Lung Association’s New Video and Web Site Help People Facing Lung Cancer

(July 2, 2013)

Navigating Lung Cancer: Stories of SupportA diagnosis of lung cancer brings with it an array of both physical and emotional challenges.

To help patients and caregivers navigate through their lung cancer journey, the American Lung Association’s Facing Lung Cancer: Support from Day One online resource now features a new video, “Navigating Lung Cancer: Stories of Support.” This video highlights stories of support from patients and caregivers who want to help others through the many challenges of the disease.

The video is hosted by award-winning reporter and anchor for ABC7/WJLA-TV, Greta Kreuz. Greta, a lung cancer survivor herself, is joined by three other lung cancer patients in sharing their personal experiences with lung cancer and how they found support. Their stories are punctuated by anecdotes from their families, as well as guidance from an oncology social worker and an oncology nurse.

“This is a must-see for everyone dealing with lung cancer. Real people, real stories – and so very important – practical tips, advice and resources,” said Greta Kreuz. “I found myself alternately nodding in affirmation, getting teary-eyed, and taking notes! Thinking, ‘Yes, that’s exactly what I felt.’ Or, ‘You took the words right out of my mouth!’ Or, ‘Great idea; I’m going to try that myself!’ The documentary is validating, eye-opening, and hope-affirming for both people living with lung cancer and their loved ones. I am proud to have been a small part of it.”

This compelling video is the latest addition to the organization’s patient- and caregiver-focused, online lung cancer resource that launched in November 2012 with support from Lilly Oncology.

In addition to this new video, the Interactive Library on Facing Lung Cancer: Support from Day One offers a variety of videos that address topics ranging from the shock of being diagnosed with lung cancer, to sharing the news of your diagnosis with loved ones, and the physical, emotional, social and spiritual challenges.

The site’s Your Profile, Your Goals section guides users through a personalized web experience where they are prompted to answer questions about their specific lung cancer at specific decision points throughout the video. Based on their responses, users then proceed to a video section tailored to their specific needs. At the end of the video, they can print out a personalized list of questions for discussion with their care team. Your Profile, Your Goals is also mobile friendly.

“It is important that lung cancer patients and their loved ones identify strategies for getting support, recognize how their life has changed, and identify ways to manage their anxiety, frustration, and fear of the unknown,” said Harold P. Wimmer, National President and CEO of the American Lung Association. “These are all very personal and deeply emotional issues, and our goal with Facing Lung Cancer: Support from Day One is to help lung cancer patients and their loved ones navigate these issues.”