A diagnosis of prostate cancer can be daunting but learning about it can help ease your mind and make you a better informed patient. It can also help family members and friends learn about your diagnosis to help support you. In order to get the most out of the mass quantities of information on the internet, you should keep a few things in mind:
Try to look at trusted sources.
Trusted sources include the official websites of large reputable institutions. We have included links to a number of them in the Resources section.
How do you know if a website can be trusted?
The best way to know for sure is to know where the information is coming from? Does the website belong to a major hospital or organization involved in cancer research? If so, the information is likely accurate. Sometimes advancements in medicine and cancer treatment can take strides before online information is updates, so be sure to discuss treatment options you read about online with your physician.
Get information from scholarly articles and research papers.
Often, a very specific search might turn up scholarly articles on a subject. If you would like to read scholarly or scientific articles, make sure to look at our Understanding Scientific Research section. This section will clarify many of the common terms you will encounter while reading scientific research papers and provide you with a better understanding of their implications.
Another great source for tips on health related web surfing can be found at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/healthywebsurfing.html