Friday, June 15, 2007

Oncology Dietitians Needed to Review of NCI's "Eating Hints for Cancer Patients"

The National Cancer Institute is revising its publication "Eating Hints for Cancer Patients"and is seeking oncology dietitians to review and provide feedback on the existing book.

NCI will use the comments to identify information that needs to be updated, changed, or eliminated from the new version.

If you are interested in reviewing this resource and can do so by July 6, please contact Lorna Patrick at PatrickL (at)

Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Rhode Island's Health Literacy Provider Toolkit

The Rhode Island Health Literacy Project has developed a Health Literacy Provider Toolkit to "support better communication between consumers and providers, resulting in higher treatment compliance, fewer medication errors, and better utilization of healthcare services". This toolkit is a dynamic resource. As new topics are developed they will be added to the toolkit; the first edition of the HLPT includes information on the following topics: health literacy, advance directives, and cultural competency.

The entire 224-page document is available in its entirety or available as individual topics. Downloadable individual documents include patient forms (durable power of attorney and living will templates for Massachusetts and Rhode Island), topics related to cultural competency such as tips for office staff to enhance communication between staff and patients, physician resources such as articles, quizzes and talking points, and resources for patients such as FAQs about durable power of attorney.

Tuesday, June 5, 2007

Opportunity to Test Pilot NCI's La Quimioterapia y Usted

Patient Educators in the DC/Maryland/Virginia area! Looking for an opportunity to assist NCI in a revision of their publication La Quimioterapia y Usted? Please see the announcement below from the National Cancer Institute.


The National Cancer Institute is looking for volunteers to help pilot test La quimioterapia y usted, a Spanish revision to Chemotherapy and You. For this pilot test, NCI needs patient educators who treat and educate chemotherapy patients for whom Spanish is their native and preferred language. The pilot test will help NCI ensure that this new resource is a helpful educational tool for health professionals and meets the needs of Spanish-speaking patients.

The purpose of the pilot is to determine:
If the rewritten version of La quimioterapia y usted is a useful teaching tool
Your patients’ reactions to the content and presentation of the material
Your reactions to the usability of the book in patient education
Your patients’ ability to understand the terms, suggestions, and instructions that include English/Spanish vocabulary

If you or your colleagues are interested in participating in the pilot test of this book, please contact Karina Jimenez at ORC Macro, Project Manager, for detailed information at Karina.D.Jimenez(at) or (301) 572-0303.

Monday, June 4, 2007

Cancer Survivor Resource in Chinese, English and Spanish

The Cancer Survival Toolbox is a free, self-learning audio program, developed by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, to help people better meet and understand the challenges of their illness.

The Toolbox includes ten modules. Modules 1 through 6 cover six basic skills:

Finding Information/Búsqueda de información
Making Decisions/Toma de decisiones
Solving Problems/Solución a los problemas
Negotiating/Negociación, and
Standing Up for Your Rights/Defensa de sus derechos

Modules 7, 8, 9 and 10 build on the skills learned in the first six modules and relate them to specific aspects of cancer survivorship. These three modules cover:

Topics for Older Persons/Temas para la tercera edad
Finding Ways to Pay for Care/Búsquedas de alternativas para pagar los cuidados
Caring for the Caregiver/Cuidados para el encargado del paciente, and
Living Beyond Cancer/Vida después del cáncer

The public can listen to the 10 modules in Spanish or English directly from the website, can download them as MP3 or Real Audio files, or can order the modules on CD at no cost.