Cancer Center at BIDMC Launches Online Community

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FEBRUARY 01, 2016


BIDMC Cancer Community offers support and information for people with cancer, loved ones

CancerConnectBannerABOSTON — The Cancer Center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) today announced the launch of a new online community that will offer support and information for people with cancer, their friends, families and caregivers.

BIDMC Cancer Community, part of the national CancerConnect network, is an open platform that offers discussion groups for users to support each other and share their experiences living with cancer. The discussions are moderated by seven experienced BIDMC Cancer Center staff, including oncology social workers and oncology dieticians.

“While clinicians and scientists here at BIDMC work together to promote excellence in cancer care, we also want to foster a vibrant community that allows everyone touched by cancer to encourage and learn from each other,” said Manuel Hidalgo, MD, PhD, Director of the Leon V. and Marilyn L. Rosenberg Clinical Cancer Center and Chief of the Division of Hematology-Oncology at BIDMC. “Our new BIDMC Cancer Community will help us do just that.”

“This online community is an example of the BIDMC Cancer Center’s commitment to bringing innovative thinking to every facet of cancer research, cancer care and medical education,” said Pier Paolo Pandolfi, MD, PhD, Cancer Center Director.

“Living with cancer is a collaborative, communal effort,” said BIDMC’s manager of oncology social work Hester Hill Schnipper, LICSW, BCD, OSW-C. Hill Schnipper is also a breast cancer survivor and a discussion moderator on the new BIDMC Cancer Community. “Our vision is for this online community to grow into a center of activity for support groups, ‘ask-the-expert’ sessions, educational videos and other services that will help patients and their families living with cancer.”

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The BIDMC Cancer Center consists of multiple disciplines including medical oncology, surgical oncology, radiation oncology, radiology and pathology. Twenty-one specialty patient-care programs focus on pancreatic cancer, bone-marrow transplantation, breast cancer, prostate cancer and biologic therapy, among others. The Cancer Center, with 184 faculty and more than $70 million in annual research support, provides patients with access to promising new therapies through hundreds of clinical trials.

About Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center is a patient care, teaching and research affiliate of Harvard Medical School and consistently ranks as a national leader among independent hospitals in National Institutes of Health funding.

BIDMC is in the community with Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Milton, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Plymouth, Anna Jaques Hospital, Cambridge Health Alliance, Lawrence General Hospital, Signature Healthcare, Beth Israel Deaconess HealthCare, Community Care Alliance and Atrius Health. BIDMC is also clinically affiliated with the Joslin Diabetes Center and Hebrew Rehabilitation Center and is a research partner of Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center and the Jackson Laboratory. BIDMC is the official hospital of the Boston Red Sox. For more information, visit