Cancer-A User’s Guide

The information contained on the following pages is intended to be patient/”lay person” friendly. It is not intended for the medical professional.

Please note that information on this site is not intended to replace your existing physician or providers’ advice; the purpose of this site is to provide information and not medical advice.

Cancer represents a diverse spectrum of diseases, and of course it is impossible to summarize all aspects in one website. Your comments and suggestions are welcome for continual improvement!

Whether you or a loved one has been diagnosed with cancer, the experience can be unpleasant, stressful, and life changing.  Many individuals will turn to the internet for additional support on top of what the medical system has to offer.  Unfortunately, due to time limitations of individual physicians and large variances in their individual styles, the restraints of the modern medical system, the toxicities of treatment, and enormous amount of information available to patients online, the diagnosis and treatment of cancer may one of the worst and most confusing experiences of your life.  Having been a cancer patient and an oncologist, one of the goals of this website is to help guide you through the “process” in a more patient friendly way.  For example, if you are about to get chemotherapy, and you’ve done your reading online and listened to your physician, your head may be spinning from the sheer number of potential side effects.  In this example, this website will attempt to “distill” out for you what we as oncologists really see as common side effects in our day to day practice.

Amongst the many ways life changes as a cancer patient, the emotional, social, and medical aspects can be the most challenging to deal with.

Emotional aspects of being a cancer patient
Caregiver burnout
How do I handle my kids?
Support Groups
How long will I live?

Social aspects of being a cancer patient
Time off of work
Will my relationships with family or friends change?

Medical aspects of being a cancer patient
Choosing the “right” provider
Choosing the “right” medical setting (i.e. academics vs community based care)
How to be a “good” patient (vs “the patient from hell”)
“Good” patients are an absolute pleasure for us docs to take care of, and I do believe some pointers may help to actually improve your care.

A computer animated video to help you understand how cancer evolves and grows: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LEpTTolebqo&feature=related

 






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