May 29, 2018 1:00 PM

Author: Allison Elmer, CPH, Cancer Information Specialist


A couple searches for cancer information.

Every day, health educators in the Cancer Learning Center help patients find resources for various cancer questions. These are some of our most common questions:

  • Where can I find information on the treatment I will be receiving?
  • I am looking for books on caregiving. Do you have any or know of any resources for me?
  • Where can I learn more about my type of cancer?

Here are some tips to help when you are looking for accurate information and reliable resources online.

Think about who referred you to this organization/resource.

Often people come across resources either by searching on the internet, or by word of mouth. If the resource came from your doctor or healthcare team, chances are the information is accurate and useful.

Friends and family members may try to offer helpful suggestions during a difficult time. If you are referred to a resource from a friend or loved one, do a little background research on the organization or website (using the next two tips), or talk with your healthcare team.

Look at the website domain.

Does the website end with .gov, .org, or .edu? If a website ends with any of these abbreviations, it often indicates the organization has met a requirement for the content on their webpage and likely has accurate information.

Check to see if the organization is a non-profit or 501(c)(3).

When an organization is classified as a 501(c)(3) or non-profit, they have to meet strict requirements about how they use their money.

Look through the organizations “About Us” section. This can help you get a better feel about how they use their funding, their overall goal, and their mission. 

Keep in mind these are suggestions and not rules. While these tips can help you find accurate information online, you might still run into untrustworthy resources. When in doubt, ask a health educator, social worker, or a member of your healthcare team.

These trusted sources are a great place to start looking for information and resources:


Allison Elmer, CPH, Cancer Information Specialist

The G. Mitchell Morris Cancer Learning Center
cancerinfo@hci.utah.edu

cancer learning center caregiver health education

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