When you are diagnosed with cancer, it can be a constant struggle to
find reliable information online. A new Web site from a collection of leading cancer centers hopes to eliminate this problem.
New consumer health web site launches for cancer patients
NCCN.com serves as a valuable resource, providing patients with trusted information from leading cancer specialists.
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The National Comprehensive Cancer Network, which comprises 23 of the country's leading cancer centers, has launched
NCCN.com, a new consumer
information Web site dedicated to educating people with cancer. The site provides resources that make it easier for patients to engage in more
informed conversations with their doctors about different treatment options.
"NCCN.com serves as a valuable resource, providing patients with trusted information from leading cancer specialists. It includes information
on some hard-to-find topics such as financial resources and health insurance that may be very challenging for people with cancer," said
Ruti Volk, librarian at the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center's Patient Education Resource Center.
In addition to treatment information, NCCN.com provides information on living with cancer, financial and insurance issues,
survivorship, a glossary of cancer treatment terms and the latest cancer-related news. The information on NCCN.com is designed to be
comprehensive and informative, but presented in a format that is clear and easy for users to navigate. All information is based on research
and data provided by the top clinicians and cancer centers across the world.
The U-M Cancer Center, a founding member of NCCN, is a contributor to the new Web site. The core mission of NCCN is to bring doctors
from leading American cancer centers together to set the standard for clinical policy and medical treatment in oncology.
The new Web site is divided into four sections: making treatment decisions, living with cancer, paying for treatment, and life beyond cancer.
Experts from member institutions, including U-M, contribute content to the site. The News section of the site offers the latest headlines on
cancer diagnosis, treatment and prevention.
Volk highlighted the site's Question and Answer database as especially helpful because the answers come from physicians of the member
institutions and help to provide information that is relevant not only to the individual who asked the question but to many people across the
"In today's society it is important to have online information that is both credible and reliable," Volk said. "It is great that NCCN has
created this Web site because cancer patients and their families recognize NCCN as an authoritative source and trust the information they
read on the Web site."
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