, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp 568-571

The Internet: A modern Pandora's Box?

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Abstract

Two different views of the internet are presented. One is from the perspective of an author who has written a personal account of her own breast cancer experience, while the other is from the perspective of a cancer researcher who is interested in quality of life research. The article is written in a format that reflects the somewhat informal style of messages sent to Internet discussion groups. For better or worse, the Internet has arrived as a force in our lives, and medical information and support constitute two of its more important uses. Both authors agree that the novel medium of the Internet provides a unique opportunity to create a true partnership of health care providers and consumers.

J. E. Till's Internet access was supported by an Eli Lilly-NCIC Award from the National Cancer Institute of Canada.