myCuratio recognizes World Cancer Day, a global event held every year on February 4th that unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. For more information visit http://www.worldcancerday.org/.If you don’t already know, February 4th is World Cancer Day – a global event that unites the world’s population in the fight against cancer. Celebrated every February 4th, the only goal of World Cancer Day is to get as many people around the world to talk about cancer. So, we are here to do our part!
Currently, 8.2 million people die from cancer each year and that number only continues to grow. There are a so many types of cancer and even more causes, including completely preventable factors such as smoking, diet and exercise, and sun exposure. While there are many different treatments available, they are still experimental in the sense that it is hard to tell which treatments may work for specific types of cancer or on specific people.
Aside from the fear and uncertainty of the disease, one of the most frustrating parts of dealing with cancer is navigating a confusing healthcare system. When you are diagnosed with cancer, you have already acquired a number of doctors – your primary care physician, a specialist, and now an oncologist. Depending on the type of cancer, you may have multiple specialists for related health issues and even multiple consulting oncologists.
This of course is what contributes to the cost of treating cancer, but it also creates a lot of risk for you as the patient. Each doctor is ordering tests, prescribing meds, and making conclusions based on the information they have – and a lot of times you are the only one responsible for communicating between them!
We built myCuratio in part on this very specific problem. For patients or caregivers that are navigating complicated and serious treatment plans, there has not been a great solution for communicating between doctors and specialists. The result is either redundant lab tests or more seriously, prescribing errors and negative drug interactions.
We want to make it easy for you to share medical information between your new specialists and oncologists so that you know you are getting the best possible treatment based on all the information. Whether you use myCuratio or another Personal Health Record, you should be at the center of your health data and feel empowered to participate in your care!