CancerEd Online

CancerEd Online is Cancer Support Community's home for Frankly Speaking About Cancer educational videos. These programs are for cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers. 

Quick Guides last 5-10 minutes. Some videos cover what you need to know about a type of cancer. Others introduce topics like clinical trials and treatments.

Webinars are longer. Each video lasts 60-90 minutes and features leaders in cancer care and research. They discuss the latest medical updates in easy-to-understand terms. All of our webinars are recordings that aired live in 2015-2018. Stay tuned for new topics.

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Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia

After Treatment

Living with Uncertainty
Moving Beyond Treatment
Survivorship Care Planning

Biosimilars

Bladder Cancer

Breast Cancer

Living Well with Metastatic Breast Cancer

In this 2018 webinar, two expert panelists discussed what those living with metastatic breast cancer need to know about making treatment decisions; living with uncertainty; and nutrition, sleep, and exercise.

Living Well with Metastatic Breast Cancer (2015)

In this webinar from 2015, panelists provide information, resources and tips on nutrition as well as emotional support for people living with metastatic breast cancer.

Caregivers

Clinical Trials

If you have cancer, it is important to know about clinical trials and how they work. Not every cancer patient will be on a trial – or needs to be. However, everyone should be aware that a clinical trial can be the best treatment option at some point during your care. Every decision to be part of a clinical trial is rooted in hope for an individual future and for a better future for everyone who faces cancer. This quick guide will help to answer some important questions about clinical trials. Mostly, we hope that it encourages more people to ask about and consider taking part in clinical trials. Watch this guide to learn more about clinical trials and the important role that they play in cancer treatment.

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Chapter 1: A Better Tomato
Chapter 2: We Need to Talk
Chapter 3: What Now?
Chapter 4: What Does This Mean?
Chapter 5: It’s Not What You Think
Chapter 6: It’s Different Today
Chapter 7: For Them
Chapter 8: The Whole Person
Clinical Trials and the Cancer Moonshot
Clinical Trials & Immunotherapy

Watch the webinar, Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Clinical Trials and Immunotherapy, that took place on October 24, 2016, for what you need to know about immunotherapy treatment and finding clinical trials that might be right for you. Immunotherapy works by boosting the body’s natural ability to fight cancer. 

Clinical Trials for Early-Stage Cancer
Who Is Missing from Cancer Clinical Trials?

Watch the webinar, Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Who Is Missing From Cancer Clinical Trials that took place on November 20, 2017. Three advocates will discuss which groups are missing from cancer clinical trials and how we can address this.

Head and Neck Cancer

Quick Guide to Head & Neck Cancer

The Quick Guide to Head and Neck Cancer explains what head and neck cancer is, the five main types of head and neck cancer, and their risk factors. It also explains how head and neck cancer is diagnosed, who should be on your health care team, why you may want a second opinion, and what treatment planning and options are available.

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Quick Guide to Coping with Head & Neck Cancer

Coping with Head and Neck Cancer explains how to cope with the side effects of head and neck cancer. It includes how to deal with stigma around head and neck cancer, eating and swallowing problems, restoring speech, and stoma care. It also explains what lymphedema (head and neck swelling) and trismus (problems with opening your mouth fully) are. Finally, it offers tips for living with your head and neck cancer, for caregivers, and for finding support.

Eating Well with Head and Neck Cancer

A healthy diet is an important part of a head and neck cancer patient’s journey before, during, and after treatment. Eating healthy can help prevent weight loss, lack of appetite, and other side effects of head and neck cancer treatment. It can also help you feel better and respond better to your cancer treatment.

Immunotherapy

CAR T Cell Therapy Quick Guide

Welcome to this short guide on CAR T Cell Therapy. It will explain what CAR T cell therapy is and which types of patients it might help. CAR T cell therapy is one type of immunotherapy. Immunotherapies use your body’s immune system to identify, attack, and kill cancer cells. In general, the immune system recognizes cells that don’t belong in your body and attacks them. T cells are the immune system’s soldiers. They travel throughout your body to find and attack harmful or abnormal cells, like bacteria, viruses, and cancer cells. But T cells can have a hard time finding cancer cells to attack. CAR T cell therapy uses your own T cells and makes them better at finding and attacking your cancer.

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Immunotherapy Overview Quick Guide

Cancer patients and their loved ones may start hearing more about immunotherapy treatments. These treatments use the body’s natural defense system (called the immune system) to help fight cancer. Immunotherapy treatments can use lots of different ways to attack cancer cells. This eLearning guide will explain what immunotherapy is and how it works. The guide covers 8 common types of immunotherapy treatments and how each treatment works in different ways with your immune system to fight cancer. Watch this 12-minute guide to learn more.

