This June, CSC announced a free new service: CancerSupportSource™, an innovative mobile application providing cancer patients and their caregivers with a unique set of tools addressing their physical, social and emotional concerns related to living with cancer and its treatment. The app is available for download via the iTunes Store (category: Medical).
By employing CancerSupportSource™, users can monitor their concerns over time; record thoughts and questions in a personal journal; access educational information and a community support network; and report progress to their health care team. Developed with support from Genentech, CancerSupportSource™ is available at no cost and is designed for use with the iPhone™ and iPod Touch™.
A critical element of CancerSupportSource™ is that it enables users to forge connections with those who are coping with similar issues. “We want users to know that they don’t have to face cancer alone – there is a whole community of support behind them” says Kim Thiboldeaux, CSC’s President and CEO. To aid this endeavor, the app allows the user to find a nearby CSC affiliate, join the organization’s Online Community and access a variety of CSC’s free support services. “The beauty of CancerSupportSource™ is that users can access it anytime, anywhere,” says Thiboldeaux. “It’s available 24/7, 365 days a year.”
In addition, CancerSupportSource™ allows users to:
- Monitor common concerns such as fatigue, difficulty sleeping, sadness, anxiety and pain
- Track potential life worries, such as family, work, money and nutrition
- Record thoughts and questions in a personal journal
According to a February 2011 survey by Cisco, a leading communications technology and services company, global mobile data traffic nearly tripled in 2010 and is expected to increase 26-fold between 2010 and 2015. Mobile data, cites the report, is well on its way to becoming a necessity. Says Thiboldeaux, “With the introduction of CancerSupportSource™, CSC continues to showcase its effective use of new technologies to communicate with and provide vital information to all people impacted by cancer.”
CSC has long been a pioneer in the use of technology to support and educate people affected by cancer. The largest provider of professionally-facilitated, real-time online cancer support groups, the organization has been offering these groups since 2002.