It’s no use being Patriotic – American cancer websites can give better information than we get in Britain

Britain may have set up the World Wide Web – but it has taken Americans to  show us how to use the web for the benefit of cancer survivors.   

Their websites are generally informative, written in patient-friendly language, with lots of videos giving a 2 – 3 minute overview of a problem.  Recently, even our Deputy Chief Medical Officer, Jonathan Van-Tam, said on ITV News that the best info about covid-19 came from the US website

Below are sites I visit regularly;  run by the

  • US Government
  • famous American cancer hospitals
  • or American Cancer charities.

Reliable and informative, with more up-to-date and latest well-researched treatment and survivorship information.

What’s on offer in UK?

Just to make sure I wasn’t being too unkind to NHS Choices – I went on their site.  Least said …….

There is also the NCSI (National Cancer Survivors Initiative) website. It’s now closed down, with a link through to Macmillan, which is sometimes  ‘unavailable’.

So just Google site names below, to open up useful, patient-friendly information.  I haven’t included addresses because many have two or three websites (or more), each one dedicated to a particular area

List of US websites

  • ASCO – American Society of Clinical Oncology  (this is the US equivalent of NHS Choices)
  • MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Hospital
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center
  • FDA (Food and Drug Authority  (particularly good for Covid-19 info)
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Johns Hopkins Hospital
  • University of Washington Medical Center
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • UCSF Medical Center
  • UCLA Medical Center
  • Stanford Hospital and Clinics
  • and two charities:
  • Livestrong
  • Susan G. Komen for the Cure

Try these links:

And good luck!
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