12th June 2023

How to take back control after a lung cancer diagnosis

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Being diagnosed with lung cancer is one of the most daunting experiences of your life.

For the days and weeks that follow, you are caught up in a whirlwind of emotions and immersed into a new routine of tests, appointments, and treatments. Those around you often seemingly speak in a new language. Previously unheard words and acronyms are bounded about, only adding to the confusion and anxiety and leaving you feeling out of control.

This is why we have teamed up with Dash Global, creators of the app, Your Health Companion.

Free to download, Your Health Companion aims to help people affected by lung cancer gain a greater sense of control over their care by allowing users to keep a record of all information, such as how treatment is affecting your life, in one place.

The app is designed to help users monitor changes in their health and mood. This then makes it easier to communicate these at appointments with their lung cancer team and help health teams understand more about the impact of cancer and its treatment. This can then lead to improvements in assessment of new treatments and the delivery of NHS services.

Paula Chadwick, chief executive of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, explains why the charity is behind this new app:

“We often hear, when speaking to lung cancer patients, how overwhelming a diagnosis can be. They are thrown into a scary and unknown world where everything feels like its spiralling out of control.

It’s our hope that the Your Health Companion app can offer a little clarity and calmness, as well as help improve services and support for future patients.

Paula Chadwick, chief executive of Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation

Lee Wemyss Director of Dash Global, Your Health Companion, said:

“We’re delighted to partner with Roy Castle to deliver the digital diary to patients. Your Health Companion has been developed specifically to help individuals take an active role in their care and make informed decisions based on personalised insights.

“Working closely with advocacy partners we want to drive patient-centric research so that the perspective of patients is pivotal in future cancer research.”

For more information, or to register for the app, click here.