The Role of Social Media in Breast Cancer Care and Survivorship: A Narrative Review

Iliana Aristokleous* (Corresponding Author), Andreas Karakatsanis, Yazan Masannat, Stavroula Kastora

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Background: Female breast cancer (BC) is the most diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of malignancy-related death worldwide. With the widespread utilisation of the Internet, social media has presented an invaluable yet underemployed tool in the context of BC medical information dissemination, support hub formation, and patient empowerment.
Summary: In this narrative review, we explore the untapped potential of social media in this context, caveats, and future directions that may aid in formulating a new era of patient – led, in addition to patient-centred care.
Key Messages: Social media represents a powerful tool with significant potential to enable the seeking and sharing of breast cancer-related information, and enhance patient education, communication, engagement, and empowerment. However, its use is associated with a number of limitations, including confidentiality and addiction issues, excessive and inaccurate information, and a possibility of jeopardising the patient-doctor relationship. Further research is needed to shed more light on this topic.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)193-199
Number of pages7
JournalBreast Care
Issue number3
Early online date19 May 2023
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2023


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