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05 Jun
A dedicated oncology nurse from Falmouth Hospital asks where she can get the free chemotherapy and radiation audios she’s always gotten for her patients, and if Roche and GlaxoSmithkline are still giving them away
Hello Belleruth,

I’m suddenly having trouble obtaining your CD''s and audio tapes for our Chemotherapy-Oncology (and Radiation) patients. We have been using them here at Falmouth Hospital for a long time and miss them! Can you offer any suggestions or help on how to re-establish this fabulous service?? Our GlaxoSmithKline and Roche reps try but report these have become quite scarce.

Thanks so much for your help,
J.J., RN



Dear J.J.,
Thanks so much for your interest in continuing this free service to patients at your hospital! We know that literally hundreds of thousands of people have been helped through this freebie distribution via the pharmas, and we’re very invested in seeing it continue. We could never have gotten guided imagery into the ears of so many chemo patients without these companies handing out their private labeled versions of our stuff in this way.

Please don’t get discouraged!! I know for a fact that both GlaxoSmithkline and Roche have recently reordered and replenished their stash of CDs, so the materials are there - at least in CD format - (people aren’t reordering cassettes much any more, including these companies) - but why they haven’t filtered down to Falmouth Hospital is a mystery- but one that can be solved. Perhaps you asked during a time when they had run out but hadn’t yet replenished their supplies. Or perhaps some regions of the country got stocked better than others. Please contact Rich Coleman at our office (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800.800.8661) and they can look into this and help you track down how you can get these back on your unit again.

And thanks so much for your commitment and enthusiasm about this program. Without caring, pro-active nurses like you, advocating for the psychosocial needs of your oncology patients, this program would never have gotten off the ground 15 years ago.

And all you other oncology nurses - please keep hounding your oncology reps (who sell Kytril, Zofran, etc etc) for these guided imagery CDs for your patients - that’s the one way to ensure this program will continue!!

All best to you and your colleagues,

Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award