February 2001 MedBytes: Cancer

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

World Health Organization
This site at http://www.who.int/cancer/en/ offers a cancer-specific section of its Web site called the WHO Programme of Cancer Control. The site focuses on the international effort to fight cancer by developing "global strategies to reduce the incidence, morbidity, and mortality of cancer." Specific World Health Organization news, access to global cancer databases, and a comprehensive listing of international cancer-specific Web sites are the site highlights.

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
The cancer center's Web site ( www.mdanderson.org ) is divided into three sections: current and new patients, doctors and cancer professionals, and a general information section about the center. The site is extremely comprehensive.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The National Cancer Institute ( www.nci.nih.gov), a division of the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services, is a clearinghouse for all cancer-related information issued by the U.S. government. NCI's Web site focuses on linked information to government-funded cancer research.

Texas Cancer Registry
The Texas Cancer Registry is a program for collecting demographic information on cases of cancer in the state. The registry's site at www.dshs.state.tx.us/tcr/ gives you complete guidelines for submitting information, as well as all available cancer demographic information for the state.

Susan G. Komen Foundation
The Web site for the Susan G. Komen Foundation ( www.komen.org ) focuses on the "eradication of breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening, and treatment." To this end, the Web site offers the latest medical news, information on how to become involved with the organization, and detailed information on its primary fundraising device, the Race for the Cure.

Lance Armstrong Foundation
The Lance Armstrong Foundation was founded by its namesake, cancer survivor and two-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, to help people "manage and survive cancer." The site at www.laf.org focuses on volunteering time and money through the foundation, grant application information, and projects that the foundation has sponsored or is sponsoring.

Texas Medical Association
Got questions? Ask the  TMA Knowledge Base. It's open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on the TMA Web site. Look for the "Got Questions?" icon. TMA has captured members' most commonly asked questions -- on practice management, legal and legislative issues, TMA membership and member services, continuing medical education, and public health and science. If you can't find your answer in the Knowledge Base, ask for Personal Assistance. TMA's professional staff will research your question, get back to you with the answer, and add it into the Knowledge Base to help those who come after you.

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 be to 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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