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Using People's Cancer Network:

Connecting With Other Users:

There are multiple ways to connect with other users on People's Cancer Network. Once you have found someone who you would like to connect with, you must send them a Connection Request. That person must accept your request before you can begin communicating with them.

General Search:

The Search Box located in the top right corner of People's Cancer Network can be used to search for anyone on the site. If you know the name of the person who you would like to connect with, begin typing their name and the Search Box will automatically fill the search box with matches of that name on People's Cancer Network.

Once you have found the person who you are looking for, click on their name, and press Send Connection Request. Once the Connection Request has been accepted, you can begin communicating with that user.

You can also search for general keywords in the Search Box. If the Search Box does not return the results you are looking for, you can use the Advanced Search link located next to the Search Box, and use filters to narrow and refine your search results. These filters include searching for users with specific cancers, cancer statuses, multiple cancers, cancer treatments, diagnosis dates, users who support people affected by cancers, users who have lost people to cancer, users who are predisposed to cancer, and more.

Advanced Search

We have broken down the advanced search into 3 categories.

You can select more than one category, and input multiple search filters inside each category.

Has, Had, or May Have Cancer

Select Has, Had, or May Have Cancer if you are searching for a person with either suspected or confirmed cancer.

If you have selected Has, Had, or May Have Cancer, a gender drop down menu and age range fields, as well as two options will appear – Someone Who Has or Had Cancer and Someone Who May Have Cancer. The I Have or Had Cancer option is for users who have received a definitive medical diagnosis of cancer. The I May Have Cancer option is for users who were told they may have cancer, but are awaiting definitive diagnosis of cancer.

I Have or Had Cancer:

Once you’ve selected I Have Cancer, multiple fields will appear:

Auto-Fill Cancer Textbox – Begin typing the cancer diagnosis of the person you are searching for and the auto-fill textbox will assist you in finding and inputting your cancer type. You need to fill in this section for each cancer. If you do not find your cancer, please check the Other box.

If you are having an issue spelling the cancer you are searching for, or cannot find the cancer you are searching for, you can hover over the blue question mark next to the auto-fill box, and click the Click here to see a list of all of our cancers link, and a list of all of the cancers available will appear.

I am not sure what type of cancer they have or had – Check this box if you are unsure what type of cancer they have or had, or if they are unsure where the cancer originated.

Cancer Status – There are six options to choose from. Please choose the current cancer status of the person you are searching for.

Please check all types of treatment that you received in all your courses of treatment in the Undergoing Treatment - First Time option, the Undergoing Treatment - Retreatment option, or the Finished Treatment option.

1) Awaiting Treatment Plans – the person you are searching for has been diagnosed with cancer but are awaiting treatment plans from their doctor.

2) Undergoing Treatment - First Time – the person you are searching for is currently undergoing treatment.

3) Undergoing Treatment - Retreatment – the person you are searching for is currently undergoing retreatment.

4) Finished Treatment – the person you are searching for has completed their treatment.

5) No Planned Treatment – the person you are searching for has been diagnosed with cancer but their doctor does not plan treatment.

6) Foregoing Recommended Treatment – the person you are searching for has been diagnosed with cancer but is not going to follow their treatment plan.

Check any of the following that apply – we have listed some special circumstances regarding cancer - please check all that apply to your search.

1) Under Hospice care – the person you are searching for is currently under Hospice care.

2) On Protocol, Study, or Trial – the person you are searching for is currently participating in a protocol, study, or trial.

3) Inpatient in Hospital – the person you are searching for is currently an inpatient in a hospital.

4) Metastasis – the cancer of person you are searching for has spread (they have metastatic cancer).

5) Considering holding or stopping treatment – the person you are searching for is currently undergoing treatment, but is considering holding or stopping their planned treatment.

Someone With Multiple Cancers – Check this box if you are searching for someone who has or had multiple cancers.

Treatments – Check the appropriate treatments that the person you are searching for had, is having, or plans on having.

Someone Who May Have Cancer

Once you’ve selected Someone Who May Have Cancer, an auto-fill textbox and two checkboxes will appear:

Auto-Fill Cancer Textbox – Begin typing the cancer diagnosis of the person you are searching for and the auto-fill textbox will assist you in finding and inputting your cancer type. You need to fill in this section for each cancer. If you do not find your cancer, please check the Other box.

