New Ask-the-Expert Resources on Lung Cancer Screening: Legacy Videos


Compiled cross-posting by Emilia Dunham, Program Associate

A new four-segment “ask-the-expert” video series, available online at BecomeAnEX.org, is devoted to helping smokers understand their risks for lung cancer.  Legacy, through an unrestricted educational grant from Genentech, developed the videos and related resource materials to educate former and current smokers on the lung cancer screening process.  The videos feature Dr. James Mulshine of Rush University Medical Center and real-life patients: one who asks questions about CT spiral scans and the other who shares his firsthand experience.  A companion online discussion group in the EX Community is also available for cancer survivors who are quitting smoking.

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Legacy, through an unrestricted educational grant from Genentech, has developed a series of short “ask-the-expert” videos designed to educate current and former smokers on the process of lung cancer screenings.  The videos are now posted online at BecomeAnEX.org.

The four-video series provides expert commentary and personal insight from a former smoker about CT scans as a means of earlier detection of lung cancer. Specifically, Dr. James Mulshine of Rush University Medical Center provides an overview of spiral CT scans and talks with a patient about the screening process.  Also, another patient describes his firsthand experience of having a CT scan.

http://community.becomeanex.org/

The video segments are supplemented by downloadable fact sheets that answer questions about the scan and promote conversations that smokers should have with their clinicians about accessing spiral CT scans.

Another supportive element is a new online discussion group, Cancer Survivors Supporting Each Other to Quit Smoking, which provides a place to share stories and support one another in quit smoking attempts. To join this group, visit BecomeAnEX.org and click on The EX Community.

Legacy is excited about the opportunity to offer these resources.  We encourage you to share this information with your colleagues. To assist, I have provided a short “article” you can publish through your organization’s website or newsletter. If you would like to read the press release, please click here.

Please share, and contact Legacy’s Karen Martin with question: kmartin@legacyforhealth.org

Published by Emilia Dunham, MPP, MBA

Emilia Dunham is currently a Project Manager at MassHealth/Department of Public Health, and formerly the Project Manager of the Life Skills project at The Fenway Institute, an HIV intervention study for young transgender women. Emilia worked at Fenway for 7 years, first as a Quality Control and Regulatory Assistant mainly involved with biomedical HIV prevention trials, before serving as the Program Associate for The Network for LGBT Health Equity, a network instrumental in many national LGBT health policy improvements. She is also involved with the Massachusetts Transgender Political Coalition, serving as a Steering Committee member and the Policy Committee Co-Chair, an organization largely responsible for the recent passage of the Trans Rights Bill. Additionally she serves as a member of the Massachusetts Commission on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Youth, Co-Chair of the Recommendations Committee. Emilia received a Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University. There she served as President of the LGBTQ student group where she planned programs such as Pride Week, Transgender Day of Remembrance, and AIDS Week. In addition, she advocated for LGBTQ inclusive policies and programming on campus such as a Gender Neutral Housing program, an LGBTQ Center and the expansion of Women’s Studies to Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. Emilia recently earned a Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration in health policy and management from the Brandeis Heller School School for Social Policy and Management.

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