The cancer community is one of the largest and most engaged patient groups offline and online. Every day, millions of patients, doctors, family members, caregivers and others congregate online to educate and support one another via Twitter chats. If you'd like to get involved, now is the perfect time: November plays host to Lung Cancer Awareness Month, Stomach Cancer Awareness Month, and Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month. Interested in getting involved? Here are a few chats to get you started:
On the first Thursday of every month, the pancreatic cancer community uses Twitter to foster collaboration and conversation among its members. Oncology experts from across the U.S. provide their insights on living with and treating pancreatic cancer.
#LCSM takes the lung cancer discussion online. Every other Thursday, participants discuss ways to improve diagnosis, provide care, optimize patient outcomes and support one another. Moderated by Dr. H. Jack West and Janet Freeman-Daily, this chat provides a comprehensive resource for lung cancer information.
Also mentioned in my previous post about popular Twitter chats, #BCSM acts as the "the intersection of breast cancer and all things social media." Since 2011, this forum has served as a trustworthy source of information and dialogue for those battling breast cancer. These chats take place every Monday at 9 p.m. ET.
NCI experts often moderate and participate in live social media events, including Twitter chats, on a monthly basis to discuss new treatments, advancements in research and other cancer-related topics. You can find a full schedule of upcoming activities on their website.
Do you have a Twitter chat to add to the list? Tell me about it by leaving a comment below.