If you are having an issue spelling the cancer you are searching for, or cannot find the cancer you are searching for, you can hover over the blue question mark next to the auto-fill box, and click the Click here to see a list of all of our cancers link, and a list of all of the cancers available will appear.

I am not sure what type of cancer they may have – Check this box if you are unsure what type of cancer have or had, or if they are unsure where the cancer originated.

Someone With Multiple Cancers – Check this box if you are searching for someone who may have multiple cancers.

Is A Supporter

Select Is A Supporter if you are searching for a family member, significant other, friend, caretaker, co-worker, medical personnel, neighbor, or interested person.

Once you’ve selected Is A Supporter, a Gender drop down menu and Age Range fields will appear, as well as three cancer information questions:

Who Supports Their – Select from the Who Supports Their drop down menu how the person you’re searching for is related to the person who has, had, or may have cancer. For example, if their mother has been diagnosed with cancer, select “Mother” from the drop down menu.

Type Of Cancer – Begin typing the cancer diagnosis for the person the user you are searching for supports, and the auto-fill textbox will assist you in inputting the type of cancer. If you don’t see the type of cancer you’re searching for please select other.

If you are having an issue spelling the cancer you are searching for, or cannot find the cancer you are searching for, you can hover over the blue question mark next to the auto-fill box, and click the Click here to see a list of all of our cancers link, and a list of all of the cancers available will appear.

I am not sure what type of cancer they have – Check this box if you are unsure what type of cancer the person supported by the user you are searching for has, or if the person you are searching for is unsure where the cancer originated.

Year Diagnosed – Select the year the person supported by the user you are searching for was diagnosed.

Lost Someone To Cancer

Select Lost Someone To Cancer if you are searching for a user who has lost someone to cancer.

Once you’ve selected Lost Someone To Cancer, a Gender drop down menu and Age Range fields will appear, as well as three cancer information questions:

Who Lost Their – Select from the Who Lost Their drop down menu how the person you’re searching for is related to the person who they lost. For example, if the user you are searching for lost their mother to cancer, select “Mother” from the drop down menu.

Type Of Cancer – Begin typing the cancer diagnosis for the person who was lost to cancer by the user you are searching for, and the auto-fill textbox will assist you in inputting the type of cancer. If you don’t see the type of cancer you’re searching for please select other.

If you are having an issue spelling the cancer you are searching for, or cannot find the cancer you are searching for, you can hover over the blue question mark next to the auto-fill box, and click the Click here to see a list of all of our cancers link, and a list of all of the cancers available will appear.

I am not sure what type of cancer they have – Check this box if you are unsure what type of cancer the person who was lost to cancer by the user you are searching for had, or if the person you are searching for is unsure where the cancer originated.

Year Diagnosed – Select the year the person who you are searching for lost someone to cancer.

Profile

To view your profile, click the Profile button in the top right corner of the site. Once you click the Profile button, you will be able to see your profile, your profile image, and your wall. From within the profile page, you can edit your profile photo, and upload new photos to galleries.

To learn about how to update your status, click here.

To learn about how to show comment on your statuses, click here.

To learn about how to show support for comments on your statuses, click here.

To learn about how to update your profile photos, click here.

To learn about how to update your profile information, click here.

Edit

To edit your profile, click the Edit button in the top right corner of the site. Once you click that button, the following profile sections will appear for you to edit:

Basic Information

Cancer Information

Looking For

Volunteering

Need Assistance

About Me

Hobbies & Interests

Education & Employment

My Photo

Cancer Connections

The Cancer Connections section is located towards the top of most pages in the right column. In this section, you will find users who have automatically been matched with you based on the Cancer Information you've entered in your profile, or the criteria that you've entered in the Looking For section.

You can see all of the users who have been automatically matched with you by clicking the View All Connections link at the bottom of the section.

Matches will appear from most in common to least in common.

If you would like to connect with a user who has been automatically matched with you, press the Send Connection Request button, and a connection request will be sent to that user.

