Women’s Health Education (Volume 2), Pelvic Diseases: Web Resources
A note about Web resources: The Internet contains a wealth of resources. Using any of the common search engines (e.g., Google, Yahoo, or Bing) with search terms such as “pelvic disease” or “cancer” will produce a very robust listing for your review. In general, you should be cautious of information presented on the Internet since anyone can host a web site and present information. Your healthcare provider can guide your search for sites he/she trusts. This listing is by no means complete but is presented for your convenience.
Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia (CEMM)
The CEMM is a dynamic initiative from the Office of the Surgeon General aimed at supplying the most powerful interactive technologies available to Medical Treatment Facilities (MTF), Health and Wellness Centers (HAWC), and TRICARE civilian medical facilities.
The National Institutes of Health (NIH)
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research.
Helping to lead the way toward important medical discoveries that improve people’s health and save lives, NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases.
Medline Plus (NIH)
MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
National Cancer Institute
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is a component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), one of eight agencies that compose the Public Health Service (PHS) in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS). The NCI, established under the National Cancer Institute Act of 1937, is the Federal Government’s principal agency for cancer research and training. The National Cancer Act of 1971 broadened the scope and responsibilities of the NCI and created the National Cancer Program. Over the years, legislative amendments have maintained the NCI authorities and responsibilities and added new information dissemination mandates as well as a requirement to assess the incorporation of state-of-the-art cancer treatments into clinical practice.
The National Cancer Institute coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service.
The Office on Women’s Health (OWH) was established in 1991 within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Its Vision is to ensure that “all women and girls achieve the best possible health.” Its mission is to “provide national leadership and coordination to improve the health of women and girls through policy, education and model programs.” The strategy OWH uses to achieve its mission and vision is through the development of innovative programs, by educating health professionals, and motivating behavior change in consumers through the dissemination of health information.
Women’s Cancer Network
The mission of the Women’s Cancer Network is to keep women informed and to enable them to be their own health advocates. The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) has developed the Women’s Cancer Network with an unrestricted educational grant provided by Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology.
The WCN is an interactive web site dedicated to informing women around the world about gynecologic cancer. Our goal is to assist women who have developed cancer, as well as their families, to understand more about the disease, learn about treatment options, and gain access to new or experimental therapies.
The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF)
The Gynecologic Cancer Foundation (GCF) was established in 1991 by the Society of Gynecologic Oncologists (SGO) to promote public awareness about the prevention, early detection, and treatment of gynecologic cancers. SGO, with approximately 1200 members, is the only national professional organization for gynecologic oncologists. All SGO members are members of the Foundation.
Gynecologic oncologists are board-certified obstetrician/gynecologists with an additional three to four years of specialized training in treating gynecologic cancers from an American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology-approved program. This subspecialty program provides training in the biology and pathology of gynecologic cancers, as well as in all forms of treatment for these diseases, including surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, and experimental treatments.
In addition to engaging in public education, GCF also supports research and training related to gynecologic cancers. GCF is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that advances its mission by increasing public and private funds that aid in the development and implementation of programs to meet these goals.