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Introducing the GRACE Cancer Video Library (Starting with Lung Cancer)

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I’m very pleased to announce the launch of the GRACE Cancer Video Library, a new format for presenting content that I hope will be appealing for everyone and will allow GRACE to provide a constant stream of new content from multiple experts on a broader range of subjects than we’ve ever been able to cover.

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The format will be a variant of what we’ve done before and will I think be very helpful for users.  Each presentation will be on a limited question, with an expert answering it in 2-5 minutes or so, which is basically the limit of our attention span (even if we try to kid ourselves otherwise). Obviously, there are some complex topics in cancer, so the library on lung cancer will include a comprehensive collection with many related questions/videos that you can review one at a time, at your own pace.  The entire library is being built as a master table of contents, and you can focus on just the areas of interest to you by clicking to expand a subject and sub-group of videos within it. 

Importantly, at this point, most of the videos are still being recorded and edited, so many of the topics have “placeholders” of the titles without the video yet available. Those with videos have a “bullet” before them (and the categories with videos within have a bullet), and are preceded by a code for their place in the library (such as LU-FB04) and duration in parentheses after them. Over the coming months, more and more of the titles will have completed videos.

You can focus on only the areas of greatest interest to you, so if you are just in the process of an initial workup for lung nodules, you can concentrate on a few videos about lung cancer screening and risk factors and the process of working up a possible early stage lung cancer. If you have an EGFR mutation-positive advanced lung cancer with brain metastases, you can focus on videos introducing the basic approach to stage IV (metastatic) lung cancer, EGFR mutation and first line treatment, and the treatment of brain metastases.

The format is mobile-friendly, and if you want to print the content, the transcripts and figures are available in a pdf posted with the video.  We’re filming and editing the videos now, so while there are only a limited number available now for viewing, we’re editing them at a rate of about 3/week to be added to the collection. The table of contents shows what you can expect to see filled in over the next 6 months. And if you can think of a subject that isn’t being covered, there’s a link for you to offer the suggestion.

This format is one I think will work very well for all of us, for many reasons.  I hope you’ll be able to find and review the exact content you want, while having to sit through no unrelated content that would be included in a longer talk.  You can review and re-review at your own pace. We can easily include material from dozens of different specialists in a relatively convenient way for them. We can more easily introduce new subjects, ranging from kidney cancer to colon cancer to leukemia and myeloma, over the next year or two, only needing the limited time of a handful of experts in these subjects. And this format allows us to even film experts speaking in other languages, which we’re going to try to do very soon.   It will be nice to become the truly “global resource” our name indicates when we offer videos in Chinese and Spanish as well as English.

We hope and expect to grow the video library over the next several years into a truly broad, comprehensive collection of subjects throughout cancer over the next few years, with dozens of experts speaking as a part of hundreds of videos.  As new tests and trials and treatments emerge, we will add to or replace the orginal ones in the collection, keeping it current over time. We’ll also work on developing a mobile application for oncologists to write an “information prescription” to patients that they can e-mail links of video collections to, so that patients can learn about what they would want to know as now important for them.

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I hope you’ll check it out and offer your feedback. We’re excited to move forward with a new format that I think will become the ideal platform for sharing new information.


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