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Are you a Latino cancer survivor?

Volunteer for the Avanzando Caminos study at UT Health San Antonio!

Avanzando Caminos aims to enroll 1,500 Latino cancer survivors in South Texas and 1,500 more in Miami to help unpack the social, cultural, behavioral, mental, biological, and medical influences on post-cancer life.

The study is funded by the National Cancer Institute. The South Texas site is led by Dr. Amelie Ramirez of UT Health San Antonio and Mays Cancer Center.

“With the help of Latino cancer survivors, we can help future Latino cancer survivors heal, recover, and reduce the chance for cancer to come back,” said Ramirez, who also leads the Salud America! program at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio.

To volunteer for the study or ask questions, contact Dr. Ramirez’s team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio at 210-562-6514. Volunteers are eligible for $50 per visit!

Why Volunteer for Avanzando Caminos?

Clinical trials help researchers improve treatment for current cancer patients, or better understand cancer to help future cancer survivors.

Research with Latino cancer survivors is especially important.

This population faces a staggering 142% projected rise in cancer cases by 2030.

Latinos also suffer many unique burdens after a cancer diagnosis, as they are more likely to present with advanced disease. They are also more likely to report greater symptom burden and poorer health-related quality of life.

This is where Avanzando Caminos wants to help.

“This is a great opportunity to examine what impacts the quality of life and health outcomes of Latino cancer survivors, who are diverse in regard to country of origin and geographic location in the U.S.,” Ramirez said. “Then we can create new ways to address social, cultural, behavioral, psychosocial and biological factors and improve cancer outcomes for Latinos.”

To volunteer for the study or ask questions, contact Dr. Ramirez’s team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio at 210-562-6514. Volunteers are eligible for $50 per visit!

Who Can Volunteer for Avanzando Caminos?

avanzando caminos Latino cancer survivors fb2 utThe Avanzando Caminos study is looking for Latino cancer survivors who are:

  • Age 18+
  • Able to read in English or Spanish
  • Willing to attend study visits
  • Completed primary treatment for breast, colon, kidney, liver, lung, prostate, stomach or uterine cervix carcinoma in past 5 years
  • No severe cognitive impairment or inpatient psychiatric treatment in past 6 months

To volunteer for the study or ask questions, contact Dr. Ramirez’s team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio at 210-562-6514. Volunteers are eligible for $50 per visit!

What Can Volunteers Expect in Avanzando Caminos?

Avanzando Caminos researchers will study how different issues─discrimination, depression, chronic stress, diet, biological markers, genetics and many more─impact Latino survivors’ symptom burdens, health-related quality of life, and disease activity.

These are the expectations for a volunteer:

  • Baseline visit: Assessment interview, blood draw
  • 6-month visit: Assessment Interview
  • 12-month visit: Assessment interview, blood draw
  • Year 2 Visit: Assessment interview
  • Year 3 Visit: Assessment interview, blood draw
  • Year 4 Visit: Assessment interview
  • Year Visit: Assessment interview, blood draw

To volunteer for the study or ask questions, contact Dr. Ramirez’s team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio at 210-562-6514. Volunteers are eligible for $50 per visit!

How Important Are Latino Volunteers for Clinical Trials?

We need Latino volunteers for clinical trials because it helps researchers create treatments and solutions tailored for this population.

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Alma Lopez

Just ask Alma Lopez.

Lopez has been a breast cancer survivor for more than 15 years.

She believes participating in a cancer clinical trial at UT Health San Antonio helped her get better treatment and better long-term health in her survivorship journey.

“Clinical trials are great for finding new treatments that help people,” Lopez said. “And it helps the scientists. It gives opportunity to better medication for all populations.”

Ramirez is creating new ways to encourage Latinos to volunteer for cancer and Alzheimer’s clinical trials. This work is supported by a grant from Genentech, a member of the Roche Group.

Avanzando Caminos is a great opportunity for Latinos to give back.

“Latinos in clinical trials are not only helping themselves, but they are also building a future with better treatments that can help their families and communities in the future,” Ramirez said.

To volunteer for the study or ask questions, contact Dr. Ramirez’s team at the Institute for Health Promotion Research at UT Health San Antonio at 210-562-6514. Volunteers are eligible for $50 per visit!

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