Recommended Websites for Cancer Information
The resources listed here provide general information for patients, caregivers, and librarians. Members of the MLA Cancer Librarians Caucus have reviewed these resources for quality (currency, credibility, content, audience, etc.). Some resources will contain information that is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily that of your own healthcare providers. Please consult your healthcare provider for individual information on your specific condition.
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Sites were last reviewed or updated 1/2019
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Editor: Jennifer Walker, MLS
University of North Carolina, Health Sciences Library
Chapel Hill, NC
Cancer.net: Being a Caregiver
Cancer.Net brings the expertise and resources of the American Society of Clinical Oncology to people living with cancer and those who care for and about them to help patients and families make informed health care decisions.
American Cancer Society: Who are caregivers, and what do they do?
This section of the ACS talks about caregivers as the unpaid loved ones who give the person with cancer physical and emotional care. Caregivers may be partners, family members, or close friends. Most often, they are not trained for the caregiver job. Many times, they’re the lifeline of the person with cancer.
National Cancer Institute: Caring for your mind, body and spirit
Taking time to recharge your mind, body, and spirit can help you be a better caregiver. This site offers suggestions on ways caregivers can take care of themselves.
Caregiver College video series
Caregiver College is Family Caregiver Alliance's series of classes for Caregivers in video format. Here is a selection of videos designed to show caregivers some essential skills for taking care of their loved ones. Topics include: Transfer Skills, Nutrition, Dental Care, Bathing & Dressing, Toileting, Behavioral Issues and the all-important Self-Care.
Children & Adolescents
Editor: Jan T. Orick, MLIS, AHIP
St Jude Children's Research Hospital, Biomedical Library
American Cancer Society: Cancer in Children
The American Cancer Society website provides a Detailed Guide and information on specific forms of childhood cancer. The website includes information about diagnosis, treatment, coping and support, and surviving childhood cancer.
American Childhood Cancer Organization (ACCO)
Provides a comprehensive list of resources, tools, support networks, and specialized programs to help families cope with the medical, emotional, and psychological repercussions of childhood cancer. These resources enable families to reach out and interact with other people who understand exactly what you are going through. Through sharing experiences and building a sense of community, even the most depleted reserves of strength and hope can be renewed.
Cancer in Children - MedlinePlus
MedlinePlus provides an excellent start to locating information about childhood and adolescent cancer including links to diagnosis, treatment, clinical trials, research, dictionaries, directories, and videos.
Childhood Cancer Guides
This is a not-for-profit group of individuals. The educational website that shares portions of the books, provides referrals to helpful resources, and additional links. Content is from the books on childhood cancer and leukemia co-authored by Nancy Keene.
Children’s Oncology Group https://www.childrensoncologygroup.org/index.php/patients-and-families-section
The Children’s Oncology Group provides important information for children and their families from the time of diagnosis, through treatment, and following cure. Their experts in childhood cancer are available throughout the United States, Canada and a number of international sites. Find a Children’s Oncology Group location near you and download the Family Handbook for more information.
Coalition Against Childhood Cancer https://cac2.org/childhood-cancer-fact-library/
This grassroots movement includes representatives of small, medium- sized, and large organizations and committed individuals who fight childhood cancer and provide support to the children and families affected by the disease. Provides a Family Resources Hope Portal with links to various resources a Childhood Cancer Fact Library and directory of member organizations.
This site contains comprehensive coverage for all aspects of childhood cancer for health professionals, patients, and families. CureSearch is a united effort of the Children's Oncology Group (COG) and the National Childhood Cancer Foundation (NCCF).
KidsHealth Cancer Center
Sponsored by Nemours, KidsHealth is the most-visited site on the Web for information about health, behavior, and development from before birth through the teen years. All KidsHealth articles, animations, games, and other content go through a rigorous medical review by pediatricians and other medical experts. Ongoing, scheduled medical reviews ensure the information is as up-to-date as possible. The KidsHealth Cancer Center contains information about cancer tailored to Parents, Kids and Teens.
NIH National Cancer Institute Childhood Cancers and Adolescents and Young Adults
The National Cancer Institute's Factsheet provides information and statistics about childhood, adolescent, and young adult cancers.
Editor: Lara Niederhauser, CHES
University of Utah, Huntsman Cancer Institute
Salt Lake City, UT
National Cancer Institute (NCI): Clinical Trials
This is a comprehensive resource from the NCI that provides a searchable database for current cancer clinical trials and links to educational materials describing what clinical trials are and why they are important.
This National Library of Medicine site provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research studies. Visitors to the site can search for open clinical trials, and clinical trial results, from studies in the United States and in over 200 countries. The Studies by Topic feature allows visitors to refine their search results to specific diseases and conditions, including Cancers and other Neoplasms and Blood and Lymph Conditions.
