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New Knowledge-Sharing Networking Site for Oncologists

doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000400079.44072.1b


PeerCase is a new private oncology network described as combining the best elements of social networking in a secured environment to facilitate patient care by connecting oncology professionals with their peers who have relevant knowledge and experience.

The idea is that the resulting growing “one-to-many” knowledge-sharing network improves clinical decision-making and builds a vast repository of the latest cancer care information and insights.

“There is a staggering amount of cancer research taking place, which is promising for those currently fighting the disease or those who may face it in the future,” Paul Bunn, MD, Director of the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center and one of the PeerCase members, said in a news release. “The challenge is in ensuring all cancer care specialists have access to the most up-to-date information so they can optimally treat their patients.”

Added Hassan Ghazal, MD, of the Kentucky Cancer Clinic: “There is tremendous value in having access to the expertise of a variety of clinicians when seeking to identify the optimal course of treatment for a challenging case. I have found collaborating with other oncologists on PeerCase to be beneficial in efficiently obtaining, as well as providing, deep insights and advice specifically relevant to each individual case.”

PeerCase, which is accessible through any computer or mobile device, is comprised of specific clinical cases that are submitted and then responded to by participants. With experts across tumor types and the growing archive of challenging cases, the secure network gives oncologists easy access to a wealth of information wherever they are. Users can also create personal profiles that allow them to follow cases and experts that are of greatest interest or relevance to them.

Georgetown University Ruesch Center for the Cure of Gastrointestinal Cancers and the University of California San Diego Moores Cancer Center are now partnering with PeerCase, expanding the resources by contributing insights and knowledge to GI cancer cases.

Cancer care professionals can sign up for a free account at—the site is currently restricted to licensed medical doctors, and is supported by venture capital funding.

© 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.
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