Tuesday, January 15, 2008

How to Learn About Cancer Online


We all know the phrase, "Knowledge is power," and this day and age we are lucky enough to tap the Internet as a powerful information source. In fact, the Internet is revolutionizing the fight against cancer, helping people better understand the types, treatments and symptoms of the disease. Tribune Media Services even reports that online information about the disease has helped people receive earlier diagnoses, a trend that may be related to the gains we've made in the fight against cancer. To help you in your search for information, I have outlined some of the best places to start to learn about cancer online.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You'll Need

  • Internet access



Step One

Know that the American Cancer Society's site is devoted to all aspects of the disease including the latest cancer news, an overview of cancer types and treatment options, special features targeting specific patient groups, live online chat rooms and links to other resources.

Step Two

Understand that Cancer Care is the largest national social service agency providing support, data and practical assistance to patients with cancer, their family and caregivers. The Cancer Care site features online support groups and oncology specialists who can answer questions.

Step Three

Be aware that OncoLink from the University of Pennsylvania's Abramson Cancer Center offers a wide array of information about cancer, including a list of global resources for cancer information.

Step Four

Keep in mind that the Cancer Survivors Network is another website sponsored by the American Cancer Society. This site offers stories of cancer survivors and their successes, as well as message boards where you can directly interact with survivors.

Tips & Warnings

  • Be cautious of information you read on other Internet sites. Be sure to look for the site's sponsor and date of publication to verify what you read.

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