HealthMark Multimedia Launches Evaluation of Complementary Cancer Care: Your Healing Plan®

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The Complementary Cancer Care: Your Healing Plan™ CD-ROM provides cancer patients with an educational decision aid for integrating evidence-based complementary care with their conventional treatment through goal setting and development of a personalized healing plan that can be adjusted over time depending on changing goals and disease status.

Eighty-three percent of cancer patients use complementary therapies to manage symptoms of cancer and side effects of conventional treatment. Indeed "Ideal" cancer care may integrate evidence-based complementary therapies with conventional care, but, for now, the burden of exploring options, weighing efficacy versus risks, and coordinating care between providers falls upon the patient. The Complementary Cancer Care: Your Healing Plan™ CD-ROM provides cancer patients with an educational decision aid for integrating evidence-based complementary care with their conventional treatment through goal setting and development of a personalized healing plan that can be adjusted over time depending on changing goals and disease status.

About Complementary Cancer Care: Your Healing Plan™:

Complementary Cancer Care: Your Healing Plan™ CD-ROM serves as an interactive guide to evidence-based complementary therapy selection throughout a cancer journey. Users select a stage of the cancer journey such as receiving chemotherapy and their own quality-of-life goals for that stage. The program guides them to therapies that have been selected based on evidence of effectiveness. The product contains information about the therapy, what can be expected, who practices the therapy and what is involved. There is also a section that highlights peer-reviewed evidence specific to the therapy and cancer. The CD-ROM is narrated with supporting graphics to make the information accessible to users with a range of education levels

About the evaluation of Complementary Cancer Care: Your Healing Plan

HealthMark Multimedia is currently recruiting cancer patients who live in the Washington DC metropolitan area to test a recently published CD-ROM Complementary Cancer Care: Your Healing Plan®. Evaluation participants must have a Windows-based computer and be fluent in English. They will be asked to use the CD-ROM for 4 weeks and then to be interviewed about how they used the program to integrate complementary therapies into their daily life.

This evaluation is designed to help HealthMark understand how cancer patients at any stage in their journey can make use of evidence-based complementary therapies for symptom and side effect relief. The evaluation will also inform program information and design for the presentation of evidence-based complementary therapies to cancer patients. Participants will meet with research staff at HealthMark Multimedia Washington DC offices and then receive the Complementary Cancer Care: Your Healing Plan® CD-ROM for use over the next month. For more information about the evaluation and criteria for participation, please call: Marguerite Beckley as (202) 448-6158.

About HealthMark Multimedia

HealthMark Multimedia, LLC, a certified woman-owned business, provides creative consumer-focused technology approaches to meeting the information, self-care and decision needs of patients facing critical health issues. Information about Complementary Cancer Care: Your Healing Plan® and other HealthMark content and product offerings can be found at http://www.healthmarkmultimedia.com.

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