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J Oncol Pract. 2006 July; 2(4): 178–179.
PMCID: PMC2793615

PLWC Editorial Board Expands Peer-Reviewed Cancer-Type Sections

People Living With Cancer (, ASCO's patient information Web site, now offers comprehensive guides to more than 90 types of cancer, including Spanish-language sections for the 19 most common cancers affecting Hispanics/Latinos living in the United States, as well as information on 30 cancer-related syndromes. ASCO members sharing PLWC with their patients can be assured that all information on the Web site is approved by oncologists and is supported by more than 135 Editorial Board members. The members of the Editorial Board consist of leading medical, surgical, and radiation oncologists; nurses; social workers; and patient advocates from around the world. Members of the Editorial Board are involved in clinical practice and cancer research, and, as such, PLWC's content reflects the latest changes in standards of care.

The primary responsibility of the PLWC Editorial Board and the 14 advisory teams that support the Editors is to perform an annual medical review of each cancer type section, which now include:

  • Overview with statistics
  • Medical illustrations
  • Risk factors
  • Prevention
  • Symptoms
  • Diagnosis
  • Staging (the most common cancer types include staging with illustrations)
  • Treatment
  • Side effects of cancer and cancer treatment
  • Questions to ask the doctor
  • Current research
  • Patient information resources
  • Clinical trials resources

2006 Ask the ASCO Expert Series

ASCO members are encouraged to talk with their patients about upcoming “Ask the ASCO Expert” forums hosted by leading ASCO experts each month on PLWC. Transcripts from all previous Ask the ASCO Expert events, as well as a schedule of the remaining events for 2006 are available on PLWC.

July 1-23, 2006: “Cancer in Children, Teens, and Young Adults: What Every Parent Needs to Know,” W. Archie Bleyer, MD (Cancer Treatment Center, St Charles Medical Center; LIVESTRONG Young Adult Alliance; CureSearch-Aflac Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Research), and Gregory Reaman, MD (Children's Oncology Group).

July 24-31, 2006: “Cancer in Older Adults,” Hyman Muss, MD (University of Vermont College of Medicine).

August 1-31, 2006: “Cancer Survivorship: Living Beyond Cancer,” Sandra Horning, MD (Stanford University Medical Center; ASCO President 2005-2006), Melissa Hudson, MD (St Jude Children's Research Hospital), Ann Partridge, MD (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute), and Doug Ulman (Lance Armstrong Foundation; Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults).

September 1-30, 2006: “Taking Care of Yourself During and After Cancer Treatment,” David Alberts, MD (Arizona Cancer Center), and Cyndi Thomson, PhD, RD (Arizona Cancer Center).

PLWC Editorial Board


  • Diane Blum, MSW
    Executive Director, CancerCare Inc

Associate Editors

  • George Demetri, MD
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Helmuth Goepfert, MD
    M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Richard Goldberg, MD
    University of North Carolina
  • Lori Goldstein, MD
    Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Mark Kris, MD
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Maurie Markman, MD
    M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD
    The Cleveland Clinic
  • Gregory Reaman, MD
    Children's Oncology Group
  • Steven Rosen, MD
    Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Raymond Sawaya, MD
    M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Lidia Schapira, MD
    Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Charles Schiffer, MD
    Karmanos Cancer Institute
  • Ellen Stovall
    National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship
  • John Sweetenham, MD
    The Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Margaret Tucker, MD
    National Cancer Institute
  • Linda Vahdat, MD
    Cornell University
  • Rodger Winn, MD
    National Quality Forum

Specialty Editors

  • Jaffer Ajani, MD
    M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Mark Bernstein, MD
    Sainte-Justine Hospital
  • Ronald Blum, MD
    Beth Israel Cancer Center
  • Mitchell Cairo, MD
    Columbia University
  • Gary Clayman, MD
    M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Susan Cohn, MD
    Children's Memorial Hospital
  • Ann Gillenwater, MD
    M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Dan Gombos, MD
    M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • John Hainsworth, MD
    The Sarah Cannon Cancer Center
  • David Ilson, MD, PhD
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Philip Johnson, MD, FRCP
    University of Birmingham
  • Andrew Ko, MD
    University of California, San Francisco
  • Lee M. Krug, MD
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Anna Meadows, MD
    Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • William Meyer, MD
    University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
  • Nancy D. Perrier, MD, FACS
    M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Ian Pollack, MD, FACS, FAAP
    University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
  • Naiyer A. Rizvi, MD
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
  • Cindy Schwartz, MD
    Rhode Island Hospital
  • Nita Seibel, MD
    Children's National Medical Center
  • Franklin Smith, MD
    University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
  • Christopher Sweeney, MBBS
    Indiana University
  • Nicholas Vogelzang, MD
    Nevada Cancer Institute
  • Jacques Wils, MD, PhD
    Laurentius Hospital
  • Naomi Winick, MD
    University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Articles from Journal of Oncology Practice are provided here courtesy of American Society of Clinical Oncology