Cancer Basics

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

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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.

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.

September 19, 2011

Adolescents and young adults with cancer often face unique questions and challenges. In this video, Dr. Melissa Hudson discusses the needs of this specific age group.

June 20, 2011

Patient advocate Mary Lou Smith outlines what things to consider when a person with cancer is reviewing clinical trials (research studies) when making treatment plan decisions.

May 2, 2011

Dr. Eric Singer explains how clinical trials are reviewed to ensure the safety of the patients involved.

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