Cancer Basics

Videos to help you learn about cancer care and the health care team


March 22, 2019

Medical oncologist Dr. Ezra Cohen defines human papillomavirus (HPV), outlines its link to different types of cancer, and discusses the HPV vaccine and how it prevents HPV-related cancers.

August 31, 2018

Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer of cells found in bone marrow that affects the immune system. Medical oncologist-hematologist Paul Richardson, MD, and patient advocate Cynthia Chmielewski explain how multiple myeloma develops, discuss the treatment options available, and offer insight into what to consider when making treatment decisions. 

July 3, 2018

Thoracic oncologist Dr. Jyoti Patel explains the basics of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), the most common type of lung cancer in the United States. In this patient education video, she discusses what NSCLC is, an explanation of staging and main treatment options, and information about advancements in research.

March 16, 2018

Dr. Robert Maki, Physician Assistant Heather Hylton, and Nurse Practitioner Mee-Young Lee explain the roles of different members of an oncology care team, and how each contributes to the care of patients.

February 16, 2018

In this video, Dr. Jonathan Berek and patient advocate Angela Lee discuss steps to take after a cancer diagnosis, including coping with the news, locating an oncologist, and finding support. 

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.

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. 

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.