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The Wall Street Journal (February 2003)
"Net Benefits: Finding What You Need in the Flood of Cancer Resources" by Laura Landro, WSJ, February 11, 2003: R8.
In this article, is cited as an example of the "useful one-stop shopping directories put together by patients who have carefully evaluated Web resources on a specific cancer..."

The Oncologist (December 2002)
"Virtual Connections: Internet Health Care" by Richard T. Penson et al. The Oncologist 2002; v.7, no. 6: 555-568.
Article discusses how the Internet empowers patients and affects the doctor-patient relationship. It focuses on the case of Karen Parles, a lung cancer survivor and librarian, who utilized online discussion groups for support, e-mail to communicate with her physicians, and who created a comprehensive lung cancer website,, as an information resource for patients and families.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute (November 2001)
"Organizations Seek Spotlight for Lung Cancer Awareness" JNCI, v.93, no.21 (Nov 7, 2001): 1597-1598.
News feature highlights the lack of support services and media coverage for lung cancer and discusses the Lung Cancer Awareness Week Campaign. Quotes Karen Parles on the lack of public support for lung cancer and notes was created so that lung cancer patients would have "somewhere to turn."

ALCASE's Lung Cancer Quarterly Scan (Fall 2001)
"Addressing Patient & Physician Information Needs Through the Internet"
This article features as a helpful resource for both patients and families. Urges physicians to explore and to share it with their patients along with Karen Parles' list of "Editor's Choice" Internet Resources for lung cancer.

British Medical Journal (November 2000)
"Online Patient-Helpers and Physicians Working Together: a New Partnership for High Quality Health Care" by Tom Ferguson, British Medical Journal, 4 Nov 2000: 1129-1132.
Excerpts from this article:

" is widely acknowledged as the definitive consumer site for lung cancer."
- Tom Ferguson, MD

" has become an important resource for all those concerned with lung cancer. Karen helps us all keep up-to-date on the best online links, the best medical centers, the best treatments and the latest research. She can present complex clinical information in a remarkably user friendly way. And because she's a patient herself, she knows how to emphasize certain topics that clinicians may consider secondary, but are very important to the patient - their quality of life, the impact of their disease on their friends and family, and the psychological aspects of their illness."
- Roman Perez-Soler, MD
Head, Division of Medical Oncology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

InTouch: Guide to Cancer Prevention and Treatment (September 2000)
"On the Web: Lung Cancer...Click by Click" by Jamie Talan, InTouch, v.2 no.5 (Sept 2000): 19-20
This article refers to as one of the best sites for lung cancer..."a superbly detailed and thoughtful site built by Karen extensive well organized, bare-bones website."


HON Code of Conduct (March 1999 - present)
The HON Code is awarded by the Health On the Net Foundation to health and medical websites that abide by the HON ethical guidelines in providing authoritative and trustworthy Web-based medical information.

Hardin Clean Bill of Health (March 1999 - present)
The Hardin Clean Bill of Health is awarded by the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa, to the best of the health "directory" websites.



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