The Breast Cancer Social Media (BCSM) community began with a simple question – could the power of social media be utilized to unite, educate, and empower those affected by breast cancer?
Breast cancer survivors Jody Schoger and Alicia Staley met on Twitter. While there were many conversations regarding various aspects of healthcare and cancer, they noted that there were no organized conversations being held for those affected by breast cancer. On July 4th, 2011, they held the first #BCSM tweet chat, with the goal of providing evidence-based education and support for anyone affected by breast cancer. Dr. Deanna Attai, a breast surgeon, later joined as a chat co-moderator. Several hundred hours of conversation have been logged, touching on all aspects of breast cancer diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.
While #BCSM started as a tweet chat, it has grown into something much larger. It is a true community, made up of patients, advocates, caregivers, physicians, and researchers. Strong friendships have developed, and may of us have had the opportunity to meet “IRL” (in real life). We are all brought together due to common interested, and the focus of the community remains the same as the day it started – to provide evidence-based education and support to all who need.
Disclaimer: #BCSM does not provide medical advice. The information provided is for general information only. No online site should be used as a substitute for personal medical attention.