Providing cancer patients with the information they need to actively participate in their healing may become an easier task thanks to a grant from the American Cancer Society to McLaren Health Care’s Great Lakes Cancer Institute. The $102,000 grant, administered over 3 years, aims to make individual patient DVDs and secure websites, created by McLaren’s Great Lakes Cancer Institute, something that will eventually be available to cancer patients nationwide.
The DVDs, introduced 2 years ago at GLCI’s Ingham Regional campus in Lansing, Mich, include a personal introduction and biography by the patient’s doctor, as well as specific information about the stage and form of their cancer; what to expect as a standard of care; types of therapies available to them and strategies the caregiver team expects to use to treat the cancer. The DVD is updated as needed each time the patient comes in for treatment.
Patients will soon be able to access all the information on the DVDs online with a user name and password on a secure website. The individual patient pages will include links to other resources and will be updated on the same schedule as the DVD.
The customized DVDs are already available for breast and lung cancers. Production is underway on DVDs and websites for prostate and colon cancers and lymphoma. To find out more about GLCI, visit www.glci.com.