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Big Exciting News

Posted 1/20/2016

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I hope the title of this blog grabbed your attention!

For a number of years, I have dreamed about developing an online support program/social networking for our oncology community. At many meetings, I brought up the idea, cajoled and described and hyped the value--and everyone listened politely and then changed the subject. Finally, the idea took hold, and we have been working on it for the past two years. Today, we proudly launch the BIDMC Cancer Community at:

For several years, I have been working on this project and am thrilled to announce today’s launch of our online support community, BIDMC Cancer Community. PLEASE consider signing up and participating; the site is very user-friendly:

In addition to 49 national groups that cover virtually all kinds of cancers, there are 7 BIDMC special ones, including breast cancer, caregivers, spirituality. The main home page is a general cancer discussion group, moderated by me, and includes a “Bulletin Board” feature. This means (and thanks to Sheila for talking about this idea for years) there is a place to find cancer buddies to join for activities or conversation.

Please do let me know your thoughts about this program. The first six months is a pilot, and we are looking for feedback.

And here is the more official announcement:

Dear friend,

Today—January 20—we launched the BIDMC Cancer Community. This innovative website makes it easy for people with cancer, their friends, their families and their caregivers to support each other by sharing information about living with cancer any time of the night or day.

The community is free and open to everyone, but we built it with you in mind, along with your fellow BIDMC cancer patients and loved ones. Our hope for the program is expressed on the community’s main page, which says, “When you need to talk, come here. The community never shuts down. You are not alone.”

Please jump into our community today by going to, registering and bookmarking the link in your browser.

As you will see, the community is essentially a cluster of discussion groups built on a platform provided by the national CancerConnect network. Special BIDMC-focused groups are moderated by experienced BIDMC Cancer Center social workers, oncology dietitians and our chaplaincy director. You can participate in any or all of these groups:

  • Living with Cancer (general discussion)
  • Blood Cancers
  • Breast Cancer
  • Cancer Nutrition
  • Caregivers
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Spirituality and Cancer
  • 40+ national groups on a vast array of cancer-related topics

Over time, we expect the community to become an increasingly vibrant center of online support groups, ask-the-expert sessions, educational videos and other helpful activities.


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  • Allen Mark said:
    1/21/2016 2:16 AM

    Very good initiative for giving support to cancer patients. I hope they will be able to find great help in their day to day life fighting with cancer.