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Patient Fact Sheets Unveiled on Onconurse.com

SEBASTOPOL, Calif. -- Oncology nurses will be able to download for free over 35 detailed "Click-Print" patient fact sheets on a new Web site debuting this week, Onconurse.com. Developed by the editors of Patient-Centered Guides, the premier publisher of advocate-generated, post-diagnosis content, each fact sheet combines practical, emotional, and MD-reviewed medical information that nurses can hand out to patients at diagnosis and during different stages of treatment.

At its launch, Onconurse.com has fact sheets covering the following forms of cancer: advanced breast cancer; colon and rectal cancer; leukemia; lung cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphomas; and pediatric cancers. In addition, the site has free fact sheets available for download covering such general information topics as "Clinical Trial Resources," "Solving Problems With Your Doctor," "Dealing With Managed Care," and "Support From Family and Friends."

"This site came about as a result of feedback at the past two Oncology Nursing Society conferences," said Patient-Centered Guides' managing editor Linda Lamb. "We learned that a growing number of nurses now have access to the Internet and to a copier, but few have money to spend on patient education. We decided to make these materials available online for nurses to print and copy for patients, as needed."

To download fact sheets, nurses go to www.onconurse.com, click on the fact sheet they wish to download, select the file format they desire (PDF or print from the Web in HTML), and then print it on their local printer. The site is designed so that this task can be accomplished in a minute or less, thus enhancing the nurses' abilities to serve their patients without disrupting their work flow.

"We ask that nurses register online first so that we can alert them via email when we have populated the site with new fact sheets," said Lamb. "We are totally self-supported, so they needn't worry about being hit with unsolicited email or advertising. Onconurse.com is a free service of Patient-Centered Guides."

In the coming months the editors of Patient-Centered Guides will be adding new fact sheets and other content to Onconurse.com. "Our goal is to create a resource center on the Web that oncology nurses can turn to easily to enhance their ability to serve their patients," said Lamb.

"Along with oncology nurses, we believe that patient education is part of healing. We're trying to help fill some of the information and system voids that make keeping up with patient needs difficult."

About Patient-Centered Guides

Patient empowerment is the core of Patient-Centered Guides. We believe that people are empowered when they have the knowledge and skills to partner with their doctor or healthcare provider to get the best medical care possible.

We publish books that contain clear, concise, easy to understand information about the medical, practical and emotional aspects of health issues. Our authors are experts in specific conditions and diseases and are the driving forces behind building strong and networked communities of patients, families and caregivers.

In addition to our books, we publish information for patients on the web and for their nurses. The online information is an extension of our mission to empower individuals to become informed health-conscious consumers.

Patient-Centered Guides is a division of O'Reilly & Associates, Inc. O'Reilly is recognized worldwide for its technical books that fill a void and provide value to people who are experiencing information pain. O'Reilly publishes books that make a difference in people's lives.

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