New Patient-Friendly Resources in Spanish Help Cancer Patients Prevent Infections
Going through chemotherapy treatment is tough, but when you can’t get critical information in a language you understand, the challenges become much greater. One in three Hispanic men and women are diagnosed with cancer each year, yet there are few Spanish-language resources available.
A new Spanish-language website, 3 Pasos Para Prevenir infecciones durante el tratamiento del cáncer, (3 Steps to Preventing Infections During Cancer Treatment) was created as part of the Preventing Infections in Cancer Patients (PICP) program. PICP is an evidence-based program designed to educate patients about the increased risk of infection during chemotherapy. Since 2009, the program has been led by CDC and the CDC Foundation, with support from Amgen. Dr. Lisa Richardson, Director of CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, explains, “An infection during chemotherapy can become serious quickly and is potentially life-threatening. This is why it is important that every cancer patient have access to information they can easily understand during their cancer journey.” Check out the new site and resources.