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 FDA.org
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:
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure
Try these links: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/types/breast/beyond-cancer-video