National App Day has been celebrated every December 11th since 2017. Apps are now an integral part of our daily lives: they help us stay organized, monitor our health, connect us with friends and family, and navigate us to our next destination. This App Day, we are honored to celebrate the many lives which have positively benefitted from the Breast Advocate® app!
Voted as ‘one of the best apps for managing your breast cancer’ by Health Central, Breast Advocate® is the brain child of Dr. Minas Chrysopoulo, an internationally recognized expert in breast cancer reconstruction and shared decision-making. Shared decision-making occurs when the health care professional and patient work together to make a treatment decision that is best for the patient. The best decision takes into account evidence-based information about treatment options, the physician’s knowledge and experience, and the patient’s preferences and values. Multiple studies show this collaborative approach improves patient outcomes and satisfaction.
“I was growing increasingly frustrated listening to patients share the same experiences over and over again” says Dr Chrysopoulo. “Comments like ‘I wish I would have known this was an option years ago,’ or ‘I was never told. If I knew then what I know now, I would have done things very differently’. Creating an app to address this problem seemed like a great idea to me. That’s how Breast Advocate came about.”
The Breast Advocate® App is the first shared decision-making app for breast cancer surgery and breast reconstruction. Co-created by breast cancer specialists and patient advocates, Breast Advocate® provides evidence-based information and customized recommendations based on your diagnosis, personal preferences and values. It’s your treatment… Our mission is to empower patients to have the conversation they want to have with their doctors.
Today the app is best known for its Treatment Wizard. After taking your individual situation and preferences into account, the Wizard provides evidence-based recommendations personalized for YOU. The app’s support community has also grown tremendously since launch, providing a safe place for patients to connect, ask questions, and offer support.
The Breast Advocate® App continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of patients and healthcare professionals. Breast Advocate is now also available to any healthcare professional or institution interested in having their own fully customizable version of the app. The future is bright, and the team is truly humbled and honored to serve the breast cancer community by providing personalized evidence-based information across the globe!