Finding Information – Cancer Survival Toolbox®

Finding Information Toolbox“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 (Click to expand)
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 the Internet. 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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  1. Introduction
  2. Types of Information
  3. Resources
  4. Identifying Resources
  5. Information from Other People
  6. Conclusion

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Additional Resources

Triage Cancer
Triage Cancer is a national, nonprofit organization that provides education on the practical and legal issues that may impact individuals diagnosed with cancer and their caregivers. Triage Cancer provides a myriad of online tools and resources, including written educational materials (e.g., Quick Guides, checklists, manuals, etc.), international, national, and state resources, a chart of state laws, and a series of animated videos.

CancerCare  |  (800) 813-4673
A national organization that provides free professional support services to anyone affected by cancer: including people with cancer, caregivers, loved ones and the bereaved. Programs—including counseling and support groups, education, financial assistance, and practical help—are provided by professional oncology social workers free of charge. Counseling and some materials are available in Spanish.

National Cancer Institute (NCI)  |  (800) 422-6237
The National Cancer Institute (NCI) is the U.S. government’s principal agency for cancer research. Their website provides access to many types of information resources covering different cancers, treatments, and supportive care. NCI’s toll-free Cancer Information Service (800-4-CANCER) operates Mon-Fri from 8am to 8pm ET and is staffed by information specialists who can answer cancer-related questions.

NCI Physician Data Query (PDQ)
The NCI Physician Data Query provides summaries on different cancer topics for patients and healthcare professionals.

American Cancer Society (ACS)  |  (800) 227-2345 provides information about specific cancers and has resources for supportive care and services around the country. Additionally, ACS’s toll-free number is staffed 24/7 by cancer information specialists.

Find more helpful resources in the searchable NCCS Resource Guide »

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