In Mexico, between January and August 2020, 683,823 deaths of cancer patients were registered. Of which 9% are due to malignant tumors (60,421). A year earlier, in 2019, 747,784 deaths were registered, of which 12% were due to malignant tumors (88,683).
Cancer patients: It is estimated that between 30% and 50% of cancers are preventable
Due to changes in population growth and aging. The WHO estimates that by 2030 new cases will exceed 20 million annually. And 2040 the 30 million annually.
However, those numbers could be significantly reduced, as it is estimated that between 30% and 50% of cancers are preventable. This. through the adoption of healthy habits, vaccination and timely diagnosis and treatment.
Therefore, as doctors, we must acquire all the necessary weapons that help both the patient and the expert, to cope with the difficult oncological process.
Mobile apps that facilitate the medical process with cancer patients
This free application, available for Android and iOS devices, is one of the most complete out there. And it aims to accompany patients suffering from breast cancer throughout their treatment process.
To do this, Diana offers them information about the disease, motivational tools, control and monitoring, and even psychological support. This tool has been designed by a team of medical professionals that guarantees the veracity, reliability and rigor of all the information.
The App has a calendar and an alert system that helps the patient to control and monitor their medical appointments. In addition to taking medications and treatment.
This application is designed so that cancer patients can improve their treatment through a record of their situation, symptoms, medical appointments and medication control. All this information allows doctors to check the evolution of their patients and personalize their treatments to optimize and improve their quality of life.
Close2U has been designed by researchers from the Complutense University of Madrid and the University of Zaragoza to carry out this monitoring by conducting daily surveys.
This app could be complemented in the future with a smart bracelet that can measure the rhythm and heart rate to know, for example, the stress level of a patient. It is available for Android devices.
The oncology nursing service of the Reina Sofía Hospital in Córdoba has designed a mobile app that aims to offer information and help cancer patients about the side effects of cancer treatments.
Through this application, available for Android and iOS, patients undergoing chemotherapy can obtain information on its consequences such as hair loss, dizziness and gastric conditions or physical and emotional fatigue. In addition, they receive instructions on the most effective way to deal with these effects, and when it is necessary to seek the help of a professional.
Finally, the app offers a glossary of medical terms and links to useful websites to help cope with the disease, all to provide peace of mind to patients and help them improve their quality of life during treatment.