Once the Connection Request has been accepted, you can begin communicating with that user.

Connection Finder

The Connection Finder module is located in the middle of the right column on most pages. The users who appear in this module are there because they have one or more connections in common with you.

If you would like to connect with a user who has appeared in the Connection Finder, press the Send Connection Request button, and a connection request will be sent to that user.

Once the Connection Request has been accepted, you can begin communicating with that user.

Connection Requests:

If you have one or more pending Connection Requests, a red circle with the number of requests will appear next to the Connections navigation link.

To accept Connection Requests from other users, hover over the Connections navigation link, and click on the Requests link.

A list of all of your pending Connection Requests will appear, and you can click the Confirm Connection if you would like to connect with that user.

If you are unsure of who the user is, you can click on their profile to read more about them, or decline the request. If you choose to decline the request, the user will not be notified.

Connections:

Once you've connected with other users, you can begin interacting with them. From messaging and video chatting to inviting them to groups and events, everything is a few clicks away.

To view your connections, hover over the Connections navigation link, and click on the Connections menu link. Once you've clicked on the Connections menu link, a list of all of your connections will appear.

You can use the Search Box at the top of the Connections page to search through your connections to easily find user profiles.

Connection Lists:

You can create different Connection Lists to help you better organize your connections on People's Cancer Network.

To create a Connections List, hover over the Connections navigation link, and click on the Connections menu link. Click the button above the list of all of your Connections that says Create List. Once you've clicked Create List, your current lists will appear, and above it, a field for where you can enter the name of your new Connections List.

Once you've entered the name of the Connections List, click the Add button, and your new Connections List will be added to your already existing Connection Lists.

Adding Users To Connection Lists:

To add users to your Connection Lists, hover over the Connections navigation link, and click on the Connections menu link. Find the user or users who you would like to add to your lists, and click on the drop down menu next to their name. Select the list that you would like to add the user to, and they will be added to that list. You can add users to more than one list.

Viewing Your Lists:

To view your Connection Lists, hover over the Connections navigation link, and click on the Connections menu link. Above the list of all of your Connections, there is a My Lists button. Once you click the My Lists button, all of your Connection Lists will appear.

To see which Connections are a part of which lists, you can click on the list name, or the View List button next the Connection Lists.

If you would like to remove a Connections List, click the red X next to that list, and confirm that you would like to delete that list.

Events:

On People's Cancer Network, you can Create Events¸ Join Events, and Invite Connections to Events. People's Cancer Network provides the ability to make an event public or private. Users can Create Events for multiple reasons, be it a fundraiser, a support group get together, a party or gathering, and more. Events can be administered by individual users, as well as Groups.

Creating Events:

To create an Event on People's Cancer Network, hover over the Events navigation link, and click on the Create Event menu link. Once you click that link, a form will appear.

Fill out as much information as you can to better inform the attendees of the event. You can add Keywords to help users find your event through the Search Box. You can also add an Event Photo, Group the Event is being hosted by, the Address, the Start Time and End Time (if applicable), an Event Website, an Event Facebook Page, an Event Twitter Account, and any Charity associated with the event.

If you would like to make a Private Event, check the box at the bottom of the form that says My Event is Private. If you make a Private Event, it will not appear in any search results, and users can only see and attend the event if they've been invited by the event host or an attendee who was invited by the event host.

Inviting Connections To Events:

Once you've created an event or accepted an invite to an event, you can invite your connections to attend as well.

To invite connections to an event, hover over the Event navigation link, and click on My Events. Once you've clicked that link, the events that you've created or accepted invites to will appear. Once you've located the event you would like to invite connections to, click on that event, and the event page will appear.

Once the page is loaded, an Invite Others button will appear at the top of the Event Information section. Click the Invite Others button, and a list of your connections will appear in a pop-up window. Select from that list the connections who you would like to invite, and press the Send Invites button.

Once you press the Send Invites button, event invites will be sent to the users who you selected. A notification will appear under the Notifications navigation link, and notated by a red Notification symbol next to the Notifications navigation link.

Viewing and Accepting Event Invites:

Once you've been invited to an event, a red Notification symbol will appear next to the Notifications navigation link. Hover over the Notifications navigation link, and click on the event invite listed in the Notifications menu.

