supports Hispanic women with breast cancer
New Mexico, historically, Hispanic women have been more
likely to be diagnosed with breast cancer after it has
advanced, which has led to poorer survival rates compared
to non-Hispanic white women.
HSC Cancer and Research Treatment Center recently received
a $250,000 grant from the Susan G. Komen Foundation to
plan, implement and evaluate culturally, appropriate,
one-on-one peer support intervention services for newly
diagnosed Hispanic breast cancer patients and their families.
With the grant, 20 Hispanic breast cancer survivors will
be recruited and trained to serve as “comadres” (a close
female friend traditionally given the status of a relative).
family members and/or friends of post-treatment Hispanic
breast cancer survivors will also be recruited. Recruited
participants will lead cancer support groups, provide
practical guidance and information, one-on-one emotional
support and referral services to women newly diagnosed
with breast cancer and their families.