The Internet as a Resource for Patients

  • The Internet has become an increasingly important health information source. Cancer-related online mailing lists appear to be an important resource, especially for information-seeking, but also for support of cancer survivors.
  • Cancer-related online mailing-list subscribers joined to obtain information on how to deal with cancer, and to get or give support (help others).
  • In addition, some sources estimate that as many as 90 million Americans have participated in online support groups (Rimer, et al 2005).
  • Some studies have shown that electronic support groups have decreased pain, anxiety, and depression, and have increased quality of life (Rimer et al, 2005).