Cancer Internet Resources
Trustworthy Sites Recommended by the Delaney Medical Library at Valley View Hospital
National Cancer Institute (NCI) – http://www.cancer.gov/ has extensive information on types of cancer, treatments, coping with cancer, a dictionary of cancer terms, the NCI drug dictionary, cancer statistics, clinical trials, cancer prevention, genetics, and full text of NCI fact sheets form this important website. There is a link to PDQ (Physicians Data Query) which is NCI’s comprehensive databases of cancer information and treatment for physicians. A telephone help line, live online chat service and email help support the extensive information found here. Information is also available in Spanish. The A to Z list of types of cancer, linking to related information, is at https://www.cancer.gov/types
MedlinePlus – Cancer – http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/cancer.html from the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health. Overviews, diagnosis, symptoms, treatment, alternative therapy, and more
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (https://www.nccn.org/patients) is a not-for-profit alliance of 28 leading cancer centers devoted to patient care, research, and education and dedicated to improving and facilitating quality, effective, efficient, and accessible cancer care so patients can live better lives. Through the leadership and expertise of clinical professionals at NCCN Member Institutions, NCCN develops resources that present valuable information to the numerous stakeholders in the health care delivery system.
The American Cancer Society – http://www.cancer.org/docroot/home/index.asp hosts extensive information on all aspects of cancer for health information seekers, patients, families, friends, survivors, and health professionals
National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (https://www.canceradvocacy.org/resources/cancer-survival-toolbox/) advocates for quality cancer care for all people touched by cancer. Founded by and for cancer survivors, NCCS created the widely accepted definition of survivorship and defines someone as a cancer survivor from the time of diagnosis and for the balance of life.
Cancer Care, Inc. (http://www.cancercare.org/) is a nonprofit organization “whose mission is to provide free professional help to people with all cancers through counseling, education, information and referral, and direct financial assistance.” Maintains links to support, educational, treatment, and information services. Site is also available in Spanish.
Intercultural Cancer Council (http://interculturalcancercouncil.org/) promotes policies, programs, partnerships and research seeking to eliminate “the unequal burden of cancer among racial and ethnic minorities and medically underserved populations in the United States and its associated territories.”
Oncolink (http://oncolink.org/) is a collection of Internet resources on the prevention and treatment of cancer maintained by the University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center. Includes news, book reviews, disease, and patient support links.
Foundation for Women’s Cancer (http://www.foundationforwomenscancer.org) is the official site of the Society of Gynecologic Oncology. This nonprofit organization is “dedicated to increasing research, education and awareness about gynecologic cancer risk, prevention, early detection and optimal treatment.” It has information on the organization, the types of cancer that affect women, cancer risks for women, and a search engine to locate gynecologic oncologists. There are also links to related sites, publications and support groups.
Complementary / Alternative Treatments
Cancer Alternative Therapy – MedlinePlus – National Library of Medicine
Office of Cancer Complimentary & Alternative Medicine – National Cancer Institute –
The Biology of Cancer
Cancer Quest – Emory University – http://cancerquest.org/index.cfm
This site was created to teach the biology of cancer. No assumptions are made about previous knowledge of cancer or biology.