icare is supporting cancer patients with the CancerAid Coach Program

icare is partnering with CancerAid to support wellbeing of icare clients with a new cancer diagnosis.

Senior couple using a tablet app outdoors

Co-founded by cancer specialist Dr Raghav Murali-Ganesh, CancerAid helps people live better with cancer and maximise their health outcomes. The CancerAid app is top-ranked in Australia, UK and the US achieving high retention and engagement rates and is today used by more than 20,000 people in 127 countries. 

The CancerAid team have developed a health coaching program that works in collaboration with the app to help people be more engaged in their cancer care. Dr Zachary Tan has been a key part in developing the Coach Program. icare is piloting the health coaching program with people who have developed cancer through an occupational dust disease in NSW. 

icare supports people impacted by a dust disease. Our Dust Diseases staff have been trained by the CancerAid team at the Chris O’Brien Lifehouse to understand the features and benefits of the app and coaching program and are supporting Dust Disease Care clients to participate in the pilot. 

The six-week health coaching program combines continuous patient engagement, a digitally-delivered curriculum with evidence-based education, accountability and the personalised support of a CancerAid health coach to assist people to get back to wellness. The program integrates cancer survivorship principles including tracking symptoms, exercise, diet and sleep to help people living with cancer. 

A key feature of the CancerAid app is that it can be accessed by carers and family members, which allows for more engagement and support with treatment plans and can lead to better health outcomes and better quality of life. Research has shown that people who are more engaged in their own care have better health outcomes. [Greene et al. 2015 and Basch et al. 2017]

It’s important to note, that while the coaching program provides supplementary support and education, it does not replace the need for people to consult with their usual clinicians for cancer treatment.

“We’re leveraging technology to empower our customers to get back to wellness. The CancerAid app is easy to use to track and manage symptoms, medications and their effectiveness, storing all information in one easy to access place. We’re excited to be piloting the coaching program to help our clients feel supported as well as stay connected and motivated to improve their wellbeing.” Nick Taylor, Empowered Living Manager, Care & Community, icare.

The CancerAid app is free of charge to use.

Dr Raghav Murali-Ganesh

Dr Raghav Murali-Ganesh  has the ambition of improving healthcare outcomes with the use of digital tools. Combining his oncology specialist knowledge, entrepreneurial skills and a vision for technology solutions, CancerAid has become the number one cancer app in Australia, the US and the UK.

More about Dr Murali-Ganesh

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