Spanish-speaking patients with cancer have new tools to help them understand treatment options for their disease. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) has released a series of Spanish-language patient videos on radiation therapy for cancer, including breast, prostate, lung, brain, and other common cancer types. The videos complement a set of Spanish-language brochures on radiation therapy released by ASTRO earlier this year.
ASTRO created these materials in response to the growing need for culturally competent resources for Hispanic patients. Latinos account for more than half (54%) of the total U.S. population growth since 2000, according to the Pew Research Center.
Content of Videos
The videos demonstrate what patients experience before, during, and after radiation therapy treatments, supplemented with physician and patient interviews. The content was developed by a medical advisory board of radiation oncologists, experts in specific types of cancer, and other health-care professionals with relevant expertise. Seven videos with Spanish voice-overs are available. The videos are available on RTAnswers.org, ASTRO’s patient education hub. ■