Once you click on the event, you can read the Event Information, see who has accepted the event invite, and respond to the event invite. You can click the Attending button if you plan on attending; the Maybe button if you would like to attend, but are unsure of whether or not you will be able to; and the No button if you are unable to attend.

You can also post comments, pictures, and links on the Event Wall by using the Status Box below the Event Information, as well as Comment on and Support other users' posts, and Invite Connections to attend the event.

Your Events

To view all of the events that you've created or been invited to, hover over the Events navigation link, and click on the Upcoming menu link. Once you click the Upcoming menu link, a list of all of the upcoming events that you've been invited to or created will appear.

To view the different events, you can click on the Event Name or the View Event Information button.

If you would like to change your Attending Status for an event, click the Event Name or the View Event Button, and in the Event Information section, click the Change link under your current event status. Once you've clicked that link, the three Attending Status buttons - Attending, Maybe, No - will appear, and you can select that status you wish to change to.

Searching For Events

You can search for events two different ways -- using the Search Box in the top right side of the page, or using the Search feature in the Events menu list.

To search using the Search Box, begin typing the name or keywords for the event you wish to attend, and the Search Box will automatically fill matches as you type.

You can also hover over the Events navigation link, and click on the Search menu link. Once you've clicked the Search menu link, a Search Box will appear above the list of events you have created or been invited to. Type in the name of the event, or keywords associated with the event and press search.

Your search results will appear with the most relevant matches first, and least relevant matches last.

Groups

On People's Cancer Network, you can Create Groups¸ Join Groups, and Invite Connections to Groups. People's Cancer Network provides the ability to make a group public or private. Users can Create Groups for multiple reasons, be it support, common interests, to open discussion, and more. A Group can also create and host events.

Creating Groups:

To create a Group on People's Cancer Network, hover over the Groups navigation link, and click on the Create Group menu link. Once you click that link, a form will appear.

Fill out as much information as you can to better inform the members of your group. You can add Keywords to help users find your group through the Search Box. You can also add a Group Photo, a Group Description, a Group Location if the group has an address or regular meeting location, a Group Website, a Group Facebook Page, a Group Twitter Account, and any Charity associated with the event.

If you would like to make a Private Group, check the box at the bottom of the form that says My Group is Private. If you make a Private Group, it will not appear in any search results, and users can only see and become a member of the group if they've been invited by the group administrator(s) or a member of the group.

Inviting Connections To Groups:

Once you've created a group or become a member of a group, you can invite your connections within PCN or other people you know using their e-mail addresses to join.

To invite connections to a group, hover over the Group navigation link, and click on My Groups. Once you've clicked that link, the groups that you've created or joined will appear. Once you've located the group you would like to invite someone to, click on that group, and the group page will appear.

Once the page is loaded, an Invite Others button will appear at the top of the Group Information section. Click the Invite Others button, and a list of your connections will appear in a pop-up window. Select from that list the friends who you would like to invite, and press the Send Invites button.

Once you press the Send Invites button, group invites will be sent to the users who you selected. A notification will appear under the Notifications navigation link, and notated by a red Notification symbol next to the Notifications navigation link.

Viewing and Accepting Group Invites:

Once you've been invited to a group, a red Notification symbol will appear next to the Notifications navigation link. Hover over the Notifications navigation link, and click on the group invite listed in the Notifications menu.

Once you click on the group, you can read the Group Information, see which users have joined the group, and join the group by clicking the Join Group button at the top of the Group Information section.

Once you've joined the group, you can post comments, pictures, and links on the Group Wall by using the Status Box below the Group Information, as well as Comment on and Support other users' posts, Create Events hosted by the group, Video Chat with other group members, and Invite Friends to join the group.
Your Groups

To view all of the groups you've created or joined, hover over the Groups navigation link, and click on the My Group menu link. Once you click the My Group menu link, a list of all of the groups you've created or joined will appear.

To view the different groups, you can click on the Group Name or the View Group button. To edit the groups that you've created or are an administrator of, press the Edit Group button
If you would like to leave a group, click on the red "X" next to the group name in the My Groups section of the site.

