(Washington, D.C.)—The National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship’s (NCCS) premiere patient tool, the award-winning Cancer Survival Toolbox, is now available FREE on iTunes (www.itunes.com). The Toolbox is a FREE self-learning audio program created by leading cancer organizations to help people develop important skills to better meet and understand the challenges of their illness.
The Toolbox features 10 modules that cover basic skills and topics including communication, finding information, negotiating, making decisions, solving problems, standing up for your rights, topics for older persons, finding ways to pay for care, caring for the caregiver, and living beyond cancer. While created primarily for people who have been recently diagnosed with cancer, the Toolbox can help anyone who is facing hard decisions and changes in life due to cancer. Family members and caregivers may also find the Toolbox helpful.
“The First Step to Cancer Survival™ is educating yourself through credible and accurate resources. At NCCS, we are trying to make the Cancer Survival Toolbox easily accessible to everyone,” said Ellen Stovall, 34-year cancer survivor and NCCS’s president and CEO.
After recognizing the need to teach cancer survivors how to seek information, make the best possible decisions about their care and interact effectively with their health care team, insurers, and employers, NCCS, the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) and the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) collaborated to develop and launch the first edition of the Toolbox. To date, NCCS has distributed more than 600,000 Toolboxes (tapes and compact disc sets) to cancer survivors, their families, and caregivers, and thousands more have read the transcripts or listened to the modules online at www.cancersurvivaltoolbox.org.
Currently the Toolbox is only available in English on iTunes. To download iTunes to your computer click here. To order the Toolbox in English, Spanish, or Chinese (transcript only) call the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship at 1.877.TOOLS.4.U. You can also read, listen, or download MP3 files of the modules online at www.cancersurvivaltoolbox.org.
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