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App Supports Cancer Patients Through Daily Challenges

Global pharmaceutical corporation, Pfizer, is offering cancer patients a free app to help them manage their life with cancer.

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Global pharmaceutical corporation, Pfizer, is offering cancer patients a free app to help them manage their life with cancer.

The LivingWith app, which is available for both iOS and Android devices, forms part of Pfizer’s This is Living with Cancer™ programme, which aims to provide cancer patients with tools and resources to support and help them manage some of the daily challenges they face.

“Today, more than 15 million people in the US are living with cancer and that number is expected to grow as emerging science and better therapies are likely to increase the number of patients living with cancer as we strive for a cure,” said Global President at Pfizer Oncology, Liz Barrett.

“Navigating life with cancer poses many challenges for patients and their families and friends, and we hope these unique programmes can help their journey,” continued Barrett.

The LivingWith app provides patients and caregivers with a tool to organise certain important information in one place. Through the app they can build a network of support from friends and family to get help with daily tasks; record and remember important information from doctor visits; track mood, pain and sleep; organise and store important documents such as test results, medication details and insurance information; and receive information about local events and nutrition articles.

The app also connects with wearables and other health apps, and generates personalised graphs and reports that can be shared with the patient’s doctor during medical appointments.

“Cancer patients can feel isolated and unsure about how to navigate care and approach day-to-day life,” said President & CEO at the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, Myra Biblowit.

“Pfizer’s new programming that goes beyond treatment is critical in helping patients and their care networks deal with the challenges associated with living with cancer,” concluded Biblowit.

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