Press Release - October 24, 2016
Viver Health LLC (Morristown, NJ) in partnership with Eli Lilly and Company (NYSE: LLY) is launching a new Viver® Pocket Health Guide, ‘Your Guide to Wellness After Stomach Cancer.' This first-of-its-kind guide delivers evidence-based nutrition and lifestyle information for patients diagnosed with gastric or gastroesophageal junction (GEJ) cancers. The Guide is in an easy-to-understand, 5-simple-step format that leads patients and caregivers through healthy eating habits to support recovery. Information is tailored to meet the needs of this unique group, who often face sensory, physical, and nutritional challenges.
Brian E. Lacy, PhD, MD, Professor of Medicine and Chief of the Section of Gastroenterology at Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth said, "Cancer of the stomach or GEJ can be devastating to patients and their families. Many patients struggle with eating and have troublesome symptoms of nausea, abdominal pain, and diarrhea. Further, nutritional compromise is common in these patients. Unfortunately, there is little patient-friendly information about diet and nutrition for this group of patients who struggle with their symptoms." Lilly Oncology, a global healthcare leader, recognized the unmet need of these patients and supported production of the Viver Guide.
As Viver did with previous Pocket Health Guides® they created, the team interviewed patients with stomach or GEJ cancer and leading medical experts such as Dr Lacy, and conducted extensive and systematic scientific research. Patients universally commented that, after a life-altering diagnosis and applicable treatment, they needed to relearn how to eat and drink but conventional dietary information was no longer pertinent to them. They spent a year or more in a state of constant frustration and experimentation, and wanted an easy-to-understand yet comprehensive resource that could help to minimize some of the most common complaints.
The Guide will be launched in November 2016 during Stomach Cancer Awareness Month and will be freely available at oncology offices across the United States and at www.viverhealth.com. According to Dr Lacy, “This Guide represents a quantum leap in patient-centered information and provides a wealth of information that can be easily employed at home. Our hope is that this readily accessible information will improve the health of these patients and minimize burdensome symptoms.”
We anticipate the Guide will serve as an excellent resource, not only for people with stomach and gastroesophageal cancers, but also for their caregivers and extended treatment team.
About Lilly Oncology
For more than 50 years, Lilly has been dedicated to delivering life-changing medicines and support to people living with cancer and those who care for them. Lilly is determined to build on this heritage and continue making life better for all those affected by cancer around the world. To learn more about Lilly's commitment to people with cancer, please visit www.LillyOncology.com.
About Eli Lilly and Company
Lilly is a global healthcare leader that unites caring with discovery to make life better for people around the world. We were founded more than a century ago by a man committed to creating high-quality medicines that meet real needs, and today we remain true to that mission in all our work. Across the globe, Lilly employees work to discover and bring life-changing medicines to those who need them, improve the understanding and management of disease, and give back to communities through philanthropy and volunteerism. To learn more about Lilly, please visit us at www.lilly.com and newsroom.lilly.com/social-channels.
About Viver Health LLC
Viver is a US-based company that provides educational health information, which is fact-based, easy to understand, and simple to navigate. Viver’s goal is to teach how basic practices with food and good daily habits can help support a strong and healthy body when combined with modern science. These practices can be integral for disease prevention and critical during disease recovery.