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Abstract: There is a strong case for open public access to health knowledge to redress the knowledge imbalance between the specialist and the patient. With increasing incidence of cancer worldwide, combined with the fact that the chance of getting cancer increases with age, there is a pressing need for greater accessibility of knowledge on this topic. The World Wide Web contains a wealth of information on the causes of cancer, its prevention and treatment using evidence-based conventional as well as complimentary and alternative therapies. Making this information accessible in a meaningful and user-friendly manner for the cancer patient and their carers is a challenging task. This paper identifies a number of relevant issues that need to be addressed to empower people affected by cancer, and suggests a framework for effective information access.

To cite this article: Khan, MShamim; Daale, Peter; Fung, Chun Che and Gururajan, Raj. Empowerment through Knowledge - a Framework for a Cancer Information System [online]. In: Conrick, Moya (Editor); Soar, Jeffrey (Editor). ACCIC 2004 Proceedings Papers: First Australian Aged and Community Care Informatics Conference. Brunswick East, Vic.: Health Informatics Society of Australia, 2004: [1]-[5]. Availability: <http://search.informit.com.au/documentSummary;dn=321213198733275;res=IELHEA> ISBN: 0975101323. [cited 13 Feb 16].

Personal Author: Khan, MShamim; Daale, Peter; Fung, Chun Che; Gururajan, Raj; Source: In: Conrick, Moya (Editor); Soar, Jeffrey (Editor). ACCIC 2004 Proceedings Papers: First Australian Aged and Community Care Informatics Conference. Brunswick East, Vic.: Health Informatics Society of Australia, 2004: [1]-[5]. Document Type: Conference Paper, Research ISBN: 0975101323 Subject: Physician and patient; Cancer--Patients; Cancer--Information services; Self-care, Health; Peer Reviewed: Yes Affiliation: (1) Murdoch University
(2) Cancer Support Association of Western Australia
(3) Murdoch University
(4) University of Southern Queensland

Database: Health Collection