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The Cancer Information Service (CIS) provides the latest, most accurate cancer
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National Cancer Institute (NCI)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) offer this Web page for patients,
doctors, and scientists seeking current information about cancer. In addition
to providing general information about types of cancer and cancer treatments,
this site features regular briefings on the results of clinical trials and
topics related to cancer in the news.
The American Cancer Society (ACS)
The Web site of the American Cancer Society focuses on providing support for
people living with cancer. Surf the Cancer Survivors Network, search for a
comprehensive list of local cancer resources, read about complimentary and
alternative forms of cancer treatment, and visit the online bookstore to browse
titles related to cancer.
CancerNet functions as an annex to the NCI's main Web site. Much of the
information provided here reiterates what you'll find at the NCI page, but
CancerNet includes an extensive list of Web links related to cancer and other
practical resources such as lists of related literature, local hospice and home
care providers, and support groups.
Cancer News on the Net
Cancer News features the latest information regarding cancer prevention,
diagnosis, and treatment. Read the Cancer News newsletter, which is updated
weekly, or use the site's search engine to find an article on a specific
cancer-related topic published in a wide range of other publications.
The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship (NCCS) is a patient-led advocacy
group devoted to representing cancer patients and doctors in public health
policy. Learn more about NCCS and what it does at the site, which is also
available in Spanish.
Another Web service of the NCI, Cancer Trials explains the ins and outs of
clinical trials in layman's language. Want to know if you are a good candidate
for a clinical trial? Do you need more information about how to enroll in a
clinical trial? Cancer Trials provides a lengthy list of FAQ's sure to answer
Education, information, resources, and tools designed to assist healthcare
professionals in their day-to-day practice and patients and families coping
CancerFacts has two separate Web sites, one for patients and one for
physicians. Both sites are geared towards offering personalized information for
the user. Create a profile for yourself by entering a type of cancer, stage of
illness, age, and sex, and receive specific information tailored to your needs.
CancerTrack is another well-organized and accurate Internet resource for cancer
patients and their families. The site's home page contains a Cancer News
section that is updated every 15 minutes from over 2,000 sources.
EntreMed, Inc. is the biopharmaceutical company that licensed the
three naturally occurring inhibitors of angiogenesis—endostatin,
angiostatin, and Panzem (2ME2)—that were discovered in Dr. Folkman's Surgical Research
Laboratory in Boston. While several drug companies are developing and testing different
types of angiogenesis inhibitors, EntreMed is the only company conducting clinical
trials of these naturally occurring drugs. EntreMed has an interesting and well-organized
Web site full of information on the progress of their drugs' clinical trials, articles related
to antiangiogenesis and Dr. Folkman, and a listing of helpful links for cancer patients and their families.
The University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center
The two Wisconsin residents who were featured in "Cancer Warrior" while
enrolled in the clinical trial of endostatin received treatment at the
University of Wisconsin Comprehensive Cancer Center. The Center, one of
37 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the U.S., is a world leader in cancer research and treatment. Visit the
Center's Web site for more information about its clinical trials. Though
the endostatin trial is currently closed to new patients, clinical trials
are available for other cancer drugs.
Children's Hospital, Boston
The pioneering angiogenesis research of Dr. Judah Folkman and his colleagues
takes place at the Children's Surgical Research Laboratories at Children's
Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts. If you wish to make a donation to support
Dr. Folkman's research or want to find out more about the hospital where he
works, visit this site.
The University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center maintains this extensive cancer
education site and updates the site's information daily. The site is
designed to provide cancer-related resources to a wide audience, from those
who know very little about the disease to those who know more and are seeking
in-depth information. Among the site's many unique features are hundreds of
cancer-related book reviews and a section devoted to dealing with the
financial aspects of cancer treatment.
Dr. Folkman's War: Angiogenesis and the Struggle to Defeat Cancer. By Robert
Cooke. New York: Random House, 2001
Judah Folkman granted veteran science writer Bob Cooke extensive (and
exclusive) interviews for this book, which we excerpt in Designing Clinical
Trials. It tells the full story of the discovery of angiogenesis and its
stimulators and inhibitors, some of which may provide physicians with a new
means to battle cancer.
What You Really Need to Know About Cancer: A Comprehensive Guide for
Patients and Their Families. By Dr. Robert Buckman. Baltimore, MD: John
Hopkins University Press, 1997
This book by a medical oncologist with more than 20 years treating patients
with cancer covers a range of issues, including screening, diagnosis, and
prevention; conventional and unconventional treatments; the difference between
cure and remission; living with cancer, and more.
The Biological Basis of Cancer. By Robert G. McKinnell, Ralph E.
Parchment, Alan O. Perantoni, and G. Barry Pierce. New York: Cambridge
University Press, 1998
This textbook leads undergraduates through all aspects of cancer, from the
molecular to the clinical, from the biological basis to the human dimension.
Chapters cover cancer pathology, metastasis, carcinogenesis, genetics,
treatments, and more.
Serendipity: Accidental Discoveries in Science. By Royston M. Roberts.
New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1989
"What do Velcro, penicillin, X rays, Teflon, dynamite, and the Dead Sea Scrolls
have in common?" asks Royston Roberts in the introduction to this eminently
readable book. "Serendipity!" If you want to step beyond the unexpected medical
advances described in Accidental Discoveries, this is your source.
Dr. Ann Chambers, University of Western Ontario
Susan Connors, Children's Hospital, Boston
Andrea Cross, associate producer, "Cancer Warrior"
Dr. Rakesh K. Jain, Massachusetts General Hospital
Nancy Linde, producer, "Cancer Warrior"
Dr. Robert A. Weinberg, Whitehead Institute, M.I.T.
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