into decline. By completing mini puzzle games and upgrading their land, you can restore the Odds back to their lively selves. But it’s not just the Odds you’re helping. We’ve incorporated the analysis of real cancer data into the game. Our scientists have huge amounts of data, and it needs to be analysed by human beings—computers aren’t good enough at recognising the patterns required. By incorporating data analysis into Reverse the Odds, we can get thousands of players to help our scientists learn more about different cancers, including head and neck, lung, and bladder cancer. You’re analysing in the same way researchers do, but because there are a lot more of you, we can get through data much more quickly, freeing up more of our researchers’ valuable time, and unveiling clues about cancer sooner. Citizen science is all about getting as many people involved as possible, so don’t worry if you’re not always 100% sure about what cells you can see. Sometimes even researchers disagree. That’s why they have back-up mechanisms in place, and we do, too. Lots of other people will see the same pictures as you, and we have checks in place to spot wayward analysis. The images you’re seeing are magnified samples of real tumour tissue donated by former patients. By answering simple questions about this data, you’re helping our scientists to learn more about cancer, and more effectively prescribe the most appropriate treatment options for future patients.” Cancer Research UK | http://bit.ly/1DmQVpb


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

UMSkinCheck

UMSkinCheck
developed by University of Michigan Health System (UMHS), USA


Support to deal with symptoms/disabilitiesSelf-monitoringTrackers

English

Cost: Free

Allows a user to check for skin cancer by conducting self examination.

“Regular skin checks can assist in detecting melanoma in its earliest stages. Cancer screening has just gone mobile with a new free app called ‘UMSkinCheck’. The app is a collaboration of Michigan University’s technology and clinical expertise.” Melanoma Research Foundation (MRF), USA | Source is no longer available


Tags: Medical

World Child Cancer

World Child Cancer
developed by SanGen Systems, UK


Information

Basque / Chinese / Dutch / English / French / German / Japanese / Korean / Vietnamese

Cost: Free

Allows the user to follow the progress of World Child Cancer projects around the world, and to find out more about how cancer is faced by children in the developing world.

“We are now in version three of the app, with better graphics, more information, more photos and videos, and updated content.” World Child Cancer, UK | Source is no longer available


Tags: Health, Wellness & Care in the Community (HWCC)

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