ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire -08/06/12)- Sharecare, an interactive health and wellness social platform providing access to expert-developed answers, health information and programs, today announced that the Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) has joined its robust network of experts as a new content collaborator. Through the Sharecare platform, CTCA professionals will provide easily accessible information online about all topics related to cancer and cancer treatments for patients and their loved ones.
The partnership between CTCA and Sharecare enables cancer patients to have easy access to CTCA's wealth of experts online, who are available to answer all questions related to the hundreds of treatment options, including: chemotherapy, mind-body medicine, radiation therapy, nutrition therapy, naturopathic medicine, surgical oncology, and acupuncture. The CTCA also connects patients to hospitals across the country that specialize in cancer care.
"We're excited to extend our online reach through the Sharecare platform to provide patients living with advanced and complex cancer the credible information they need to help make treatment decisions that are best for them," said Chris Hamrick, director of public affairs at the CTCA.
Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease, accounting for nearly 1 of every 4 deaths. According to the American Cancer Society, about 1,638,910 new cancer cases are expected to be diagnosed in 2012 and about 577,190 Americans are expected to die of cancer, which equates to more than 1,500 people per day.(1)
"The credible knowledge and expertise that the CTCA experts bring to Sharecare will further educate patients and their loved ones about all aspects of cancer, especially for those in the later stages of the disease," said Donna Hill Howes, RN, MS, senior vice president of Sharecare. "With the CTCA now fully incorporated into our integrated platform, we're pleased to know that patients and families affected by cancer can rely on Sharecare to find information that will not only help them cope with the disease by providing answers to their questions, but also help them find the support and care they need."
Visit the CTCA's page on Sharecare.com at: http://www.sharecare.com/group/cancer-treatment-centers-of-america.
About Cancer Treatment Centers of America®
Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Inc. (CTCA) is a national network of hospitals specializing in complex and advanced stage cancer. CTCA offers a comprehensive, fully integrated approach to cancer treatment and serves patients from all 50 states at facilities located in Atlanta, Chicago, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Tulsa. Known for delivering the Mother Standard® of care and Patient Empowerment Medicine®, CTCA provides patients with information about cancer and their treatment options so they can control their treatment decisions. For more information about CTCA, go to www.cancercenter.com.
Launched in 2010 and based in Atlanta, GA, Sharecare is an interactive, social Q & A platform that allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz, in partnership with Harpo Studios, Remark Media (MARK), Sony Pictures Television, and Discovery Communications, the company's innovative approach provides the consumer access to a wide array of health and wellness experts ranging from hospitals to doctors, specialists to non-profits, to healthcare companies and active health consumers, creating a thriving community where healthcare knowledge is built, shared and put into practice.
(1) American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts & Figures 2012. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; 2012.