Health Quest brings cancer patients support with CancerConnect

Health Quest brings cancer patients support with CancerConnect

LaGrange, N.Y. – March 30, 2015 Post questions, comment on discussions and find support about living with cancer by signing up for Health Quest’s newly launched CancerConnect.

This online community allows local cancer patients and their loved ones to interact with more than 50,000 other members across the country going through similar diagnoses and treatments at any time of day, from anywhere.

Mid-Hudson Valley users can post within the Health Quest community or join conversations with individuals nationwide, or both. There are 60 cancer-specific groups and others focused on caregiving, health and wellness, clinical trials, insurance, nutrition and survivorship. All are professionally monitored.

“This is a great tool for cancer patients looking for information about their treatment or support from someone who has been through their diagnosis and treatment,” said Sandi Cassese, vice president of Oncology Services at Health Quest.

CancerConnect was founded by oncologist, Dr. Charles Weaver, after his son developed a rare sarcoma and desired a social media tool like Facebook to interact with others with his condition.

“People with cancer and their caregivers need ongoing access to support—not just during an office visit with their physician, but when they go home and do research,” said Weaver, CEO of OMNI Health Media, publisher of CancerConnect.

Registering with CancerConnect is fast, free and confidential. You do not have to be a Health Quest patient. To access CancerConnect, visit www.healthquest.org/cancerconnect

Contact: Sarah Bradshaw-Colomello, Manager, Public and Community Affairs

Phone: O: 845-871-1720 C: 914-474-7332

Email: sbradsha@health-quest.org

Web: www.health-quest.org

About OMNI Health Media:

OMNI Health Media (OMNI) is a leading specialty website developer and publisher of consumer health information. By incorporating content expertise with social media and web-based programming, OMNI is uniquely qualified to develop and distribute multi-media health education content and social media programming for a variety of health conditions.

Originally established in 1996 as a cancer patient education resource, OMNI has consistently expanded its platform by integrating technologic advances with its health information content, applications and services. OMNI has been recognized for producing award-winning, multi-media content which reaches over 1.5 million health information seekers in English, Japanese, and Spanish every month. OMNI currently produces Web applications and health content in oncology, urology, rheumatology, and women’s health.

The mission of OMNI Health Media is to connect individuals with the most current, comprehensive health information and with others in similar situations. OMNI uses a variety of platforms including online, print, video, social media, and live interactive Web chats to connect and empower individuals to better manage their health conditions.

OMNI Health Media produces and manages Women magazine, CancerConnect.com, TheRAConnection.com, aWomensHealth.com, theGIConnection.com, and The Web Chats with the Experts interactive series featuring thought leaders from institutions such as Memorial Sloan Kettering, Johns Hopkins, Yale, and other prominent health centers.

OMNI content and programming has been independently reviewed by multiple physician practices and hospitals, and endorsed by the National Patient Advocate Foundation and the Oncology Nursing Society. Furthermore, CancerConnect.com has been awarded with the World Wide Web Health Awards’ Gold Award for patient education and information excellence. The Gold Award is the highest possible award bestowed on such sites. CancerConnect.com was named one of the top 5 oncology websites by Oncology Net Guide. Perhaps the biggest vote of confidence for OMNI content and programming is the fact that it has been used by over 250 hospitals, clinics, and advocacy groups including Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The Susan Komen Foundation, Memorial Sloan-Kettering, Roswell Park and leading physician practices and networks like The West Clinic, Texas Oncology, and other leading community practices from coast to coast. Currently, over 2,700 physicians use OMNI Health Media content programming on their websites.

Contact: Charles Weaver, MD, chweaver@omnihealthmedia.com