Through a new initiative and partnership with the GetWell Network, ASCO has begun to offer patient education content from its patient information website, Cancer.Net, to patients treated at hospitals within the GetWell Network community. The GetWell Network provides tools to hospitals to help administrators, nurses, and clinicians better manage patients’ needs, education, and overall experience in the hopes of improving patient outcome through patient and family engagement.
Through this partnership, select content from Cancer.Net will be available to patients via programming for the GetWell Network in-house TV channel and through GetWell Network’s Internet-based platform, accessible to patients at home on computers and mobile devices.
The goal of this initiative is to broaden the audience for and increase access to important Cancer.Net content to help patients better manage their own treatment and care. Ultimately, ASCO hopes that patients become empowered through education so that they can be more actively involved in their medical decision-making.
Educational Tools for Patients
Cancer.Net’s Patient Education Video series (www.cancer.net/videos), and select fact sheets (www
.cancer.net/factsheets) and podcasts (www.cancer.net/podcasts) that focus on various aspects of cancer care and treatment including treatment options, clinical trials, managing side effects, coping, caregiving, and more, will be available to patients as educational tools through this initiative. In addition, a video series made in collaboration with the LIVESTRONG Foundation focused on patients age 15 to 39, entitled Moving Forward: Perspectives from Survivors and Doctors, will also be made available. ■
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