ASCO's patient information website -- Cancer.Net (www.cancer.net) -- provides timely, oncologist-approved information to help patients and families make informed health care decisions. All content is subject to a formal peer-review process by the Cancer.Net Editorial Board, composed of more than 150 medical, surgical, radiation, and pediatric oncologists, physician assistants, oncology nurses, social workers, and patient advocates. In addition, ASCO editorial staff reviews the content for easy readability. For more about that process, listen to a March 2016 podcast with Editor In Chief Lidia Schapira, MD. Cancer.Net content is reviewed on an annual basis or as needed. Tell us what you think at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cancer.Net was launched in May 2002 as People Living With Cancer (PLWC). In April 2008, the website was relaunched as Cancer.Net (www.cancer.net). It undergoes regular formatting updates to meet visitor needs, including a full redesign in August 2014. Cancer.Net has received several honors for its content, design, and ease of use. Cancer.Net is funded by the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and by donations to ASCO’s patient education program through the Conquer Cancer Foundation.
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Highlights of the site are listed below and will help navigate you through many of the components that make Cancer.Net a unique and important cancer resource. After extensive testing, Cancer.Net updated its navigation framework in February 2014 to help visitors find the information they want faster. This site now has new navigation areas, with some articles and other content now categorized in different areas. Take time to browse the content and use what you learn as you talk about your cancer care with your family, doctor, and health care team. Keep an eye out for other changes coming to Cancer.Net soon!
Types of Cancer - A comprehensive guide to more than 120 types of cancer and cancer-related syndromes, including disease-specific treatment and side effects information. There is also information in Spanish about the most common cancer types affecting Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.
Navigating Cancer Care - A basic overview of cancer including resources for those newly diagnosed, risk factors and prevention strategies, genetics, and information on clinical trials. This section also includes guidance on how to manage care, the costs of cancer care, and topics specific to different age groups.
Blog - The Cancer.Net Blog provides practical tips for living with cancer, suggestions to help patients and families cope with the disease, research news and guidelines from ASCO, and much more. The blog section also includes the Cancer.Net Podcasts, which provide patient information on cancer research, treatment, coping, and many other topics in audio format.
Coping with Cancer - Practical suggestions for dealing with the emotional effects of cancer, and resources on navigating relationships, caregiving, and grief and bereavement.
Research and Advocacy - The portal to news from ASCO meetings and symposia, ASCO and Cancer.Net events, and ASCO's Care and Treatment Summaries for Patients. This section also includes summary information about the research process, an introduction to cancer advocacy, and the ASCO programs designed for patient advocates.
Survivorship - Information about healthy living beyond cancer, including tracking your medical history using ASCO's Cancer Treatment Summaries and Survivorship Care Plans. Also includes information on rehabilitation and the late effects of treatment, as well as a section highlighting survivor artwork.
Cancer.Net En Español - Content for Cancer.Net visitors who speak Spanish, including translations of ASCO Care and Treatment Recommendations, information on managing side effects, an introduction to clinical trials, and information on the most common cancer types in Hispanics/Latinos in the United States.