SHARE Introduces My MBC & Me App for Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients

SHARE Introduces My MBC & Me App for Metastatic Breast Cancer Patients
Since her diagnosis of metastatic breast cancer two years ago, Karen Peterson has been amid a whirlwind of medical appointments and healthcare professionals. It’s often overwhelming. "Managing it all is like a job,” the 54-year-old New York City resident said in an interview with Breast Cancer News. “Between my social worker, clinical nurse, oncologist, dentist, massage therapist, physical therapist, and on and on, that’s a lot of people and phone numbers.” Now that she’s begun using a new app designed for people like her, however, Peterson can better focus on treatment and other areas of her life. Called My MBC & Me, the free mobile iOS application was launched in early April by SHARE, a non-profit organization that supports women affected by breast or ovarian cancer. Designed with input from physicians and patients, its purpose is to empower those living with metastatic breast cancer (MBC) to better manage treatment and communication with care teams. Not only does it track appointments, symptoms, medications, treatment history, and side effects, the user-friendly app provides disease and treatment information and personalized reminders. It offers a questionnaire to help users outline priorities and goals, and lets them pin research, notes, voice memos and questions to calendar appointments, fostering self-advocacy and more productive visits with doctors. Other features include My Story, which helps patients reflect on needs, and helps physicians understand their patients’ lives. My Schedule helps patients track appointments, treatments, and symptoms by mon
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