|Emmy®-nominated actress and breast cancer survivor Maura Tierney|
With approximately 650,000 patients undergoing chemotherapy each year, many people can develop preconceived notions about cancer and its treatment.i For instance, some people believe that because they have a weakened immune system during chemotherapy they will have to stop spending time with their loved ones to avoid getting sick. This is simply not true for most patients.ii
To help cancer patients and caregivers debunk some of the common misconceptions associated with chemotherapy, Amgen has teamed up with Emmy®-nominated actress and breast cancer survivor Maura Tierney to launch the Chemotherapy: Myths or Facts campaign.
As part of the campaign, Tierney is sharing her own experience with cancer and is encouraging patients to speak openly with their doctors to fully understand their treatment. The campaign also features Patrick Cobb, M.D., an oncologist at the Frontier Cancer Center in Billings, Mont., who discusses some of the misconceptions he has encountered in everyday practice.
As part of the campaign a video booth will travel across the country to collect personal stories of patients and caregivers and capture myths or facts they may have uncovered during their experience. The hope is that by sharing these experiences, others can be helped through their cancer journey.
For more information on the campaign and to learn more about Tierney’s cancer experience, please visit http://www.chemomythsorfacts.com/.
i) Kantar Health Cancer Impact. Drug Treated Patients.
ii) National Cancer Institute. Chemotherapy and You. www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/coping/chemotherapy-and-you. Accessed 9 May 2012: 12, 14, 27.