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 center.
"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.