Once you receive your diagnosis, you will likely want to find out as much as you can about the latest in treatments, support, clinical trials, and outcomes. Your health care team will be your primary source of information, but it helps to know you can also access research once reserved only for medical professionals through a “PubMed MEDLINE” search.
PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine as part of the National Institutes of Health that provides free access to MEDLINE®, the database of indexed citations and abstracts to medical journal articles. Simply type in www.nlm.nih.gov to access the free online database of more than 21 million medical articles from the 1950s to the present. You can search the journals by keywords, author’s last name, or journal name.
Keywords Make It Easy to do a Quick Search
The search box for PubMed is much like any other Internet tool. Type the main words that describe the information you are seeking into the search box, being as specific as possible. For example, if you are searching for new treatments for glioblastoma multiforme, try the keywords “glioblastoma, treatments.” Suggestions will automatically display as you type your search terms.
Once you click “search”, PubMed will return a list of articles – also called citations – containing your keyword, which may show up in the text of the article or the headline. Don’t be afraid to try different keywords in different combinations since each search takes only a few seconds.
Once You Determine Your Keywords, You Can Narrow Your Search
PubMed contains many articles and it can easily become overwhelming. There are some simple ways to attain a more targeted and specific group of results. For instance, to limit your search to a type of source, click the Limits link below the search box. By doing so, you are telling PubMed you only want to see articles of a certain kind, such as by type of tumor, age group, publication type, or language.
Articles will be displayed 20 at a time in a summary format. To save time by viewing a brief preview of the article – called an “abstract” – go to the “Display Settings” and select “Abstract” under the “Format” column.