Was I nauseated: yes. Couldn't even stand to see the word.
What was my temperature? My what? Does this mean I have to get up? For real?
The pain ranking was elementary, my dear Watson. You expressed your pain in a series of smiley faces that ranged from the ubiquitous and perfectly happy yellow smiley face to the bilious, slimy green one with yes, TEARS. If I'd ever felt that badly I certainly wouldn't have been writing on my patient intake form. I'd have been in an ambulance.
Time passes. Things change.
When our medical system evolves to the place where it it totally patient-centered the necessary symptom management should easily be accomplished via an app that is tied in to your cancer treatment center. Yes, well.
Theoretically apps should make things easier. For you. That's the point of all this and I don't know that for sure or what your experience is with them. Our question tonight on #BCSM is this: how are you using apps to help manage your cancer treatment? Which ones are you using? How are they facilitating your conversations with your doctor? Are you using any now that treatment is over?
@stales) and Robert S. Miller, MD (@rsm2800) suggested the apps available at cancer.net, that includes guides for 120 kinds of cancer, symptom trackers, and videos, podcasts, etc. Alicia will talk about her experience using that application tonight.
My friend Jennfer Texada (@JennTex) at MD Anderson also sent me this lisT: http://www.mdanderson.org/publications/focused-on-health/issues/2011-july/mobileappscancer.html. The list includes a number of prevention apps from Livestrong and the American Cancer Society as well as the ASCO programs mentioned above. Keep in mind this isn't a conversation about the quantified self movement, we can chat about that another time if you like, but cancer specific apps that are helping you manage your disease. Another good one is NCCN guidlelines, a breast cancer diagnosis guide available from breastcancer.org, and an encyclopedia of treatment terms via Livestrong. These are available on iTunes.
We'll look forward to talking with you tonight at 9 pm ET/6 Pacific.
For now, let us know what we need to add to the list!