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Internet Videos Offer Support, Information

CancerWise - December 2008


By Bayan Raji

The Internet offers rich possibilities for researching cancer and its treatment, and videos present a succinct visual component to information gathering. Some videos are personal stories from those who have lived through cancer, while others are meant to educate.

CancerWise recommends the following Internet sites that include video content.

ICYou offers videos with basic facts or stories of cancer survivors. ICYou’s team of reporters covers research, therapies and other cancer-related news that affects patients.

Virtual Medical Centre provides stories about new medical findings in addition to educational video material. One section offers nutritional information for cancer patients.

Realhealth.tv includes videos on an array of health concerns and has a particularly large selection related to cancer. Readers share experiences, and doctors around the country contribute articles.

“Ultimately, RH is merely one destination among many a person should visit on the road to better health,” founder Dennis Lynch e-mails. “For cancer patients, I would hope and urge people to seek out as much information as possible when rendering a decision. Our site is there for people who want to hear the stories and share in the questions of others. If we help one person feel better mentally or physically, then our site has done its job.”

Chris Hefling, co-founder of MyHopeSpace.com, says he wants his Internet site to act as a support system for people whose lives have been touched by cancer.

“We created MyHopeSpace.com to fill a need that seemed to be missing on the Internet — a private forum for cancer support,” Hefling says in an e-mail response.

He thinks one of the most important things a site can do is be user friendly. That is why one of his favorite Internet sites is Sharing Hope.

“From a support perspective, I find this site a valuable resource because one does not have to sift through countless videos that have nothing to do with cancer,” he says.


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