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Information & Resources

Patient and Family Resource Center

The Frank and Cricket Luellen Patient and Family Resource Center is located on the first floor of Wilmot Cancer Center in Room 1.0701. With comfortable seating and internet access available, it is open for patients and families to use Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The Resource Center also houses the Alan Hermenet Book Collection, named in honor of Mr. Hermenet of Sodus, NY, and is supported each year by his family and other donations. Our book collection has many different topics of interest for patients with cancer.

Miner Library

University of Rochester Medical Center’s Edward G. Miner Library has resources available for patients and families who would like to learn more about their conditions and treatments. For more information, contact a reference librarian at (585) 275-2487, or you can email library liaison Daniel Castillo. You can also click the Ask A Librarian button in MyChart, or visit the library, which is located in the Medical Center.

Evaluating health information

Health information — whether in books and magazines or on TV or websites — should come from trusted, credible sources, but that is not always the case. Here are a few questions to consider as you evaluate different sources of health information:

  • Is the site credible? The most reliable sources are major organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, government agencies, hospitals or universities.
  • What are the author’s credentials (MD, RN, Social Worker, etc.?)
  • Is the information current?
  • Is information accurate and based on scientific data?
  • Are there references from scientific journals?
  • Information should be balanced, giving the pros and cons of subject.
  • Is the purpose of the website clear?
  • Is the site selling a product or service?
  • Is it clear when links lead you away form the original site?
  • Are links on the site appropriate to the subject matter, or unrelated?
  • Do links sell products or services?
  • Is the information arranged logically and easy to navigate?
  • Is there a way to search the site?

Additional resources to help you evaluate health information include: