Words of wisdom from older immigrant Latino/as with cancer

Iraida V. Carrion, Malinee Neelamegam, Terri D. Lewinson, Keisha Polonio, Crystal Bonano

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Among older Latino/as immigrants diagnosed with Cancer in Central Florida, little is known about the transmission of cancer knowledge to family and friends. This qualitative study explored the open-ended survey responses of 32 older Latino/as participants who reported a cancer diagnosis. We used thematic analysis to understand shared kinship knowledge through advice-giving to family members and friends. Identified advice topics included possessing faith, following up with a doctor, and seeking treatment while remaining positive. Participants’ advice mostly centered on relying on God when coping with a cancer diagnosis. Faith in God provided strength to manage challenges associated with the cancer diagnosis and led to an improved chance of recovery. Older Latino/as with cancer provide information about their cancer diagnosis in an empowering, advising manner to family members and friends. After accepting their cancer diagnosis, they endeavored to demystify the disease by providing words of advice and wisdom to their family and friends.

Original languageEnglish
Article number357
JournalHumanities and Social Sciences Communications
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2022


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