Jody Schoger, Writer and Cancer Advocate (Social Media)

Jody Schoger has more than 30 years of experience in public relations and communications in health care, science, education and the arts. Following her own diagnosis with a locally advanced breast cancer in 1998, she has since devoted her energy to helping other survivors. She is the author of the “Anchored Activism” columns in Oncology Times, the respected WomenWithCancer blog, and the co-founder of Breast Cancer Social Media (#BCSM), a dynamic virtual community for breast cancer survivors.  Her writing has been featured in Cure Magazine as well as on Cure’s blog. She has served as a grant reviewer for the Lance Armstrong Foundation, is a member of the Breast Health Collaborative of Texas, the National Breast Cancer Coalition, the Alamo Breast Cancer Foundation, and serves on the American Breast Surgeons Board of Advocates.  She has spoken on survivorship and social media at Stanford’s #Med2.0 as an epatient scholar, for the Life Beyond Cancer Center, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America and at the 2012 Biennial Symposium on the Underserved. She has been frequent guest on SIRIUS radio’s “Doctor Radio,”  quoted in USA Today and featured on the NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams. In addition to her writing and social media advocacy she also is a 2012 graduate of NBCC’s Project Lead, a consumer reviewer for the DOD’s Congressionally Directed Medical Research Program  in breast cancer and was invited by Livestrong to join its OVAC - One Voice Against Cancer - lobbying effort in 2012.  She was recently asked serve as a consumer reviewer for PCORI, a Congressionally-organized institute that provides information for patients to make well-informed medical decisions.  She also advises the Breast Cancer Consortium, established by scholar Gayle Sulik,Ph.D., on best practices in social media.