Facebook advertising to increase online community engagement: Results of the LungCancer.net advertisement campaign

Research findings show that Facebook advertising is a feasible recruiting tool for online health communities and, from additional industry and academic research partnership insights, may be leveraged to help future researchers more effectively engage patients to participate in online communities or interventions, ultimately enhancing health outcomes.

Omnipresence of scanxiety for patients with lung cancer and its impact on quality of life

It was found that a large majority of lung cancer patients surveyed reported experiencing scanxiety, with no significant differences in differing type of lung cancer, time since diagnosis, current stage, or scan frequency.

Assessing needs of men following prostate cancer treatment: An exploration of treatment regret

Findings from the study show that patients who are comfortable discussing all aspects of their situation with their healthcare professional report little to no treatment regret compared to all other respondents; supporting a correlation between treatment regret and relationship with healthcare professionals.

Gender disparities in sexual side effect discussions among healthcare professionals and bladder cancer patients

The results of the study displayed that of the respondents with bladder cancer who underwent surgery (n=312), 24% experienced sexual side effects and discussions regarding potential side effects on sex with an HCP occurred more frequently with male patients compared to female patients (n=309).

Living With Ankylosing Spondylitis: Jed F

In this podcast interview, Jed shares what his life is like with ankylosing spondylitis, how he was inspired to do advocacy work, and how advocacy has helped him cope with his own challenges.

Living With RA: Kelly M

Kelly Mack has been living with rheumatoid arthritis since the age of 2, but she hasn’t let it slow her down. She shares about life in her “hot rod” wheelchair, coping with treatment challenges and insensitivities, and how she keeps her positivity throughout it all.

Living With Diabetes: Toby S

Toby Smithson personally lives with diabetes and helps others with diabetes through her work as a registered dietician and certified diabetes educator, as well as her contributions to Type2Diabetes.com.

Living With & Working

Hear from six Health Union contributors —  Jed Finley, Jaime Holland, Hess Polanco, Kerrie Smyres, Simon Lord, and Kelly Mack — on how a chronic condition or a life-changing diagnosis has impacted their work in this episode of the Living With podcast.

Online Health Community Research at APHA 2019

Health Union will share research findings at APHA 2019 based on data and experience from three of the company’s oncology-specific online health communities.

Living With IBS: Hess P

Hess Polanco is one of Health Union’s contributors to IrritableBowelSyndrome.net. In this podcast interview, he talks about the stigma of IBS, why it’s important to speak about the condition, as well as how IBS affects him on a daily basis.