Libraries: The Medicine Chest of the Soul

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By Monica Lewis, librarian, Patient Education Office-The Learning Center

Libraries: The medicine chest of the soul. -- Library at Thebes, inscription over the door.

A cancer diagnosis often triggers a frantic search for information. Unfortunately, your favorite search engine may not always be the best resource for health information. Websites can be full of inaccurate or outdated information.

The Learning Center at MD Anderson is a consumer health library that offers free access to pamphlets, books, databases and medical journals featuring current and reliable medical information to help answer your questions.

The staff will guide you through the research process and help you find information you need to make informed decisions. Common research topics include treatment options, drug information, clinical trials and treatment side effects.

The Learning Center also offers an email reference service and is happy to answer questions and comments at

If you want to conduct health research on your own, The Learning Center staff recommends the following sites:

MD Anderson Cancer Center -

MedlinePlus - MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's website for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it features current, reliable information about diseases, conditions, treatments and wellness.

National Cancer Institute Accurate, up-to-date, comprehensive cancer information from the U.S. government's principal agency for cancer research. This site includes information on treatment, clinical trials, prevention, genetics, screening, coping and cancer statistics.

PubMed - PubMed comprises more than 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites.

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