Local video helps people navigate the system after a cancer diagnosis
Published Tuesday, April 29, 2014 5:55PM EDT
A local company has produced a video for cancer patients that was nominated for an international award.
Resolution Interactive Media (RESIM) made the video for the London Regional Cancer Program’s website.
Its aim is to share valuable information and offer a friendly face for people who’ve been diagnosed with cancer.
"We wanted to take an experience that is really challenging for someone and show them what it's going to be like and reduce their anxiety,” says RESIM’s Jonathan Kochis.
The video flows from the time of diagnosis to treatment. If offers practical information on a myriad of issues, including where to park, what it’s like when you arrive and how early you should be there.
The London Health Sciences Centre vice-president for cancer care, Neil Johnson, says the video is an important tool in the information toolbox.
"It's quick. You can come back to it when you want to. You don't have to sit down with it the whole time. If you're not getting radiation therapy - maybe you want to do the introductory section - it's like having a bookmark. You can pull it out when you want to."
The video has evolved over the course of several years and has been adapted to mobile devices.
The project was nominated for an international Webby Award, which honours excellence on the Internet.
It didn’t take the top prize, but Kochis says it’s an honour to be nominated.
"It's rewarding to know that what we're doing is helping someone to reduce their anxiety at a very difficult time in their life.”