Newly published medical textbooks are typically two to three years behind the latest medical information and research findings. More than 3,000 medical journals, written by and for doctors and scientists, present the most recent discoveries. More and more people are getting involved in researching their own conditions and becoming more active in healthcare decision-making.
While there are numerous reasons for fully understanding your risks for late effects, there are also very good reasons why you might want to restrict your research to particular areas, get a friend or family member to help, or not research at all. Chapter 13, “Researching the Medical Literature,” in Nancy Keene’s book Working with Your Doctor outlines the pros and cons of researching. It also explains how to conduct a basic search, find experts in specific medical conditions, and use a medical library.
The following journal article citations are but a few of the thousands available on the late effects of childhood cancer. You can get the full text of these articles from your nearest medical school library, hospital library, or through interlibrary loan at your public library.