I am often asked by patients where to go for more information on cancer. When you look for information, chances are you use Google. Be careful! While there are great resources online there is also tons of misinformation.
Below you’ll find a list of trusted sites my colleagues and I use to determine the “standard of care” for each type of cancer.
- National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN): The NCCN is the most commonly cited website for standard of care. Sign up and you can access staging and treatment information for your cancer. Additionally, you will see the levels of evidence for each recommendation. Pay special attention to their NCCN Guidelines for Patients, a patient-friendly version.
- National Cancer Institute (NCI): NCI is an excellent government sources for research clinical trials, cancer types and more.
- National Library of Medicine’s Pub Med: PubMed is a technical read for research purposes. After reading the NCCN guidelines for a specific cancer, search PubMed for medical references and articles referenced within NCCN. The abstract will display and you can decide if you want to obtain it.
- American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO): ASCO provides up-to-date oncology information on clinical trials results, abstracts and expert opinions. Patients are encouraged to attend their annual meetings.
- American Society of Hematology (ASH): ASH provides up-to-date hematology information on clinical trials results, abstracts and expert opinions. Patients are encouraged to attend their annual meetings.
- UpToDate: UpToDate is another patient-friendly site widely used by physicians and healthcare professionals as a quick review.
- Epocrates: Epocrates is an excellent source for medications and side effects
- College of American Pathologist: My Biopsy provides credible information on biopsies, pictures of normal and diseased tissues, treatment plans and more. More than likely, your pathologist uses this site as a reference.
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