HOUSTON--Spanish-speaking oncologists from around the world stopped
off in Houston on their way home from the ASCO meeting to learn
more about state-of-the-art cancer care--in their own language.
The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center sponsored
the 2-day Conferencia Internacional de Oncologist Medica, the
first ever to be presented exclusively in Spanish at the cancer
"M.D. Anderson is probably the only center in the country
that could put together such a program in Spanish. At least one
physician or researcher in each of our major services speaks fluent
Spanish, and these faculty are on the conference program,"
said Dr. Richard Pazdur, assistant vice president of academic
affairs and a conference organizer.
About 5% of M.D. Anderson's patients come from other countries
and most of them speak Spanish. To assist these patients, the
Center has established the International Patient Center, a patient
family hotel where multilingual staff serve as advocates for patients
far from home.