Searching For Groups

You can search for groups two different ways -- using the Search Box in the top right side of the page, or using the Search feature in the Groups menu list.

To search using the Search Box, begin typing the name or keywords for the group you wish to attend, and the Search Box will automatically fill matches as you type.

You can also hover over the Groups navigation link, and click on the Search menu link. Once you've clicked the Search menu link, a Search Box will appear above the list of groups you have created or joined. Type in the name of the group, or keywords associated with the group and press search.

Your search results will appear with the most relevant matches first, and least relevant matches last.

Posting On User Walls

You can post statuses, photos, and links on your own wall, as well as on other users' walls on People's Cancer Network using the Status Box.

To post a status, photo, or link on your own wall, click on your profile link, which is the button with your name and picture in the top right hand corner of the site. Once your profile has loaded, scroll down to the Status Box.

To post a status, type the text you would like to display on your wall into the Status Box, then press the Post button. To post a link, copy and paste the URL (web address) you would like to link to into the Embed a Link box located in the bottom left hand corner of the Status Box, and press the Add button. To post a photo on your wall, click the Upload Photo button in the Status Box, browse on your computer to find the image, and press the Open button in the browse window.

To post a status, photo, or link on another user's wall, hover over the Connections navigation link, and click on the Connections menu link. Find the user who's wall you would like to post on, and either click that user's name, or click the View Profile button next to their name. Once their profile has loaded, scroll down to the Status Box.

To post a status, type the text you would like to display on your wall into the Status Box, then press the Post button. To post a link, copy and paste the URL (web address) you would like to link to into the Embed a Link box located in the bottom left hand corner of the Status Box, and press the Add button. To post a photo on your wall, click the Upload Photo button in the Status Box, browse on your computer to find the image, and press the Open button in the browse window.

Commenting On User Posts

To comment on a user's post, either find the post that you'd like to comment on in your status feed by scrolling through your status feed, or locate the post on their wall by hovering over the Connections navigation link, click on the Connections menu link, find the user who's status you would like to comment on, click on either that user's name or the View Profile button next to their name, and find on that user's wall the status you would like to comment on.

Once you've found the status you would like to comment on, click the Comment link in the bottom right corner of the Status Box, and a text field will appear. Type the comment you would like to post on that user's status, and press the Post button.

Showing Support for User Posts

To show support for users' posts, either find the post that you'd like to show support for on in your status feed by scrolling through your status feed, or locate the post on their wall by hovering over the Connections navigation link, click on the Connections menu link, find the user who's status you would like to show support for, click on either that user's name or the View Profile button next to their name, and find on that user's wall that status you would like to show support for.

Once you've located the status you would like to show support for, click the Show Support link in the bottom right corner of wall post.

Removing Wall Posts

To remove a wall post, click on your profile link, which is the button with your name and picture in the top right hand corner of the site. Once your profile has loaded, scroll down to your wall.

Once you've located the wall post you would like to remove, click the Remove link in the bottom right corner of the status you would like to remove. Once you click the button, the post will be removed.

Uploading Photos To Photo Albums

To upload photos to photo albums, click on your profile link, which is the button with your name and picture in the top right hand corner of the site. Once your profile has loaded, click on the View More Photos button located below your profile photo.

Once you click that button, the Photo Upload section will appear in between your basic profile information and photo galleries that have already been upload (if any).

To upload a photo, select the gallery you would like the photo to be a part of (if you have no galleries or would like to create a new gallery, leave this drop down menu at its default option of New Gallery) from the gallery drop down menu, then click the Attach Photo button. Once you've clicked the Attach Photo button, browse through your computer to find the photo you would like to upload. Once selected, you can enter a photo caption in the Photo Caption field, and press the Submit button.

Your photo will be uploaded, and placed into the appropriate photo gallery.

Chat

To chat with other users on People's Cancer Network, click on the Chat link at the bottom of the page, located next to the Games link, and a list of your connections will appear. Click on the name of the user who you would like to chat with and a chat box will appear.

If you would like to turn your chat into a video, simply click the video camera icon inside of the chat box and the video chat session will begin. Please make sure both you and the other user has a webcam properly installed on your computer in order to use this feature.