How Social Media Can Advance Cancer Research

Dr. Miriam A. Knoll, MD, is a board-certified radiation oncologist at the John Theurer Cancer Center at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey. She serves as Medical Director of the Department of Radiation Oncology at Hackensack University Medical Center/Mountainside. She wrote an article featured in Forbes about how patients with cancer are often motivated and engaged with their physicians and treatment decisions. The majority of patients seek support and resources online.  Unfortunately, fewer than 5% of patients with cancer in the United States participate in clinical trials. The solution in increasing that rate may lie in harnessing the inherent power of social media.