The App Cancer Patients and Their Families Have Been Waiting For
In 2017, it is estimated 134,174 Australian's will be diagnosed with cancer for the very first time. A staggering statistic that sees a lot of people embark on their cancer journey with little support beyond their treatment. Sydney-based cancer doctors Nik and Raghav noticed that emotional support and information for patients and their families was often missing, so at the age of 30 both quit their jobs as specialist cancer doctors and decided to fill the gap with an app. Aptly called CancerAid, it aims to tackle the hidden burden of cancer and empower cancer patients and their carers by alleviating the confusion, anxiety and isolation that comes with the earth-shattering news.
According to the doctors-cum-app creators, while Australia is a world-leader in improving cancer survival rates — in the last 30 years death rates are down 16 percent — as a country we aren't world class when it comes to managing the impact of cancer on our emotional health and wellbeing. This is where CancerAid comes in. Available to download on the App Store and through Google Play, it allows patients to keep track of their symptoms and appointments and document their experiences. There's also the option to safely connect with 30,000 fellow patients, currently within the community, going through the same journey.
Keep scrolling for more info on this Godsend for cancer patients and their families.