Patient Education

This animation provides an overview of comprehensive biomarker testing for non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and its critical importance for every lung cancer diagnosis. Biomarker testing shows specific mutations that drive NSCLC to grow and spread. It can also show changes in the level of a protein called PD-L1. Biomarker testing helps doctors learn about your unique type of lung cancer and how best to treat it. Watch to learn about common gene mutations EGFRALKKRASROS1BRAF V600E, and others. Experts recommend that anyone diagnosed with NSCLC should have biomarker testing. If you did not receive it, talk to your doctor about biomarker testing now. This is particularly important for African Americans and other minorities who tend to have higher lung cancer rates, longer wait for care, and lower survival rates. Be sure to ask your doctor about comprehensive biomarker testing.

We are pleased to offer you an Animated Patient’s Guide to Lung Cancer (Español)

CLICK HERE TO SEE VIDEOS & LEARN ABOUT YOUR DIAGNOSIS

  • Diagram with different types of surgery for patients with NSCLC
  • A visual that describes how lung cancer is caused and spread.
  • A diagram of places in the body that lung cancer can spread to.
  • The main stages of lung cancer
  • Treatment and management of NSCLC

Patient education delivered for all learning styles can lead to a better understanding of your cancer diagnosis and the many options available to you in your journey toward survivorship. Shared decision-making between providers and patients has been shown to improve health outcomes.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, as well as a a Celgene Patient Advocacy Sponsorship, A Breath of Hope Lung Foundation (ABOH) was able to partner with Mechanisms in Medicine (MIM) to develop and implement this interactive, highly visual, evidence-based e-learning web resource for lung cancer patients and their families.

The Animated Patient’s Guide to Lung Cancer  is unique because it delivers information in easy-to-digest segments for different learning styles. For some, auditory input is most valuable; others rely upon a visual style.  Whether the user of this product is a college grad or fifth grade student, they will learn about the diagnosis and thereby be better prepared to participate in discussions about treatment and care.

Patients with lung cancer have innumerable unmet needs and care gaps. A Breath of Hope’s goal is to educate, inform, ease the burden of disease, provide practical decision tools and support patients and their caregivers during the journey.

Here is an excerpt of one of the videos you can find in the animated program: