UCL Institute of Healthcare Engineering


Mobile app helps cancer patients self-manage their journey

The app gives oesophageal cancer patients information about help with their illness.


19 December 2019

Oesophageal (gullet) cancer is the fourth-largest cause of cancer death in the UK and it has one of the highest death rates of any cancer.

Patients often have their treatment spread between several different hospitals, which can be confusing and lead to missed appointments. It can also create more work for the Cancer Nurse Specialists (CNS), who provide expert support to cancer patients, as they need to organise treatments at different hospitals. This means they have less time to support patients’ physical, emotional, spiritual and social needs, leading to a worse patient experience.

The personalised mobile app, which is being piloted by the Barnet Hospital in London, will allow clinical nurse specialists to have more time to monitor oesophageal cancer patients’ progress, provide relevant information and improve the care they can offer.

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