Cancer diagnosis leads to a social-networking app to boost mental health
When Fabian Bolin was diagnosed with cancer his world fell apart around him – but from personal adversity grew an idea for an online platform where cancer patients could share their journey, support each other and, eventually, help inform clinical studies. Four years after his diagnosis, the War on Cancer app was launched, providing a social networking-style platform for cancer patients, survivors and loved ones. It provides a much-needed space to discuss symptoms, the challenges of cancer and, perhaps most importantly, offers a sense of community and comfort when it’s most needed. Fabian, chief executive, and Sebastian Hermelin, co-founder of War on Cancer, are currently in discussions with the NHS to have their app included in the NHS App library and one day hope it will be prescribed as part of a patient’s cancer treatment. They also hope to use data collated from the app to help inform clinical trials, particularly around patient experience and wellbeing.
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