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Breast Cancer Patient Education

Patient education materials in multiple languages about breast cancer.

Breast Cancer Overview

Introductory explanation of screening and diagnostic tests, and basic information about common treatments.

Breast Cancer Information Sheet - English
2-pages PDF handout in English language, with information about breast cancer including facts about breast cancer and Asian Americans, risks, signs and symptoms, screening tests and guidelines.
Breast Cancer Information Sheet - Khmer
3-pages PDF handout in Khmer language, with information about breast cancer including facts about breast cancer and Asian Americans, risks, signs and symptoms, screening tests and guidelines.
X-Plain Breast Cancer - English tutorial
X-Plain Breast Cancer education module is published by the Patient Education Institute and licensed by the National Library of Medicine
X-Plain Breast Cancer - Spanish tutorial
X-Plain Breast Cancer education module is published by the Patient Education Institute and licensed by the National Library of Medicine
X-Plain Breast Cancer - Khmer tutorial
This X-Plain tutorial is an interactive health education resource using animated graphics. The tutorial explains about breast cancer in Khmer language, with English pop-up windows. Narration in the target language is provided. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the entire module. PDF reference summaries of the education can be printed in Khmer and English.
X-Plain Breast Cancer - Vietnamese tutorial
This X-Plain tutorial is an interactive health education resource using animated graphics. The tutorial explains about breast cancer in Vietnamese language, with English pop-up windows. Narration in the target language is provided. It takes approximately 30 minutes to complete the entire module. PDF reference summaries of the education can be printed in Vietnamese and English.
General Overview: Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment - English
2 page introductory explanation of screening and diagnostic tests for breast cancer, as well as basic information about common treatments.
General Overview: Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment - Amharic
2 page introductory explanation of screening and diagnostic tests for breast cancer, as well as basic information about common treatments. Amharic language.
General Overview: Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment - Tigrinya
2 page introductory explanation of screening and diagnostic tests for breast cancer, as well as basic information about common treatments. Tigrinya language.
General Overview: Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment - Somali
2 page introductory explanation of screening and diagnostic tests for breast cancer, as well as basic information about common treatments. Somali language.

Biopsy

Description of breast biopsy. See Lymph Nodes for information about lymph node biopsy.

Breast Biopsy - Amharic
2-page PDF; Description of breast biopsy; Amharic.
Breast Biopsy - English
2-page English PDF; Description of breast biopsy.
Breast Biopsy - Somali
2-page PDF; Description of breast biopsy; Somali.
Breast Biopsy - Tigrinya
2-page PDF; Description of breast biopsy; Tigrinya.
X-Plain Breast Lumps/Biopsy - English tutorial
This X-Plain multimedia module about breast lumps and biopsy is published by the Patient Education Institute and licensed by the National Library of Medicine
X-Plain Breast Lumps/Biopsy - Spanish tutorial
This X-Plain multimedia module about breast lumps and biopsy is published by the Patient Education Institute and licensed by the National Library of Medicine

Chemotherapy

Explanation of chemotherapy for breast cancer, including description of treatment cycles and what to expect after treatment. Information about potential side effects with eating tips to reduce nausea and vomiting.

Chemotherapy Side Effects - Amharic
Description of potential side effects caused by chemotherapy treatment, including hair loss, fatigue, nausea, and changes in taste/smell. Includes eating tips to reduce nausea and vomiting. 5-pages PDF - Amharic
Chemotherapy Side Effects - English
Description of potential side effects caused by chemotherapy treatment, including hair loss, fatigue, nausea, and changes in taste/smell. Includes eating tips to reduce nausea and vomiting. 5-pages PDF - English.
Chemotherapy Side Effects - Somali
Description of potential side effects caused by chemotherapy treatment, including hair loss, fatigue, nausea, and changes in taste/smell. Includes eating tips to reduce nausea and vomiting. 6-pages PDF - Somali.
Chemotherapy Side Effects - Tigrinya
Description of potential side effects caused by chemotherapy treatment, including hair loss, fatigue, nausea, and changes in taste/smell. Includes eating tips to reduce nausea and vomiting. 5-pages PDF - Tigrinya.
Chemotherapy Treatment for Breast Cancer - Somali
Explanation of chemotherapy for breast cancer, including description of treatment cycles, and what to expect after treatment. PDF 2 pages; Somali
Chemotherapy Treatment for Breast Cancer - English
Explanation of chemotherapy for breast cancer, including description of treatment cycles, and what to expect after treatment. 2-page PDF, English.
Chemotherapy Treatment for Breast Cancer - Amharic
Explanation of chemotherapy for breast cancer, including description of treatment cycles, and what to expect after treatment. 2-page PDF, Amharic.
Chemotherapy Treatment for Breast Cancer - Tigrinya
Explanation of chemotherapy for breast cancer, including description of treatment cycles, and what to expect after treatment. 2-page PDF, Tigrinya.

