Cancer Questions Answered Live Online

March 7, 2005

Heather Goethe
Elizabeth Milbank

ASCO’s Patient Website Offers Information Forums Hosted by Leading Oncologists

Editor’s Note: Oncologists specializing in a wide variety of cancer types available for interview.

Alexandria, VA--The American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) patient website, People Living With Cancer (, connects patients, caregivers, and loved ones with oncologists through live online chats featuring a wide variety of cancer care topics. Coming up are several live chats and Q & A forums that will provide participants with answers to their clinical and coping concerns.

Cancers of the Gastrointestinal System—Live Chat
March 31, 2005, 3:00-4:00 PM (EST)(March is National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month)

Hosted by Richard Schilsky, MD, of the University of Chicago, participants will be invited to ask the doctor questions on such topics as:
  • Recognizing symptoms
  • New strategies for treating gastrointestinal (GI) cancers including colon, esophagus, gallbladder, liver, rectum, small intestine, and stomach
  • The latest efforts in prevention and screening
  • Treatments for advanced cancer
  • Managing the side effects of treatment

Cancer in Children, Teens, and Young Adults—Month Long Q & A
April 1-30, 2005

Gregory Reaman, MD, of the Children’s Oncology Group and patient advocate Doug Ulman of the Lance Armstrong Foundation will answer questions throughout the month on such topic as:

  • The latest advancements in the treatment of childhood cancers
  • Potential late effects of childhood cancer
  • How cancer emotionally affects children, teens, and young adults
  • How to be supportive of a child, teen, and young adult with cancer
  • The role of clinical trials in the treatment of childhood cancers
  • Available resources for each age group facing cancer

Skin Cancer and Melanoma—Month Long Q & A
June 5-30, 2005

Hosted by ASCO’s EVP and CEO, Charles M. Balch, MD, and Lynn M. Schuchter, MD, of the University of Pennsylvania, topics to be discussed include:

  • The genetic and environmental factors of skin cancer
  • Developments in surgery and targeted treatments for melanoma
  • The importance of clinical trials in the treatment of melanoma
  • The importance of prevention and early, regular screening for melanoma
  • Preventing lymphedema following lymph node removal

Visit for official login details and recommended reading for each chat and Q & A forum. Those not able to login at the time of the chat are encouraged to submit their questions through the website beforehand. A transcript of the chat will be posted online the following business day by noon (ET).

Medical information found on PLWC has been approved by an editorial board and supporting advisory panel consisting of more than 100 internationally renowned oncologists, oncology nurses, social workers, and patient advocates.

People Living With Cancer ( is the patient website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. ASCO is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians of all oncology subspecialties who care for people with cancer. ASCO’s more than 20,000 members from the United States and abroad set the standard for patient care worldwide and lead the fight for more effective cancer treatments, increased funding for clinical and translational research, and, ultimately, cures for the many different types of cancer that strike an estimated 10 million people worldwide each year. ASCO publishes the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), the preeminent, peer-reviewed, medical journal on clinical cancer research, and produces People Living With Cancer (, an award-winning website providing oncologist-vetted cancer information to help patients and families make informed health-care decisions.

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