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Where to find reliable cancer information


Receiving a cancer diagnosis is a life-altering moment that can leave you and your loved ones feeling overwhelmed and anxious. In such a challenging time, seeking reliable and accurate information about cancer is essential. While the internet provides a vast array of resources, not all sources are trustworthy or relevant to your specific situation. In this blog post, we'll explore the importance of reliable cancer information and highlight some trustworthy sources where you can find valuable insights and support during your cancer journey. 

The Pitfalls of Dr. Google 

When faced with a cancer diagnosis, it's natural to turn to the internet for information. However, relying solely on internet searches, often referred to as "Dr. Google," can be a double-edged sword. While the internet is a treasure trove of information, it's also rife with misinformation, outdated content, and alarmist articles that can increase anxiety. Therefore, it's crucial to approach online research with caution and use reputable sources. 

 Trustworthy Cancer Information Sources 

  • Cancer Council Website: One of the most reliable sources of cancer information is the Cancer Council. They offer a wealth of information on various types of cancer, treatments, support services, and prevention strategies. Their websites provide comprehensive, up-to-date information that is reviewed by experts in the field.   
  • Cancer Australia: Cancer Australia is another reputable resource for cancer-related information. They provide valuable insights into cancer research information, clinical trials, and patient support services. Their website offers a wide range of resources, including information on early detection, prevention, and living with cancer.
  • Online Resources: Various online platforms offer valuable resources for cancer patients and their families. Websites like Canteen offer a collection of informative materials, including books and resources tailored to different age groups. These resources can provide guidance and support for both patients and their loved ones. 
  • Consult Your Hospital Treating Team: While online resources are valuable, it's important to remember that every cancer experience is unique. Your best source of information and guidance will often come from your own healthcare team. Your treating physicians, nurses, and other medical professionals can provide personalized information about your diagnosis, treatment options, and what to expect during your cancer journey. 
  • Camp Quality App: For parents facing the challenge of explaining cancer to young children, Camp Quality has developed a useful app. This app offers age-appropriate resources and explanations to help young children understand cancer and its impact on their family. 

Navigating the vast sea of information after a cancer diagnosis can be daunting, but it's essential to rely on reputable sources to make informed decisions about your healthcare. While the internet can be a valuable tool, your healthcare team is your best ally in understanding your unique cancer journey, so don't hesitate to ask questions and seek their guidance. With reliable information and a strong support network, you can face the challenges of cancer with greater confidence and resilience. 

By Olivia H, Social Work Student, Canteen Australia