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Cancer Support Community Introduces Free Mobile App

The Cancer Support Community (CSC), an international nonprofit dedicated to providing support, education, and hope to people impacted by cancer, has announced a new service, CancerSupportSource, a mobile application providing cancer patients and their caregivers with a set of tools addressing their physical, social, and emotional concerns related to living with cancer and its treatment. The app is available for download at no cost via the iTunes Store under the Medical category and is designed for use with the iPhone and iPod touch.

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 healthcare team.

A critical element of CancerSupportSource is that it enables users to forge connections with those who are coping with similar issues. “This can be intrinsically healing and is a part of care and wellness management that is often overlooked,” says Kim Thiboldeaux, president and CEO of the Cancer Support Community.  “We want users to know that they don’t have to face cancer alone—there is a whole community of support behind them.”

To aid this endeavor, the app allows the user to find a nearby Cancer Support Community affiliate, join the organization’s online community, and access various free support services. In addition, CancerSupportSource allows users to do the following:

  • monitor common concerns, such as fatigue, difficulty sleeping, sadness, anxiety, and pain;
  • track potential life worries, such as family, work, money, and nutrition; and
  • record thoughts and questions in a personal journal.

— Source: Cancer Support Community