The Cancer Help System is now available at
The Cancer Help
Institute says that "Cancer patient education is a critical component of cancer
patient care. Cancer patients and their families need timely information to make
important treatment and lifestyle decisions. Cancer Help is a clinically proven
computer information system that helps cancer professionals meet these
information needs. As a result, patients can get the information they need to
fight their cancer" (1999, p. 1). Basically, the Cancer Help Computer is a
computer with a touch-screen monitor, which houses the Cancer Help program.
Cancer Help is a database which contains the most up-to-date information about
all different types of cancer, cancer prevention, cancer screenings, cancer
treatments, and cancer research.
The Cancer Help
system was developed by cancer patients, for cancer patients and their families.
Kathryn O'Keefe, a breast cancer patient, started the Cancer Help Institute in
1991. She and others at the Institute recognized the need for cancer patients to
have access to a computer database devoted entirely to cancer, one that was easy
to use, comprehensive, and that would be updated and expanded frequently so that
it contained the most up-to-date information possible on cancer research and
treatments. Kathryn worked closely with the National Cancer Institute, and with
medical and technical professionals, to direct the design of the CancerHelp
Cancer Help Computer was placed at the Kellogg Cancer Care Center in Evanston,
Illinois, shortly before Kathryn passed away. CancerHelp systems were later
installed at two additional sites in Illinois. Then, in 1994, the Cancer Help
Institute participated in a National Cancer Institute study of PDQ's Patient
Information File. The results of the study showed that Cancer Help successfully
dispersed cancer information to patients and saved health professionals time.
Information from the study of the system conducted at The University of
Rochester Cancer Center was published in the journal Cancer Practice in 1996.
Today, over 230 hospitals, wellness centers, and oncology practices subscribe to