Breast Cancer On-Line (BCO) at
www.bco.org is a multidisciplinary website based in the United Kingdom that may be useful to practicing
oncologists, nurses, and scientists working in the field of oncology. The
editor-in-chief is John Robertson, professor of surgery at City Hospital, in
Nottingham, and the editorial board comprises an international team of prominent
Supported by an educational grant from AstraZeneca, BCO is
comprehensive and regularly updated. Among its features are interactive modules
that contain a number of excellent resources. For example, Journal Club offers
recent articles by both clinicians and scientists, accompanied by critical
reviews. Journal Watch is a monthly update of articles relevant to breast cancer
Expert Opinion invites readers to submit clinical cases for
expert comment and reader feedback as well. The Focus On department provides
timely, concise, and referenced reviews of current topics (such as pain in the
breast cancer patient) and also invites reader feedback.
The website’s educational modules include a multiple-chapter
Nurse Education section dedicated to nurses in cancer care and a fully archived
Case Studies section that allows readers to consider interesting clinical cases.
These areas are informative and allow professionals to test their knowledge and
receive quick feedback. Further opportunities for self-assessment are provided
in the Visual Library section, a unique array of radiologic and histopathologic
images based on various clinical themes.
Other useful features include a conference calendar and a
variety of conference reports, which summarize the major findings presented at
half a dozen major oncology meetings. The report on the Miami Breast Cancer
Conference, for example, contains "quick takes" of major points
emphasized at the meeting. The Breast Cancer News section contains a year’s
worth of highlights.
Links to Other Resources
A larger database can be accessed through the Information
section. In fact, the reader has access to Medline, Grateful Med, PDQ, and a
host of cancer resources, including several cancer journals, some of which
contain full text. Lastly, there are numerous links to online cancer sites, both
for professionals and consumers, with quick access.