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Cancer apps that put you control

Cancer apps that put you control

Take control of your cancer with these apps designed to manage, track and share information about your condition. 

Consultant oncologist Professor Karol Sikora selects apps to help manage, track and share information about different cancers.

My Organiser

Price: Free

Available on: Google Play and iTunes

Keep all your cancer treatment information saved in one place on My Organiser from UK cancer charity Macmillan. You can save appointments, contacts and your medication schedule in this easy to use planner, that also offers useful tips and cancer information. Everything you need to remember can be stored safely and conveniently on your mobile device so you can share it with healthcare professionals and carers.

NHS cancer decision aids

Price: Free

Download the following decision aids: 

The NHS has developed a series of apps designed to help people with different cancers make a decision on the best treatment choice for them. The apps ask for your personal likes and dislikes about different treatments and show the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment. These decision aids will help you talk more confidently about your treatment choices with doctors, nurses, friends and family.

My Pancreas

Price: Free

Available on: iTunes

My Pancreas, a joint project between the NHS and the private sector, is an educational guide for patients facing a diagnosis of pancreatic cancer. The app loads information about tests and treatments patients can expect, and directly links to pancreatic cancer advice sites and support. Information and pre-written questions can also be saved to a notes section in advance of consultations.     

Cancer.Net Mobile

Price: Free

Available on: Google Play and iTunes

Patients can plan and manage their care with the information and tools on this app from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The app includes up-to-date guides on more than 120 types of cancer. You can keep track of questions to ask doctors and record voice answers. The app lets you save information about your treatment, including the time and severity of symptoms and side effects of medication.

OWise breast cancer app

Price: Free

Available on: Google Play and iTunes

Keep all your breast cancer care information in one secure place. The app helps you track your feelings during treatment and generate wellbeing graphs that can be shared with your care team. You can receive a personalised list of questions to help you prepare for appointments. You can also record conversations with your doctor so that you can listen back in your own time. Owsie was developed by Px HealthCare, a London-based company specialising in apps for cancer patients.

CancerCare by CureSearch

Price: Free

Available on: Google Play and iTunes

Parents of children with a cancer diagnosis can use CancerCare to help synchronise appointments and treatments between different devices. The app tracks your mood, side effects and blood counts and can help spot trends. You can confidentially share all of this information with other family caregivers. CancerCare was developed by CureSearch for Children’s Cancer, a US non-profit foundation that funds research into cures for childhood cancer.

Tumour Takedown

Price: Free

Available on iTunes and Google Play

An educational game based on research by a team at Queen Mary University of London. Take on the role of a cancer research scientist to build a virtual tumour and work out how to destroy it. This will teach you how tumours are made and how cancer treatments can harness the immune system to fight cancer.