By looking at the #breastcancer hashtag alone, which is tweeted about 1,200 times a day, it’s clear that cancer survivors, advocates, family members, researchers and clinicians have embraced Twitter as a way to connect and share stories and information.
There are tons of great healthcare social media resources for cancer news and research, but here are a few individuals we’re particularly fond of. These tweeters do a good job keeping followers up-to-date on the latest cancer research, while throwing in a little personality.
Dr. Robert Miller (@rsm2800) is a breast cancer oncologist at Johns Hopkins’ Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center and an active Twitter user on topics surrounding the doctor-patient relationship.
Ted Okon (@TedOkonCOA), in addition to being the executive director of Community Oncology Alliance, tweets about cancer news and healthcare reform.
Dr. Brian Lawenda (@IOEssentials) is a radiation and integrative oncologist who founded the website Integrative Oncology Essentials.
Edward Winstead (@EdwardWinstead) writes about cancer research and genomics for the National Cancer Institute’s Bulletin and tweets about them through this Twitter handle.
Dr. H. Jack West (@JackWestMD) is an oncologist and the founder of Global Resource for Advancing Cancer Eduction whose Twitter feed offers insight and opinion on current events and research in cancer.
Lynne Nguyen (@disparityreport), a researcher at the MD Anderson Cancer Center, offers a unique angle to cancer and tweets about cancer facts and clinical trials.
He just opened this Twitter account, but Matthew Zachary (@StupidCancerCEO), the founder and CEO of the nonprofit Stupid Cancer and a digital health and social media strategist, is both entertaining and informative.
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