With the aim of making its website more comprehensive and supportive of women with breast cancer, the National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO) has expanded and redesigned www.nabco.org. The new version, which became available on October 24, 2001, is part of the organization’s ongoing effort to educate both patients and clinicians about good breast health, provide the latest breast cancer information, and foster community support.
Among the new features added to the website is the NABCO Recurrence Project. Despite the wealth of information available on breast cancer, very few sources address recurrent or advanced breast cancer. This feature will offer research updates, sources for care and support, and resources and facts about the detection and treatment of recurrent and advanced breast cancer. Novartis, a major sponsor of the website relaunch, provided funding for the Recurrence Project.
Also available online for the first time is the NABCO Breast Cancer Resource list. Although the print version is in its 15th year of publication, the completely updated online version was just added. This reference guide contains more than 3,000 breast cancer resources, including books, brochures, booklets, organizations, hotlines, and websites.
Among the website’s other features are an e-mail reminder system and an online calendar, both of which have been expanded and made more user-friendly. The reminder system prompts women to schedule breast exams and mammograms, and the calendar tracks breast cancer conferences, medical meetings, policy- and advocacy-related activities, outreach and fundraising events, corporate and worksite health promotions, and locations for free and low-cost screenings.