Radiation

Explanation of radiation therapy, how it works, why it is necessary, what to expect during the treatment and information about side effects.

Radiation Therapy - English
Explanation of radiation therapy, how it works, why it is necessary, what to expect during the treatment and information about side effects.
Radiation Therapy - Somali
Explanation of radiation therapy, how it works, why it is necessary, what to expect during the treatment and information about side effects. 7-pages PDF; Somali.
Radiation Therapy - Tigrinya
Explanation of radiation therapy, how it works, why it is necessary, what to expect during the treatment and information about side effects.

Lymph Nodes

Explanation of what lymph nodes are, including what is meant by "node-positive" and "node-negative", lymph node biopsy and sentinel lymph node surgery.

Lymph Nodes and Breast Cancer - Amharic
Explanation of what lymph nodes are, including what is meant by "node-positive" and "node-negative", lymph node biopsy and sentinel lymph node surgery. 2-pages PDF.
Lymph Nodes and Breast Cancer - English
Explanation of what lymph nodes are, including what is meant by "node-positive" and "node-negative", lymph node biopsy and sentinel lymph node surgery. 2-pages PDF.
Lymph Nodes and Breast Cancer - Somali
Explanation of what lymph nodes are, including what is meant by "node-positive" and "node-negative", lymph node biopsy and sentinel lymph node surgery. 2-pages PDF. Somali.
Lymph Nodes and Breast Cancer - Tigrinya
Explanation of what lymph nodes are, including what is meant by "node-positive" and "node-negative", lymph node biopsy and sentinel lymph node surgery. 2-pages PDF.

Margins

Explanation of margins of resection, including definition of positive, negative and close margins.

Margins - Amharic
Explanation of margins or resection, including definition of positive, negative and close margins.
Margins - English
Explanation of margins or resection, including definition of positive, negative and close margins.
Margins - Somali
Explanation of margins of resection, including definition of positive, negative and close margins. 1 page PDF; Somali.
Margins - Tigrinya
Explanation of margins or resection, including definition of positive, negative and close margins.

Surgery

Description of mastectomy, lumpectomy and potential side effects following these surgeries

Breast Cancer Surgery - Amharic
Description of mastectomy, lumpectomy and potential side effects following these surgeries.
Breast Cancer Surgery - English
Description of mastectomy, lumpectomy and potential side effects following these surgeries.
Breast Cancer Surgery - Somali
Description of mastectomy, lumpectomy and potential side effects following these surgeries. 4 pages PDF; Somali.
Breast Cancer Surgery - Tigrinya
Description of mastectomy, lumpectomy and potential side effects following these surgeries.

The following series of handouts and Flash video slideshows provide introductory information about lumpectomy, mastectomy and breast reconstruction procedures. A project by EthnoMed and Healthy Roads Media, produced in collaboration with the Community House Calls Program at Harborview and its community partners. This project has been funded in whole or in part with Federal funds from the Department of Health and Human Services, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine, under Contract No. HHS-N-276-2011-0008-C with the University of Washington. Thank you to Safeway Foundation for its support to Harborview Medical Center’s EthnoMed for the development of cancer-related content.

Flash Video Slideshows
PDF Handouts
Surgeries for Breast Cancer - English
Surgeries for Breast Cancer - Amharic
Surgeries for Breast Cancer - Khmer
Surgeries for Breast Cancer - Somali
 Surgeries for Breast Cancer - Spanish
Surgeries for Breast Cancer - Tigrinya
Surgeries for Breast Cancer - Vietnamese

Glossary of Terms

Technical terms and definitions related to breast cancer

Breast Cancer Glossary and Technical Terms - English
Technical terms and definitions related to breast cancer. 4-pages PDF, English.
Breast Cancer Glossary and Technical Terms - Amharic
Technical terms and definitions related to breast cancer. 4-pages PDF, Amharic.
Breast Cancer Glossary and Technical Terms - Tigrinya
Technical terms and definitions related to breast cancer. 4-pages PDF, Tigrinya
Breast Cancer Glossary and Technical Terms - Somali
Technical terms and definitions related to breast cancer. 4-pages PDF, Somali.

