We are very excited to let you know that, from this month, we are going to deliver information in a new way – via the My Journey online tool, which will be available on your computer, tablet or smartphone.
The My Journey online tool will provide Australians diagnosed with breast cancer with up-to-date information and support that is relevant to them.
After entering some information about yourself and your diagnosis, the app will give information tailored to your specific needs.
Some people tell us they receive too much information after their diagnosis, and it can leave them feeling overwhelmed. Others say there are things they wish they’d known earlier.
Our aim with My Journey online tool is to provide the right information, at the right time, to the right people.
For example, a person who has only recently been diagnosed may be given information to help them understand the treatment that has been recommended for them and decide whether to have their treatment in the private or public health system.
If a person has children, the app will give them information about how to explain their diagnosis to them in an age-appropriate way.
But My Journey online tool isn’t just for people newly diagnosed with early breast cancer, it’s for people at all stages of their breast cancer journey – including people living with metastatic breast cancer.
As more treatment options become available and research makes new discoveries, a digital app allows us to share the most recent information in a more timely and cost-effective way than our previous printed My Journey Kit.
Being able to personalise information through the app will help us to better meet the specific needs of young women, women with ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), and men with breast cancer.
People will be able to easily find information appropriate to their sub-type of breast cancer and treatment recommendations, rather than wading through information that may not be relevant to them.
We will be able to build on our high-quality written information with information in a number of different online formats, including videos and podcasts.
Needless to say, this a big change from posting out kits in the mail!