Navigating Cancer, an online resource for patients who are dealing with various forms of cancer, has reeled in an additional $2.25 million in debt funding led by Western Technology Investment. The 14-person company plans to use the funds to expands its engineering team.

It follows a $3 million financing round in the company last year led by Rustic Canyon Partners and an undisclosed angel investor. Total financing in the startup now stands at more than $5 million.

Gena Cook

Earlier this month, the 4-year-old company announced that its online cancer patient portal is now being used by more than 500 oncology providers across the country, including Advanced Medical Specialties in Miami, Michiana Hematology Oncology in Northern Indiana, and the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders in Fort Worth, Texas. The Navigating Cancer portal integrates directly with electronic medical record systems, allowing doctors to have a more personal experience with patients.

“We’re just getting started, and are committed to building the best product to make it easier for oncology providers to engage patients in their care,” CEO Gena Cook said in a statement earlier this month.

Cook formerly worked in sales and marketing for McKesson Specialty Care Solutions and Oncology Therapeutics Network. Co-founder Michael Graff is a former senior vice president at Ancestry.com.

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