Medicine plays a critical role in cancer. It helps prevent side effects, helps destroy cancerous cells, and helps your body recuperate.
Understanding medicine, however, can quickly become daunting because it introduces a whole new host of terms, symptoms and issues that we may be unfamiliar with.
So below we have included resources that help you learn more about medicine, research topics or drugs, and tools to help you stay organized. Keep these resources handy as they will be constantly referenced.
Medicine Database & Research.
The U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have put together a very comprehensive online database for medicine, herbs, and supplements.
During your cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery, you will be prescribed many different medicines to help mitigate side effects from the cancer and/or treatment. If you are further in your journey, you know this very well. The NIH's database allows you to quickly search and research any medicine for further information.
Additionally, as we have discussed, supplements can play an important role in the patient's overall health & recovery. Unfortunately, many medical professionals, institutions, and oncologists may not provide much information on the role supplements and herbs can play. The NIH database also has information on supplements & herbs.
Medicine Tracker & Schedule.
Scheduling when to take prescribed medicine, supplements, food, and nutrients/vitamins is of the upmost importance. As each medicine or pill comes with it's own instructions, directions, and schedule it can be a bit overwhelming. To ensure you don't miss a dosage, we have uploaded a quick and easy medicine tracker for you to download.
The CQ Medicine Tracker allows you to add notes on any side effects. Sometimes you may get a bit off schedule due to unforeseen side effects or resting schedules, etc. But by being organized and tracking information you can make sure you don't miss important medicine regimens. Start to note when and how medicine side effects arise. Perhaps it is worth taking a medicine that makes you drowsy at night as opposed to in the morning. You won't know how the medicines react in your body until you start taking them. Click to download the editable excel spreadsheet.
Reading & Research = Preparedness.
This book is recommended in our Caregiver section but we are also including it here. It contains a lot of key information regarding medicine and its uses during different parts of a cancer battle.
'The Chemotherapy Survival Guide' was written by two registered oncology nurses in California. The book is technical while also practical. It helps you understand the medicines involved with chemotherapy and how to mitigate side effects, which can be very severe with chemo and varying cancer types.
Order a copy, and find the right team member to read.
Note: we don't recommend the patient themselves reading this book. This is a book for caregivers and family members to help the patient navigate chemotherapy.
MD Anderson's Glossary of Cancer Terms
As one of the country's leading cancer institutions, located in Houston, Texas, MD Anderson has a very informative glossary of cancer terms where you can look up cancer terms, prescribed medicines, and host of other technical terms.
The glossary makes it quick and easy to get a bit of information on a host of medical terms that you might not understand or feel confused about. Many new terms will become part of your vocabulary so it's important to do your homework.
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