iManageCancer, or ‘Empowering patients and strengthening self-management in cancer diseases’, will team serious games up with the latest in self-management technology to empower people living with cancer.
In this project, 8 partners from 5 European countries are creating intelligent, fun new ways to let those with chronic illnesses manage their lives in a new way, all from their mobile phones.
Significant improvements due to cancer research have led to more cancer patients being cured, and very many more enabled to live with their condition. The disease is now frequently managed as a chronic illness requiring long-term surveillance and, in some cases, maintenance treatment. As a chronic illness, however, there is an urgent need for patients and families to manage their own care.
The iManageCancer project will support this challenge and provide a cancer disease self-management platform designed according to the specific needs of patients and focusing on their wellbeing. The project is a recently launched European research activity to empower patients and strengthen their capability to manage their diseases through novel health apps and secure eHealth services.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 643529.
The project sets the following clinical, technological and exploitation related objectives:
1. Empower patients and their relatives through an ICT based self-management service platform
for mobile devices to better manage the cancer disease in all phases of the care continuum in
collaboration with their healthcare providers.
2. Allow patients through an easy-to-use interface for mobile devices to keep track of their health and
disease status, of therapies and results of clinical interventions or tests, and to keep a health diary on
personal clinical observations such as side effects of therapies which the patient can share with his
3. Provide the patients with personalized, context-sensitive, data driven information services in a
language they understand and help them to make informed choices on treatment options in
collaboration with their health carers.
4. Help adult and young cancer patients through serious games to manage the impact of the disease on
their psychological status, such as negative emotions, anxiety, or depression and motivate them to stay
positive and to participate in social life.
5. Provide patients with decision support and guidance through a knowledge base of formal care
flow plans which represent best practice expert models for the management of cancer care for
managing side effects such as pain and nausea, managing drug intakes and drug doses and follow-up.
6. Support patients and their doctors in managing medications. Cancer patients often receive a variety
of drugs prescribed by different doctors for different clinical conditions and comorbidities. An easy-
to-use tool for mobile devices will be provided which helps them to check for potential drug-drug
interactions and predictable side effects due to their clinical condition.
7. Provide clinicians and patients an interactive psycho-emotional health assessment instrument for
the monitoring of a patient’s current psychological and physiological health status in order to assess
mental but also physical health deteriorations and social withdrawal and to provide personalised
information for coping strategies.
8. Increase patients’ safety by developing and incorporating predictive models in the system for the
early detection of severe adverse events during chemotherapy.
9. Support patients in following a healthy and active lifestyle by optional wearable sensors connected
to the platform in combination with recommendations for health-conscious behaviour through the
decision support system.
10. Follow the design-for-all principle in the development of the iManageCancer platform and provide the
patient with an easy-to-use interactive cockpit for disease self-management on mobile platforms
empowered by a health avatar as the guide to the services of the platform.
11. Incorporate an instrument in the platform for data driven analysis services on anonymised clinical
information to be used for public health research.
12. Conduct and assess three pilots, two for adult cancer patients and one for children to evaluate the
iManageCancer platform and its services in practice regarding feasibility, acceptance, usability,
performance, costs, and outcome on quality of life of cancer patients.
13. Design an innovative ecosystem for the empowerment of cancer patients based on the self-
management principle through the involvement of the main stakeholders and with the patient in the
driver seat. Develop and assess public-private-partnership based service- and business models around
such an ecosystem oriented to a Health Data Cooperative to make sustainable iManageCancer
services available on the internet.