Novartis has teamed up with Numinous Games to develop Galaxies of Hope, an app that is designed to support the neuroendocrine tumour (NET) community. You can read the original source article here, on the Novartis website.
About Galaxies of Hope
The app, Galaxies of Hope, uses the stories and voices of people involved in the NET community to share their personal experiences with the app’s users. On Galaxies of Hope, real stories are told visually using the journey of a hot air balloon travelling through a galaxy. There are three types of ‘journey’, one led by patients, another by caregivers, and the third one by physicians.
Novartis says that they developed the app to support people within the NET community, and improve understanding and awareness of the condition and its emotional impact. A spokesperson for the company says,
“We believe this app can have a real, positive impact.”
The app is available for free download in the US using the App Store for iPhone and iPad and is expected to become available through the US Google Play Store in the next few weeks.
At the time of writing, users have rated the app 4.8 stars out of 5 on the Apple App Store.
About Neuroendocrine Tumours
Neuroendocrine tumours can be cancerous or non-cancerous. Neuroendocrine tumours can develop in many areas of the body. They develop from neuroendocrine cells that release hormones into the bloodstream. Usually, but not always, this type of tumour grows at a slow rate.
People affected by neuroendocrine tumours tend to experience different symptoms depending on where the tumour develops in the body. Some of the more common areas for tumours to develop are the gastrointestinal tract, pancreas, and the lungs, amongst others. Tumours in the gastrointestinal tract may cause issues such as constipation, diarrhoea, or stomach pain, whereas tumours in the lungs can be associated with coughing and wheezing.