The state and potential of social media in bladder cancer

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Abstract

Introduction: Social media sites and services have become intimately woven into our interpersonal communications and have begun to stake a visible place in healthcare. Disease-specific Twitter hashtags, online patient groups and participation by patients, practitioners and advocacy groups are emblematic of this new paradigm. Methods: A literature review and summary of resources and publications on bladder cancer and social media. Results: A majority of Western patients have access to and use the Internet for health information. Urologists and oncologists have used bladder-cancer-specific messaging at international meetings infrequently as compared to prostate and other non-urologic cancers. An active community does participate in online discussion, with differences between medical practitioners and patients/advocates. Advice is given with the aim of unifying this discussion.

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Leveridge, M. J. (2016). The state and potential of social media in bladder cancer. World Journal of Urology, 34(1), 57–62. https://doi.org/10.1007/s00345-015-1725-y

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