Online Support Community Provides Support for Cancer Patients and Caregivers

shutterstock_183501380The rise of social media in cancer care has coincided with a movement in which patients are becoming more active in healthcare decisions and seeking more-personalized care—educating themselves about diagnoses, treatment options, and prognoses as well as reaching out for emotional support. CancerConnect is a private, anonymous online support group for anyone impacted by a cancer diagnosis. Thousands of cancer patients and their caregivers are discussing topics of importance on CancerConnect-  they learn from each other, share information, and support each other.

Since its inception the Internet has played a role in healthcare. But what started as primarily a source of information, as patients learned the benefits—and the pitfalls—of “googling” a diagnosis, has now evolved to become a much more interactive experience. Communities in which members share insights and support, often with expert direction, are a huge draw for patients facing a variety of diagnoses today. Networks built around cancer—whether through Facebook, Twitter, and the like or blogs and hosted communities—have a particularly active presence in healthcare social media. Sites like CancerConnect offer patients, caregivers, and friends a safe place to share experiences and connect with others going through a similar experience.

To join the conversation and get connected start here.

CancerConnect is for anyone affected by cancer and includes individuals from major cancer centers across the US such as Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The University of California, the Ohio State James Cancer Institute and other leading advocacy groups

CancerConnect is a trusted online support resource. Major cancer centers and advocacy groups across the country provide CancerConnect for their patients, including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, University of California, and The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute (OSUCCC – James). Join the conversation now.

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