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Three New Interactive Websites for Cancer Patients

doi: 10.1097/01.COT.0000390569.70243.ea

Northwestern University, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, and the US TOO International Prostate Cancer Education and Support Network, in collaboration with Centocor Ortho Biotech Inc., have all launched new websites for individuals affected by cancer.

* is a Spanish-language site based off of the site created by Northwestern's Oncofertility Consortium in 2007 to share fertility preservation information with cancer patients.

“It's critical to communicate directly to people of color, including Spanish-language speakers, because research shows that doctors of these patients are less likely to suggest preventive care,” Teresa Woodruff, PhD, Director of the Oncofertility Consortium, said in a news release. “We developed the Spanish-language site to make the MyOncofertility web site as inclusive as possible.”

The site features patient testimonials, animations of fertility preservation techniques, and links to support groups. Information is also tailored for users depending on whether they are a patient, partners, or parents.

*, the first affiliate of the national platform, is an online community intended both as an informational resource for patients, family members, and caregivers, and as a round-the-clock extension of cancer support networks.

* The site runs the gamut of clinical trials and wellness tips to jokes and lighthearted videos created by and for people with cancer. Users can access more than 30 disease-specific national communities or join groups focused on care giving, health and wellness, clinical trials, insurance, nutrition, and survivorship.

* The site features regular news updates, a social-networking component, and feature stories on survivorship and living well. Through the national CancerConnect site, community members can also chat with different authors and hear from celebrity survivors like Donna Karan, Sheryl Crow, and Hoda Kotb.

*, is an educational site with resources and information specific to advanced prostate cancer patients and their loved ones. The information on the site is presented visually as a roadmap allowing visitors to navigate various “stops,” each of which provides unique, current information. Topics include health and wellness, work, relationships, and sex and intimacy. Users are provided with tips on nutrition, exercise, and maintaining relationships, and there are suggested questions to help guide difficult and often emotional discussions with employers.

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