The holiday season around Christmas is a time to spend with family and loved ones. It’s a part of the year where many people set aside their differences and celebrate each other and their lives. Christmas can be a difficult time for cancer patients, along with many survivors: they can be stuck in the hospital, under quarantine, away from their loved ones, or bending under the weight of harsh side effect management. We would like to take a moment to show our appreciation for cancer advocates and survivors who have brought joy and laughter to those who have suffered from cancer:
Smart Patients is an online platform that connects cancer patients and caregivers, allowing for an exchange of knowledge and support. Co-founded by Gilles Frydman and Roni Zeiger, MD – Google’s former chief health strategist – Smart Patients is a platform where users can share stories about their personal experiences, talk about the current leading research in the field, as well as access a library of clinical trials. By combining a message board community and archive of clinical trials, cancer affected patients, friends and family have an invaluable resource in their own home.
Cancer is a complex public and personal issue. With so many factors increasing and decreasing cancer risk, some of the data can be both confusing and confounding. As well, cancer generally takes a period of years to develop: something that makes people less aware of the dangers. It takes a certain level of knowledge, compassion, and drive to help bridge the gap between the medical treatment of cancer, prevention, and the public. This is where the cancer advocate comes in.