Finding Information explains how to use many of the different resources available to find information that will help you understand your kind of cancer and its treatment. After listening to this Toolbox program, you will be better prepared to:
- Find good information on the kind of cancer you have and on the types of treatment that offer the best records for success
- Pick the experts you respect and trust to be part of your healthcare team
- Know when and how to seek a second opinion
- Look for what is new in the treatment of your kind of cancer
- Know that the decisions you have made about your cancer and its treatment are based on the right kind and right amount of information
Finding Information on the Internet
On the Internet, cancer survivors can get information available throughout the world, all at the touch of a few keystrokes on a computer in their home, library, or community center. It can be hard to find your way around the Internet at first. You may need to ask for help. A word of caution: There is a great deal of very helpful, reliable, factual information available on the Internet, but there is also a lot of misinformation. It is important to be sure your sources are reliable and to check information further. The most reliable medical information will come from well-known cancer organizations, research facilities, hospitals, libraries, government agencies, and professional journals.
There are many good books to help you get comfortable with using the Internet. Also, many of the companies that provide Internet access offer free classes to help beginners learn how to use theInternet. Community colleges, senior centers, information specialists in community or hospital libraries, or the cancer information specialist in a cancer resource center may also be able to provide some beginning instruction to help you get started.
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Learn the importance of having the right information and hear survivors reflect on useful ways for obtaining quality information.
Types of Information
Hear Joan, an Oncology Nurse, speak about gathering information and exploring all options.
Learn about an abundance of resources that have viable information and how to ensure the information you are receiving is reliable.
Survivor Stories: Identifying Resources
Hear Antonio and Lloyd recount the ways they found an abundance of information to help them make informed decisions about their care.
Survivor Stories: Information from Other People
Listen to Gloria explain how she reached out to her daughter and social worker to get help and information.