is one of the most important medical
issues that we face. It is estimated
that more than 2 million Americans
will be diagnosed with some kind
of cancer this year. In fact,
a child born this year has a 1
in 2 (for men) or 1 in 3 (for
women) chance of getting a cancer
in his/her lifetime.
a country we will spend over $125
billion on cancer care. But the
good news is that we are getting better
at finding early cancers, which gives
you a better chance of getting cured.
We are also investing a lot of money
and resources in new treatments
that we hope will improve cure rates
and help reduce the complications of
treatment. But the key to this success
remains early diagnosis when
the chance of cure is highest.
at ISH have teamed
with over 100 of the leading
cancer doctors in the world
to create this site and
the information you will see.
It is designed so that you can
become familiar with cancer and
its causes, diagnoses, treatments
and what you might face after
treatments. We hope that it will
give you the power to better understand
what you and/or your family is
facing and allow you to make better
choices based on information and
is written so that when you meet your
doctors you will have an opportunity
to understand the medical terms
that often sound like a foreign language.
It contains sections on general items
such as insurance
issues and patients'
legal rights as well as specific
discussions of cancer types and sites.
This website belongs to you.
If you like it, tell a friend or family
member. Also, if you have any suggestions
on how we can make it better, use email
to let us know.
intent is to give you and your family
up-to-date and useful information on
cancer. Whether you or a family member
has been diagnosed, or you are just
interested in information such as screening
or preventive testing, this service
is here for you.
when you see a highlighted word if you double
click on it, you will either get a definition,
illustration, video, actual x-ray or other
information relating to it without losing
the most important part is that it is
feel free to look through the various
sections that are here. We will be updating
and expanding the information that you
will find on these pages.