Comprehensive Breast Cancer Website

May 1, 2001

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,

Breast Cancer On-Line (BCO) at www.bco.org is a multidisciplinary website based in the United Kingdom that may be useful to practicingoncologists, nurses, and scientists working in the field of oncology. Theeditor-in-chief is John Robertson, professor of surgery at City Hospital, inNottingham, and the editorial board comprises an international team of prominentphysicians.

Supported by an educational grant from AstraZeneca, BCO iscomprehensive and regularly updated. Among its features are interactive modulesthat contain a number of excellent resources. For example, Journal Club offersrecent articles by both clinicians and scientists, accompanied by criticalreviews. Journal Watch is a monthly update of articles relevant to breast cancercare.

Expert Opinion invites readers to submit clinical cases forexpert comment and reader feedback as well. The Focus On department providestimely, concise, and referenced reviews of current topics (such as pain in thebreast cancer patient) and also invites reader feedback.

Educational Modules

The website’s educational modules include a multiple-chapterNurse Education section dedicated to nurses in cancer care and a fully archivedCase Studies section that allows readers to consider interesting clinical cases.These areas are informative and allow professionals to test their knowledge andreceive quick feedback. Further opportunities for self-assessment are providedin the Visual Library section, a unique array of radiologic and histopathologicimages based on various clinical themes.

Other useful features include a conference calendar and avariety of conference reports, which summarize the major findings presented athalf a dozen major oncology meetings. The report on the Miami Breast CancerConference, for example, contains "quick takes" of major pointsemphasized at the meeting. The Breast Cancer News section contains a year’sworth of highlights.

Links to Other Resources

A larger database can be accessed through the Informationsection. In fact, the reader has access to Medline, Grateful Med, PDQ, and ahost of cancer resources, including several cancer journals, some of whichcontain full text. Lastly, there are numerous links to online cancer sites, bothfor professionals and consumers, with quick access.