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National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Guidelines (requires free registration and login)
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network has released new guidelines for the treatment of breast cancer, in decision-tree format.

CancerGuide: How to Research the Medical Literature
Steve Dunn’s online, step-by-step, thorough introduction to researching cancer and its treatments.

Search the Medline database of medical/scientific citations and abstracts. Includes overview and tutorial on search methods, plus links to some full text articles.

PDQ Health Professional  Statement on Breast Cancer
PDQ is a cancer database maintained by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and contains statements, updated monthly, of the most recent treatments, standard and investigational treatment protocols, clinical trials, and major cancer treatment centers and physicians. Peer-reviewed summary on breast cancer treatment for health professionals, reviewed monthly. Available in Spanish, and in a version for patients.

Levels of Evidence for Adult Cancer Treatment Studies (PDQ)
An easy-to-follow description of how scientific evidence is evaluated for the PDQ documents and for cancer research in general.

Continuing medical education, conference and research reports for physicians and consumers.

Treatment Information

How To Find a Doctor or Treatment Facility If You Have Cancer
From the NCI Cancer Facts, what you need to know about finding quality medical care.

NCI-Designated Cancer Centers
“60 research-oriented institutions across America that National Cancer Institute recognizes for scientific excellence and for their extensive resources focused on cancer and cancer-related problems.” Top breast cancer oncologists involved with clinical research are usually affiliated with one of these.  If you are being treated elsewhere, a consultation or second opinion with one of these doctors can be helpful at critical points in your treatment, alerting you to clinical trials or emerging treatments. 

A service of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, consumer-friendly information on drugs, medical encyclopedia and dictionary.
FDA-approved labeling information on prescription drugs in an easy-to-read format. 

An FDA web site to help consumers and health professionals find information about approved drug products.  Gives the history of a drug’s approval.

Mayo Clinic Drugs and Supplements Index
Drug information in consumer-friendly language.
Information about drugs used in cancer treatment, in patient-friendly format.

Harvard Medical School Family Health Guide to Diagnostic Tests
Helps patients and caregivers to better understand the many clinical lab tests that are part of routine care as well as diagnosis and treatment of a broad range of conditions and diseases.

NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms   A good cancer dictionary and glossary.