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Immunotherapy Side Effects Quick Guide

If you or your loved one is interested in immunotherapy, it is important to know about the possible side effects of immunotherapy treatments. Immunotherapy side effects are generally different from the side effects of other cancer treatments, like chemotherapy or radiation therapy. Some immunotherapy side effects may occur right away. Others may not occur for days, weeks, or months after treatment. Every cancer patient receiving immunotherapy should talk to their doctor about possible side effects. Watch this 10-minute guide to learn more. 

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What Is New with Immunotherapy?
Immunotherapy & Side Effects
Clinical Trials & Immunotherapy

Watch the webinar, Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Clinical Trials and Immunotherapy, that took place on October 24, 2016, for what you need to know about immunotherapy treatment and finding clinical trials that might be right for you. Immunotherapy works by boosting the body’s natural ability to fight cancer. 

Immunotherapy Advances in Melanoma
Managing Immunotherapy Side Effects
Immunotherapy Advances in Cancer Treatment

Kidney Cancer

This guide is divided into three parts: 1) "What Is Kidney Cancer?" explains how your kidneys function, risk factors for kidney cancer and how kidney cancer is diagnosed. It also explains the different types of kidney cancers and symptoms you may experience. 2) "Kidney Cancer: Treatment for Stage 1-3" explains treatment options, possible side effects from treatment, and some ways cope with Stage 1-3 kidney cancer. 3) "Kidney Cancer: Treatment for Stage 4 (Metastatic) explains treatment options, possible side effects from treatment, and some ways to cope with Stage 4, or metastatic, kidney cancer.

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What Is Kidney Cancer? Quick Guide
 Kidney Cancer: Treatment for Stages 1-3 Quick Guide
Kidney Cancer: Treatment for Stage 4 (Metastatic) Quick Guide

Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer: Coping with Stigma, Blame, and Shame
Lung Cancer: What You Should Know

Making Treatment Decisions

Managing the Cost of Cancer Care

Understanding Health Insurance
  • Understand health insurance
  • Find out what your insurance covers
  • Understand what you expect to pay for your treatment
10 Tips to Help You Lower the Costs of Cancer Care
  • Ways to prepare for out-of-pocket costs
  • Planning for future costs
  • Ideas for lowering costs
  • Resources and information about financial aid

Learn more about lowering the Costs of Cancer Care

Understanding the Costs of Cancer Care
  • The most common medical-related costs for cancer care
  • Practical questions to ask as you learn about cancer care costs
  • Information about resources that can help
Managing Long-Term Financial Concerns
Managing Out-of-Pocket Costs
Tips for Reducing Your Cost of Care

Managing Side Effects

Coping with Anxiety and Depression
Coping with Fatigue
Managing Bone Health
Managing Sleep Health
Coping with Hormone Therapy Side Effects
Coping with Nausea & Vomiting

Melanoma

Multiple Myeloma

Frankly Speaking About Cancer: Multiple Myeloma
Managing Long-Term Side Effects of Multiple Myeloma

Download Multiple Myeloma Quick Guide Resource

This guide is divided into four parts: 1) “Multiple Myeloma” explains risk factors, diagnoses, and symptoms of multiple myeloma, monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), and asymptomatic or smoldering myeloma. 2) “Treatment for Symptomatic Multiple Myeloma” covers approved treatments, stem cell transplants, maintenance therapy, clinical trials, symptoms, and side effects. 3) “Treatment for Relapsed or Refractory Myeloma” talks about treatments, clinical trials, symptoms, side effects, and how to find support if your cancer has come back or has not responded to treatment. 4) “Coping with Symptoms and Side Effects of Myeloma” goes over common concerns such as anemia, infections, bone and kidney problems, fatigue, and peripheral neuropathy.

Multiple Myeloma Quick Guide
Treatment for Symptomatic Multiple Myeloma Quick Guide
Treatment for Relapsed & Refractory Myeloma Quick Guide
Coping with Symptoms & Side Effects of Myeloma Quick Guide

Myeloproliferative Neoplasms

New Ways of Managing Care

New Ways of Managing Cancer Care: What They Mean for You Quick Guide

Cancer care is changing, and there are five new models for cancer care: cancer treatment guidelines, clinical pathways, bundled payments, accountable care organizations and oncology medical homes. Learn more about how these new models can improve your life by watching this 11-minute quick guide.

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Cancer Treatment Guidelines Quick Guide

Guidelines are recommendations for “best practices” in cancer care. Your doctor may be using a Cancer Treatment Guideline to decide what your treatment options should be. Learn more about Treatment Guidelines, how they are developed, and how they influence your care by watching this 12-minute quick guide.

