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May 14, 1997

Oncology ASAPWhere to Find Reliable Cancer Information on the Internet

Author Affiliations

From the National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Md (Dr Sikorski; e-mail: rss@nhgri.nih.gov); and the Department of Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Boston, Mass (Dr Peters; e-mail: rhp@solvig.med.harvard.edu). Mention of a Web site, company, or product in this article does not imply endorsement by the authors, editors, JAMA, or the American Medical Association. All of the Web addresses listed in this article were active and accurate at the time of publication. However, because of technical considerations and other factors, links may change or become inactive.

JAMA. 1997;277(18):1431-1432. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540420027011

A physician receives the following unsolicited e-mail message:

Dear Sir or Madam: I am in search of someone who can help me. My wife is 35 years old and has stage III ovarian, cervix, and bowel cancer. I know that somewhere, somehow we will find technology or procedures that can help. I understand Russia uses something called hydrazine sulfate, France is using Taxotere, and Cuba has used shark cartilage, but I feel other countries also might have something with a good success rate. I am looking for the top cancer institutes or doctors' names and e-mail addresses or telephone numbers in your country. If you please can help, it would be appreciated more than you know. If you don't have any answers, could you pass this message along to someone who might be able to help?

The physician refers the sender to the National Cancer