Curation of online content - in my humble opinion - is an important role for the 21st century physician. In a perfect world, I would spend part of every visit, or at least every new patient visit, pointing my patients to online references that complement what we covered during the visit and help them further understand their diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment options. The truth is, it is very challenging to find the time to do that. That is not likely to change until we have our EHR fully implemented at Hopkins next spring, with the patient portal in place and automated after-visit summary generated with each visit. I am optimistic that the technology will facilitate this type of educational offering.
I welcome recommendations of other web sites that my readers have found helpful. As mentioned, I intend to focus largely on reputable institutional sites, but I will read every suggestion. Please leave me a comment below or suggest a site to me on Twitter (@rsm2800).
And now the obligatory disclaimer stuff...
The links that I list below are from organizations that are reputable and have a history of producing high quality , credible patient-education information. If I approve a blog comment mentioning other sites/resources, I am sharing it but not necessarily endorsing it. Obviously, all of these sites are from third parties, and I do not control their content. And as I say in the disclaimer on my home page, this blog is not medical advice. Always consult your physician for specific medical questions about your condition.
General Breast Cancer InformationCancer.Net - Cancer Types>>Breast Cancer
NCCN Guidelines for Patients - Breast Cancer
National Cancer Institute - Breast Cancer Home Page
American Cancer Society - Breast Cancer Overview
Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center - Breast Cancer Program Home Page
Drug InformationDrug Index - British Columbia Cancer Agency
American Cancer Society - Guide to Cancer Drugs
National Cancer Institute - Cancer Drug Information
WebMD - Drug and Medication List
Clinical TrialsNational Cancer Institute - Clinical Trials Search
American Cancer Society Clinical Trials Matching Service
Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center Breast Cancer Program - Clinical Trials Page
Breast Cancer/General Oncology NewsBreastcancer.org Research News
MedPage Today - Oncology/Hematology Information Center
Oncolink - Cancer News
Coping/Supportive CareNational Cancer Institute - Coping with Cancer: Supportive and Palliative Care
Cancer.Net - Coping
Cancercare.org - For Patients and Survivors
Oncolink - Cancer Support and Coping with Cancer
SurvivorshipCancer.Net - Survivorship Page
LIVESTRONG - Cancer Transitions
Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center - Breast Cancer Survivorship Care