Tuesday 10 March 2015 at 16:31

New comic book resource will help young people understand lung cancer

Lung cancer is one of the most common and serious types of cancer, with over 41,000 people diagnosed with the condition every year in the UK.  There are two main types of cancer that originate in the lungs; non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC), and small-cell lung cancer. NSCLC is the most common of these, accounting for more than 80% of lung cancer cases.

Those with the disease are affected in different ways, and so too are their family members and loved ones, including children and young people.

Explaining the various treatment approaches for NSCLC and the potential outcomes of the disease to a child can be especially difficult during a time of anxiety and emotional stress amongst families. Medikidz, the medical education company specifically for children, working in partnership with Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, has published Medikidz Explain Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, the world’s first resource of its kind to help children understand and cope with the realities of life during what is often a very challenging time.

Support from the NSCLC community

Explaining complex medical concepts to young people can be extremely difficult; children process things differently and may make assumptions that could have been avoided had the information been provided in a simple yet compelling way. The new Medikidz Explain Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer comic has been authored by doctors and peer-reviewed by leading specialists in the field, as well as having been developed in partnership with leading patient organisation, Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation. The book uses a unique approach to communicating with young people in an engaging way, and ensures that information is presented in simple terms that they can understand, while at the same time maintaining medical accuracy.

Lorraine Dallas, Director of Information and Support at Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation explains: “Lung cancer is incredibly distressing for families affected, and for many children it can take time to come to terms with the ways it changes life for their loved one. Until now, nothing has been available that is tailored specifically for children.
Now, doctors and nurses have something they can recommend as an excellent resource that addresses children’s questions and fears in the most appropriate way. We think Medikidz Explain Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer will help children and their families understand what is involved in diagnosis and treatment, and contribute to removing some of the uncertainty at such a difficult time, and we are delighted to have been involved in helping to develop this valuable resource.”

Medikidz – Superheroes here to help children

Written by doctors, this unique comic book stars a fictional character, Chloe, who is sad and confused that she can no longer go on adventures with her Grandad as he has become ill with non-small cell lung cancer. Recognising her distress, the Medikidz superheroes - a group of 5 characters, each an expert on a specific area of the body - arrive to help. The Medikidz take Chloe to Mediland – an outer-space planet shaped like the human body - where they begin a journey to a giant pair of lungs to help Chloe understand her Grandad’s condition.

Co-founder of Medikidz, Dr Kate Hersov, explains: “Medikidz was founded out of a frustration with the lack of child-friendly health information available when working as doctors in paediatrics. We work closely with healthcare professionals, families, children and patients to fully understand the needs of young people. Thanks to the support from Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation, we will be able to help children better understand a diagnosis of NSCLC in a loved one, and support them during this challenging time.”
Medikidz Explain Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer is available free of charge in the UK from www.medikidz.com

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