The University of Michigan (U-M) Comprehensive
Cancer Center has launched an Internet site to serve the growing
online community of cancer patients seeking trustworthy medical
information. The web site, which is located at www.cancer.med.umich.edu,
features information on University of Michigan cancer research and
patient care services that previously was difficult to access from home.
We can now offer the public access to our clinical trials
database, which includes easy-to-understand descriptions of more than
100 investigational treatments for nearly every type
and stage of cancer, says Max S.Wicha, MD, breast oncologist
and director of the cancer center. Physicians in the community
will find this database a valuable resource for referring their
patients to cancer center clinical trials.
In another section, current and prospective patients can learn about
the cancer centers history and current happenings. The
Learn About Cancer section contains information about
specific cancers, treatments and side effects, nutrition, clinical
trials, and support groups. In addition, the site provides links to
hundreds of cancer-related web sites that have been screened and
approved by University of Michigan physicians
Our web site also allows anyone to send an e-mail message to
U-Ms Cancer AnswerLine nurses, who give personalized answers to
cancer care questions and refer patients to appropriate U-M
physicians, Dr. Wicha says.
Cancer center patients will find the sites Guide for
Patients useful. It helps them understand what they can expect
during their visit, gives them phone numbers they might need, and
provides maps to the University of Michigan Health System. All of the
cancer centers publications can be found online as well.
Another section of the site, Share the Hope and Humor,
which is spearheaded by a cancer survivor, offers inspirational
stories, thoughts and imagesand invites visitors to contribute
their personal insights.
For health professionals, the site offers a section devoted to
updates on research projects, continuing medical education
opportunities, and a referral guide.