Clinical Trials, Canada
Put together by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, this website allows users to use a number of personalized options to search for open clinical trials throughout Canada.
This commercial site contains a listing of thousands of industry-sponsored clinical trials (not all specific to Oncology) as well as databases listing drug therapies in use in clinical trials and new drug therapies recently approved by the FDA.
Clinical Trials Group, National Cancer Institute of Canada (NCIC CTG)
This official web site of the National Cancer Institute of Canada's Clinical Trials Group provides information about their programs and a listing of current clinical trials.
Editor: Gail Y. Hendler, MLS
Loyola University Chicago Health Sciences Library
American Cancer Society
This comprehensive website offers a wealth of information in English and Spanish to patients/survivors, their families and caregivers, and the public. Noteworthy for its growing collection of various Asian language documents, and for links to statistics; a cancer drug database; support resources; NCCN patient treatment guidelines; treatment center locator, and treatment decision tools meant to help patients make better informed healthcare decisions.
The Belong app creates a wide social network for cancer patients and their families. Users can connect with others with cancer to receive support, tips and advices. The app also provides access to leading health care professionals to answer questions and tools that help organize and securely manage needed health care documents.
Macmillan Cancer Support
Macmillan Cancer Support aims to provide comprehensive high quality, expertly developed information about cancer, and make it available to everyone who needs it. The resource offers extensive cancer information, support services and the UK’s largest online cancer community.
CancerCare's mission is to provide free professional support services to anyone diagnosed with cancer, their friends, relatives and caregivers. The CancerCare website provides links to the Reading Room that contains PDF brochures discussing various cancer types and their medical, emotional and practical concerns in English and Spanish. An online community message board is available as well as links to information about support groups and monthly schedules for telephone education sessions.
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) offers peer-reviewed information for patients, families and caregivers. Coverage includes over 85 types of cancer, basic cancer information, support, coping, advocacy, and information about special populations. Special and notable features on this website include a Medical Illustrations Gallery of common cancer sites organized by cancer type; ASCO Patient Guides that comprise a growing list of well-written and up-to-date documents on a variety of discrete subjects such as, Understanding Tumor Markers for Breast and Colon Cancer, and a monthly Ask the Expert forum meant to invite patients, families, and the public to ask leading cancer experts questions via an online chat forum.
Emory University has done an outstanding job in explaining tumor biology to patients, family and other interested users. Vido and text clearly present complex concepts with information translated into Spanish, Chinese and Russian.
Corporate Angel Network
Thanks to 530 American corporations, cancer patients can receive free flights to and from approved cancer treatment facilities anywhere in the United States on unused seats on corporate jets.
Family Caregiver Alliance
Information in multiple languages about services and support for caregivers and families living with chronic illness.
Find a Cancer Center
Connect to cancer care in your area with a state or region search of National Cancer Institute designated Cancer Centers, Comprehensive Cancer Centers, and Basic Laboratory Centers.
Inside Cancer - Teacher Center
This website is a guide for the layman about the biology of cancer; how cancer occurs, evolves and how it can be treated. Curated by the Cold Spring Harbor National Laboratory, experts in the field combine with clear graphics and text to explain cancer on the molecular level.
The Oncology Nursing Society offers patients survivorship planning tools such as care plans and a medical history tool to facilitate the next phase forward.
The National Library of Medicine (NLM) offers patients and the public links authoritative, full-text information from the NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and select health-related organizations. In addition to a comprehensive collection of cancer information, special features include easy to read documents, low-vision documents, and a selection of interactive health tutorials on a variety of cancer topics.
National Cancer Institute's Cancer.gov
In addition to the PDQ cancer information summaries for patients, this website contains links to statistics, the Dictionary of Cancer Terms, NCI Drug Dictionary, clinical trials search, Cancer Genetics Service directory, and the Understanding Cancer series that enhances learning about the science behind the medicine.
National Cancer Institute's Cancer.gov en Espanol
A new Spanish language Web site provides Hispanic/Latino communities with accurate and up-to-date cancer information. Visitors can learn about different types of cancer, treatments, detection and prevention as well as read about the experiences of Latino cancer survivors.
Patient Advocate Foundation
This non-profit organization was established in 1996 to assist cancer patients resolve insurance, debt, employment and discrimination issues due to cancer diagnosis. The organization actively seeks to provide avenues of access to insurance funding for evolving cancer therapies and acts as a liaison between patients and their insurers, creditors and employers.
ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc.
