New PTSD App Helps Patients and Families Overcome Trauma of Cancer Diagnosis

While a cancer diagnoses is traumatic in the moment, too often patients are left traumatized afterward by their encounter with cancer.

Cancer patients commonly walk away from life-saving chemotherapy and radiation treatments having developed post-traumatic stress disorder, more commonly known by the acronym PTSD, as reported by WRAL-TV of Raleigh-Durham.

In response to this after-effect, Duke University has created the Cancer Distress Coach app to help.

Based on a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs app designed for members of the military, the Distress Coach app is helping those who’ve encountered cancer. Downloadable on Android and iOS, Duke’s new medical application has the potential to be adopted by clinical centers worldwide.

According to the App research team, the Distress Coach App helps users to:

1. Learn about symptoms and available resources
2. Understand your level of stress
3. Gain coping skills to manage your stress in the moment
4. Build a network of support

In the above video, watch one cancer patient who participated in the pilot program for Duke’s new PTSD app, and the App’s researcher, speak about their experience with the project.

Learn more at the Duke University Cancer Distress Coach Mobile App page at this link.

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