ASCO Expands Patient Website to Include Spanish Language Cancer Care Resources

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
February 1, 2005
Contact: 

Heather Goethe
mediateam@asco.org

- Diagnosis and Treatment Information on the Top Eight Cancers Affecting the Hispanic/Latino Population Now Available in Spanish -
 
Editor’s Note: Board certified, Spanish-speaking oncologists available for interview. 

Alexandria, VA The American Society of Clinical Oncology’s (ASCO) patient information website, People Living With Cancer, www.PLWC.org, will now offer Spanish language translations of select portions of the site’s English language content. Beginning January 31, 2005, visitors will be able to read about the diagnosis and treatment of the top eight cancers most frequently diagnosed in Hispanics/Latinos living in the United States. These cancers include breast, cervical, colorectal, gallbladder, liver, lung, prostate, and stomach. 

An overview of each cancer including statistics, risk factors and prevention, symptoms, diagnosis, staging, medical illustrations, treatment, questions to ask the doctor and current research will be featured. ASCO plans to continue to translate additional content from PLWC over the course of this year. Comprehensive information regarding additional cancers types most common in the Hispanic/Latino community is slated for translation along with further information on understanding cancer, managing its side effects, and participating in clinical trials.

“Cancer is the number one cause of death in Latin America and has created a culture of fear and silence among many Hispanics now living in the United States,” said Diane Blum, MSW, Executive Director of Cancer Care, Inc., and PLWC Editor in Chief. “Through the translation process, ASCO is working to help Hispanics to take charge of their health care by providing a trusted source for reliable information on the diagnosis and treatment of cancer.”

Log onto www.PLWC.org and click on the Highlights Box located in the far right corner of the homepage to access the newly added Spanish language content. Additional multi-lingual cancer care information can be found on the PLWC website by clicking on the “Community Center” icon and then choosing the link for “International Patient Information.”

More than 80 cancer types are featured on PLWC, which is designed to serve patients’ informational and coping needs. The addition of Spanish language content supports the website’s mission: to help people living with cancer make informed decisions about their health care. In this year ahead, more than 67,000 Hispanics/Latinos living in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer. That is why ASCO is highly committed to providing culturally sensitive, oncologist approved cancer care information to these patients and their families. 

Medical information on the website has been approved by an editorial board and supporting advisory panel consisting of more than 100 internationally renowned oncologists, oncology nurses, social workers, and patient advocates. The Spanish language translations were reviewed by bilingual oncologists for cultural sensitivity and accuracy.

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People Living With Cancer (www.PLWC.org) is the patient website of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world’s leading professional organization representing physicians of all oncology subspecialties who care for people with cancer. ASCO’s more than 20,000 members from the United States and abroad set the standard for patient care worldwide and lead the fight for more effective cancer treatments, increased funding for clinical and translational research, and, ultimately, cures for the many different types of cancer that strike an estimated 10 million people worldwide each year. ASCO publishes the Journal of Clinical Oncology (JCO), the preeminent, peer-reviewed, medical journal on clinical cancer research, and produces People Living With Cancer (www.PLWC.org), an award-winning website providing oncologist-vetted cancer information to help patients and families make informed health-care decisions.