who speak Spanish have new tools to help them understand treatment options for
their disease. The American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) today
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
that ASTRO released earlier this year.
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. Cancer
incidence also is on the rise, with an estimated 15 million people in the U.S.
living with cancer today. Between half and two-thirds of all cancer patients will
receive radiation therapy, also known as radiotherapy or radioterapia.
demonstrate what patients experience before, during and after radiation therapy
treatments, supplemented with physician and patient interviews. Content was
developed by a medical advisory board of radiation oncologists, experts in
specific types of cancer and other health professionals with relevant
expertise. Seven videos with Spanish voiceovers are available, including:
The videos are
available on RTAnswers.org, ASTRO’s patient education hub. ASTRO created RT Answers to explain to
cancer patients and their families how doctors use radiation therapy to treat
cancer safely and effectively. The site provides patient-friendly information and resources for a variety of cancer types and treatment types,
including Spanish-language brochures and a tool to find a local radiation
For more information or to obtain usage rights for the patient materials, contact Liz Gardner, Media Relations Manager, or Leah Kerkman Fogarty, Communications Manager.
ASTRO is the premier radiation oncology
society in the world, with more than 10,000 members who are physicians, nurses,
biologists, physicists, radiation therapists, dosimetrists and other health
care professionals who specialize in treating patients with radiation therapies.
As the leading organization in radiation oncology, the Society is dedicated to
improving patient care through professional education and training, support for
clinical practice and health policy standards, advancement of science and research, and
advocacy. ASTRO publishes three medical journals, International Journal of
Radiation Oncology • Biology • Physics (www.redjournal.org), Practical
Radiation Oncology (www.practicalradonc.org) and Advances in Radiation Oncology (www.advancesradonc.org); developed and maintains an extensive patient website,
RT Answers (www.rtanswers.org); and created the Radiation Oncology Institute (www.roinstitute.org), a nonprofit
foundation to support research and education efforts around the world that
enhance and confirm the critical role of radiation therapy in improving cancer
treatment. To learn more about ASTRO, visit www.astro.org.