Cancer health on the internet
"I volunteer as a National Cancer Institute auditor, doing data auditing for one of the major cancer research organizations in America. This keeps me in touch with the world of cancer research, quality monitoring, and what's happening at other cancer centers. I always come home having learned something useful in my work, and I always come home happy that I work at Southwest."—Beth Getman, RN, BSN, OCN
Team Manager, Cancer Services and Cancer Research
Although there are many sources of health information on the World Wide Web, some of the most trusted resources tend to be when:
- The website address ends in .edu (an institute of medical learning) or .gov (a government agency that regulates health-related issues).
- The website is for a national healthcare organization (such as the American Cancer Society).
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center's Regional Cancer Center lists those sites which have reputations for providing reliable information. You may also want to search PeaceHealth's Health Information Search
. You should always discuss health information with your provider, regardless of the information source.
National Cancer Organizations
- American Cancer Society: Information, education, advocacy and limited services for people with cancer.
- National Cancer Institute: Information, publications and database about cancer research, cancer treatment and cancers.
- National Center for Complementary & Alternative Medicine: Information about alternative and complementary treatments.
- Oncolink: Information on different types of cancer, treatment options, coping resources, clinical trials, and more.
- People Living with Cancer: Patient site from the American Society of Clinical Oncology; includes resources on different types of cancer and their treatment, clinical trials, coping, and side effects.
- American Brain Tumor Association: Contact with other brain tumor patients. Information about brain tumors and treatment, national and local conferences, support groups, and a national newsletter.
- National Brain Tumor Foundation: Information about brain tumors and treatment, malignant and benign brain tumors, and brain tumor medical centers. Information about the latest clinical trials. Connection to a network of survivors.
- Breast Cancer.org: Extensive resources about breast cancer.
- Celebrating Life Foundation: Non-profit organization geared toward education and outreach for African American women and women of color for breast cancer awareness.
- Men Against Breast Cancer: Support services to educate and empower men to be effective caregivers when breast cancer strikes a female loved one.
- National Breast Cancer Coalition: Advocacy only. Seeks to eradicate breast cancer through action and advocacy, focusing on research and access to care.
- Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation: Funds national breast cancer patients, project grants, local education, screen and treatment projects in communities from coast to coast.
- Y-ME: A national breast cancer organization with hotline counseling, educational programs and self-help meetings for breast cancer patients, their families and friends. Also a Y-ME support line for men.
Clinical Trials Information
Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumors
- GIST Support International: Education and support for patients affected by gastrointestinal stromal tumors, as well as their friends and families.
Leukemia and Lymphoma Cancer
- Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Education, information, advocacy, support groups, peer support and financial aid programs for individuals with leukemia and related illnesses (lymphoma, Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's disease, multiple myeloma).
- Lymphoma Research Foundation: Educational materials, free support groups, quarterly newsletter and a national "buddy system" linking patients.
- American Lung Association: Information about lung diseases, including cancer.
- Lung Cancer Alliance: Dedicated to improving the quality of life for lung cancer survivors by providing resources, education and referral information.
Oral, Head and Neck Cancer
Prostate and Testicular Cancer
- The Skin Cancer Foundation: Educational materials on skin cancers, including brochures, videos, quarterly newsletters, posters, books and an annual journal. Also information about prevention.