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When you have questions about your health concerns, it is important to use reliable resources for your information. We encourage you to be a critical consumer of the information you find on the internet. You might wish to read the "Guide to Healthy Web Surfing" (link below), which provides some strategies for evaluating websites. We also strongly encourage you to discuss any information you find with your healthcare provider.
Guide to Healthy Web Surfing
The following comprehensive websites provide accurate and up-to-date information about cancer. All content on these sites is available in both English and Spanish. You may want to start at our website's in-depth Cancer Information section, which is composed of a collection of resources provided by the National Cancer Institute on a wide variety of cancer topics.
The National Cancer Institute
This website contains cancer information summaries, cancer statistics, a dictionary of cancer terms, a drug dictionary, clinical trials searches, cancer genetics information, and the “Understanding Cancer” series on the science behind the medicine.
On this website, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) offers information for patients, families, and caregivers. Coverage includes detailed information about many types of cancer, basic cancer information, support, coping, and advocacy. There is also a medical illustrations gallery, a collection of ASCO Patient Guides, and a monthly “Ask the Expert” forum, inviting patients, families, and the public to ask leading cancer experts questions via an online chat forum.
The American Cancer Society
The ACS site has information for both healthcare professionals and patients that includes disease overviews, treatment options, prevention and coping strategies, and news.
MedlinePlus offers authoritative information on all health topics from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health, and other health-related organizations. In addition to a comprehensive collection of cancer information and a selection of interactive health tutorials on a variety of cancer topics, features include videos of surgical procedures, health news, and a medical dictionary.
The following websites on specific cancer topics may also be helpful:
Office of Cancer Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, About Herbs
MD Anderson Complementary & Integrative Medicine Education Resources
Nutrition and Cancer
Cancer Nutrition Info
Lance Armstrong Foundation
American Urological Association
Bone Marrow Transplant
National Marrow Donor Program
American Brain Tumor Association
The Breast Cancer Resource Center (Santa Barbara)
The Susan B. Komen Foundation
Living Beyond Breast Cancer
Candlelighter's Childhood Cancer Foundation
Colon Cancer Alliance
Gynecological Cancer Foundation
Head and Neck Cancer
Support for People with Head & Neck Cancer
Kidney Cancer Association
Leukemia, Lymphoma & Myeloma
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
National Lymphedema Network
Merkel Cell Cancer
Merkel Cell Carcinoma
International Myeloma Foundation
Melanoma Patients’ Information Page
United Ostomy Association, Inc.
Ovarian Cancer National Alliance
Prostate Cancer Research Institute
Prostate Cancer Foundation
Pancreatic Cancer Action Network
The Skin Cancer Foundation
Testicular Cancer Resource Center
American Thyroid Association
Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association
Selection Process and Disclaimer
The Cancer Center of Santa Barbara provides this list of websites as a source of information. No direct recommendation of any content found on these sites is implied, and we strongly encourage you to consult your healthcare provider to review anything you learn through these websites, since he or she is best able to determine the relevance, if any, to your personal situation.
The websites listed here have been reviewed by the Cancer Librarians section of the Medical Library Association and/or by the librarian at the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara. Our selection criteria include: credibility, content, currency, authorship, purpose, and audience.