Cancer Resources Page

In my earlier post I mentioned a new project – a cancer resources page.  Well yesterday it rained so I had to stay inside.  The project beckoned and by the end of the evening I had a quite a collection of links.  My original concept was to put together an annotated list, one that would have not only a brief description of each site but would also include a brief critique.  What features are most helpful or well done?  What content might also have cautions? I decided to go ahead a publish the list today rather than wait.  I will annotate each resource as time goes by

With anything information found on the web a bit of critical thinking and questioning should be applied.  And, of course, one should always check with your physician or your favorite nurse before making any decisions that might affect your treatment plan.  This even applies to supplemental therapies which I and many believe have a legitimate place in cancer treatment.  But even organic and “natural” compounds may have toxicities and harmful interactions with other drugs you are on.  I remember someone gave me some herbal pill which was supposed to stimulate my immune system.  A nurse I knew that specialized in supplemental approaches cautioned that my leukemia by definition involved an overstimulated immune system.  Taking that pill might have exactly the opposite effect I intended.

I have grouped the list into different categories.  The first category I called the “megasites” – those which present a broad spectrum of the current state of knowledge about cancers.  Then I listed categories for each of the individual cancers.  I have also included a list of sites for general cancer knowledge, for research, for childhood cancers, veterinary cancers, scientific journals, cancer news, multicultural issues, and finally a list of cancers centers designated as “comprehensive” by the National Cancer Institute (NCI).  The categories are alphabetized as are the links within each list.

As always I welcome readers of this blog to submit resources that I may have missed as well a comments and critiques about any of the sites.  I intend this resource list to be an ongoing, evolving project.  I would be interested in hearing your thoughts about the relevance and usefulness of this new page.

Take care,  Dennis


About Dennis Pyritz

Dennis W. Pyritz, RN, BA, BSN, has been a cancer nurse since 1987 and a cancer and bone marrow transplant survivor since 2004. In December 2001 he was diagnosed with t-cell prolymphocytic leukemia (T-PLL), a rare aggressive form of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Dennis was treated with the then new monoclonal antibody, alemtuzumab (Campath) as this disease has a median survival of 7.5 months. He achieved a 26 month remission but relapsed in February 2004. He was retreated with Campath and went into a second remission. In August 2004 he underwent an allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplant with his brother, Mark, as donor. Dennis has remained in remission since - a near miracle. Throughout his career as cancer nurse and patient, Dennis has had the opportunity to speal to both lay and professional groups. Dennis has spoken on cancer topics and survival issues across the country as well as in the United Kingdom, Norway, Austria, Portugal, Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Trinidad, United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Cyrpus, Israel, and India.

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