FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10th, 2019
PIONEERING ASIAN CANCER RESOURCE AND SUPPORT CENTER
TO OPEN IN LENTS NEIGHBORHOOD
Portland, Ore. – Regional leaders on Cancer research and treatment are gathering together with leaders from multiple Asian communities to celebrate the launch of a pioneering new Center providing culturally specific resources and support for cancer patients and families in Asian communities. Media are invited to this event, Thursday, October 17th, between 5:30 and 6:30p.m., at the Asian Health and Service Center, located in the Lents neighborhood at 9035 SE Foster, in Portland.
The celebration will feature a first-hand account of the bewildering challenges for Asian cancer patients and families who struggle to access the support they need, from diagnosis to treatment and follow-through support during remission. Their personal stories bring a face to the OHSU funded research showing disparity in cancer diagnosis and treatment outcomes for Asian populations in the Portland area.
AHSC Board President Doctor Erik Szeto will moderate a panel discussion of oncologists and public health leaders, including representatives from OHSU Knight Cancer Insitute, the American Cancer Society and Care Oregon. City Commissioner Nick Fish, himself a cancer survivor and an active proponent of the new Asian Cancer Resource and Support Center, will also participate on the panel and will be available for interview.
“This new Asian Cancer Resource and Support Center fills a regional need for culturally and linguistically specific cancer support services for the region’s growing and diverse Asian communities,” says AHSC Executive Director Holden Leung. “This project will prolong lives and bring enormous relief to thousands of families.” The new center will provide culturally-specific patient navigation services and support groups in four languages (Vietnamese, Korean Cantonese and Mandarin).