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Oncology Times:
doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000440862.87788.fe
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New Online Community for Patients with Metastatic/Advanced Cancer

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The MetaCancer Foundation has launched a free online network, Mosaic, for individuals living with metastatic or advanced cancer, as well as for caregivers. The site, metacancermosaic.org, is designed to help meet the emotional support needs of anyone affected by metastatic cancer—and in particular as that cancer changes over time.

Members register as patients or caregivers, and the site allows users to post images, quotes, or any messages, which can be private or shared with other users. Members can also respond to posts with words of support or encouragement.

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“Mosaic fills a unique and unmet need in the metastatic cancer community. You can come to an artistic place that welcomes all emotions related to a metastatic cancer diagnosis,” Stephanie Stern, LCSW-C, an oncology social worker who moderates the site, said in a news release. “It provides a way for people to take a brief mental escape whenever they need it and acknowledge they are in one moment in time.”

In addition to images and text, the site also makes it possible for members to post a color each time they log in, which is saved on Mosaic's community canvas, and it is then possible for posters to look back on their own personal timeline to see how the colors they have selected have changed.

Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

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