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Additional Resources for Teachers

The following resources may provide additional background information about cancer for you and your students.

Resources on the World Wide Web

National Cancer Institute (NCI) http://www.nci.nih.gov/

This site includes sections for primary care physicians, nurse-practitioners, and other medical professionals as well as the general public.

American Cancer Society http://www.cancer.org/

This is the home page for the American Cancer Society.

The Genetics of Cancer Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University http://cancer.northwestern.edu/public/why_northwestern/specialty_programs/programs/genetics.cfm

This site provides information about the genetic basis of cancer for the general public as well as primary care physicians and other medical professionals.

Office on Womenís Health, Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) http://www.womenshealth.gov/

This site offers comprehensive information about womenís health issues, including breast cancer. OWH is the focal point for womenís health activities within HHS.

The National Program of Cancer Registries http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/npcr/index.htm

This site of cancer registries is maintained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

OncoLink University of Pennsylvania Cancer Center http://www.pennhealth.com/

This site contains a number of links to Web sites on breast cancer.

The National Alliance of Breast Cancer Organizations (NABCO) http://www.nabco.org/

The Alliance is a coalition of organizations across the United States that offers a variety of services to breast cancer patients. It also provides information about clinical trials and breast cancer support groups.

The Prostate Cancer InfoLink http://www.phoenix5.org/Infolink/index.html

This site has information about prostate cancer screening, diagnosis, treatment, and support.

TeleSCAN: Telematic Services in Cancer http://telescan.nki.nl/

This site, based in Europe, provides information to the general public, physicians, and researchers.


When Life Becomes Precious by Elise Needell Babock (1997; Bantam Books; ISBN 0553378694)

This book provides information for the families and friends of cancer patients, offering advice on being supportive, explaining cancer to children, and discussing mortality. The book also includes contact information for more than 100 resources such as support organizations, hospices, and newsletters and magazines.

When a Parent Has Cancer: A Guide to Caring for Your Children by Wendy Schlessel Harpham (1997; HarperCollins; ISBN 0060187093)

This guide offers sensitive and realistic suggestions for minimizing the fear and anxiety families face when dealing with cancer.

Informed Decisions: The Complete Book of Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment, and Recovery by Gerald P. Murphy, Lois B. Morris, and Dianne Lange (1997; Viking Penguin: The American Cancer Society; ISBN 0670853704)

This rich resource explains the language of cancer, basic screening, diagnostics, and tests for cancer. It also includes information about risk factors, signs and symptoms, treatment strategies, and survival prospects. The book ends with a 170-page "Encyclopedia of Common and Uncommon Cancers" with entries that provide detailed information about a broad range of well- and little-known types of cancer.

Other Resources

Cancer Information Services (CIS)

This service is NCI's national information and education network. The CIS is an excellent source for the latest, most accurate cancer information for patients, the public, and health professionals. Specially trained staff provide scientific information in understandable language. CIS staff answer questions in English and Spanish and also distribute NCI materials. Its toll-free telephone number is 1-800-4-CANCER.


You can use e-mail to acquire PDQ and other NCI information by computer. To obtain a CancerMail contents list, send e-mail, with the word "help" in the body of the message, to cancermail@icicc.nci.nih.gov.


For NCI information by fax, dial 301-402-5874 from the telephone on a fax machine and listen to recorded instructions.


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