Cancer Doubts .com
  Information for patients researching their options

Learn about cancer and
Talk to your doctor with confidence

  Cancer information  

 
         
 Contents
01 What is cancer?
02 Cancer symptoms and screening (how cancer is detected)
03 Causes of cancer
04 Can cancer be prevented?
05 Cancer Stages
(how long do patients live?)
06 Cancer treatment and therapy (how cancer is treated)
07 Types of doctors who treat cancer
08 Choosing a doctor (or getting a second opinion)
09 Preparing for Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy
10 Cancer support (patient psychology and feelings)
11 Cancer suport - How friends can help
12 Is it important to do my own research? (or do I just follow doctor's orders)
13 Cancer information (research your treatment options)
14 Alternative and complementary treatments for cancer
15 Avoiding dubious treatments
16 How medical research is done (how to read medical research papers)
A About this site
 

Doing your own research into treatment options

The first thing to do is to get to know your specific type of cancer. Every cancer is different and this affects the type of treatment used. Here are some good places to start:

Excellent information sources:

Additional information sources, specific to each type of cancer:

Next, you'll want to understand how medical research is done and I suggest having a look at the medical research article on this site. It is absolutely critical that you understand the medical research process even if you don't understand the biology of cancer and the human body. That will allow you to grasp the relevance and significance of each paper, even if you don't understand the medical details. If you want to get a crash course on the biology of cancer, then I highly recommend this book: "Biology of Cancer" by Robert A Weinberg. It's a medical school text, but it's very well written and you can understand most of it without a background in medicine. It isn't a casual read, but if you want to delve into the details of cancer, this is the best book I've found. (I've put a link to the book in the links column on the right side of this webpage)

The next step then is to actually read through the latest medical research papers. Fortunately, there are 2 excellent search engines which you can use to find papers for a particular type of cancer: the "Google Scholar" search engine, and the "National Center for Biotechnology Information" search engine maintained by the US government. Links to both search engines are in the links column on the right side of this webpage. Try using search terms like "colon cancer" or "breast cancer". You may also want to use the medical name for a cancer, for example, search for "renal cell carcinoma" for that specific type of kidney cancer.

 

 


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Medical information for cancer I am not a medical professional; please consult your doctor for a medical opinion. This is my attempt to explain cancer to anyone who is affected by it. If this site helps just one person, then it will have served its purpose.

 

 
 Cancer Links
Prominent research and treatment centers
Stanford Cancer Center
Memorial Sloan Kettering
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Kimmel Center at Johns Hopkins
Dana-Farber/Harvard
Mayo Clinic
 
Information on Drugs
Drugs at FDA
NCI Drug Info
 
Complementary and Alternative Medicine Information
Sloan Kettering
(Integrative Medicine Service)
Medline Plus
American Cancer Society
PDR (Herbals and Supplements)
 
Complementary Medicine and Supplement Suppliers
Cuesta Agaricus Mushrooms
Agaricus Farm Mushrooms
Mitobi Mushrooms
Freshes Mushrooms [Bulk]
AllStarHealth [Maitake D-Fraction]
Maitake Products [D-Fraction]
LifeStream [BRM 360 capsules]
Himalaya Herbals [Ashwagandha]
Vita Green [Yun Zhi extract]
 
Clinical Trials
Clinical Trials (NIH)
 
Research Papers
National Center for Biotechnology Information
Google Scholar
 
New Drug Approvals / Drugs in the pipeline
FDA approvals
 
Helpful Books and Sites
Chemotherapy and radiation therapy survival guide
Cancer Guide.org
The biology of cancer
 
Patient Stories
Andrew Grove
Steve Dunn

 


 

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