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J Oncol Pract. 2006 January; 2(1): 39.
PMCID: PMC2794646

New Content on PLWC to Share With Your Patients

Several new sections to help patients better understand various aspects of their cancer care are now available on People Living With Cancer (PLWC; www.plwc.org). Members of PLWC's Editorial Board reviewed each new section.

Cancer Type Sections Expanded to Include 36 Rare Cancers

PLWC now offers information about 36 rare cancers, which increases the number of cancer type sections to more than 85. Each PLWC Guide to Cancer (www.plwc.org/cancer) includes information in the following areas: overview, medical illustrations, risk factors, symptoms, diagnosis, staging, treatment, after treatment, questions to ask the doctor, current research, patient information resources, and clinical trials resources.

Staging Medical Illustrations Added

Your patients can download and print staging medical illustrations for nine of the most common cancer types at www.plwc.org/illustrations. These illustrations help patients visualize each stage and substage of cancer.

Additional Cancer Types in Spanish

Three new PLWC Guides to Cancer are available in Spanish at www.plwc.org/spanish or www.plwc.org/espanol, including ovarian cancer, laryngeal and hypopharyngeal cancer, and oral and oropharyngeal cancer.

Cancer in Teenagers

This section helps teenagers and their families cope with a cancer diagnosis. Cancer in Teenagers (www.plwc.org/teenagers) includes the following sections:

  • Overview
  • Dealing With Cancer
  • Friends, Family, and School
  • Treatment Information
  • Cancer and Your Body
  • Life After Treatment
  • Resources for Teenagers

Cancer in Young Adults

Many young adults with cancer have a difficult time finding information and support. Cancer in Young Adults (www.plwc.org/youngadults) includes the following sections:

  • Being a Young Adult With Cancer
  • Family, Friends, and Other Relationships
  • Treatment Information
  • Cancer and Your Body
  • Life After Treatment
  • Resources for Young Adults

New Patient Guide on Follow-Up Care for Colorectal Cancer

To help your patients better understand their cancer care, ASCO produces patient guides, which are ASCO's Clinical Practice Guidelines written for patients. The newest patient guide, “Follow-Up Care for Colorectal Cancer,” can be found at www.plwc.org/patientguides. Patients can also download the patient guide as a PDF.

2006 People Living With Cancer “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 on People Living With Cancer (PLWC). Each month, PLWC hosts events that offer patients, families, and the public the opportunity to ask ASCO experts questions about cancer, either through live online chats or month-long question-and-answer forums. Transcripts from all previous “Ask the ASCO Expert” events, as well as a schedule of all events for 2006 are available on PLWC.

The following chats will be held on www.plwc.org from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EST:

  • January 26, 2006—“Gastrointestinal Cancers: Important Updates for Patients,” Richard L. Schilsky, MD, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
  • February 24, 2006—“Prostate Cancer: Important News for Patients,” Eric J. Small, MD, University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California
  • March 10, 2006—“Preventing, Screening, and Treating Colon Cancer,” Robert Mayer, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts

PLWC will host the question-and-answer forum “Cancer and Aging in America: Important Information for Patients and Loved Ones” in March 2006 (Lodovico Balducci, MD, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, Tampa, Florida).


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