Google or not to Google

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Hi everyone, 

I'm really lost about the whole Google issue, ur input would hopefully explain it. I, frankly, Google a lot...I know it doesn't ALL apply to me, it dues however, give me great info and questions to ask the Dr's. 

I don't really get why it's such taboo here. It has helped me a great deal. To discern what's applicable and not, in my opinion, is the key...I still don't see why that's so hard for some. 

  • Too much cranky, dramatic stuff often from abroad and by people ultimately with something to sell. Perhaps try just the NHS website, this one and Cancer UK for straightforward advice. On this site you get specific advice and support based on a wide range of personal experiences.


  • Hi  I often advise people not to google. As you say the issue is discerning what is applicable and what is not. When people are distressed and their head is full of cotton wool then it’s so easy to click on one thing then another then another then they’re looking at survival rates etc. which are already out of date.

    As others have said, google is ok if you know what you’re looking for but it’s easy to get led into dark places so I encourage people to stay on here or the bowel cancer uk board.

    Its not taboo and everyone has the right to research their own situation as they wish x

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  • I disagree, it's a lot factual info, but to each his own. 

  • That's why it helps me to ask questions of my Dr's to see what's applicable to my case. Thanks for the response. 

  • This reply was to Dulac.

  • I agree with Karen, it’s not at taboo, but it’s a matter of personal choice. I chose not to Google but rely on my excellent team to make a relevant treatment plan etc. Statistics are out of date and I have never searched for them in my own situation, I just took one step at a time as that was what I coped best with. 

    We are all different, and people can choose what best suits them. When I was first diagnosed with cancer, I didn’t have the knowledge to differentiate the useful and not useful information I could have found on the internet. It doesn’t mean I was in the wrong not to Google everything, and I would still recommend people in the groups where I post to stay off Google and stick to reputable sites such as here, cancer research and nhs. You can disagree with my approach of course and that is fine. 

    Sarah xx

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  • Well, this group is full of individuals and cancer and chemo is subjective, what is true due me is not true for 70 others albeit you say its not wrong, your also say not to Google. So, I have my answer which is what I've seen throughout the platform and that's fine. My experience is different because I know not to apply all to me. Thanks anyway fur the input. 

  • You can have your different opinion, and do exactly what you please, but you were asking us why we, in many cases, suggest not to Google. Not everyone is as well informed as you say you are, and Google can be a scary place filled with rabbit holes for the uninitiated. 

    People like myself and Karen will continue to suggest reputable information sources, rather than internet searching, and make no apology for suggesting the best resources.

    Sarah xx

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  • That's all well and good, your reply seems very defensive and aggressive to me. It's a shame. I appreciate open dialogue.

  • I'm not "well informed ", perse I just see that not all info is not for me. No need for apologies for sure, certainly I'd never suggest such a thing.