Its a truism that we learn best when we
get information from several senses," concludes a favorable
review in the respected Journal of the National Cancer Institute
of an interactive CD-ROM entitled "Be a Survivor: Your
Interactive Guide to Breast Cancer Treatment." Although the
review referred only to the CD-ROM, the truism is further reinforced
by the availability of "Be a Survivor" material in two
other patient-friendly formats--a 170-page fact-packed book and a
Produced by Lange Productions, the trilogy of breast cancer education
materials provides a newly diagnosed woman and her partner with
information that they need to know to participate in her treatment
and recovery. The "Be a Survivor" materials reinforce information in three different ways:
The video provides a quick overview of the diagnosis and treatment of
The book serves as a convenient, easily-accessible source of
The CD-ROM offers detailed information about everything from biopsy
to nipple reconstruction.
Comprehensive Overview of Treatment Options
While the book is designed to be a breast cancer patients
constant companion, the video may be shown in a doctors office
or a hospital waiting area. The CD-ROM, which includes more than 120
hours of text, narration, three-dimensional graphics, and survivor
interviews, could be used by a patient at home, by a physician to
help answer a patients questions, or as a resource by
womens health centers, other medical facilities, and libraries.
Together, the entire program is designed to deliver a clear overview
of treatment options, as well as provide help with such issues as
managing side effects of cancer treatment, dealing with the loss of
libido, finding a breast prosthesis to match skin color, and using
visualization to enhance the immune system.
Vladimir Lange, MD, created the program after his wife, Mandy, also a
doctor, was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 42. "The
torrent of information a woman has to absorb when she finds out she
has breast cancer is staggering," Dr. Lange said. "Even
though both my wife and I are physicians, we too were confused when
faced with her diagnosis a few years ago. We were determined to
create a program that would help women and their partners every step
of that process, from diagnosis to recovery."
According to a number of reviewers, the Langes have succeeded. The
Library Journal review of the book reports: "Be a Survivor"
should be the first book women reach for in developing strategies to
fight perhaps the biggest battles of their lives." Advance, a
publication for radiologic science professionals, says the CD-ROM
"could make all the difference in the attitude, and thus the
recovery, of the patient facing breast cancer." The CD-ROM has
won several awards, including the American Medical Associations
Best Interactive/CD-ROM and The New York Film Festivals Gold in
Dr. Lange founded Lange Productions in 1986 after 11 years of
practicing emergency medicine. He combined his interests in
audiovisual communications with his Harvard Medical School training
to write, direct, and produce user-friendly, medically accurate
multimedia patient education programs in video, CD-ROM, and print.
Lange Productions also offers programs on other aspects of
womens health and cancer treatment, adolescent health, and
The book is priced at $24.95, the video at $175, and the CD-ROM at
$395, plus handling charges. For additional information, call
213-874-0132 or visit the companys web site at http://www.langeproductions.com.