To read part I of this article please see here: Advice for cancer patients: How to navigate information overload (part I).
Sue Schroeder has given cancer patients advice in ‘How to detangle the mass of information when researching your cancer’:
Step 3: Go for a second opinion on your findings.
If you find a treatment or some research that you think could be useful for you it is a good idea to run it by your doctor. There are ways in which you can make sure you get the most out of your appointment though:
• Take only the one or two things you most want to investigate to your doctor.
• Keep in mind that learning is a process and what you need or want to know will develop as you continue through treatment and beyond.
• Bring now more than a one-page visual or description of a new treatment or drug with you.
Oncologist Dr. Gribben notes: “Doctors are less concerned about their authority being threatened than they are about their time being compromised.”
Step 4: Beware of blogs bearing downers.
“Mostly, blogs appeal to people whose treatment is not working or who are experiencing side effects,” said Gribben. “People who want to communicate in those settings generally are having the most trouble with their disease.”
Henrick, who is a cancer patient, recommends contacting the Warren Reynolds Library if you are in Michigan. There you can make an appointment with librarian Powers. Whichever library you visit, Henrick advises you to bring in three key questions, ask the librarian where to start and allow them to help you navigate the research you are ready for. Then you can allow yourself the time and space to take in the answers, apply them to your daily life, and come back for more when you are ready. No information overload.
Angeles Health International offers an program called Functional Oncology. We are always happy to answer any questions you may have and you can contact us by filling in the form to your right.