Need a hand? On-line support 24/7 right on your smart phone.
That’s the promise CanSurround offers with its suite of sustaining, encouraging, and informative applications that include exercises, a journaling option, checklists, connections to your private support network and mood boosting messages, videos and soundtracks.
Being alone with an MPN can be a frightening experience when you wake up uncertain and worried at 3 in the morning drenched in sweat. What if you could reach for your smart phone or mobile device and call up a helpful meditation or other exercise? Or open a page to journal your experience, or review a checklist in your library or hook up with your private support group? You can find the details on its website here: http://cansurround.com/
The folks behind CanSurround, Jill Teixeira and Meg Maley, both RNs, have been doing cancer patient support work for a lot of years before deciding the time was right to focus on web-base support for cancer patients. They’ve consulted with advisers to organize a B corporation — a for profit corporation with a social mission — to attract like-minded investors. (One of their early advisers is Kris Vaddi, key scientific developer of Jakafi at Incyte.)
Can the kind of on-line support offered by CanSurround measurably relieve MPN Related Fatigue (MRF) by addressing underlying anxiety, stress and depression?
It’s too early to say but this is clearly a well constructed attempt to provide instant psychological relief when most needed. The product won an international competition in Paris earlier this year and will be presenting at Stanford X in the fall. The critical issue is whether or not CanSurround will be able to engage MPN and other cancer patients on an on-going basis.
CanSurround plans to roll out its system this Fall. Right now it’s still rolling up to the launchpad, fueling up and tweaking its various systems. If you can’t wait for the prime time version, you can enroll in the beta test by emailing Jill for an invitation to join: Jill@cansurround.com (Did we say CanSurround is free to patients and caregivers?)
Help yourself and fellow MPN patients. Get off your tush and hike, ride. swim or climb…
Dr. Ruben Mesa has told us a million times how good exercise is for us, how it beats back depression and fatigue, gets our blood and juices moving. But did you ever think how you can turn that same good stuff into raising cash for critical MPN research? Julie Libon did.
Do you have an opinion on when blood transfusion works best for you?
Professor Claire Harrison and her associates are exploring blood transfusion options for patients and would like to hear from you.
The question being explored by researchers is: “Should we schedule transfusions to achieve better control of anaemia than we presently do? This approach is labelled a ‘liberal’ approach to transfusion. Adopting a liberal approach to transfusion may allow patients a better quality of life and help to reduce the burden of symptoms. On the other hand it may prove to be inconvenient and of no real benefit to the patient.”
… And as long as we’re already over in the UK there’s been a schedule change for the July MPN Voice patients’ London forum from July 8 to Friday July 24th. There are no changes to venue or times, it will still be held in the Robens Suite, 29th Floor Tower Wing, Guy’s Hospital, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 9RT. Registration is from 5.30 pm, the forum is 6 pm – 9 pm. Information: Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
This Saturday another Patient Power Town Hall Event unrolls.
This time it’s in Chicago and features Washington University’s Stephen Oh and Northwestern’s Brady Stein. Sponsor’s are picking up the tab so the day’s session is free. And if you don’t plant to find yourself in Chicago this weekend, you can still participate by registering for the live stream.Click here for the poster and details. This sponsored event is free to patient and caregivers.
You can register now for CR&T’s 8TH International MPN Patient Symposium
The 8th International Patient Symposium on Myeloproliferative Neoplasms, presented by the Cancer Research & Treatment Fund (CR&T), will be held on Wednesday, November 4 in New York City. According to CR&T “Patients and their families who attend this full-day event will learn about the latest research developments and treatment practices, and participate in disease-specific Q&A sessions. ”
You’ve got a friend at the FDA.
Maybe more than one. While talking to Deborah Miller, PhD, RN, about the Patient Representative Program a whole world of Patient services emerged. Deborah Miller is manager of Patient Communication over at the FDA’s Office of Health and Constituent Affairs (OHCA). She’s also editor of their Patient Network Newsletter. And, product liaison for oncology and hematology, so she definitely knows what we’re up against.
Most of all, she and her colleagues are committed to help…both in accessing resources and threading our way through the clinical trial system. Here’s the page you might want reach first to get yourself oriented. Note: it contains a rare phone and email contact. It’s the Patient network Web site: http://www.fda.gov/ForPatients/default.htm. We can also register for a free Patient Newsletter or listen to one of several webinars while viewing FDA expert presentations.
There are times we or a loved one need access to investigational drugs. These are meds that are promising but not yet approved by the FDA. Commonly known as compassionate use of meds, the FDA provides a path to help acquire the drugs under its “Expanded access” program. Here are two helpful sites, one laying out the ground-rules, the other providing the necessary application information.
Although the FDA doesn’t get involved directly in regulating drug prices — like who does? — the OHCA might be able to direct us to organizations that do help cover co-pays and other expenses. Deborah Miller maintains a list of resources she will make available on request. Now that’s a friend.
You can read the Stem Cell Transplant special issue of the Q … right here! Plus Archives: How I treat MPNs? …Silver, Mesa, Hasselbalch, Harrison … definitive paper on Aspirin, Platelets and Thrombosis… by J.J. Michiels… Interferon instructions for my patients… H.C. Hasselbalch
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