All newly diagnosed patients need information about both their illness and their treatment. Chemotherapy, or “chemo” for short, is a treatment which many people will have certainly heard of, but about which few will have had any personal experience.
Traditionally, before starting their treatment, one of the Ward’s senior nursing staff would spend time with the patient, explaining what would happen, and what to expect. Of course, at this point in a patient’s illness, it is often very difficult for that person to grasp all of what they are being told, and what it all means to them and to their carers.
In recognition of this difficulty it was decided to make a DVD and video explaining how chemotherapy is administered on Ward 11. These could then be taken home by patients, and watched in their own time. The resulting “‘Chemotherapy DVD and Video”, funded by the LLF, has become a great success. It serves the dual purpose of providing all patients with the same carefully thought through explanations, thus ensuring nothing important is left out, whilst freeing up valuable nursing time.
Presented by Swansea’s very own Lesley Taylor, and produced under the expert guidance of Senior Clinical Nurse Elizabeth Lardner, the DVD and video run for eleven minutes, and are available to all newly diagnosed patients which they may borrow for as long as they require.
You can now watch this DVD on the Web. The DVD is made up of several sections. Although the sections do run in order, each is self contained so you don’t have to have seen any of the others to make sense of the one you are watching.
You can jump straight to another section of the video by clicking on one of the items in the menu on the left, or by clicking below.
- How is Your Chemotherapy Administered?
- Possible Side Effects
- Keep Well, Keep a Thermometer
- Receiving Your Treatment
- It's Not All Side Effects!