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New-look ‘Cancer Companion’ app improving patient outcomes across the southwest

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March 23, 2023

The award-winning cancer support app MySunrise has been given a full makeover, with major enhancements to its design, features and user experience. It’s available to new and existing users across Devon and Cornwall, and it’s improving patient outcomes and reducing appointment times across the southwest. It’s available now for free download to your smartphone from both IOS Store and Android.

Originally Launched on 8th June 2018, the app supports cancer patients and their families through every stage of their diagnosis and treatment pathway at NHS hospitals. The app acts as a ‘Cancer Companion’ linking you directly to your healthcare provider, removing barriers to help and supporting you through your cancer journey.

MySunrise signposts patients and families to the information they need quickly via its user-friendly interface, connecting them with their local Cancer Centre and providing access to support groups. It now also features interactive timelines and content that’s nationally recognised and written by clinicians, and it’s really easy to use (92% of users agree). The app is also region-specific, meaning users only get the most relevant and local information, from trusted and reliable sources.

As well as helping cancer patients and their families, the app also appeals to healthcare professionals by helping to improve their efficiency - saving valuable appointment time, reducing pressure on the NHS, and promoting a collaborative approach to cancer care. This collaboration reflects the MySunrise app being shortlisted for the 2022 HSJ Partnership Awards for HealthTech Partnership of the Year.

In the past, a cancer patient’s journey has often been a lonely and confusing one, with little to no relevant digital resources to help them access the information they need - just a pile of generic leaflets. MySunrise changes that by introducing patients to healthcare professionals that they might actually meet, making daunting hospital appointments less intimidating. This is achieved via bespoke videos and content written by clinicians from the hospital they are attending.

With over 3000 downloads and more than 500 active users so far, the app is being rolled out across Plymouth, Cornwall, North Devon, Exeter and Torbay to support cancer patients and their families. Of those active users, 94% said they would recommend it to a friend. The app is constantly being improved, with features such as highly relevant, cancer-specific advice and information, virtual pre-assessment and a patient wellness tracker also coming soon.

If you, a family member or a friend are facing cancer treatment, you don’t have to do it alone. Visit the MySunrise website to find out more and download the app to your smartphone.