PETALING JAYA: Battling cancer doesn’t have to be a lonely fight, and is best done with lots of support. Bringing support directly to not just cancer patients, but cancer survivors, caregivers, friends and family members as well is the Stronger Than Cancer mobile app.
Launched in conjunction with the National Cancer Prevention Month, the app – developed by Digi Telecommunications Sdn Bhd and the National Cancer Society Malaysia (NCSM) – aims to become a one-stop mobile cancer information repository for Malaysians.
“Stronger Than Cancer is an opportunity for us to create a meaningful impact in the lives of Malaysians,” said Digi chief corporate affairs officer Eugene Teh at the launch in Subang Jaya, Selangor.
“We believe that this collaboration with NCSM allows us to enable the advocacy for health through mobile connectivity, empowering the communities by making available relevant digital solutions as well as facilitating better informed communication content.”
The app was developed from a winning idea by Christine Cheah at the 2014 Telenor Youth Forum in Oslo, Norway. Cheah had the vision to improve the support network of cancer patients through a virtual group connected by a mobile app.
“My late mother was a cancer patient and while taking care of her, I could see then that she was eager to discuss her illness with doctors and other cancer patients. However, she didn’t have an immediate support group that could help answer all her queries about cancer and life as a cancer patient,” explained Cheah. Hence her idea for Stronger Than Cancer.
It took over a year for Digi, with the help of NCSM, to develop the app that looks to bring together groups of people whose aim is to fight cancer.
The app also has an active community forum led by NCSM’s experienced administrators and supported by doctors and professional caregivers who are able to provide users with advice and consultation. Users can leave their questions on the app and it will be answered by NCSM personnel as quickly as possible. There are also suggestions to include a live chat that allows queries to be answered immediately.
“The fight against cancer goes beyond treatment, and patients should be in control of their journey,” said NCSM president and medical director Dr Saunthari Somasundaram. “They can get reliable information related to cancer from verified sources through the app.”
Currently, the app is only available in English, although Cheah hopes that it would soon become multi-lingual to support cancer fighters of all races.
People with cancer or know a cancer patient can get and give support by downloading the free Stronger Than Cancer app on Android or iOS.
Visit www.strongerthancancer.org.my for more information on Stronger Than Cancer.