UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is hoping to make it easier for Spanish-speaking communities to understand how to prevent and treat cancer, through a series of online conversations called “Charlas en Español Entendiendo el Cáncer en Latinos.”
The free, virtual forums, conducted in Spanish, were created by the cancer center initiative called Latinos United for Cancer Health Advancement (LUCHA). The events provide basic educational information about cancer and spark a conversation so that experts can answer questions in real-time from participants.
“We want the community to participate in our casual conversations called ‘charlas’ so they feel comfortable asking cancer experts questions and concerns that are on their minds,” said LUCHA director Luis Carvajal-Carmona, who is heading up the series with LUCHA co-director Laura Fejerman.
This is the second year LUCHA has held the Charlas en Español. Speakers this year include leading Latino cancer clinicians from UCSF, UCLA and the Mayo Clinic.
The series is conducted via Zoom and the next one will be held Nov. 9, from 5:00 – 7:00 p.m. It will focus on increasing awareness of cancer clinical trials among Latino and Spanish-speaking communities.
Recordings of the Charlas en Español Entendiendo el Cáncer en Latinos held in October are now available:
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UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center is the only National Cancer Institute-designated center serving the Central Valley and inland Northern California, a region of more than 6 million people. Its specialists provide compassionate, comprehensive care for more than 100,000 adults and children every year and access to more than 200 active clinical trials at any given time. Its innovative research program engages more than 240 scientists at UC Davis who work collaboratively to advance discovery of new tools to diagnose and treat cancer. Patients have access to leading-edge care, including immunotherapy and other targeted treatments. Its Office of Community Outreach and Engagement addresses disparities in cancer outcomes across diverse populations, and the cancer center provides comprehensive education and workforce development programs for the next generation of clinicians and scientists. For more information, visit cancer.ucdavis.edu.