Since health in general, cancer in specific, seems to be much on many of our minds at the moment, I thought I’d share a few resources on the subject that I’ve come across. At some point you will fall ill, a loved one will fall ill, a family member may get cancer, you may even get cancer. So bookmark these, and maybe they’ll come in handy some day. And in the “Comments” section, it would be great if other people could share any resources they have.
First, here are some books, plus the website and blog from Jerome Groopman, M.D., Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and one of the world’s leading researchers in cancer and AIDS. He is also the author of two of my favourite books in the “health” genre, An Anatomy of Hope (2004), and How Doctors Think (2007). The book information and reviews on Amazon are better than any I could write, so I’ve linked to them. Have a look around his web site to find more information and visit his blog for some good posts.
Second, a simple but concise guide to “Five must-do’s when a loved one is ill.”
Next, a helpful series of articles about Navigating the Hospital (“No one happily anticipates a hospital stay. But if you follow this guide, at least it will be briefer—and safer”)
And a few from the Wall Street Journal’s “Informed Patient” column:
Two rolled-gold sources of on-line information for any kind of medical queries:
US News & World Report also has a pretty good “A-Z” directory of diseases and conditions developed in conjunction with Johns Hopkins Medicine which will lead you to condition-specific links.
And finally two fantastic specialised patient cancer centres, one in the USA and one in Oz, which I’ve found to have comprehensive web sites and really helpful staff:
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Note: Of course, it should go without saying but I’ll say it anyway: these are sources of information only. They’ll help you work in conjunction with the medical system. Never, never, never take anything you read on the Web as gospel truth; never, never, never let the Web replace contact with and advice from your doctor.
I can’t recommend those books by Dr. Groopman (above) enough – they are really great. And as I said above, it’d be handy if people would add links to any other resources in the comments below. Cheers.