Doctors admit that those who understand and research their cancer treatment, often recover better and more quickly.
As a patient, I found that using the Internet sensibly, I was able to work out more effective treatment and find which cancer centres could give me better advice. When all my UK hospital could offer to deal with skin lesions caused by tamoxifen, was to tell me “it’s your age”, and no advice given at all; thanks to the Internet I found that La Roche Posay in France deals with around 8,OOO cases similar or worse than mine every year, so went there. Thanks to their advice and prescriptions, I was able to stay on the drug; and my skin cleared up almost immediately. And they told me my lesions were certainly NOT due to age!
If you read stories on this website, many of them concern research being carried out at US cancer hospitals and research centres. Recently US News has published their annual list of top cancer hospitals, and highlights the fact that all the top ones have excellent research facilities, and produce patient-friendly websites that are easy for lay people to understand.
So if you have a problem or query, it is worthwhile going onto a US website for more information. Some of the addresses are mentioned in the Contacts pages, but otherwise Google the name of the hospital for the contact. Don’t be frightened – their websites are written in remarkably clear English – and generally very easy to understand, explaining even the most complex problem in a way that comes over as sensible and informative.
Here is list of top 2O, together with ranking allocated by US News – don’t pay too much attention to these rankings – all the centres in the top 2O are worth looking at. If you have a rare cancer, there are 9OO listed in their list, all of which have received plaudits:
University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York
Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minn.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston
University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle
Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
University of California, San Francisco Medical Center
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, N.C.
Stanford Hospital and Clinics, Stanford, Calif.
Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles
Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Boston
Moffitt Cancer Center
University of Chicago Medical Center
Ohio State University James Cancer Hospital, Columbus
University of Michigan Hospitals and Health Centers, Ann Arbor
Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia