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Cancer Resources on the Internet

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Cancer Resources on the Internet shows cancer patients, their families, and oncology health care professionals how the Internet can be used to locate information about the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of different forms of cancer, locate specialized treatment centers around the world; facilitate support groups; and provide a mechanism for individuals to share experiences and stories. This book includes a discussion of the quality of information on the Net (and how to assess it); evaluations of Web sites in...
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Overview

Cancer Resources on the Internet shows cancer patients, their families, and oncology health care professionals how the Internet can be used to locate information about the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of different forms of cancer, locate specialized treatment centers around the world; facilitate support groups; and provide a mechanism for individuals to share experiences and stories. This book includes a discussion of the quality of information on the Net (and how to assess it); evaluations of Web sites in terms of user-friendliness, content, and clarity, and advice on how to conduct a focused, subject-specific search.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Aziz Boxwala
This is a collection of articles describing cancer care resources on the Internet. These articles are intended to show cancer patients, their families, and healthcare professionals how the Internet can be used to locate information about the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of cancer. With the large number of cancer-related resources on the Internet, a guide to help look for appropriate information would be very useful to patients. Although the book is intended for oncology professionals, and patients and their families, the loose collection of articles creates a lack of cohesiveness throughout the book, making it difficult to understand for a novice Internet user. The book also lacks an introductory chapter on the Internet. The articles themselves are very insightful and will certainly benefit more experienced users. Some of the major cancer related resources on the Internet are described in the articles, often written by the creators of the resources. These include the National Cancer Institute's CancerNet site, the Oncolink site, and all of the NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers. One article provides examples of sites pertinent to breast cancer. Another interesting article is presented as the diary of a patient suffering from Hodgkin's Disease who documents his discovery of resources on the Internet useful to him. Although widely dispersed throughout the book, helpful guidelines for assessing the quality of the material found on the web are provided. The Internet is a very dynamic medium with resources being added to it very often. A static medium such as a book cannot keep pace. This material would have been more useful as a web-site. Providers of supportivecare to cancer patients may find this book useful to learn more about cancer resources on the Internet and to guide patients in their search for more information.
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Shows cancer patients, their families, and oncology health care professionals how the Internet can be used to locate information on diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of various forms of cancer, how to locate specialized treatment centers, and how to use and facilitate support groups. Discusses the quality of information on the Internet and how to assess it, evaluates specific Web sites, and gives advice on conducting a subject-specific search. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
Paul Insel, Ph.D.
Information resources on the Internet about cancer, from Web sites to list servers and chat groups, are plentiful....This book includes a discussion of the quality of information on the Internet (and how to assess it); evaluations of Web sites in terms of content, clarity, and user-friendliness; and advice on how to conduct a focused, subject-specific search.
Healthline Magazine
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Aziz Boxwala, MBBS, PhD (Brigham & Women's Hospital)
Description: This is a collection of articles describing cancer care resources on the Internet.
Purpose: These articles are intended to show cancer patients, their families, and healthcare professionals how the Internet can be used to locate information about the diagnosis, treatment, and prognosis of cancer. With the large number of cancer-related resources on the Internet, a guide to help look for appropriate information would be very useful to patients.
Audience: Although the book is intended for oncology professionals, and patients and their families, the loose collection of articles creates a lack of cohesiveness throughout the book, making it difficult to understand for a novice Internet user. The book also lacks an introductory chapter on the Internet. The articles themselves are very insightful and will certainly benefit more experienced users.
Features: Some of the major cancer related resources on the Internet are described in the articles, often written by the creators of the resources. These include the National Cancer Institute's CancerNet site, the Oncolink site, and all of the NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers. One article provides examples of sites pertinent to breast cancer. Another interesting article is presented as the diary of a patient suffering from Hodgkin's Disease who documents his discovery of resources on the Internet useful to him. Although widely dispersed throughout the book, helpful guidelines for assessing the quality of the material found on the web are provided.
Assessment: The Internet is a very dynamic medium with resources being added to it very often. A static medium such as a book cannot keep pace. This material would have been more useful as a web-site. Providers of supportive care to cancer patients may find this book useful to learn more about cancer resources on the Internet and to guide patients in their search for more information.

2 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780789003447
  • Publisher: CRC Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 110
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Consumer Resources for Cancer on the World-Wide Web 3
The National Cancer Institute's CancerNet: A Reliable Source of Current Cancer Information on the Internet 15
OncoLink: Multimedia Access to State of the Art Cancer Information 23
Web Sites of the NCI-Designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers: A Brief Critical Tour from the Patient's Perspective 35
Breast Cancer Information on the Internet 57
Our Online Community of Individuals Interested in Cancer: How and Why 67
Cancer Support Groups Migrate to Internet Relay Chat 83
Touring with Mr. H: Hodgkin's Disease Information and the Internet 91
Alternative Medicine Cancer Therapies 99
Index 105
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