Sue Schroeder, a journalist who was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in late 2009, put together a comprehensive guide on dealing with information overload after cancer diagnosis. Because cancer treatment–both functional and alternative–is a leading draw for medical tourists looking for affordable care, I wanted to include that information for readers that could be struggling with these same issues.
Step 1: Know the stage of your cancer. Know the specific type and subtype of cancer you have. This is very important as treatment recommendations vary according to the stage you are at.
Doctors report having patients who cannot even spell their particular cancer they are suffering from. Dr. Gribbin, who is medical director of the Lacks Cancer Center, Michigan and has been an oncologist for 25 years, says he always writes down three key pieces of information on his research prescriptions: the stage; the diagnosis from the pathology report; and the proposed treatment.
Step 2: Be Internet savvy. In writing her guide, Schroeder consulted a librarian, Brett Powers, who has dealt with many individuals researching cancer treatment post-diagnosis. Powers recommends checking two or more sources for any advice you may read. Although some websites differ in tone or language, it’s a good sign if two are advocating the same thing on which course of action is best.