May 14, 1997

Breast Cancer Lighthouse

Author Affiliations

University of New Mexico School of Medicine Albuquerque


one CD-ROM,requirements: 640x480 monitor, 16 bit color, CD-ROM drive (double speed or better recommended) 8 MB RAM, 486 or better processor (Windows) or 68030 or better processor (Macintosh), $29.95, ISBN 1-885966-25-3, Gainesville, Fla, Gold Standard Multimedia, 1996.

JAMA. 1997;277(18):1481-1482. doi:10.1001/jama.1997.03540420077036

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


New Media Breast Cancer

The Breast Cancer Lighthouse CD-ROM, as its cover states, "lets newly diagnosed women, and their families, explore medical information and survivors' personal stories about breast cancer and treatment options."

The CD has three main sections, which are offered at the very beginning. One can listen to women's personal stories about their experiences with breast cancer or go on to find out about cancer that has not spread (in situ) or cancer that has spread (invasive).

The section on personal stories has a group of women of different ages and ethnic backgrounds speaking to us in their own words and voices. The section on in situ cancer is subdivided into diagnosis (biopsy, axillary node dissection, mammography), treatment (lumpectomy, mastectomy, radiation), and recovery (emotional, physical, family adjustment, and follow-up). The section on invasive cancer is subdivided into diagnosis, local treatment, systemic treatment (chemotherapy, bone marrow transplant, hormone therapy),