ThyCa: Thyroid Cancer Survivors' Association, Inc. is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of thyroid cancer survivors, family members, and health care professionals. It is dedicated to support, education, and communication for thyroid cancer survivors, their families and friends. They sponsor Thyroid Cancer Awareness Month, year-round awareness activities, and thyroid cancer research fund raising and research grants.
Your Disease Risk
Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine maintain this interactive tool that allows users to estimate risk for 12 different cancer types and offers personalized tips on how to best prevent these cancers.
Editor: Joe Wu
University of Florida
A resource hosted by the University of Utah containing educational resources basic genetics, genetic disorders, precision medicine, and gene therapy.
National Cancer Institute Genetics Testing Page
This page hosted by the National Cancer Institute contains information on genes tested in several heritable cancers.
Genetics Home Reference
Contains information regarding genetic influence of cancer and other diseases.
The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA)
This database from the National Institutes of Health, the National Center Institute, and the National Human Genome Research Institute aims to inform about the cancer genome, which is the complete set of genes found in cancer. The site highlights the importance of understanding the genomics of a broad range of cancer and how this information can be used to guide diagnosis and treatment.
Editor: Susan Sharpe
Moffitt Cancer Center
American Cancer Society
The ACS site has information for both healthcare professionals and patients that includes disease overviews, treatment options, prevention and coping strategies, and news.
American Society of Clinical Oncology
ASCO membership is comprised of clinical oncologists from all oncology disciplines and sub-specialties. The web site has information for practice guidelines, policy statements, career development, and news.
American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO)
The site has links to resources for research, economics, government issues, and patient information/
Association of Community Cancer Centers
The ACCC helps oncology professionals adapt to the complex challenges of program management, cuts in reimbursement, hospital consolidation and mergers, and legislation and regulations that threaten to compromise the delivery of quality cancer care. The website maintains a valuable list of links for clinicians and patients.
Canadian Cancer Society/Société Canadienne du Cancer
Founded in 1938, the Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.
European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)
The aims of EORTC are to develop, conduct, coordinate, and stimulate translational and clinical research in Europe to improve the management of cancer and related problems by increasing survival but also patient quality of life. Through translational and clinical research, EORTC offers an integrated approach to drug development, drug evaluation programs and medical practices.
FDA Office of Hematology Oncology Products (OHOP)
This office has links to product approvals, presentations, and contact lists.
International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC)
The IARC is an agency of the World Health Organization. IARC is involved in both epidemiological and laboratory research and disseminates scientific information through publications, meetings, courses, and fellowships.
National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NCI coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, and health information dissemination.
NCI Research Resources
This page has over 100 key resources for categories such as family registries, genomics, scientific computing and specimen resources.
NCIC Clinical Trials Group/NCCI Groupe des essais cliniques
A cooperative oncology group which carries out clinical trials in cancer therapy, supportive care and prevention across Canada and internationally. It is a national program of the Canadian Cancer Society Research Institute, and supported by the Canadian Cancer Society.
OncoLink was founded in 1994 by University of Pennsylvania cancer specialists with a mission to help cancer patients, families, health care professionals and the general public get accurate cancer-related information at no charge. OncoLink contains comprehensive information about specific types of cancer, updates on cancer treatments and news about research advances.
Oncology Nursing Society
The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) is a professional organization of more than 32,000 registered nurses and other healthcare providers dedicated to excellence in patient care, education, research, and administration in oncology nursing.
Society of Surgical Oncology
The Society of Surgical Oncology is a professional association for surgical oncologists and non-physician healthcare providers involved in oncologic patient care. The site has links to career information, educational opportunities, and research resources.
Society of Gynecologic Oncology
The Society of Gynecologic Oncology (SGO) is the premier medical specialty society for health care professionals trained in the comprehensive management of gynecologic cancers. As a 501(c)(6) organization, the SGO contributes to the advancement of women’s cancer care by encouraging research, providing education, raising standards of practice, advocating for patients and members and collaborating with other domestic and international organizations.
Union for International Cancer Control (UICC)
The world's largest independent, non-profit, non-governmental association of cancer-fighting organizations, UICC brings together a wide range of organizations, including voluntary cancer societies, research and treatment centres, public health authorities, patient support networks and advocacy groups.
