Living Beyond Breast Cancer Translates Metastatic Breast Cancer Guide Into Five Languages

Living Beyond Breast Cancer Translates Metastatic Breast Cancer Guide Into Five Languages
Reading about the metastatic breast cancer (mBC) you've been diagnosed with is never easy, but when English isn’t your native language, it’s a lot harder to grasp your condition and your treatment options. To fill this gap, Living Beyond Breast Cancer (LBBC) has translated  its signature “Metastatic Breast Cancer Series: Guide for the Newly Diagnosed" into the five languages besides English that are spoken the most in the United States. They are Spanish, Chinese, Vietnamese, the Philippine language Tagalog, and French. LBBC became aware of the need when Arin Ahlum Hanson, the patient organization’s associate director of outreach and partnerships, attended the International Consensus Conference for Advanced Breast Cancer in Lisbon, Portugal, in November 2015. At the event, breast cancer patient advocates from across the globe discussed the lack of patient-friendly information in languages other than English. When Hanson returned to the United States, she discovered that other organizations were also struggling with the lack of translated materials. The need led to a partnership with Lilly Oncology, which offered LBBC a special sponsorship to translate its guide. Originally, LBBC and the Metastatic Breast Cancer Network created the guide to explain stage IV breast cancer. This is the stage in which the cancer has spread from the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of our body. The guide describes standard and experimental options for treating mBC, including their side effects. It also discusses the role of clinical trials in treatment development, as well as therapies for stress and anxiety relief. “LBBC is conducting a robust outreach program to make sure people with metastatic breast cancer and those who care for them have access
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