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A breast cancer diagnosis changes everything. Suddenly, the world looks differently. Life is divided into before the diagnosis and after.
With a cancer diagnosis also comes a new world of medical treatments, support from organizations, and information to ensure that you’re empowered to make decisions.
There are many apps that can help you or a loved one through a breast cancer diagnosis, from teaching you how to perform a breast self-exam, to helping you organize medications, to keeping you up to date on the latest cancer research.
Here are some apps that can help you through your breast cancer journey.
With any type of medical condition, keeping track of medications can be overwhelming. Whether you’re a patient trying to remember the latest dosage change or a caregiver organizing medications for a loved one, CareZone aims to take the work out of keeping track of medications. You can scan a medication’s label directly and the app will automatically add its name, dosage, and other details into your medication list. You can also set up the app to send you reminders when it’s time to take medication and refill a prescription.
Breast Cancer: Beyond the Shock
Moving past the shock of a breast cancer diagnosis means gathering support and information that can help guide you through your cancer journey. This app was created by the National Breast Cancer Foundation in partnership with medical experts, doctors, and breast cancer researchers. Users can learn about breast cancer types and treatment, ask a question that goes directly to an expert through the app, and hear from other breast cancer patients via video.
Powered by the University of California, Berkeley, School of Public Health and Remedy Health Media, this app can help you save money on medication and identify medication that you may have misplaced or aren’t sure what its purpose is. For example, if you group your pills by day, but would like to know what the “pink one” does, you can take a picture with your phone and the app can identify the medication and tell you what it’s used for.
Pills on the Go
Taking medications on time is very important, so this app can help keep you on track with to-the-minute reminders. You can see your whole day at a glance, track by the hour, and get instructions about how to take the medication, such as with food or water.
Breast Check Now
Monthly breast self-exams are one of the most important things any woman can do to help detect breast cancer early, but it can be a difficult habit to get into. This app will remind you when it’s time to do a breast self-exam and provide detailed instructions and visual guides on how to perform the exam. The app guides you to create self-exam schedule that works for you — in the shower or after exercising, for example — and then holds you to that schedule. You can also input notes after each exam so you can monitor any changes.
TweetCaster PINK for Twitter
If you want to share your support for the movement and help save more lives through breast cancer awareness, this is the app for you. The app purchase goes towards the Feel Your Boobies Foundation and tweets out “feel your boobies” reminders for you. You can also use it to post to other social media, such as Facebook.
Cancer Therapy Advisor
If you’re looking for access to the information oncology professionals use, be sure to download this app. You’ll find the latest news, research, and information about treatments. You’ll be better informed and empowered to make decisions that are in the best interest of your health.
Similar to the Breast Check Now app, this app offers instructions on how to do breast self-exams and sets monthly reminders to help you stay on track. This app offers the bonus of syncing with your menstrual cycle, so you’re aware of breast changes caused by your shifting hormone levels. You’ll also get access to the B4BC community with updates, news, and invitations to ocean and mountain retreats for cancer survivors.
Cancers! The Guide to Breast, Lung, Prostate Cancer Science, Therapy, Diagnosis, Treatment, Update & Glossary Handbook
Cancer can be a difficult concept to understand, so this app breaks down what’s happening at the cellular level in easy-to-understand terms. You can search all the different kinds of cancer, including breast cancer.
My Cancer Coach
Created in partnership with BreastCancer.org, this app is designed to prompt you with questions to help you manage your cancer’s progression. You can learn more about a specific diagnosis, get prompted with questions to ask a doctor, and watch videos and get access to vital resources such as patient advocacy. You can also use the app’s journal feature to record photo and audio from medical appointments and team meetings. If you need help looking up a term you don’t understand, the app also features a glossary of common cancer terms.
Chaunie Brusie is a Registered Nurse with experience in critical care, long-term care, and labor and delivery nursing. She lives in Michigan with her family and loves traveling, reading, writing, and hanging out with her four young kids. She gladly cleans up dinner every night because her husband is a fabulous cook and she once famously ruined frozen pizza. She blogs about motherhood, freelance writing, and life at chauniebrusie.com.