DVD to help explain cancer treatmentBy Laura McCardle
May 01, 2012
Newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families now have extra support at Royal Berkshire Hospital (RBH), with the launch of an information DVD.
Narrated by Anne Diamond, ‘Opening Doors. An introduction to care @ The Berkshire Cancer Centre’ gives an overview of treatments and care and support services.
The DVD is around 30 minutes long and has 15 subjects, including surgery, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, palliative care, support groups and benefits.
Patient Trudy Crouch-Hyde, 56, from Earley, was involved with the making of the DVD.
She said: “I’ve been dealing with cancer for nine years. It’s scary when you’re told you’ve got cancer.
“You can’t make it sound less scary, but you can at least make people more familiar with the journey they are embarking on.
“The best way to make anything about cancer is to involve cancer patients. It was just trying to dispel some of the mystery that surrounds cancer because it is very highly trained professionals working in the cancer area, but it’s not something you come across in your daily life.
“When I was diagnosed my youngest was four and I couldn’t give him a leaflet and I thought had I had a DVD I could have put it in the machine and said ‘do you want to watch this with me?’ I just thought at the time if only I had something.”
Oncology consultant Dr Joss Adams said: “I think what it is going to do is demystify a lot of treatments and put a personal face on things. A radiotherapy machine can seem very daunting.”