Dear Friends and Family,
As a physician, it is unfortunate that the time we should spend with patients isn’t always the time we can spend with them. So, patients get the high-level important news and are left to fill in the smaller pieces.
A few years ago, my mother was diagnosed with a chest tumor. It was a scary time for all of us given that it was so large and close to her heart. I immediately got in touch with the best doctors I could find at MD Anderson and subsequently my mother had surgery and is considered cured. Our family was scared about the prognosis and the high-risk surgery. The thought of pain that she had to go through made me even more disheartened. I can’t imagine how she was feeling at the time but there was definitely a sense of uncertainty. Prior to the surgery, my mother underwent a plethora of tests and visits. I was by her side the whole way to help translate the medical lingo and navigate the confusing tests and complex layout of the hospital.
Afterwards, my mother commented about the benefits of having a cancer doctor in the family. I realized that most of my patients, and the cancer community at large, must chart their own path… I wanted to find a way to help cancer patients get access to the critical information most doctors don’t have time to share. I shared this idea with Kirk and with his support; the idea has become a reality.
We’re proud to announce the launch of CancerHQ.org. We created CancerHQ.org, a place that is meant to educate, inspire and bring together those touched by cancer. This is not just a site for people with cancer, but also a community to help cancer survivors and their friends and family. We want to bring new educational and inspirational content in a variety of mediums: print, photo, video and more. Our goal is to break down the knowledge barriers through easy to understand content, inspire cancer patients to fight back and connect our community together so that the wisest can help educate the latest affected.
Although the site is recently launched, we’ve already accumulated well over 80 articles, with lots more on the way! In the coming months we’ll be adding discussion forums for patients, cancer survivors, and their loved ones, but in the meantime we really need your help!
Things you can do to help us spread the word!
- If you’re on Twitter please follow @CancerHQ for our daily information and inspiration
- For those of you on Facebook please LIKE our page at Facebook.com/CancerHQ
- Subscribe for Email updates right on our Blog at CancerHQ.org
- Use the links at the top of our blog posts to Share them on Twitter, Facebook and more!
Help us connect with cancer patients and survivors by spreading the word about CancerHQ!
We hope you’ll take time to explore the site, leave comments, and share the news with others. If you have cancer related topics you’d like to see address please let us know – because if you’ve got a suggestion it’s likely that many other people share the same question too! Thanks in advance for helping us make CancerHQ a success. We look forward to serving the community for years to come.
PS: Help us spread the word with people that you know. If you have a special interest or would like to be a contributor/writer to our site, please let us know.