Hormones

Definition of hormones, hormone receptors and therapy in relation to breast cancer.

Breast Cancer: Hormones - Amharic
Definition of hormones, hormone receptors and therapy in relation to breast cancer.
Breast Cancer: Hormones - English
Definition of hormones, hormone receptors and therapy in relation to breast cancer.
Breast Cancer: Hormones - Somali
Definition of hormones, hormone receptors and therapy in relation to breast cancer. 1 page PDF; Somali.
Breast Cancer: Hormones - Tigrinya
Definition of hormones, hormone receptors and therapy in relation to breast cancer.

About Mammograms

Information about mammograms - what they are, what test results mean, information about biopsies and treatment options for breast cancer.

Mammography and Breast Health (Web Brochure) - Khmer/English
8 pages formatted for web viewing PDF brochure, in English and Khmer languages, about mammograms - what they are, what test results mean, information about biopsies and treatment options for breast cancer.
Mammography and Breast Health (Print Brochure) - Khmer/English
8 pages formatted for printing PDF brochure, in English and Khmer languages, about mammograms - what they are, what test results mean, information about biopsies and treatment options for breast cancer.
Mammogram Pamphlet - Chinese/ English
An educational pamphlet (15-page-PDF) about breast cancer, the importance of mammograms, and brief descriptions of treatment options.
Mammogram Pamphlet - Vietnamese/English
An educational pamphlet (15-page-PDF) in Vietnamese and English about breast cancer, the importance of mammograms, and brief descriptions of treatment options.
What is a Mammogram? - Amharic/English
7 pages, PDF brochure, in English and Amharic languages, about mammograms - what they are, what test results mean, information about biopsies and treatment options for breast cancer.
What is a Mammogram? - Oromo/ English
7 pages, PDF brochure, in English and Oromo languages, about mammograms - what they are, what test results mean, information about biopsies and treatment options for breast cancer.
What is a Mammogram? - Somali/English
7 pages, PDF brochure, in English and Somali languages, about mammograms - what they are, what test results mean, information about biopsies and treatment options for breast cancer.

Mammogram Preparation

Information for patients scheduled for a mammogram.

Mammogram Instructions - Amharic
Information for patients scheduled for a mammogram
Mammogram Instructions - English
Information for patients scheduled for a mammogram
Mammogram Instructions - Khmer (Cambodian)
Information for patients scheduled for a mammogram
Mammogram Instructions - Oromo
Information for patients scheduled for a mammogram
Mammogram Instructions - Somali
Information for patients scheduled for a mammogram
Mammogram Instructions - Spanish
Information for patients scheduled for a mammogram
Mammogram Instructions - Tigrinya/English
Information for patients scheduled for a mammogram
Mammogram Instructions- Chinese
Information for patients scheduled for a mammogram
Mammogram Instructions- Vietnamese
Information for patients scheduled for a mammogram

Related Links: Breast Cancer

Breast Cancer Network of Strength (formerly Y-Me)
Provides immediate emotional relief to anyone affected by breast cancer. The mission is to ensure, through information, empowerment and peer support, that no one faces breast cancer alone.  This website is available for viewing in English, Chinese, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese. The organization raises money to fund a peer support hotline, outreach programs, breast health awareness workshops, wigs and prostheses banks for women with limited resources, and advocacy on breast cancer related policies. YourShoes™ is Breast Cancer Network of Strength’s peer support program that includes a 24/7 breast cancer support center staffed by trained breast cancer survivors providing peer support through a toll-free hotline, e-mail and support groups.  The hotline works with real-time interpreters available in more than 150 languages for telephone conversations.

Breast Cancer - Multiple Languages from Medlineplus
Links to quality health information in languages other than English.  A resource of the National Library of Medicine.

Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program - Seattle & King County:
Factsheets and brochures about breast cancer screening, colonoscopy and fecal occult blood test (FOBT) in a number of languages (English, Chinese, Cambodian/Khmer, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog, Vietnamese) and cervical cancer prevention materials in English, Spanish and Vietnamese produced by the Breast, Cervical and Colon Health Program at Public Health-Seattle & King County.

This page was made possible by grants from AVON and LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation.