Managing Information Overload

March 21, 2024

The early phases of brain tumor treatment be overwhelming, not just physically, but also mentally and emotionally. The sheer volume of medical details, treatment options, and emotional support resources can feel like a tidal wave. From medical reports and treatment options, to support groups and lifestyle changes, the amount of information bombarding you can be immense. It’s normal to feel overwhelmed as you try to process it all. Remember, you’re not alone in this, and finding a balance is crucial for maintaining your well-being. The following steps may help:

  1. Create a centralized information hub:
    • Establish a central location, either physical or digital, to organize all your medical records, treatment plans, and relevant information. This could be a dedicated binder, a smartphone app, or a secure online platform. Having everything in one place can make it easier to locate and review when needed.
  2. Prioritize trusted information sources:
    • Not all information is created equal. Identify trusted sources, such as your healthcare team, reputable medical websites, and patient advocacy organizations like Brains for the Cure or the National Brain Tumor Society. Limit your focus to these sources to avoid feeling overwhelmed by conflicting or irrelevant information.
  3. Set information boundaries:
    • Establish specific times to gather and review information. Constantly searching for updates or reading medical journals may contribute to anxiety. Allocate certain times during the week to check for updates, ensuring you stay informed without feeling inundated.
  4. Delegate information management:
    • Enlist the support of a trusted friend or family member to help manage and organize information. They can attend medical appointments with you, take notes, and assist in summarizing key points. This can provide an extra layer of support and reduce the burden on you.
  5. Mindful information consumption:
    • Be mindful of your mental and emotional well-being. It’s okay to take breaks from information-seeking when it becomes too much. Engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation, providing a mental escape from the constant flow of details.

Brains for the Cure’s Information Management Guide: 

Our patient resource guide provides practical tips and insights to help you stay organized without feeling overwhelmed. Patient Resource Guide