Read our librarian’s picks for the best online cancer resources

If you think you can trust the results of your latest Google search on cancer, click again. And again. And again.

It’s important to use trusted resources when it comes to your health or that of a loved one, but verifying a cancer website’s credentials is a multistep — and often time-consuming — process.

“You want to make sure that the information you find on the Internet has the same level of credibility as your physician,” says Ruti Volk, M.S.I., A.H.I.P., the University of Michigan Health System’s Patient Education librarian and former manager of the U-M Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Patient Education Resource Center. “It’s important to check a website’s credentials, because if you base a decision on bad, inaccurate or outdated information, you can really cause yourself a lot of harm,” she says.

Volk, an award-winning medical librarian, shares her choices for the best online cancer resources so cancer patients, their family and friends can focus on what’s important: time together.

Read the rest of this story from our most recent issue of Thrive, the Cancer Center’s patient publication.