M.D. Anderson Holds First Cancer Meeting in Spanish

July 1, 1995

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.

HOUSTON--Spanish-speaking oncologists from around the world stoppedoff in Houston on their way home from the ASCO meeting to learnmore about state-of-the-art cancer care--in their own language.

The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center sponsoredthe 2-day Conferencia Internacional de Oncologist Medica, thefirst ever to be presented exclusively in Spanish at the cancercenter.

"M.D. Anderson is probably the only center in the countrythat could put together such a program in Spanish. At least onephysician or researcher in each of our major services speaks fluentSpanish, and these faculty are on the conference program,"said Dr. Richard Pazdur, assistant vice president of academicaffairs and a conference organizer.

About 5% of M.D. Anderson's patients come from other countriesand most of them speak Spanish. To assist these patients, theCenter has established the International Patient Center, a patientfamily hotel where multilingual staff serve as advocates for patientsfar from home.