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On September 14th, 2021, CAC held its first live event in Spanish, Pregúntale a los Expertos with Dr. Victoria Blinder. Dr. Blinder is a board-certified medical oncologist and research scientist focusing on health and employment disparities among breast cancer survivors. She joined CAC and Spanish speaking participants from around the country, and the world, to answer their most pressing questions related to work and cancer.
This was a historic day for CAC, and it is only one of many steps forward in our mission to support the Spanish speaking cancer community. In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, which kicked off on September 15th, we would like to highlight some of the milestones we’ve reached and the programs and resources we currently offer in Spanish.
Our first Spanish language publication, Vivir y Trabajar Teniendo Cáncer, was published in 2003. This workbook, now in its 4th edition, includes over 60 pages of content and is a comprehensive guide to the practical and legal issues of working after a cancer diagnosis. It covers details on health insurance, sharing a diagnosis at work, tools for organizing critical information and more.
Since then, we have introduced eight other publications and one sheets in Spanish, such as our Kit de Herramientas Para Buscar Trabajo and Maneras de combatir el “quimiocerebro” en el trabajo, touching on topics at the intersection of work and cancer. You can find our full list of publications here, available to download or order print copies shipped to your home.
In 2006, www.cancerandcareers.org/espanol went live. Today you can find dozens of articles, animated how-to videos, and blogs on a wide spectrum of topics related to looking for work or working during/after treatment. Later this year we will be adding Spanish translations of our 12-part webinar series, Balancing Work & Cancer, and plan to offer more live events in Spanish and expand our Spanish site going forward.
And, if you have any questions about any of our programs and resources in Spanish, please feel free to contact me directly: Sissy Silva, Senior Coordinator of Programs and Spanish Resources, at firstname.lastname@example.org.