Breast Cancer Care has developed a new app to help people move forward after breast cancer diagnoses and treatment.
The charity developed the content of the app in partnership with healthcare professionals and women living with breast cancer to gain insight to the type of content needed. It was tested by more than 1,100 women prior to launch.The Breast Cancer Care App (Becca), which the charity says is the first of its kind, will provide tailored information and support for those readjusting to daily life once hospital treatment has ended.
When researching and developing the app, Breast Cancer Care found the content most women wanted was topical, breast cancer-specific and sourced from other women with the disease. The app provides bite-size tips that are delivered daily in the form of a deck of cards.
This enables users to flick through ideas on topics including exercise, diet, hobbies and mental wellbeing whenever they want. They can then favourite the cards they are interested in and refer to them as and when required.
David Crosby, director of services and engagement at Breast Cancer Care, said people supported by the charity felt that getting back to some sort of normality could "feel like a huge mountain to climb".
He said: "Many expect to be hugely relieved, but instead can feel scared about what lies ahead. For some, this is the hardest part of their breast cancer, even more difficult than the diagnosis itself.
"The aim of Becca is to help people feel healthier, happier and more ready to move on with life after a breast cancer diagnosis. We hope that, by providing people with the support and information they need in a way that fits into their everyday lives, we can give them a boost of confidence to live well after their treatment ends."