Building Collaboration for Action on Latino Cancer

U.S. Latinos face heavier burdens of stomach, liver, and cervical cancers, and worse outcomes for many cancers, than their White peers.

But why?

Unfortunately, many factors cause these disparities, from poverty and a lack of healthcare access to cultural barriers, acculturation, and genetic heritage.

That’s why it takes everyone working together to address Latino cancer.

To this end, UT Health San Antonio has published a new open-access book, Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos: Building Collaboration for Action.

Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos Building Collaboration for Action coverThe book is a collection of articles based on presentations at the 2nd biennial Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos conference on Feb. 26-28, 2020, in San Antonio, co-hosted by Mays Cancer Center and the Institute for Health Promotion Research (IHPR) at UT Health San Antonio.

The conference gathered over 250 Latino cancer researchers, physicians, academics, advocates, survivors, and business leaders for important discussions.

“Our book, like our conference, aims to spark leaders from many disciplines to share, collaborate, and create new joint research and interventions—particularly in implementation and dissemination science—to reduce the burden of cancer in Latino communities,” said Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez, co-editor of the book, co-chair of the conference, and head of the IHPR at UT Health San Antonio.

You’re invited to explore the findings in the new book:

  • Health Threats in the Latino Community
  • Vulnerable Populations and Cancer Health Disparities
  • Cancer Outcomes and Survivorship in Latinos
  • Cancer in the Era of Precision Medicine
  • Engaging Latinos in Cancer Research
  • Emerging Policies Impacting Latino Care
  • Implementation Science, Innovative Technologies, and the Future of Cancer Care
  • Latino Lifestyles: Acculturation, Nutrition, and Health
  • Advances in Cancer Therapy and Clinical Trials
  • HPV Vaccination for Cancer Prevention
  • Latino Cancer Health Disparities: Moving Forward

Each chapter includes current knowledge in the specific topic areas, identified gaps, and opportunities for future research.

Dr. Amelie G. Ramirez

Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos: Building Collaboration for Action will appeal to a wide readership due to its comprehensive coverage of topics ranging from basic science and community prevention research to clinical practice to policy,” Ramirez said. “The book is an essential resource for physicians and other medical professionals, researchers, scientists, academicians, patient advocates, and students. It also will appeal to policy-makers, NCI-designated cancer centers, academic centers, state health departments, and community organizations.”

“We believe the diverse topics and recommendations in this book can spark dialog and collaboration for new solutions to eliminate cancer health disparities among Latino populations.”

Along with Ramirez, the book’s other co-editor is Dr. Ed Trapido, an epidemiology researcher at LSU School of Public Health and LSU Health Sciences Center.

Advancing the Science of Cancer in Latinos: Building Collaboration for Action was supported in part by the Mays Cancer Center and IHPR at UT Health San Antonio, the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, Genentech, Novartis, Calgene, and Pfizer.

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