Belong, a new Israeli startup, has introduced an app which helps cancer sufferers monitor their treatments. The app is free.
The company boasts that the app puts control back into the hands of people with cancer to “keep them informed, connected, organized, and in better control of their treatment journey.”
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Millions of people rely on their GPS or apps like Waze to navigate from place to place, but when it comes to serious medical conditions like cancer, they’re driving blind. Belong hopes that its new mobile solution will change this.
Is there anything one cannot do with a cell phone these days? Soon there will be an app which will actually administer one’s medications and make diagnoses when you get sick. That will certainly put a dent in the cost of health care, but the doctors won’t like it so much.
The device can be used by people who are suffering from any form of cancer. Belong helps them monitor their treatment and receive the information which can help patients make more informed decisions, have greater access to treatment options, get side-effect relief tips, and emotional support.
Users can also see if anyone else had their clinical trial eligibility changed and what that means. They can get information on what to do when not feeling great after a regimen of chemotherapy. They can also connect with other people for personal support through the Belong forum.
Dorit Nitzan, MD, two-time breast cancer survivor, and Belong app user said, “The greatest advantage of Belong is being within arm’s reach of doctors, nurses, and experts. They are accessible to all at no cost, linking those who are suitable for clinical trials, and guiding us on best treatments and care. Sharing with us updated information on new studies and developments. Supporting us, literally caring for us, pulling and pushing us through this challenging time in our lives.”
The Belong App features include:
My treatment journey — This helps to manage, navigate, and track appointments, treatments, goals, tips, information, and what has worked for others in similar situations.
A connection to radiologists, oncologists, nurses, researchers, radiotherapists, and other medical professionals who provide expert knowledge and answers to questions, both in public forums such as “Ask the Doctor” and “Side Effects and Pain” and privately. Although not a substitute for a person’s private physician, this feature provides people with cancer and their loved ones with a dialogue, information, education, and reassurance.
A digital binder in which medical records and other information can be securely uploaded, stored, and easily shared.
Personal clinical trial search, available on request by the user, is a feature implemented through a sophisticated search engine linked to the National Cancer Institute and other leading global research institutes. The goal is to identify trials that may be relevant to the user.
A unique crowd wisdom network that lets users connect directly and anonymously with others who have cancer to share tips and concerns, to ask and answer questions, and to provide emotional support. The ability to share and receive highly-specific information makes Belong the only app of its kind.
“We built the first of its kind mobile community-based treatment navigator – like a GPS for cancer – that compiles crowd wisdom, expert knowledge, the most current care protocols and scientific and clinical research, all delivered in a hyper-personalized and relevant experience to our users, ” said Eliran Malki, founder and CEO of Belong. “It’s everything a patient needs in one place.”