Cancer.Net provides help for patients


ALEXANDRIA, Va. — The American Society of Clinical Oncology launched Cancer.Net (, a comprehensive, doctor-approved patient Web site that provides reliable, up-to-the-minute information on more than 120 types of cancer and cancer-related syndromes.

The site replaces American Society of Clinical Oncology’s and adds new features, including toolkits to help newly diagnosed patients and survivors navigate their care.


The content on Cancer.Net is developed and reviewed by a 150-member editorial board consisting of leading medical, surgical, radiation and pediatric oncologists, nurses, social workers and patient advocates.

Newly Diagnosed: First Steps to Take

This new toolkit includes a wide range of information to help patients take control of their care from the moment they are diagnosed.

Tools include podcasts and articles on “What to do When the Doctor Says Cancer;” a glossary of terms; a “Find an Oncologist” database; a guide to choosing the right treatment facility; questions to ask when seeking a second opinion; and resources for emotional and financial support.

Survivorship: Next Steps To Take

This toolkit helps patients make the transition to survivor once treatment is complete.

Resources include: information on long-term side effects many survivors experience; downloadable forms to bring to the doctor to track follow-up care; and podcasts and feature articles on the physical and emotional changes to expect.

New information.

And in addition to the site’s new features, Cancer.Net offers comprehensive, up-to-date cancer information, including:

  • Guides to more than 120 cancer types and cancer-related syndromes;
  • Anatomical and staging illustrations;
  • Regular podcasts that give patients a chance to hear from American Society of Clinical Oncology experts on a variety of cancer issues, such as genetic counseling, tobacco use and tips on caregiving;
  • Searchable resources on local oncologists and ongoing clinical trials;
  • Information on managing side effects and coping.


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