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The Role and Impact of Social Media in Cardio-oncology During the COVID-19 Pandemic

  • Kwan, Jennifer M.1
  • Henry, Mariana L.2
  • Christophers, Briana3
  • Tamirisa, Kamala4
  • Thamman, Ritu5
  • Sadler, Diego6
  • Aggarwal, Niti R.7
  • Cheng, Richard8
  • Parwani, Purvi9
  • Dent, Susan10
  • Ismail-Khan, Roohi11
  • Fradley, Michael G.12
  • Brown, Sherry-Ann13
  • 1 Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, USA , New Haven (United States)
  • 2 Dartmouth School of Medicine, Lebanon, NH, USA , Lebanon (United States)
  • 3 Weill Cornell/Rockefeller/Sloan Kettering Tri-Institutional MD-PhD program, New York, NY, USA , New York (United States)
  • 4 Texas Cardiac Arrhythmia Institute, Austin, TX, USA , Austin (United States)
  • 5 University of Pittsburg, Pittsburg, PA, USA , Pittsburg (United States)
  • 6 Cleveland Clinic, Weston, FL, USA , Weston (United States)
  • 7 Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA , Rochester (United States)
  • 8 University of Washington, Seattle, WA, USA , Seattle (United States)
  • 9 Loma Linda University Health, Loma Linda, CA, USA , Loma Linda (United States)
  • 10 Duke University, Durham, NC, USA , Durham (United States)
  • 11 University of South Florida, Tampa, FL, USA , Tampa (United States)
  • 12 Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA, USA , Philadelphia (United States)
  • 13 Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Road, Milwaukee, WI, 53226, USA , Milwaukee (United States)
Published Article
Current Oncology Reports
Publication Date
Jul 14, 2021
DOI: 10.1007/s11912-021-01081-3
Springer Nature
  • Topical Collection on Cardio-oncology


Purpose of ReviewTo give an overview of the role of social media (SoMe) in cardio-oncology during the COVID-19 pandemic.Recent FindingsSoMe has been critical in fostering education, outreach, awareness, collaboration, dissemination of information, and advocacy in cardio-oncology. This has become increasingly evident during the COVID-19 pandemic, during which SoMe has helped share best practices, community, and research focused on the impact of COVID-19 in cardiology and hematology/oncology, with cardio-oncology at the interface of these two subspecialty fields.SummaryA strength of SoMe is the ability to amplify a message in real-time, globally, with minimal investment of resources. This has been particularly beneficial for the emerging field of cardio-hematology/cardio-oncology, a field focused on the interplay of cancer and cardiovascular disease. SoMe field especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. We illustrate how social media has supported innovation (including telemedicine), amplification of healthcare workers’ voice, and illumination of pre-existing and continued health disparities within the field of cardio-oncology during the pandemic.

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