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The coping section on ASCO's patient Web site, People Living With Cancer (www.plwc.org), has been expanded to include wide-ranging information to help people with cancer and their families cope with the emotional, physical, and practical issues of a cancer diagnosis. The PLWC coping section was created in collaboration with the Psychosocial Oncology Panel of the PLWC Editorial Board. The Psychosocial Oncology Panel reviews all content for the coping section. The Panel includes psychosocial oncology expert physicians, oncology nurses, and oncology social workers, as well as adult/child psychiatrists, hospice and palliative care physicians, and grief counselors.
“It is easier for physicians to stay up to date on the latest diagnostic and treatment information, but harder to find information on coping and psychosocial aspects of care,” said Raymond Sawaya, MD, professor and chair of the Department of Neurosurgery and Director of the Brain Tumor Center at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, and member of PLWC's Editorial Board.
PLWC's expanded coping section is an excellent resource for physicians and other members of the health-care team to share with patients and their families. Another valuable resource for patients and caregivers is the opportunity to ask an ASCO expert questions about coping with cancer during a live Web chat on PLWC. This year, the chat takes place on December 8, 2005, from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST, and is hosted by Lidia Schapira, MD, a staff physician at Massachusetts General Hospital, board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and oncology, and a member of PLWC's Editorial Board.
The coping section provides information on the following topics for people with cancer, their family members, and friends:
“Referring people to PLWC's coping section not only validates their non-medical concerns, but provides them with the resources to manage these issues,” said Diane Blum, MSW, editor-in-chief of PLWC, and executive director of Cancer Care, Inc.