Annual Review
MySunrise: Expanding digital support for cancer patients
— Case study

MySunrise: Expanding digital support for cancer patients

MySunrise is a free mobile app providing information and support to cancer patients, and their families, at their NHS hospital across the South West.​

Originally developed by the oncology team at the Royal Cornwall Hospital, before being rolled out across all five cancer centres in the South West in 2020, MySunrise is currently being offered free at the start of treatment to all patients undergoing cancer treatment in the South West Peninsula. 

Since inviting the MySunrise team to attend our Spread Academy event in October 2021, the South West AHSN has been supporting MySunrise to create design improvements, evidence values, increase patient engagement, and make the content more accessible across its communities. 

In September 2022, colleagues and stakeholders from across the South West gathered together for an exciting MySunrise Day event to celebrate successes and highlight the release of the new updated version of the MySunrise Cancer Companion app. 

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  • Launch of new version of mobile app 
  • More than 5,000 downloads since 2020 
  • Contributions to the UK Oncology Nursing Society Conference – sharing evidence of what works in supporting patients during their cancer treatment 
  • Expansion of MySunrise services into new sites across the UK 
  • Winner of the Delivering Innovation Into Health And Care Award at the Medilink South West Awards 2023.
“We are thrilled to be able to share the new version of MySunrise to the region. We’ve spent the last 2 years listening and learning from cancer patients and oncology teams in the Peninsula and this has been key to designing the new features including our treatment pathway and new digital tools such as the virtual pre-assessment. We look forward to hearing feedback and want to thank the South West AHSN for their continued support which has been essential to our progress so far.”

Dr. George Brighton, GP and Director of MySunrise

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