Social Media Use and Breast Cancer Treatment Decisions

1 August 2016 A study published in JAMA Oncology demonstrated that women who were engaged in social media after being diagnosed with breast cancer were more likely to express positive feelings and satisfaction related to their treatment decisions. The authors surveyed 2460 newly diagnosed breast cancer patients about their social media use including texting, email, Facebook, Twitter, and other sites.…

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What Do Patients Prefer?

21 June 2016 Originally posted on the BCSM.org website In October, we solicited input a research survey designed to identify how patients prefer to be notified of a new cancer diagnosis and cancer-related test results. The results were presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons in April. The full manuscript – What Do Patients Prefer? Understanding…

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#ILookLikeASurgeon

14 August 2015 It was hard not to get swept up in this one. Anyone who has frequented You Tube knows that certain posts go “viral”. Everyone gets caught up, there is a period of intense conversation and attention, and then it’s gone, replaced by the next trend. While I’ve been amused by some of these “current events”, I’ve never been…

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Twitter Social Media an Effective Tool for Breast Cancer Education and Support

30 July 2015 A study published today in the Journal of Medical Internet Research demonstrated that breast cancer patients participating in an online support community based on twitter had increased knowledge and decreased anxiety regarding their condition. The Breast Cancer Social Media (#BCSM) community was founded in 2011 by two breast cancer survivors. Weekly tweet chats are held on various topics…

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Profiles in Oncology Social Media: @DrAttai

27 December 2013 I was recently featured in the December 2013  issue of Oncology Times, in the Profiles in Social Media section. I was interviewed by Lola Butcher, and in case you are not able to access the article, I have re-posted it here. This explains how I became involved in social media and how this involvement has impacted both…

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Creating Patient-Physician Synergy with Social Media

29 September 2013 I had the very unique opportunity to participate in a panel discussion at Stanford’s MedicineX conference, which is organized by Dr. Larry Chu. “MedicineX is a catalyst for new ideas about the future of medicine and health care. The initiative explores how emerging technologies will advance the practice of medicine, improve health, and empower patients to be active participants in…

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Endocrine Therapy For Breast Cancer

11 May 2013 In May 2013, I was invited to give a talk with my colleague Dr. Carol Connor at the annual meeting of the American Society of Breast Surgeons.  Our topic was “Endocrine Therapy for Breast Cancer”, and we discussed the literature supporting the use of tamoxifen and aromatase inhibitors for breast cancer, as well as adverse effects and treatment of…

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On Cancer Prevention, Risk Reduction, and Cure

8 November 2012 I had the honor to collaborate on this ASCO Connection post with Dr. Don S. Dizon, a medical oncologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital specializing in women’s cancers.  This post grew out of twitter and email conversations  – we were discussing cancer prevention, risk reduction, and cure – and how our conversations and thoughts have changed due in…

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