Pros and Cons of Researching Your Cancer

I am convinced that researching my options has been an important factor in my survival. Naturally then, I am a strong advocate of patients doing their own research, including delving into the most recent technical literature on their disease. Helping you do that is what CancerGuide is all about.

At the same time, there are very good reasons why doing this kind of research may not be right for everyone. In this page, I outline the pros and cons as I see them in the hope of helping you to better decide whether this approach is right for you.


It Could Save Your Life

It's Empowering

You Can Make a More Informed Decision


It Can Be Difficult and Intimidating

You Might Make the Wrong Decision

You Will Have to Confront the Statistics

There Might Not Be Any Better Treatment

Finally, although the number of Cons I’ve listed is more than the number of Pros, this is not something to be decided by the numbers. You have to decide what is important to you.

This CancerGuide Page By Steve Dunn. © Steve Dunn
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