New Online Cancer Tool and Treatment Tracker, OncCharts, Announces its Official Launch

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OncCharts, an unbiased, objective, and informative cancer tool and tracker, revolutionizes communication between cancer patients and oncologists in the United States.

"OncCharts uses technology to arm the patient with a knowledge of the treatments being done for cases like theirs across the country and...agreed upon by the leading 21 cancer centers in the United States." - Charles Matthews, MD

Online cancer management tool, OncCharts, officially announces the launch of its website, OncCharts.com today.

This new oncology resource will serve as a virtual center where oncologists and their patients can summarize the treatment course and display it in a user-friendly format that the patient can use to compare side-by-side with cases anywhere or with the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (“NCCN”) Guidelines For Patients® .

The NCCN®, a not-for-profit alliance of 21 of the world's leading cancer centers, is dedicated to improving the quality and effectiveness of care provided to patients with cancer. The primary goal of all NCCN® initiatives is to improve the quality, effectiveness, and efficiency of oncology practice so patients can live better lives.

Developed by Dr. Charles Matthews, a Johns Hopkins trained radiation oncologist with contribution from esteemed medical oncologist Dr. Radha Vemuri, OncCharts’ overall goal is to empower patients to track their care side-by-side with the NCCN Guidelines For Patients®, automatically update and allow permitted friends and family to track the care, and expose patients to how other institutions are treating cases of similar diagnosis and stage.

Dr. Matthews stated, "We believe it can be difficult for a cancer patient to select a course of treatment, or track their progress during that course without a clear understanding of the different treatment options available nationwide, the side effects of those treatments, and the expected outcomes. Different practices may shape this critical discussion with the patient in different ways as it relates to the services they offer. Patients understand this, which may be partly why they seek second opinions. We at OncCharts use technology to arm the patient with instant knowledge of the treatments being done for cases like theirs across the country and with the treatment guidelines agreed upon by the leading 21 cancer centers in the United States. It is up to the informed patient and their oncologist how to proceed from there.”

OncCharts provides several benefits for its users: it is designed to be accurate, allowing important treatment information to come from doctors and the side effect information from patients, a distinct difference from open share forums and blogs where it is not uncommon for patients to pass on misunderstood details of their treatment. OncCharts is configured to be an information-centered service that provides privacy and safety. The service displays detailed treatment timelines labeled with an alias to maintain anonymity for the user.

Similar cancer patients not only compare timelines, but connect via anonymous messaging, and chat forums, so they can understand what each other is going through. Every new user that signs up will help not only educate themselves but will help trusted friends and family stay updated on the details of their care, and most importantly, help other patients that use their timeline for comparison.

OncCharts allows anyone to purchase monthly plans for themselves, for a friend or family member, or simply purchase a gift to support a patient anonymously. As a part of Microsoft HealthVault’s platform, all subscriber information will be safely encrypted and remain confidential. All subscriber transaction information will also remain secure with VeriSign, the leader in Internet security and privacy. Monthly subscriptions are affordable and available for $19.95. Subscriptions can be cancelled at any time.

The OncCharts subscriber sign up process takes less than a minute. With an easy-to-navigate platform, patient subscribers will have immediate access to other cases in similar stages and can search by hospital accordingly. OncCharts currently services lung, colon, breast, adult lymphoma, and prostate cancer patients.

About OncCharts

Created by oncologists, OncCharts is a simple cancer management tool that protects patients by enabling them to evaluate their cancer care as it happens. OncCharts offers prostate, lung, breast, lymphoma, and colon cancer patients accurate and unbiased access to cases similar in nature to their own across the country. OncCharts has been profiled in the San Francisco Chronicle, Houston Chronicle, Yahoo News, among other media outlets. For more information or view the video on how the OncCharts platform works, please visit OncCharts.com. Visit Facebook or join the conversation on Twitter.

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