One of the major new challenges posed by the current digital society in cancer is: how to build a therapeutic social alliance/community between citizens and health providers to manage and support chronic diseases in a sustainable continuum of care in Europe? Online health communities have been proposed as an excellent potential solution because they facilitate bringing care home. This is one of the core aims of the European Cancer Commission. Currently, only a minority of cancer survivors has access to proper evidence-based health education and psychosocial care in cancer (less than 15%). The clear majority of cancer survivors (80-90%) search spontaneously in the internet information to cope with and manage cancer symptoms or to find psychosocial support. Health education and psychosocial care reduce costs in sick leaves, psychotropic medication and facilitates treatment adherence when interventions are guided for health professionals.
Oncocommun is an innovative platform to improve healthcare in cancer. This integral cancer care tool supported by the Catalan Government will merge social nets, videoconference and monitoring platforms in a stepped educational and psychosocial care interventions. This holistic approach can reduce 1/3 the sick leaves and optimize the healthcare resources.