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Clinical Pathways Quick Guide

Clinical pathways—also known as care pathways, critical pathways, and care maps—are tools used to manage cancer care. They aim to provide good care at a lower cost. Knowing whether your doctors are using clinical pathways can help you as you make treatment decisions. Learn more about clinical pathways by watching this 9-minute quick guide.

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Bundled Payments Quick Guide

Bundled payments are a new way that physicians are being paid to deliver cancer care. Watch this 9-minute video to learn more about this payment method and how it can improve your patient experience, while reducing costs and unnecessary tests.

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Oncology Medical Homes & Accountable Care Organizations Quick Guide

Oncology Medical Homes and Accountable Care Organizations are new models for medical care that ensure that the patient gets the care that they need. Watch this 10-minute video to learn more about these models and their potential for providing patient centered care. 

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Oncology Care Model Quick Guide

The Oncology Care Model (OCM) is a new payment and delivery model created by the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMS Innovation Center). The goal of the OCM is to provide coordinated high-quality oncology care at the same or lower cost to Medicare beneficiaries. Learn more about this new model of care and how it is being used to treat cancer patients by taking this short 7-minute quick guide.

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Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Policy & Advocacy

Cancer Insurance Checklist
Creating Access for Patients at the Federal Level
The Ins and Outs of Oral Therapy: What You Need to Know to Ensure Access

Precision Medicine

Precision Medicine: Overview Quick Guide

Precision medicine takes into account how different each person’s environment, lifestyle, and genes are from one another. The goal of precision medicine is to create a treatment plan according to the “precise” molecular aspects of each patient’s cancer. Treatments can be developed for groups of patients whose cancers all share a specific type of gene or protein. Watch this 8-minute guide to learn more about precision medicine and how it is being used to treat cancer patients. This is the first guide in the Precision Medicine eLearning series.

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Precision Medicine: Cancers You Can Inherit Quick Guide

Genes – which make up your DNA – are molecules inside your cells that you inherited from your birth parents. Sometimes genes are inherited with changes in the DNA, called mutations. Very small changes in the DNA can sometimes cause large issues like cancer. Some inherited mutations can raise a person’s cancer risk later in life. Watch this 6-minute guide to learn more about inherited genetic mutations and how testing for these mutations can help to prevent and diagnosis cancer. This is the second guide in the Precision Medicine eLearning series.

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Precision Medicine: Biomarker Testing Quick Guide

Biomarker testing helps your doctor understand what is unique about you and your cancer on a molecular level. A biomarker is a molecule in your body that your doctors can measure to tell them something specific about you and your cancer. Biomarkers can let doctors know if your tumor has a good chance of responding to a certain treatment. Watch this 9-minute guide to learn more about biomarker testing and how it is being used to diagnose and treat cancer patients. This is the third guide in the Precision Medicine eLearning series.

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Precision Medicine: Targeted Therapy Quick Guide

Targeted therapy is a type of cancer treatment that targets a specific change in some cancers that helps them grow, divide, and spread. Targeted drugs are designed to block cancer growth “driven” by these changes to the tumor’s gene. Doctors decide to use a targeted therapy based on the findings of biomarker tests, including mutation testing of your tumor. Watch this 10-minute guide to learn more about targeted therapies and how they are being used to treat cancer patients. This is the fourth guide in the Precision Medicine eLearning series.

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Tips for Living Well with Cancer

10 Tips for Caregivers Quick Guide

This quick guide gives tips for caregivers of people with cancer. A caregiver is someone who provides emotional support, goes to appointments, helps with decision making, coordinates care, helps with transportation, or helps manage finances. Some caregivers do all of these, and others may only do one or two. Being a caregiver is an important job. This 9-minute guide will highlight what’s important to know and help you take care of yourself while you’re taking care of someone you love.

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10 Tips for Patients with a New Cancer Diagnosis Quick Guide

This quick guide will teach you 10 tips to help you or a loved one navigate a cancer journey. Watch this 10-minute guide to learn more about how to talk with your health care team about a new cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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What Do I Tell the Kids? Quick Guide

Cancer affects a family in many ways. Many parents try to protect their children by not sharing information about the situation. However, children of all ages can feel the impact of an illness on a family. This quick guide will give you information about a child’s general understanding of cancer, ways to talk to them about cancer, some common behaviors you may see in children, and ways to support your family through this experience. Watch this 6-minute guide to learn more about how to talk with your children about a cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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Balancing Work & Cancer
Talking with Our Children
Coping with Metastatic Cancer