November 22, 2013
On November 20 the Livestrong Foundation launched its Cancer Hacks tool, cancerhacks.org. This technology engagement platform is dedicated to compiling the Foundation’s expert knowledge about dealing with cancer’s daily burdens and combining it with hacks.
The hacks, or tips, are submitted by people from around the world who have their own ‘daily cures’ for conquering the challenges of overcoming cancer. Anybody will be able to chime in on Livestrong’s suggested hacks as well as create a constantly evolving, crowdsourced conversation.
The interactive web platform is inspired by the Livestrong Foundation’s experience providing direct support services to those affected by cancer. The directive is to provide a powerful community from which people living with cancer can both give and find critical help.
“It is time that we in the cancer community acknowledge and confront the truth that our current cancer care system needs to do better and focus more on putting patients front and center,” says Doug Ulman, Foundation President and CEO. “In the past, resources and public attention traditionally have been focused overwhelmingly on the search for a future cure for cancer which, while critically important, has sometimes been to the detriment of people struggling with the disease today.”
There are a lot of brilliant ideas out there that now have a place to call home. Keep receipts from rides to treatment sessions to be claimed on your taxes, create a private Twitter account for friends and family to follow your quick updates instead of sending long emails, and cure stuffy noses from swollen blood vessels with an ice cube pressed against the roof of your mouth.
Moving forward, the Livestrong Foundation will remain focused on activities that will help transform the cancer care ecosystem into a more patient-centered enterprise. They are planning to strengthen existing services, advocate for policy change, and build more online tools in the coming months.
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