August 2000 MedBytes: Cancer

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"MedBytes" in August features Web sites giving you important information on cancer.

CancerNet
Visit the National Cancer Institute's CancerNet at cancernet.nci.nih.gov for up-to-date cancer information reviewed by oncology experts. The site is designed for health care professionals, patients, and basic researchers, and has links to information such as types of cancer, treatment options, clinical trials, and support. The site also provides information about genetics, causes, risk factors, and prevention.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute
This online journal covering cancer-related issues, located at jnci.oupjournals.org, allows users to search or browse through all issues. The site also gives information on related outside links.

M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Go to M.D. Anderson's site at www.mdanderson.org for both professional and patient information on the latest cancer news. You'll find links to practice guidelines, research reports, professional education, and more. The site also features a listing of patient care centers and details about participating in clinical trials.

Cancer Gateway
Located at www.cancergateway.org, this site provides links to cancer topics for the health care professional and the general public, and a special section for children. The site gives information about pain management, genetic testing, tobacco use, and types of screening. One section covers services such as spiritual support for patients and their families, financial assistance, housing, and transportation. 

American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society's site at www.cancer.org gives front-page status to the latest cancer news and is updated frequently. In addition, you'll find details about types of cancer, prevention and treatment options, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and alternative methods, and media alerts and news releases.

Cancer News on the Net
This public-oriented site, located at www.cancernews.com, is one you might want to recommend to your patients. The site is dedicated to bringing patients and their families the latest information on cancer diagnoses, treatment, and prevention. The site allows users to register for a cancer news e-mail newsletter, and also gives links to information about different kinds of cancer, clinical trials, and recent cancer news.

Texas Cancer Data Center
Visit tcdc.mdacc.tmc.edu for links to cancer resources for Texans, Texas cancer demographics and statistics, announcements, events sponsored by the center, and links to other cancer information sources. The goal of the organization and its site is to provide an information service dedicated to empowering Texans with the knowledge needed to reduce the human and economic impact of cancer.

Physician Oncology Education Program
Visit TMA's recently redesigned Web site at www.texmed.org and click on "Health and Science," then "Physician Oncology Education Program." This area of TMA's site holds cancer information for physicians, such as cancer prevention and detection, pediatric cancer, cancer genetics, and a special section for medical students.

MedBytes is a quick look at new, or newly discovered, Web sites of interest to Texas physicians. The column also highlights features of the TMA Web site at www.texmed.org.  Publication of information about Web sites in this column is not to be considered an endorsement or approval by the Texas Medical Association of the sites or sponsors, or of any products or services involved.

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