Talking about Lung Cancer

This is an opportunity for you to practice talking in ASL about Lung Cancer.

Steps to the Process

  1. View the diagrams and read the information in English
  2. Video yourself explaining the information in ASL
  3. View ASL resources about information
  4. Re-do your explanation in ASL incorporating new ideas.

1: English Information and Diagrams about Lung Cancer

Lung Cancer xray

Lung cancer is cancer that begins in the lungs, the two organs found in the chest that help you breathe.

The lungs are made up of areas called lobes. The right lung has three lobes; the left lung has two, so there's room for the heart. When you breathe, air goes through your nose, down your windpipe (trachea), and into the lungs where it spreads through tubes called bronchi. Most lung cancer begins in the cells that line these tubes.

There are two main types of lung cancer:

If the lung cancer is made up of both types, it is called mixed small cell/large cell cancer.

If the cancer started somewhere else in the body and spread to the lungs, it is called metastatic cancer to the lung.

--From Medline Plus

Information from Khan Academy

What is lung cancer?: Lung cancer is a disease where cells in the lungs multiply uncontrollably. The extra cells take up space in the lungs and impair gas exchange and the lung's ability to expel dirt. Learn how smoking, radon gas, and air pollution increase the risk of lung cancer.

View more information about lung cancer from the Khan Academy

Diagnosis with Bronchoscopy

If a patient has the symptoms of lung cancer, she or he may need to undergo a procedure called a Bronchoscopy.

A bronchoscope is a tube with a tiny camera on the end which is inserted through the nose (or mouth) into the lungs. During a bronchoscopy procedure, a scope will be inserted through the nostril until it passes through the throat into the trachea and bronchi. A bronchoscope is used to provide a view of the airways of the lung (tracheobronchial tree). The scope also allows the doctor to collect lung secretions and lung tissue for biopsy for tissue specimens.

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2: Create your own explanation in ASL

Use the above information (or more sites from the links on the web) to create an explanation of lung cancer.

You can either create your video as if you are talking to an imagined target audience, or you can create an English explanation and create an interpretation of that.

Post in Discussion ForumPost your reflection in the Discussion Forum on Lung Cancer - Working with Object:  First Attempt

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3: View ASL resources related to the topic

Sample from Nigel

Sample from Doug

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4: Re-do your video of your ASL explanation

After having viewed the ASL videos, re-do your own explanation in ASL. Try to incorporate some of the new ideas that you saw.

Post in Discussion ForumPost your reflection in the Discussion Forum on Lung Cancer- Working with Self:  Second Attempt

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Last modified: Tuesday, 5 April 2016, 10:42 AM