NEW YORKVisitors to the Eye Cancer Network (ECN) website (www.eyecancer.com)
can access a wealth of information on ocular cancers, including an
extensive collection of clinical photographs (see images).
The site is well designed, leading visitors logically and quickly to
specific information and related links. For example, a visitor
seeking information on retinal tumors easily finds the topic in the
Eye Conditions index, where it is subdivided into retinoblastoma,
retinal pigment epithelial tumors, retinal pigment epithelial
hypertrophy, and von Hippel angioma.
Webmaster Paul T. Finger, MD, is director of The New York Eye Cancer
Center, which he established; director of the Ocular Tumor Service,
The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary; and associate professor of
ophthalmology, New York University School of Medicine. He is also
principal investigator for the Collaborative Ocular Melanoma Study,
sponsored by the National Institutes of Health and National Eye
The EyeCancer Network site is designed to meet the needs of both
patients and physicians. Patients can seek out information on the eye
and eye conditions written for the layperson, visit a frequently
asked questions section, or search for a physician in the physician
finder. But they also have access to the sites wide array of
clinical information, including sections on innovative treatments,
NCI-funded studies, and ophthalmology meetings.
Of special interest is ECN Interactive, a bulletin board where
patients can share their personal experiences in the Heart 2
Heart section, while physicians can discuss their clinical
experiences in the Eye 2 Eye discussion forum.
Dr. Finger has also started the Online Journal of Ophthalmic Oncology
(OJO), available on the ECN website. The journal will publish
original laboratory and clinical investigations related to ophthalmic
oncology. All manuscripts will be reviewed by a minimum of two
specialists in ophthalmic oncology and/or related specialties, and
accepted articles will be accessible to readers worldwide for a
minimum of 1 year.
The Eye Care Foundation, established by Dr. Finger, is also featured
on the website. The mission of this nonprofit organization is to
provide up-to-date treatment information to patients and physicians,
establish family and patient support programs, empower patients to
find the resources they need, fund and direct research to find cures
for eye diseases, and coordinate national and international
prospective, randomized clinical trials to evaluate new methods of
diagnosis and treatment.