RADIATION-ONCOLOGY moderated mailing list is ready.

BIOSCI Administrator biosci-help at net.bio.net
Tue Jun 6 00:55:39 EST 1995

A new moderated mailing list, RADIATION-ONCOLOGY, has been created.
The charter follows and then instructions on subscribing are appended.
This is a BIOSCI prototype currently available for a six month trial
period before a vote is taken.


Mailing list name: RADIATION-ONCOLOGY  (moderated)

E-mail posting address: radoncjc at net.bio.net

Moderator:	Brian J. Goldsmith, M.D.
		Chief, Radiation Oncology, Tripler Army Medical Center
		Secretary, Uniformed Services Radiation Oncology Group
		hawaiirt at aol.com

The main purpose of this discussion group is to provide a forum for
the dissemination and discussion of professional literature
specifically relating to Radiation Oncology, such as:
  Radiotherapy for Central Nervous System Tumors
  Radiotherapy for Head and Neck Cancer
  Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer
  Radiotherapy for Cancers of the Lung and Mediastinum
  Radiotherapy for Gastrointestinal Malignancies
  Radiotherapy for Genitourinary Malignancies
  Radiotherapy for Gyn Cancers
  Radiotherapy for Reticuloendothelial Malignancies
  Radiotherapy for Pediatric Malignancies
  Radiation Therapy Physics and Dosimetry

At present there is no newsgroup for Radiation Oncology, or for an
internet-based journal club (discussion forum for reviewing
contemporary articles of interest to the Oncology health care
provider).  This newsgroup would provide a forum for cancer patients
(1.2 million per year in the United States), their families, and
Radiation Oncology professionals that number over 3,000 in the United
States.  Medical and Surgical Oncologists, as well as Oncology
Clinical Nurse Specialists, Radiation Therapy Technologists, and
health care administrators would also find educational utility in this
newsgroup, expanding its potential professional readership to well
over10,000 in the United States alone.

Radiation Oncology is the medical specialty devoted to the care of the
patient with cancer, utilizing megavoltage photon radiation as its
primary therapeutic modality.  Approximately 60% of all cancer
patients in the United States receive radiation therapy each year
either as definitive therapy, for palliation, or as an adjunct to
surgery or chemotherapy.  In 1994 according to American Cancer Society
estimates, 1,208,000 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in the United

Radiation Oncology is a dynamic medical specialty, agressively
oriented toward research and professional literature, with the goal of
improving cure rates and lessening the morbidity of therapy.  The
proposed newsgroup will facilitate patient and professional education
by enabling universal access to contemporary publications identified
by nationally-recognized, university-based Radiation Oncology experts.
Utilizing a moderated forum, scholarly discussion re these articles
will flourish, thereby facilitating improvement in patient education,
patterns of care in private practice, education of
physicians-in-training (Residents), communication between Radiation
Oncologists and their fellow physicians of other specialties, and
coordination with ancillary care / technical / and administrative

Subscribers interested in the Radiation Oncology professional
literature are welcome.  Contributions consistent with the objectives
of this newsgroup are encouraged.  The newsgroup will be moderated,
and I will act as moderator.

Brian J. Goldsmith, M.D.
Chief, Radiation Oncology, Tripler Army Medical Center
Secretary, Uniformed Services Radiation Oncology Group

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How to look at archives of the list:

Since this is a "prototype newsgroup" (more on this term below), our
archive services are not as extensive as for a complete newsgroup.  We
maintain an FTP archive of messages which can also be accessed by
Gopher and WWW, but the messages are *not* indexed for searching and
retrieval.  The terms "FTP," "Gopher," and "WAIS" and how to use them
are explained in the BIOSCI FAQ sheet which follows in a subsequent
message.  For those who already know about these, suffice it to say
that you can use anonymous FTP to our machine net.bio.net
[] and look in the directory pub/BIOSCI/RADIATION-ONCOLOGY
for posting archives.  Each file is assigned a date such as 9312 for
December 1993.  Please note that ours is a UNIX system and all file
and directory names are case-sensitive, i.e., upper case file names
are different from lower case names.  You can also access these same
files via Gopher if you start a gopher session using net.bio.net as
your gopher server.  The files are in the RADIATION-ONCOLOGY
directory.  Finally, you can also access the gopher archives via
WWW/Mosaic.  The URL is http://www.bio.net/.

Future Plans for the group:

This is a "prototype newsgroup" in our terminology which means that it
is currently distributed only by e-mail and not on USENET.  You will
find it listed near the end of the BIOSCI info sheet, not in the main
list of BIOSCI newsgroups.  In six months there will be a vote to
either convert it to a full-fledged USENET newsgroup or shut it down.
Information about USENET follows in the BIOSCI FAQ.

Once again, if you have any administrative questions that require
personal assistance, please address them to biosci-help at net.bio.net.
Please address subscription requests to biosci-server at net.bio.net
using the syntax described above.

Best wishes for a successful newsgroup!


				Dave Kristofferson
				BIOSCI/bionet Manager

				biosci-help at net.bio.net

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