Project Overview +

Breast Cancer Ally is an iPhone app developed in partnership with University of Michigan breast cancer specialists. It provides information about breast cancer and helps patients at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center manage their symptoms. Breast Cancer Ally helps patients through every stage of treatment, from the initial diagnosis, through surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and anti-estrogen therapy.

More information can be found at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center site.

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Aims +

This mobile app helps people diagnosed with breast cancer:

  • better understand their diagnosis
  • make informed decisions about treatment
  • learn about resources available both during and after treatment

Participants +

The application is developed for patients of the University of Michigan's Breast Cancer Clinic (Breast Care Center).

Intervention +

Breast Cancer Ally is designed to help University of Michigan breast cancer patients navigate the complex nature of multidisciplinary breast cancer care. It delivers targeted educational content in a “just-in-time” format, with a smart home page that recognizes where a patient is in her cancer treatment. Other features include:

  • Information and tools at every stage of treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiation and anti-estrogen therapy.
  • Preoperative and postoperative instructions and tools tailored to the patient’s specific surgery, including reconstruction.
  • Patient-reported side effect tracking with recommendations to manage side effects and guidance on when to call the health care team.
  • Treatment calendar, medication and appointment reminders.
  • Instructions, reminders and logs for drain management, post-operative exercises, chemotherapy side effects and more.
  • University of Michigan-specific information including driving directions, maps, clinic information, phone directory and links to U-M-based services including psychosocial support.
  • Patient-generated treatment summary for sharing with primary care physicians and consultants.


Breast Cancer Ally


Principal Investigator:

Michael Sabel, MD, FACS