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December 14, 2018

Meg Maley and Jill Teixeira are the dynamic duo behind CanSurround, a digital health platform focused on reducing distress and enhancing resilience for people living with cancer, including patients and their loved ones.

CanSurround delivers customized psychosocial information and interventions via a creative, multimedia, technology-enabled platform, and helps anyone touched by cancer to move through some of their fear and worry and gain confidence. Maley is a longtime cancer nurse and repeat entrepreneur, and Teixeira is an oncology nurse.

What both women find so rewarding about their job is receiving encouraging feedback. "Hearing from cancer patients and caregivers how our platform is help...

September 12, 2018

On September 21, 2018, CanSurround’s  Co-Founder and VP of Product

Development, Jill Teixieira, will have the honor of speaking at the Biden Cancer Community Summit held at the Siegel Jewish Community Center in Wilmington Delaware.

Jill will discuss the psychosocial benefits patients and caregivers can expect to achieve using mind-body interventions like those found on CanSurround, including mind-body relaxation exercises, thought inquiry, checklists, and journaling.

The Biden Cancer Initiative’s mission is to develop and drive implementation of solutions to accelerate progress in cancer prevention, detection, diagnosis, research, and care, and to reduce disparities in cancer outcomes.

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August 29, 2018

We are happy to announce the release of our mobile app for Apple iPhone and iPad.

Living with cancer is rough. Managing stress with the right psychosocial support tools can make it easier to create emotional well-being. CanSurround is the 24/7 digital solution those affected by cancer deserve to help them feel better in every phase of the cancer journey—during initial diagnosis, throughout treatment and/or beyond. And it works.

“We are happy to announce that our app is now available for Apple iPhone and iPad, making it easier for those affected by cancer to access our platform using their mobile device.” said Jim Coyne Chief Operating Officer, CanSurround.

Participants can use the app to ac...

July 25, 2018

We are excited to be featured in 3 Best Tech Startups in Delaware by  "The Tech Tribune."

The Tech Tribune staff has compiled the very best tech startups in Delaware. In doing our research, we considered several factors including but not limited to:

  1. Revenue potential

  2. Leadership team

  3. Brand/product traction

  4. Competitive landscape

Additionally, all companies must be independent (un-acquired), privately owned, at most 10 years old, and have received at least one round of funding in order to qualify.

You can read the full article here.




July 25, 2018

It’s Okay (and Normal) to Feel Guilty About Surviving Cancer

Grace remembers running into an old high school friend at the local convenience store as an encounter that led to her feeling exceptionally guilty about surviving cancer.

“Jane asked how I was feeling,” recalled Grace. “I told her I was great. I had finished my second surgery and there were no signs of cancer and I was finally starting to relax and feel like myself again. Jane congratulated me, gave me a hug and paid the cashier for her Junior Mints.”

Two weeks later, Grace learned that on that same day, Jane had received news of her own cancer diagnosis: stage IV pancreatic cancer. “Just three months after that, I attended Jane’s f...

July 11, 2018

Men Seek Peer Support Via Web-Based Program

When it comes to dealing with life after prostate cancer, a “manly,” stoic approach is likely just an emotional stopgap. As Sigmund Freud said, “Unexpressed emotions will never die. They are buried alive and will come forth later in uglier ways.“

Getting Down to Coping is a web-based program that provides self-guided cognitive-behavioral therapy with filmed peer support and chat room facilitation. The authors, who published their results in JMR Cancer, noted,  ”Men’s engagement with psychological support is frequently restrained: reticence to communicate and delays in presenting to clinicians are underpinned by fears of stigmatization and the desir...

July 10, 2018

With more than 25 years of combined experience in the oncology-specialty home care sector, Meg Maley and Jill Teixeira, both oncology nurses and University of Delaware graduates, realized that patients and their families needed tools to help them cope with stress.

The nurses had previously worked with Jon Brilliant, a founder of WellDoc and a pioneer of mobile and digital health products. Together, the trio created CanSurround, a digital health platform that users can access by a mobile phone, tablet or computer.

CanSurround incorporated in 2013 as a public benefit corporation (PBC), a for-profit corporation that balances stockholders’ interests with the interests of those who bene...

June 21, 2018

Your voice matters when undergoing treatment

(The second in a two-post blog series)

You’ve begun cancer treatment and feel unusually worn-out. Is it a side effect of treatment? Does cancer make you tired? Could stress be causing your fatigue? Finding an answer begins with finding your voice and the courage to open your mouth. Some people are afraid to ask questions because they don't want to bother their hurried physicians. Your doctor and medical team are never too busy to answer questions about your treatment and health. In fact, by letting them know when you are experiencing problems, you’ll actually help them to provide better care.

Some people feel empowered by asking what to expect even...

June 7, 2018

When counting sheep just isn’t cutting it

Even though it tends to be under-reported, insomnia is common among people with breast cancer. Twenty to 40 percent of those with the disease and 23 to 44 percent of long-term survivors suffer bouts of sleep disturbance, while only 10 percent of age-matched controls experience insomnia. Left untreated, this condition is associated with increased anxiety, depression and pain. In addition, patients experience decreased quality of life, cancer-free survival and cancer-specific overall survival.

Researchers discussed results of multiple trials examining breast cancer patients, insomnia, and benefits and limitations of nonpharmacological treatment, and pu...

May 23, 2018

Speak, Learn, Participate: Three Verbs That Can Change Your Life With Cancer

(The first in a two-post blog series)

Feeling unsure about aspects of your cancer treatment, but are afraid to speak up? Studies show if you learn to self-advocate, you’ll have a better quality of life in all phases of treatment and beyond.

You may find you take on a number of roles as you play out your life with cancer. Some days you are a warrior—Thor, wielding his hammer of protection and healing. At other times, you’re a stray dog—frightened and hiding under the porch. When it comes to treatment and managing the disease, try casting yourself as the whitewater rafting guide. In this role, you’re not alone in the...

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