Begin your experience at the lodge
Find your way through the retreat grounds
Locate topics of interest on your journey
Content pamphlets provide medical information
Personal stories provide real life perspectives
Easing Cancer Pain empowers
people with cancer who suffer from pain by providing them
with a variety of resources to help them understand their
pain and seek effective treatment. The software highlights
the personal stories of people who are being treated for cancer
pain, barriers to pain treatment, and various causes of cancer
pain, as well as providing detailed information on approaches
to pain relief.
The personal stories of people with cancer cover a wide territory,
as men and women of many ages and cultural backgrounds describe
their experiences with both chronic and acute pain from cancers
of different types and at different stages. With a diverse
group of interviewees to select from, software users have
the opportunity to hear stories that are relevant to their
own lives and situations. The personal stories section also
includes the experiences of family members. Spouses and children
share their experiences and advice.
The common obstacles that may inhibit people from seeking
effective pain management are detailed. Here the software
explores, for example, the myths about narcotics that have
led to their underuse, including the issues of addiction and
tolerance. This section shows that most pain can be relieved,
and that seeking treatment for pain is neither a sign of weakness
nor of being a "bad" patient. Easing Cancer Pain also
includes medical information on the causes of cancer-related
pain. And it describes both medical and nonmedical treatments
which may be part of their pain management program.
Unlike a brochure or video that recites the same facts to
every consumer, the interactive qualities of the CD-ROM allows
patients and healthcare providers to tailor it to their needs.
They can access any information contained in the software,
in any order, and spend as much time going into as great a
depth as they desire.
In addition, the CD-ROM is designed with an interface that
presents an intimate, calm and relaxing environment &endash;
a metaphorical setting that frames the user's interactions
with the wealth of information provided. And it is on a private
and individual journey through the software that patients
will meet others who have walked a similar path. Using video
clips, as well as photographs accompanied by audio quotes,
the extensive stories about cancer pain told by patients themselves
become a personal conversation that the multimedia is uniquely
suited to provide.
Easing Cancer Pain was developed by the Cancer Center
and the Communication Technology Laboratory at Michigan State
University. Karen Ogle, M.D., Professor of Family Practice
in the College of Human Medicine, and Director of the Program
in Palliative Care Education and Research at the Cancer Center
was the primary content expert.
The Easing Cancer Pain CD-ROM runs on Macintosh, Windows
3.1, Windows 95/NT and requires 16 MB of RAM.
plus shipping and handling
To order online
To order by phone call
NOTE: CD-ROM contains both Mac and Windows versions.
The CD-ROM is also available through The American Cancer Society, Michigan Division, by calling 1.800.723.0360.
To discuss volume purchases, contact:
Karen S. Ogle, MD
B110 Clinical Center
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone (517) 353-0772 ext 449
Fax (517) 355-7700