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Year : 2009  |  Volume : 46  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 17-27

Endocrinological cancers and the internet


1 Endocrinology Division, Central Drug Research Institute, Lucknow, India
2 Department of Surgery, King George's Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow, India

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S Kumar
Department of Surgery, King George's Medical University (KGMU), Lucknow
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-509X.48591

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Endocrine cancers are some of the commonest forms of cancer getting mention as early as in old papyruses of Egypt. Our current knowledge about this cluster of cancer has grown immensely with improved survival rates. In the era of specialization and super specialization, we started peeking into these conditions more elaborately and beyond microscopically. The growing awareness demanded categorization of information into disease basics like molecular pathology of initiation and progression; advanced diagnostics; new therapeutic options; patient awareness and involvement in clinical trials. Recent advances in genomics and hereditary counseling have delineated pre-disease forecasting possibilities. With advanced diagnostics and therapeutic modalities, we saw an increase in cancer survivors demanding extra care and moral support. Throughout these developments, we went through a boost in global information communications, the main thrust being the Internet. Networking of computers globally generated a platform that created a ripple of knowledge far and wide. The purpose of this review is to investigate how the Internet is supporting the growth and development of the field of endocrine cancer, and present and future scope of the Internet as a tool for professionals involved in this area. The information furnished here were collected from cited references as well as all websites mentioned in the tables.






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