The Role of Social Media in Patient Care


Social media has the potential to provide both benefits and harm to cancer patients who turn there looking for information and support. Can the psychosocial support and engagement that a patient finds online outweigh the risks of misinformation and anxiety of information overload? How does social media impact patient care? What role does social media play in healthcare? During this conversation, Drs. Don Dizon and Ray Liu will answer these questions and discuss how patients can distinguish pearls from duds online.

Don Dizon, MD is the Director of the Pelvic Malignancies Program at Lifespan Cancer Institute, Head of Community Outreach and Engagement at The Cancer Center at Brown University, and Director of Medical Oncology at Rhode Island Hospital. Among his editorial roles, he is section editor in Gynecologic Oncology at UpToDate, Associate Editor at The Oncologist and serves on multiple editorial boards. He maintains online columns for Medscape, ASCO and for the journal, The Oncologist and is the chair of the Digital Engagement Committee for SWOG, a member of the National Clinical Trials Network (NCTN). He is a fellow of the American College of Physicians (FACP) and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (FASCO). In 2017, he collaborated with colleagues across the United States and founded the Collaboration for Outcomes using Social Media in Oncology. Dr. Dizon is on Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok as @drdonsdizon.

Beyond the Clinic: Living Well With Melanoma is a twelve-series podcast hosted by Raymond LiuMD, Director of Cancer Survivorship for Kaiser Permanente San Francisco. For more information on our program, Beyond the Clinic: Living Well with Melanoma, and to find out about upcoming topics and guests, click here.