Breast cancer decision-making film's English premiere scheduled for Oct. 30

Ana María López, MD, MPH, FACP
Ana María López, MD, MPH, FACP

The community is invited to the pink carpet premiere of Woman to Woman: Let’s Talk about Breast Cancer / Mujer a Mujer: Una Conversación Sobre Cáncer de Seno, a documentary funded by the Susan G. Komen for the Cure of Southern Arizona. This film was developed in English and Spanish to record and share breast cancer survivors’ wisdom.

Both premieres, the Spanish version on Aug. 28 and the English version on Oct. 30, will be held at 2 p.m. in DuVal Auditorium at University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave. The premieres are free and open to the public.

Recognizing the lack of culturally and linguistically competent materials available for Latinas newly diagnosed with breast cancer, Principal Investigator Ana María López, MD, MPH, FACP, associate dean of outreach and multicultural affairs and professor of medicine and pathology at the University of Arizona, and Arizona Cancer Center researcher, was determined to address this need.

The project’s first phase included a series of focus group discussions to identify the educational needs of women at the time of a breast cancer diagnosis. Breast cancer survivors were recruited from existing support groups in Southern Arizona: Nogales, Yuma, Douglas and Tucson. Audio recordings from each group were transcribed for data analysis and theme identification. The data was used to draft the interview guide, which was brought back to the participating support groups to review, confirm, make final suggestions and select their representative voices for the filming. Program staff and film crew from the University of Arizona College of Medicine’s Biomedical Communications Department travelled to each community for filming and conducted the interviews in homes, offices and clinics, at the preference of the survivor. Survivors talked about critical decision making points: the time of diagnosis, the treatment decisions and how to seek family support.

“This work has been a labor of love as the survivors took ownership of the project and created a valuable patient education tool that will assist women facing breast cancer treatment decisions,” said Dr. Lopez.