The Internet is filled with information about preventing, diagnosing, treating, and coping with cancer. Since most of these sites are primarily medical, and Disability Resources’ focus is nonmedical, it would be beyond our scope and mission to keep up with all of them. Rather, we have listed a handful of sites that are particularly comprehensive, authoritative, and current. If you need to explore online resources beyond these sites, we recommend the National Coalition of Cancer Survivorship’s CanSearch: Online Guide to Cancer Resources and Steve Dunn’s CancerGuide.
American Cancer Society (ACS)
This national nonprofit organization provides a wealth of consumer-oriented news and information on early detection, prevention, and treatment, as well as information about the organization and its services.
This comprehensive site provides recent, accurate cancer information from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), the federal government’s principal agency for cancer research. Topics covered include treatment options, clinical trials, ways to reduce cancer risk, coping with cancer, resources on support groups, financial assistance, educational materials, and more. The site also includes access to NCI’s PDQ database.
This extensive site offers a wide range of cancer information for patients, family members, and health care professionals. There are regularly changing feature articles, news, and events, as well as information on general cancer topics and specific types of cancers. There are also message boards, chat rooms, and other interactive areas. This commercial site is affiliated with a medical textbook publisher and works with a good medical panel review board.
Sponsored by the University of Pennsylvania, OncoLink offers an extensive and well-organized array of information and resources. Topics covered include specific types of cancer; medical specialties that deal with cancer; psychosocial support and personal experiences; cancer causes, screening, and prevention; clinical trials; global resources; cancer FAQs; symptom management; conferences and meetings; financial issues for patients; and book reviews.