Next month a specialist nurse from the East Midlands will see the launch of a smartphone app for pancreatic cancer patients that she has helped develop.
The new cancer information application called My Pancreas is to be launched on 1 September by the hepato-pancreato-biliary unit at Leicester General Hospital.
Created with the help of the design agency AGF Studio, it will be made available for the public on Apple’s app store for iPhone and iPad.
The app described as a “dedicated information guide on pancreatic cancer” is among the first of its kind to be released in the UK.
It has been designed to guide a patient through their journey from initial referral to treatment, how to manage symptoms and where to find further help and support.
Lead HPB nurse specialist Cris Pollard has been working on the app project since February 2015, along with other senior members of the unit including clinical director and consultant surgeon Giuseppe Garcea and Professor Ashley Dennison.
Nurse helps develop new pancreatic cancer app
The app has just completed its final testing stage where the unit invited over 60 healthcare professionals, patients, carers, family members and the charity Pancreatic Cancer UK to try it out before its release.
The team secured initial funding for the project from the Leicester Hospitals Charity, Pancreatic Cancer UK and Leicester City Council.
In June 2015, Leicester-based digital agency AGF Studio came on board to design the final app.
AGF design director Andrew Foxwell said: “It has been a pleasure to work with the HPB Unit in Leicester; we have collaborated to help engage patients with their own care.”