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Release: March 22, 2001

Online cancer support group now available to cancer patients, families

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Cancer patients can have their questions answered and find mutual understanding and support from other cancer patients through an online support group sponsored by Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa.

There are two simple steps to becoming involved with the Cancer Information Service Online Support Group. First, cancer patients must fill out the registration form available on the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center web site under "For Our Patients: Patient Support and Resources." www.uihealthcare.com/depts/cancercenter/index.html

Next, patients must have access to an e-mail account, as the online support group works through a listserv sent out to all 83 patients who are members.

Members of the online support group are involved in discussions with other cancer patients, a social worker, an advanced practice nurse and two information specialists from the Cancer Information Service who act as moderators. So far, more than 100 people have been involved at one point or another in the group’s discussions.

The online support group is for any and all cancer patients from anywhere in the world. It is not limited to people with specific types of cancer, or to patients from the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Questions about the online support group may be addressed by calling the Cancer Information Service toll free at (800) 237-1225.

University of Iowa Health Care describes the partnership between the UI College of Medicine and the UI Hospitals and Clinics and the patient care, medical education and research programs and services they provide. Visit UI Health Care online at www.uihealthcare.com.