Supportive Care

Social Media: Support for Survivors and Young Adults With Cancer

AnnMarie Walton

Tara A. Albrecht

Lauren Lux

Sheila Judge Santacroce

social media, web-based support, young adults with cancer, survivor
CJON 2017, 21(5), 537-540. DOI: 10.1188/17.CJON.537-540

Social media use is ubiquitous among young adults. Young adults with cancer must make important decisions about where, what, and how to share information on social media. Oncology nurses are in a unique position to start conversations about the risks and benefits of social media use. This column aims to review a variety of social media platforms that may be used by young adults with cancer and provide guidance to nurses on initiating open dialogue with young adults about social media usage.


  • Social media provides information, interaction, and support to young adults with cancer.
  • Young adults with cancer must make important decisions about how to maintain their presence on social media.
  • Young adults with cancer may benefit from guidance from oncology nurses about how and what to share on social media.
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