The BCNet study asks how online social networking sites improve the survivorship experience after breast cancer, particularly after treatment has ended—a period when women’s needs are not well-studied. As distress and anxiety can persist for years after breast cancer treatment, internet-based “virtual communities” facilitated by social networking sites offer survivors a convenient way to obtain information and emotional support from peers, particularly during times of uncertainty and stress. This study interviews women who have recently finished breast cancer treatment to learn about how online social networks have or have not been helpful to them. Knowledge from this study will help us to understand the role of social networks in promoting long-term health among breast cancer survivors and show us how to better leverage innovative delivery of social network-based health interventions and programs aimed at reducing cancer disparities.
Scarlett Lin Gomez, Ph.D. (Principal Investigator), Christina A. Clarke, Ph.D.
Allison Kurian, M.D. (Stanford University)
Stanford Cancer Institute