A cancer education video and DVD conceived by the Auxiliary to United Hospital Center and produced by MotionMasters was recognized as the statewide Innovative Project of the Year by the Auxiliary to West Virginia Hospital Association. The award was presented during the organization’s annual fall meeting.
The video was created to provide patients with educational information about cancer, its treatment and services available at UHC.
Available in both DVD and VHS format, it features UHC cancer specialists and staff who work with cancer patients and includes a visual tour of cancer center departments.
“Anxiety about the unknown often is great after the diagnosis of cancer,” said Linda Carte, director of Oncology Services at UHC. “Having basic information as part of a video tour with descriptions of care and services provides knowledge to both the patient and family and can allay fears and anxiety.”
The production, called Learning to Live with Cancer, is divided into eight sections that can be viewed all at the same time or segment by segment at a patient’s leisure. Topics include Learn About Cancer, Treatment, Communication, Understanding Pain, Advance Planning, Eating Tips, Support Groups & Other Resources, and UHC Tour.
“Being overwhelmed with information is often expressed by patients and their families,”Carte said. “This video allows for viewing at a pace that is comfortable to the patient.”
If viewed on a computer, there are links to the websites of the National Cancer Institute, American Cancer Society and UHC. Also included is an option to request the hospital’s Cancer Resource Directory, a valuable information source with details about local resources and services.