Sheila Sumner is an elderly SC local that beat ovarian cancer twice. Who can now monitor her progress of the cancer using the app, using the help of her daughter Cathryn Briggs.
Sheila Sumner is an elderly SC local that beat ovarian cancer twice. Who can now monitor her progress of the cancer using the app, using the help of her daughter Cathryn Briggs. John McCutcheon

How a world-first cancer app can save women's lives

AN INNOVATIVE smart phone app is putting a Sunshine Coast double cancer victim at ease.

Buderim mother Sheila Sumner has twice beat ovarian cancer, first in 2013 then a year later.

While she is in a healthier state currently, the scars still linger. Both mentally and physically.

It affected her entire family considerably.

"It was obviously a very stressful time. It was baffling, she had symptoms and within a week was diagnosed," daughter Cathy Briggs explained.

"She is good now but it was very difficult to deal with."

Queensland-based charity Cherish Women's Cancer Foundation has developed a revolutionary health app set to transform the landscape of ovarian cancer in the country.

 

Sheila Sumner is an elderly SC local that beat ovarian cancer twice. Who can now monitor her progress of the cancer using the app, using the help of her daughter Cathryn Briggs.
Sheila Sumner is an elderly SC local that beat ovarian cancer twice. Who can now monitor her progress of the cancer using the app, using the help of her daughter Cathryn Briggs. John McCutcheon

Developed by gynaecological oncologist Professor Andreas Obermair, the world-first CA-125 app allows patients to record tumour marker results that they receive during their medical treatment.

Patients can follow the trends of their treatment and tumour marker changes, and it is hoped that the app will assist in earlier detection of cancer re-occurrence.

For both mother and daughter, it is a peace of mind thing.

"Having something there that you don't need to think about for you to look back on, takes away a lot of stress," Ms Briggs explained.

"Cancer is not just a physical thing. She is getting better but still has down days. This is something good I can show her to perk her up.

"It is a wonderful, amazing app, very clear and precise. A constant visual reminder.

"She didn't understand it at first. Now she can see the progression as the chemotherapy works and she improves."


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