Questions Before Embarking On The Journey
So many questions, where do I start!? Where’s the information I want? Take a deep breath…
How do you approach the initial ‘Cancer’ search?
‘The Cancer-Free Journey’
Rather than blindly embarking on an internet journey of endless searches, here I have tried to be a bit focused and systematic about guiding your (re)search based on what I have called ‘The Cancer-Free Journey’. Decide on where you are on this journey and using the The Cancer-Free Road Map choose the appropriate links that match the topic of interest for you. From there, hopefully you should be able to conduct further searches you feel useful to your current needs. With a bit of structure to your searches, you will then be able to find information that is better in quality, precise and quicker. Once you have completed your search(es), come back here to continue with your journey.
Importantly, this website is essentially an interactive self-help guide and by no means fully comprehensive. It is predominantly written with a UK audience in mind and to a lesser degree for those in the US, but has universally valuable cancer-related (including cancer prevention / general wellbeing) information applicable to anyone seeking out information on cancer management. The word ‘general practitioner’ (GP) used in this website can often be interchangeable with the word ‘family physician’ or ‘oncologist’. The idea here isn’t to list a bunch of facts or to be a textbook for cancer management and treatment. Essentially treat this website as a guide, aided by the various commentary, links, etc. where you can come back to it time and again at different time points of your cancer-free journey. The aim is that it will allow you to take your own readings and search for answers in the direction based on your needs, curiosities and current situation. There is no one-size-fits-all as people are at different stages of their cancer-free journey and will have individual ideas, concerns and expectations unique to them. What ticks for you may be different from someone else but having a moment of clarity or even an eureka moment may simply be the necessary catalyst to turn a leaf and introduce that crucial change(s) to your life. The hope is that this website will help you with this and give you the much-needed motivation and inspiration. I will endeavour to upload new information at regular intervals.
Some of the major cancer websites should be your first port of call websites for general cancer information so please do not ignore them. However, navigating them can be sometimes overwhelming even for the computer-savvy amongst us. They may not necessarily link to other websites that may have more information relevant to you or written or laid out in a way that is easy to understand. Furthermore, other sites may have a slightly different take on things or have the latest cutting edge research and development uploaded that may tip the balance to your decision-making process. As you embark on your cancer-free journey you will come to realise soon enough that no one can know everything and keeping up to date with the latest advances in cancer medicine can be in fact difficult and time-consuming. Hence, you really need to be smart with the use of your time and ask the right questions.
I do not want you to spend hours on the internet blindly searching (I’ve already done this on your behalf to save you time) nor endlessly look at this website with its various links to the detriment of your general health. Life after all is about balance, and as they often say, ‘everything in moderation’. When in doubt, please seek professional medical advice from your doctor (especially if there are any concerns over any aspect of your care including new or worsening symptoms) but also try to find a doctor that you feel you have a level of connection where there is open dialogue and trust.
Let’s now move onto The Cancer-Free Road Map where the Cancer-Free Journey is broken down to different topics. This is where it all begins!