#ThisIsBrachytherapy: Increasing awareness of brachytherapy

Jenna M. Kahn, Shauna R. Campbell, Ashley A. Albert, Miriam A. Knoll, Chirag Shah

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Abstract

Purpose: The use of brachytherapy continues to be a vital application of radiation oncology for various cancers. Despite this, there has been a decrease in the utilization of brachytherapy in many cancers. Social media in medicine facilitates engagement and advocacy. We launched a social media campaign to bring awareness of brachytherapy throughout the world with #ThisIsBrachytherapy hashtag on July 17, 2019. Methods and Materials: #ThisIsBrachytherapy hashtag was registered with Symplur Healthcare Hashtag Project. We collected total tweet counts, retweet counts, impression counts, geolocation, top 10 influencers, associated hashtags, associated words, and word sentiment score. Results: The campaign launched on July 17, 2019, had a total of 145 tweets on that day with 213,416 impressions. Twenty-seven accounts (45%) were identified as physicians. Top countries which tweeted, among those with information available, included the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Since July 17, 2019, there has been an increase in tweets using #ThisIsBrachytherapy, with 1990 total tweets with 1,999,248 impressions. Fifty-four percent (1030) of the tweets contained photos and 319 contained links. This was from 462 unique users. Word sentiment was overwhelmingly positive. Associated hashtags with #ThisIsBrachytherapy included most commonly #radonc, #brachytherapy, #brachy, #prostatecancer, and #pcsm. Conclusions: The #ThisIsBrachytherapy inaugural campaign was successful and has continued to grow throughout the months after the initiation. By continuing to advocate for brachytherapy through the social media campaign #ThisIsBrachytherapy, we can empower radiation oncologists, especially trainees, and patients to address underutilization.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)232-236
Number of pages5
JournalBrachytherapy
Volume20
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021

Keywords

  • Brachytherapy
  • Social media
  • Twitter in medicine

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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