Penn State Hershey oncologist joins new Twitter chat tonight

HERSHEY, Pa. -- Dr. Niraj Gusani, a surgical oncologist at Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute who specializes in the treatment of pancreatic cancer, will participate in a Twitter cancer chat (@PancSMChat) tonight at 9 p.m. EST.

Twitter cancer chats offer opportunities for health care providers, patients, caregivers, advocates and others to interact to address important issues surrounding the cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship. A group of pancreatic cancer surgical and medical oncologists wanted to create such a chat devoted to pancreatic cancer, modeled after similar and very successful chats in lung cancer [#LCSM] and breast cancer [#bcsm] for their own unique patients.

“Pancreatic cancer is a disease with poor outcomes overall, but with newer surgical techniques, newer chemotherapy options and groundbreaking new research, there is still much to be optimistic about,” Gusani said. “Twitter chats have a chance to combat the nihilism that surrounds this disease and diagnosis.” 

#PancSM is a new community that aims to use social media for collaboration among pancreatic cancer patients, caregivers, family members, advocates, healthcare providers, researchers and charitable organizations. Members want to innovatively educate communities, provide hope to cancer survivors and caregivers, and support organizations fighting to create a cancer-free world. The goal is to have a free-range online moderated discussion of topics relevant to pancreatic cancer including diagnosis, treatment, recovery, survivorship, research and advocacy. 

Gusani joins specialists from MD Anderson, Memorial Sloan Kettering, and Ohio State cancer centers for the chats.

The #PancSM Twitter Chat is held on the first Thursday of each month at 9 p.m. Tonight’s chat is the inaugural session, with a focus on recovering from pancreatic surgery. Any topics related to pancreatic cancer are also welcome. More information can be found at http://pancsm.wordpress.com/ or at PancSMChat on Twitter.

Last Updated June 12, 2014