Cancer in the Age of Social Media

“Cancer in the Age of Social Media.” By Anas Younes, MD,

Anas Younes, MD, is the Chief of Memorial Sloan-Kettering’s Lymphoma Service in the Division of Hematologic Oncology, Department of Medicine. He is also very active on social media (@DrAnasYounes). In this post, he explores the issues raised by the recent debate over columns published in in The New York Times and The Guardian with the assistance of other cancer doctors on social media.

“Over the past few days, it seems that everyone has had an opinion about this issue. So before I tell you my opinion, let me first give my disclosure: I am pro patients, pro cancer research, pro clinical trials, and pro MSKCC. Because you may correctly think that my opinion is biased, I decided to reach out to some of my friends and colleagues—some have a personal experience with cancer, and all are active on social media. I made it clear that I was more interested in the debate over the issues raised in The New York Times and The Guardian columns, and the reaction they evoked. I also secured their permission to use their names and opinions in this blog.”

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