Cancer Central's aim is to provide everyone affected by cancer with a central source of information where results are guided by an individual’s specific need.
Ask AVE, Cancer Central’s digital employee powered by IBM Watson Artificial Intelligence, uses conversational search to look for organisations who provide benefits advice, insurance products, counselling, complementary therapy, respite care, hats, wigs, lingerie, skincare, financial help, nutrition advice, local societies or communities, meals on wheels, books, blogs, forums, local hospital taxi services and so on – all based on a user's geographical location and cancer type.
Cancer Central is now seeking help to find organisations to register for free so that they can be found easily in a user's time of need.
Avril Chester, founder & CEO of Cancer Central, explained: "The challenge now is finding all those incredible businesses and charities who support individuals affected by cancer and asking them to register with us for free. A single view across the UK does not exist; we all have a piece of the jigsaw and we need your help to find everyone."
Avril, who is a senior technology executive, started the community interest company after being treated for breast cancer in 2015/16.
So far, over 10,000 hours have been donated by more than 100 individuals and over 20 organisations, with major contributions from TechFINIUM and ROQ. Subject matter experts have contributed to everything from the ideas, design, processes, build, testing, policies and data.
The organisation saw a gap in the market for a service of this type because although there are many businesses, charities and communities delivering great service, support and products for those affected by cancer, they can be difficult to find in times of need. Individuals sometimes become frustrated because they do not know what is available to support them, or which search terms to use to find information.
In addition, it can be difficult to know if the information found is accurate and up to date. The company aim to make information and service offerings more accessible during a time of great challenge.
Any organisations wishing to add their details to the service can do so on the website: https://www.cancercentral.org.uk/initRegisterProvider.jsf
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