How Social Media Can Connect Cancer Patients and Survivors

When I had cancer I was surprised by how much support I received from others in an online group. I’m still in contact with some of these people – most of whom I have never met face to face. I continue to be a part of several online communities and find a great deal of comfort and enjoyment in the relationships I have formed there.  I recommend that you be sure the group is legitimate and has some form of moderation so that conversations are respectful and caring.  Amazingly enough the friends you connect with from afar can seem like people you have known for a long time.

This  article and video was published in the April 8, 2015 issue of Cure Magazine

Dr. Deanna Attai on Why Cancer Patients and Survivors Should Explore Social Media

Deanna J. Attai, breast surgeon and assistant clinical professor of surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, in Los Angeles, shares ways social media can help cancer patients and survivors

“Cancer can be very isolating,” she says. “Even if you may have friends and family and a good support system, it’s nice to be able to talk to someone who’s been going through the same thing. And you may not be able to do that in a local community support group.”