Cancer Basics

Watch patient-friendly videos about the basics of cancer care, particularly helpful if you or a loved one has been newly diagnosed with cancer.

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September 27, 2017

In this comprehensive introduction to cancer care for older adults, Dr. Hyman Muss explains geriatric oncology and health assessments. He also gives advice for talking with your health care team and taking care of yourself during and after treatment.  Read a full-text transcript.

July 25, 2017

Watch this patient education video to learn more about types of oncologists, sources to help find an oncologist, what to consider at your first appointment, and more with Drs. Shelby Terstriep and Jyoti Patel. Read a full-text transcript.

December 8, 2015

Dr. Neal Meropol explains how clinical cancer research is done in distinct segments, called the phases of clinical trials.

July 31, 2014

After a diagnosis of cancer, many people find it difficult to talk openly with the doctor and other members of the cancer care team. This is for different reasons including fear and shock, medical jargon, and language barriers. This video offers guidance on how patients can navigate these challenges.

July 31, 2014

After a diagnosis of cancer, patients often need to make decisions about their personal treatment plan. Many people feel overwhelmed or unsure of how to do this, for different reasons. This video offers guidance on how patients can navigate these challenges.

July 31, 2014

The cost of cancer care is a big concern for many patients. This is for different reasons, including the high cost of care, complex health insurance rules, and emotional hurdles in talking about financial issues with others. This video offers guidance on how patients can navigate these challenges.

July 31, 2014

After a diagnosis of cancer, many people find it difficult to get the emotional support they need. This is for different reasons including the fear and uncertainty cancer brings and the complexity of family relationships. This video offers guidance on how patients can navigate these challenges.

May 29, 2014

Dr. Richard Goldberg explains what clinical trials are, as well as their importance in finding new cancer treatments.

May 29, 2014

Dr. Robert Sticca outlines the basic types of surgery used in cancer treatment.

January 2, 2013

Dr. Maurie Markman talks about the first steps to take after being diagnosed with cancer.

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