4 Free Apps for Dealing with Blood Cancer

Apps to Help Navigate, Organize and Empower

While no app should ever substitute for a doctor's care, some of these apps may help with the chaos, the planning, the questions, and the day-to-day stress and anxiety of battling leukemia, lymphoma and other blood cancers. And some good apps also happen to be free.



If the Focus On Lymphoma mobile app is any indication of the future, more customization for specific hematologic malignancies can be expected. This app has received rave reviews, and it deserves them on several fronts. According to Alberto Montero, MD, whose review you can access at iMedicalApps, the app in the 'connect' heading has links to  trained staff from the lymphoma research foundation to provide support. And for emotional support, stories of lymphoma survivors and information on how to apply to be part of the lymphoma support network are available.

  • Who is it for?
    -Patients and caregivers
  • What does it do?
    -Offers personalized content based on individual’s experience with lymphoma
    -Sends push notifications with the latest lymphoma news and updates
    -Has medicine manager to track medication schedules and set reminders
    -Has a blood counts section to chart blood work results
    -Has a symptoms tracker to track symptom severity
    -Features a doctor sessions tool box to facilitate meetings with providers
  • Availability:
    -Free in iTunes and Google play
    -“The Foundation’s plan for the Focus on Lymphoma mobile app is to remain free for all iOS and Android users,” says Kinya Harte, Manager of Digital Communications at the Lymphoma Research Foundation in New York, NY.



This app doesn't help patients manage their blood counts or appointments, but it is close to the hearts of those touched by blood cancer because it aligns with the shared goal of finding a cure and helping patients and families.
  • Who is it for?
    -Patients and advocates via The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS)
  • What does it do?
    -Keeps track of fundraising on the go
    -Accepts and deposits credit card and check donations
    -Imports social network contacts to help support efforts
    -Tracks and communicates with team members if you're a team captain
    -Tracks and archives goals across events and campaigns
  • Availability:
    -Free for iPhone, iPad, iPod touch and Android



Doctor explaining results of PET/CT scan.

This is the companion app for Cancer.Net, featuring 120 types of cancer, from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO).

  •  Who is it for?
    -Anyone interested in cancer
    -Features select oncologist-approved cancer information
  • What does it do?
    -Companion app for Cancer.Net, featuring 120 types of cancer, from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
    -Lets you log questions to ask healthcare providers and record voice answers
    -Stores information about prescribed medications -- this includes images of medicine bottles and drug labels on camera-enabled devices
    -Lets you track symptoms and log the time, severity of symptoms and side effects
  • Availability:
    -Free in iTunes and Google play



This one is geared toward tracking and troubleshooting the emotional toll of cancer. It also features tips and options for getting support.

  •  Who is it for?
    -People living with cancer
  • What does it do?
    -Tracks concerns such as fatigue, sleep, sadness, anxiety, pain, hope
    -Lets you rate and track concerns and report progress to your health care team and others
    -Helps you locate a Cancer Support Community affiliate nearby
    -Links to articles with helpful hints
    -Includes personal journal to record thoughts and questions
  • Availability:
    Free in iTunes


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