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Reliable Cancer Resources

Newly diagnosed cancer patients are often unsure where to look for reputable information about cancer. Deborah Pearson, RN, MPH, public health advisor for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), shares some tips to help them find accurate and reliable cancer information.
Talk to your doctor
“There’s no substitute for having a conversation with your doctor. Ask about your specific cancer type and treatment options. You might want to have a family member or trusted friend with you for emotional support and to help take notes.”
Make the call
“Talk with an information specialist from the NCI's Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER (1-800-422-6237, Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-8 p.m. EST). They have access to comprehensive information about a range of cancer topics, including recent treatment advances.”
Surf the Web
“Loads of information about specific cancer types and treatments are available on the American Cancer Society ( and National Cancer Institute ( Web sites. You can also learn about topics like clinical trials, supportive care and cancer screening methods.”
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