We’ve selected these apps based on their usability, frequent updates, and overall impact in offering support to people impacted by breast cancer. If you’d like to recommend an app for this list, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A diagnosis of breast cancer often comes with fear and confusion. But you are not alone in your fight. Among the deluge of information and medication is support. We’ve identified the best iPhone and Android apps to help keep it all organized and to help keep you up-to-date on the latest information.
Geared toward awareness and early detection, this app not only allows you to set up reminders for self-exams, but schedules them around your menstrual cycle. The app was created to cater primarily to the sports community, so it has links to fun sporting events in your area that support breast cancer awareness and research.
Also featured are instructions on how to conduct a self-exam, giveaways, plus recipes and healthy living tips for active women.
According to the American Cancer Society, there is no clear benefit to self-exams. They do advise that women be familiar with the look and feel of their breasts so that they can report any changes or concerns to their doctor right away.
Breast Cancer: Beyond the Shock
This app is a mobile resource for everything you need to know about breast cancer. Featuring information compiled by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, it has three main options: learn, ask, and hear. Watch videos that teach you about the different types of tumors and treatment options, and learn from stories of real women who have or have been through cancer themselves.
Any time you or a loved one has questions, this app is a convenient way to find the answers you need.
Cancer Therapy Advisor
This medical app is designed primarily for oncologists. It gives up-to-date information on everything that is happening with cancer therapy, with videos, charts, and other media. This includes new therapies and medications. The information stays close at hand in your phone for quick reference at any time.
It also gives you the option to participate in continuing education classes right on the mobile app.
This app is an excellent resource for information on all of the most common types of cancers. It was created with medical professionals in mind, but is also useful for anyone who has questions and just wants to learn more.
While it is not meant to take the place of the information your doctor can give you, it can answer some of your questions while you wait for your appointment. For doctors, it is a handy reference guide that you can take with you anywhere.
Taking your medications as prescribed is important, but it can be hard to keep up with. This app will help you make sure you take what you need to take when you need to take it by sending you reminders each time a dose is due. It also has a handy feature that scans your medication bottle and automatically enters all the information. This will save you time and keep everything accurate.
Plus, the next time you visit a new doctor or facility, you will have your full list of medications right there on your mobile device.
Early Detection Plan: Breast Cancer
For early detection to work, you have to have a plan, and you can set up that plan using this app. It gives you information on self-exams, doctor exams, and mammograms, and sets up reminders for each. You’ll get reminders when it’s time for a self-exam and to schedule doctor visits and mammograms. It features an easy-to-use interface to record the results of each exam.
And if you find a lump or something feels different, it will help you find the nearest clinic. You can call to make an appointment right from the app. Early detection is the best weapon in the fight against breast cancer, and this app can make a big difference.
Early detection is key to fighting breast cancer. You can watch the video on how to do a breast check and tell the app how often you would like to check. It will then give you reminders each time you are due for another check.
The earlier breast cancer is found, the better.
Taking several medications regularly can get expensive. iPharmacy can help you find your medication at the cheapest price. Then, once you have it, the app is a resource for information on dosage, side effects, interactions, and more.
Another handy feature is the pill identifier. If you spill your pill case in your purse or briefcase, you can put in the shape, color, and any text that is on the pill into this app and it will tell you what medication it is.
My Cancer Coach
Not every cancer is the same, and this app understands that. It gives you information based on your personalized treatment. If you have a question, it will help you find the answer. It will even help you on your doctor visits by giving you advice and reminders for what questions to ask.
Understanding your treatment is an important part of managing your cancer. This app gives you the answers and sometimes even the questions you need, when you need them.
Pills on the Go
This is a very simple, easy-to-use pill reminder app. If you don’t need all the bells and whistles but just want a reminder to take your medications, this is a great app for you. Just put in the medication name, dosage, and how often you need to take it, along with any notes you may need, like “take with food.”
The app will then remind you when it is time to take each medication. There is the option to skip the dose if you need to as well.
If you are going to get a Twitter app anyway, why not go pink to support breast cancer awareness? You can tweet as usual with the app, as well as take advantage of helpful functions, like color-coding tweets based on keywords, scheduling tweets, and checking on stats like your most retweeted and most liked tweets.
TweetCaster Pink does everything the original TweetCaster does, plus it supports a great cause!