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September 13, 2017

Cancer Support Community Connects the Cancer Experience Registry with Online Peer Support

CSC partners with Smart Patients to give patients and families access to online support and the opportunity to learn from one another

WASHINGTON, DC— The Cancer Support Community (CSC), an international nonprofit, today announced a collaboration with Smart Patients, an online peer-to-peer support forum for patients and caregivers to connect CSC’s Cancer Experience Registry with Smart Patients’ Cancer Experience Forum. Patients, caregivers, and their family members can join the online support forum for free to share, connect, and learn from each other in a safe and supportive environment—regardless of their geographic location.

Many studies have shown that social and emotional support is an important component of a comprehensive cancer care plan. A National Human Genome Research Institute study found that increased interaction with peers during treatment can positively affect patients’ outcomes and improve quality of life.

“This exciting partnership with Smart Patients offers patients and caregivers in the Cancer Experience Registry an online community where they can connect and learn from those with similar cancer diagnoses,” explains Kim Thiboldeaux, CEO, Cancer Support Community. “This is such a valuable tool because it will help those impacted by cancer know that they are not alone.”

“Better science emerges when data is connected to patient stories. We are proud to partner with the Cancer Support Community to use the power of community to expand the way social and emotional support is delivered,” says Roni Zeiger, MD, CEO, Smart Patients.

Cancer patients and caregivers are invited to join the Cancer Experience Registry and the Cancer Experience Forum through the following links: or

Individuals can join by securely sharing their email address and setting up a free personal account. Once the account is confirmed, participants can take surveys, access information and resources, and participate in forums on topics of interest.


About Cancer Support Community

As the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwide, the Cancer Support Community (CSC), including its Gilda’s Club affiliates, is dedicated to ensuring that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. CSC achieves its mission through three areas: direct service delivery, research, and advocacy. The organization includes an international network of Affiliates that offer the highest quality social and emotional support for people impacted by cancer, as well as a community of support available online and over the phone. The Research and Training Institute conducts cutting-edge psychosocial, behavioral, and survivorship research. CSC furthers its focus on patient advocacy through its Cancer Policy Institute, informing public policy in Washington, D.C. and across the nation. For more information, please call the toll-free Cancer Support Helpline at 888-793-9355, or visit So that no one faces cancer alone.®

About Smart Patients:

Smart Patients is an online community where patients and their families affected by a variety of illnesses learn from each other about treatments, challenges, and how it all fits into the context of their experience. While providing patients with safe and high-quality peer support, we help the healthcare system learn from patients in order to serve them better. For more information, please email

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Henry Duong