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