Tips for finding information

There are many excellent resources available to help you understand cancer and your cancer journey. We recommend a few ways to find the information you need.

Search this website

You can:

  • Browse the dictionary of cancer terms on the right side of this page
  • Use one of the preset searches in this section
  • Type a keyword into the Search area at the top of this page to find what you need

All of the resources on this website have been approved by cancer care experts and patients.

Visit the Patient and Family Resource Centre

Located at Kingston General Hospital, the Patient and Family Resource Centre has paper copies of many of the resources you can find on this website, plus free Internet access and volunteers who can help.

Ask an information specialist

If you can’t find what you need on this website, you can ask a Canadian Cancer Society information specialist for assistance. Please note that information specialists are not qualified to offer you medical advice or comment on your case. 

Finding information on the Internet

Many people affected by cancer will search for information on the Internet. Finding information on the Internet can be a quick way of learning about topics and connecting with others living with cancer. However, use caution when searching for information on the Internet. It’s hard to know whether the information is relevant to your situation, is accurate or complete. Your cancer care team can help you clarify any information that you have found on the Internet.

To help you decide if information on the Internet is credible, use the following tips.  Look for information that is: 

  • Current and updated often. Check the date when the information was posted and if it has been updated since.
  • From a trustworthy source, such as websites run by governments, hospitals, academic and research facilities or credible not-for-profit organizations. Look for the HONcode logo on the website. This logo shows the organization has been approved by the Health on the Net Foundation and gives credible information.
  • Written by an author or organization with good credentials.
  • Easy to read and free of spelling, grammar or punctuation errors.

Beware of websites that are selling or persuading readers to buy treatments described as the cure for cancer.