• 1 General conditions for cancer patients and potentials of Virtual Communities
  • 1.1 The situation of cancer patients
  • 1.2 Legal framework for internet-based medical services in Germany
  • 2 Potentials of Virtual Communities for patients
  • 2.1 Up-to-datedness, anonymity and needs-based coverage of patient information
  • 2.2 Interactivity, empathy and empowering patients
  • 3 The case krebsgemeinschaft.de
  • 3.1 Strucure of the krebsgemeinschaft.de
  • 3.2 Findings from over 2 years of operation of a VC for cancer patients
  • 4 Consequences for further research
  • References