Worldwide Cancer Support Group Launches on Twitter, by US Based Nonprofit, Out with Cancer

Out With Cancer, the national cancer survivor support and advocacy nonprofit, launches Twitter’s first, 24 hour, 7 day a week, cancer support group.

New York, NY, July 14, 2009 --( Out With Cancer is launching a non-stop cancer survivor support and chat group on Twitter, today, building on the success of last week’s two hour cancer survivor event.

“We saw cancer survivors from all across the Earth, connect on Twitter” said Darryl Mitteldorf, LCSW, the social worker who organized this Twitter group. “Some were using home or work computers and some were chatting from their cell phones,” notes Mr. Mitteldorf.

Using Twitter, Out With Cancer is able to facilitate life extending connections between cancer survivors from all over the world. Running this group as 24 hour a day chat allows people to connect whenever they feel the need, from all over the world. Tweeters participate by typing #cancerchat at the end of their tweet, then searching for everyone else tweeting with #cancerchat.

“It’s a very simple process, which is what makes Twitter such a dynamic and powerful tool,” notes Mr. Mitteldorf.

Support groups are often credited with helping cancer patients improve the quality of their lives and often, help to extend their lives. Cancer survivors got a lot of good support from last week’s trial run.

“Expressing one’s emotions in a public forum like Twitter is not as hard as was being diagnosed and treated,” tweeted one cancer survivor. Another tweeted, “It was difficult. I was diagnosed with anal cancer. Being a private individual it was intrusive and humiliating.” Followed by,” It is nice that this is being discussed in an open forum.”

One participant summed it up by tweeting, "This has been weirdly therapeutic. I feel odd sharing so much, but it feels necessary."

Founded in 2005, Out With Cancer is a cancer survivor advocacy and support nonprofit organization, focused on the needs of Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual people. Though an LGBT focused nonprofit, it's services are open to all people diagnosed with cancer. More information can be found at .

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