Editor: Mark Vrabel, MLS, AHIP, ELS
Oncology Nursing Society
The Cancer Letter was founded in 1973 by journalist Jerry D. Boyd, and in 1977, the company founded The Clinical Cancer Letter, a monthly newsletter on cancer clinical trials. In 1986, The Cancer Letter added a monthly business section, now called Business & Regulatory Report. The mission of The Cancer Letter Inc. publications is to report on current and controversial topics in oncology. Company policy doesn't allow the editors to hold individual stock positions in healthcare, pharmaceutical, or biotechnology companies. The editors are members of the Society of Professional Journalists and the Association of Health Care Journalists. Follow on Twitter at http://twitter.com/TheCancerLetter
Google News Search
A customized search of Google News using the term "cancer". Further customized searches of Google News can be created using “breast cancer” or “lung cancer” or “chemotherapy” or any combination of terms, and these also can be set up in Google Alerts in personal accounts. Here is one example; if setting this up in Google Alerts, add “site: https://news.google.com” to limit results to those appearing in Google News.
Search example: cancer AND immunotherapy AND ("side effects" OR toxicities)
NCI Recent News Releases
Provided by the National Cancer Institute.
New Cancer Drug Approvals/FDA Updates
Hematology/Oncology (Cancer) Drug Approvals & Safety Notifications from the FDA.
Medscape.com Hematology-Oncology News
Provided by Medscape.com and WebMD.
Editor: Susan Sharpe
Moffitt Cancer Center
- American Association for Cancer Research (AACR)
- American Cancer Society Biannual Survivorship Conference
- American Society for Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Note: There are two options for accessing ASCO abstracts. ASCO University is a better choice for users without access to Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO) subscriptions. JCO is optimal for subscribers as it provides more features, including citation downloads.
- American Society for Hematology (ASH)
- American Society of Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
- American Society of Psychosocial Oncology (APOS)
- European Association for Cancer Research (EACR)
- European Lung Cancer Conference (ELCC)
- European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO)
- ESMO Immunooncology conference
- ESMO World Congress on Gastrointestinal Cancer
- European Society for Radiotherapy & Oncology (ESTRO)
- Gastrointestinal Cancers Symposium
- International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC)
- International Society of Psychosocial Oncology (IPOS)
- Multinational Association for Supportive Care in Cancer (MASCC)
- NCCN Annual Conference
Note: National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is a nonprofit alliance of 27 cancer centers throughout the U.S. Experts from NCCN cancer centers diagnose and treat all cancers, with a particular focus on complex, aggressive, or uncommon cancers
- San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium ( SABCS )
- Sigma Theta Tau database at the Virginia Henderson International Nursing Library
This database of abstracts covers the proceedings of more than 13 nursing society conferences.
- Society of Behavioral Medicine
- Society for Melanoma Research
- Society for Immunotherapy in Oncology (SITC)
- Web of Science (Subscription Only)
Note: Web of Science contains an index called Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Science (CPCI-S); users with access can find many abstracts and proceedings from meetings around the world.
Editor: Frank Davis, MSLS, AHIP
University of Kentucky Medical Center Library
American Society of Clinical Oncology Practice Guidelines
Guidelines can address specific clinical situations (disease-oriented) or use of approved medical products, procedures, or tests (modality-oriented). Using the best available evidence, ASCO's expert panels identify and develop practice recommendations for specific areas of cancer care that would benefit from the availability of practice guidelines.
European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO): Clinical Practice Guidelines
The ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) are intended to provide the user with a set of recommendations for the best standards of cancer care, based on the findings of evidence-based medicine. Each CPG includes information on the incidence of the malignancy, diagnostic criteria, staging of disease and risk assessment, treatment plans and follow-up.
National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN): Guidelines & Clincal Resources
This alliance of 21 major cancer centers maintains a good collection of guidelines, clinical trials, and drug information. Over the past 15 years, NCCN has developed an integrated suite of tools to improve the quality of cancer care. The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines document evidence-based, consensus-driven management to ensure that all patients receive preventive, diagnostic, treatment, and supportive services that are most likely to lead to optimal outcomes. Creation of a free personal account is required to access some of the information.
PDQ (Physician Data Query)
National Cancer Institute's comprehensive cancer database. It contains summaries on a wide range of cancer topics; a registry of 8,000+ open and 19,000+ closed cancer clinical trials from around the world; and a directory of professionals who provide genetics services. PDQ also contains the NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms, with definitions for 6,800+ cancer and medical terms, plus the NCI Drug Dictionary.
PubMed: Cancer Subset
Limits hotlink (below search screen) can be selected and Publication Types can be set to Practice Guideline. Key words can then be typed and search results will be MEDLINE journal citations identified as Practice Guidelines.
Society of Surgical Oncology: Practice and Policy
The site maintains links to Evidence-Based Practice Guidelines and Expert Consensus Statements.
