Cancer Basics

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


November 6, 2020

Treatment of kidney cancer depends on the type of cancer, the type of kidney cancer cells involved, the stage of disease, and other factors. In this video, Dr. Sumanta Pal discusses the basics of kidney cancer staging and treatment options, including the key role of clinical trials and the importance of a multidisciplinary care.    

October 23, 2020

Melanoma occurs when cells called melanocytes begin to change and grow out of control, and it can form anywhere on the body. In this video, Dr. Ryan Sullivan discusses the stages of melanoma and explains treatment options.

June 2, 2020

A neuroendocrine tumor (NET) is a cancerous tumor that begins in the specialized cells of the body’s neuroendocrine system. These cells have traits of both hormone-producing endocrine cells and nerve cells. In this video, Dr. Pamela Kunz explains the basics of NETs, including staging, grading, and treatment options.

November 18, 2019

Not all types of cancer can be prevented. However, research shows that lifestyle factors such as nutritional choices, regular exercise, and reducing stress can lower a person’s risk of developing certain types of cancer. Medical oncologist Dr. Mark A. O’Rourke discusses why these factors are important in lowering cancer risk. 

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.