When a person is diagnosed with cancer, their lifestyle changes. Not only are these lifestyle changes unexpected, but some of them are difficult to manage. Receiving a cancer diagnosis wreaks havoc on your mind, body, and spirit. The things that cancer patients have to remember can seem overwhelming.
It can be difficult to adjust to taking medications daily, or managing the physical symptoms and side effects. There are plenty of mobile phone applications out there to help cancer patients manage the things that matter to them, but it can be difficult to know which ones are good unless you download a lot of them to try them out. After conducting some research, I found ten of the best mobile phone applications for cancer patients to help you on your journey to health and wellness.
1. Med Helper Pro Pill Reminder
To help manage medications, vital signs, side-effects and more, download this app. You can also share things with others in your network.
(Android or iPhone)
2. Breast Cancer: Beyond the Shock
A helpful tool that can get you through those first weeks after diagnosis, when your mind is all over the place. It has tools to help you remain calm and educate yourself about your breast cancer diagnosis. It also has a social aspect, so you can receive support from a variety of people.
3. Chemotherapy Advisor
This app gives you the latest news and information available in oncology. While some of the information is in clinical language, if you think an article pertains to you, you can share it with your doctor.
(Android or iPhone)
This app has guides on 120 different types of cancer, so you can learn more about your particular type of cancer. The information is more reliable than much of what you can find with a simple internet search. It also has an interactive tool that enables you to log questions and your doctor’s answers, plus it has a voice recorder that allows you to simply record your doctor’s answers to your questions to type up later.
It has a symptom tracker that also allows you to track side-effects of medications, and it even has a tool to help you log the names of your medications and take pictures of the bottles. There is also a section in the app that has the latest cancer-related articles from the Cancer.net website.
Micromedex allows you to search for any medication and see possible side effects and drug interactions. This is handy if you take over-the-counter medications in addition to your prescription medications. It is also easier than reading through the pages of information that the pharmacy gives you with each new prescription.
6. Pocket Cancer Care Guide
This app has a tool for recording questions and answers from doctors and nurses. It also has a calendar that can sync up to your existing calendar, such as your Google calendar, for free. It has a handy glossary of medical terminology too, so you can make sure you understand your doctor’s answers as much as possible.
7. Create to Heal
Create to Heal is an amazing mobile app for iPhone or iPad that allows the power of creativity to help relieve stress during treatments and recovery. Cancer takes a toll on your emotions and mental health, and this app is perfect to help manage stress and boost your spirits. It allows users to play calming music, explore art, and has guidance on meditation and creative writing.
8. My PearlPoint Cancer Side Effects Helper
This app allows users to learn about the side effects of their treatments and medications, and how to minimize them. It is helpful if you are unfamiliar with the possible side effects of your treatments or medications. It will also help you if you know the side effects, but you want to know some pointers on how to keep them from taking over your life.
9. Chemo Brain Doc Notes
Going through chemotherapy or radiation can cause frustrating memory and thinking problems. This application allows you to organize notes about your treatments and doctor’s visits to minimize frustration and confusion. It is really great if you are experiencing problems with memory as a result of your treatments.
This app is designed for patients that need extra support. It allows you to create a website for yourself, and speak about your journey to health, including your trials and tribulations. Your friends can stay updated without having their own site just by entering your name or website name, and others in the CaringBridge community can pour out their support for you during this hard time.
(Android or iPhone)