Oncologist-approved cancer information from the American Society of Clinical Oncology

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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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 29, 2013

Dr. John Sweetenham talks about finding a doctor after a cancer diagnosis.

January 2, 2013

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

January 2, 2013

The type of cancer treatment your doctor recommends depends on the type of cancer, the size and location of the tumor, whether the cancer has spread, and your overall health. Learn about the most common types of cancer treatment, such as surgery, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy.

October 17, 2011

ASCO member Diane Blum, MSW, talks about managing the financial impact of a cancer diagnosis.

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