Editor: Frank Davis, MSLS, AHIP
University of Kentucky Medical Center Library
Provided by the American Cancer Society
Global Cancer Observatory
Global Cancer Observatory (GCO) is an interactive web-based platform presenting global cancer statistics to inform cancer control and cancer research. The platform focuses on the visualization of cancer indicators to illustrate the changing scale, epidemiological profile, and impact of the disease worldwide, using data from several key projects. The site is maintained by International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC).
National Cancer Data Base (NCDB)
The National Cancer Data Base (NCDB), a joint program of the Commission on Cancer (CoC) of the American College of Surgeons (ACoS) and the American Cancer Society (ACS), is a nationwide oncology outcomes database. Some 70 percent of all newly diagnosed cases of cancer in the United States are captured at the institutional level and reported to the NCDB. The data is used to explore trends in cancer care, to create regional and state benchmarks for participating hospitals, and to serve as the basis for quality improvement.
National Cancer Institute Statistics
Content includes resources for understanding definitions and calculations, links to NCI reports and data, plus tools for researchers.
National Center for Health Statistics: Cancer
This page, from a CDC agency, has links to a variety of government reports containing cancer information, usually within the context of a wider subject area. Note: When searching full-text of the reports, the term "neoplasms" often brings more results than using the term "cancer".
National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR)
This Centers for Disease Control site contains data collected by local cancer registries that enable public health professionals to understand and address the cancer burden more effectively.
SEER (Statistics, Epidemiology and End Results)
The Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) Program, maintained at National Cancer Institute, is an authoritative source of information on cancer incidence and survival in the United States.
Editor: Donna Gibson, MLS
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
American Cancer Society: Complementary and Alternative Methods and Cancer
Organized as an FAQ, the site explains terms used to describe many kinds of products, practices, and systems that are not part of mainstream medicine.
The aims of CAM-Cancer project are to build a European authoritative network around CAM in cancer with an international panel of experts in CAM research and/or in cancer care with privileged contacts with cancer organizations. The project's main achievement will be to prepare and disseminate suitable evidence based information for health professionals in order to help them to inform their patients.
Complementary and Integrative Medicine (MedlinePlus)
MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients, their families, friends and caregivers. This resource is produced by the National Library of Medicine and brings trusted information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues. MedlinePlus offers a section devoted to Complementary and Integrative Medicine.
NCCAM's Cancer Prevention and Treatment The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) is the Federal Government's (NIH's) lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine.
Office of Cancer Complementary & Alternative Medicine
This National Cancer Institute unit's goal is to increase the amount of high-quality cancer research and information about the use of complementary and alternative modalities.
Sloan Kettering: About Herbs, Botanicals, and Other Products
This site provides objective information for oncologists and healthcare professionals, including a clinical summary for each agent and details about constituents, adverse effects, interactions, and potential benefits or problems. Evaluations of alternative or unproved cancer therapies, as well as products for sexual dysfunction are included. The About Herbs app is available and it is compatible with iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch devices. In addition, a web app version for all other mobile devices is also available.
Editor: Donna Gibson, MLS
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, NY
American Cancer Society: What is Cancer Immunotherapy?
Includes types of immunotherapy now being used to treat cancer.
Access oncology trial results for drug therapies in completed or ongoing clinical trials.
FDA Approved Oncology Drugs
The site contains the list of FDA-approved oncology drugs and regulatory information.
Approved Drug Products With Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations - Electronic Orange Book
The FDA produces this book which contains products that have been approved under section 505 of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. It can be searched by active ingredient, proprietary name, or application holder.
NCI Drug Dictionary
The site contains technical definitions and synonyms for more than 500 agents that are being used in the treatment of patients with cancer or cancer-related conditions.
This commercial site can be searched by drug name, pill identifier, and supplements, and symptom checker; you can also access a drug medical dictionary.
Cancer Care Ontario Drug Formulary
CCO Drug Formulary is an online Cancer Drug and Regimen information only website, reflecting the choices of chemotherapy used across Ontario. Resources include monographs for healthcare professionals; drug regimens by disease site and for supportive care and symptom control; plus ancillary information.
Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER)
FDA site contains information on research projects and product approval. Not all links are specific to cancer or oncology.
No direct recommendation or sponsorship by MLA Cancer Librarians Caucus or MLA of these listed web resources is implied. The resources referenced here are intended to provide general information for you. Some resources will contain information that is the opinion of the author and is not necessarily that of your own healthcare providers. Please consult your healthcare provider for individual information on your specific condition.
In developing this resource, the Cancer Librarians Section editors use and recommend MLA's User Guide to Finding and Evaluating Health Information on the Web.
All sites on this page have been reviewed by members of the Cancer Librarians Caucus of MLA. Comments and suggestions should be sent to the recommended websites lead editor for review by the selection committee.
This page was last updated January 24, 2019.