HealthMark Multimedia Announces Release of CD-ROM and Web Content for Lung Cancer Patients

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Lung Cancer: Your Decision Notebook® Fills gap in patient education about lung cancer. This program assists lung cancer patient and their caregivers in making decisions that reflect their personal values and lifestyle preferences.

Lung cancer is the most common cause of cancer deaths for men and women in the United States. Non-small cell carcinoma is the most common form of lung cancer and is often diagnosed after the disease has progressed. Because lung cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage, lung cancer patients and their families need timely information about treatment and supportive care along with help managing the physical and psychological side effects of this difficult disease. This educational and decision program helps lung cancer patients with non-small cell cancer and their families to learn about and make decisions about treatment and palliative care, clinical trials enrollment and end-of-life care.

The content focuses on

  •     Information on the staging and different types of lung cancer
  •     Definitions and explanations of key phrases to know about treatment and prognosis
  •     Suggestions on how to maintain and support hope and let go of guilt
  •     Specifics on chemotherapy and biologic treatments of non-small cell lung cancer, including what to expect during treatment, side effects, and medical considerations
  •     Interactive tools on coping with the stigma of lung cancer for smokers and non-smokers, and tips on managing anxiety
  •     Smoking cessation tool that overcomes barriers to quitting
  •     Suggestions on how to deal with the stresses of caregiving, including the emotional rollercoaster aspect of emotions, and negotiating tasks and roles
  •     Advance directives tool for future care planning and legal issues

The educational content was reviewed by medical experts during creation and by outside experts in the field after completion of beta version and before publication. The title represents the only education and decision product for persons with non-small cell lung cancer. It uses narration, graphics, and personal stories of lung cancer patients to present material. Interactive tools assist the user in applying the information to their personal situation.

This innovative program is available in several formats: consumer CD-ROM and institutional CD-ROM. The content and tools are also available in web ready format as text articles or flash files with audio and graphics and interactive tools.

About HealthMark Multimedia:
HealthMark Multimedia focuses on providing creative technology solutions to meeting the information, self-care and decision needs of persons facing critical health care issues. HealthMark products combine graphics, audio, video, and text to develop award-winning interactive, user-friendly software and web sites for patient education, self-management, and decision making. HealthMark Multimedia uses an established network of medical experts, as well as patients and lay caregivers, to review and test products for accuracy, relevance, and usefulness.

For further information about the company, its products, and licensing opportunities, contact HealthMark Multimedia: 1828 L Street, NW, #250, Washington, DC 20036; Telephone: 202-265-0033; Fax: 202-448-6188.

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