Language and Culturally Specific Cancer Support
In 2019, with generous support from regional foundations, AHSC launched Oregon’s first ever culturally and linguistically specific program for Asians experiencing cancer. AHSC’s Asian Cancer Support program aims to address the full cancer continuum: prevention, screening, treatment, and survivorship support. We are committed to increasing access to care, improving treatment outcomes, and enhancing quality of life for Asian cancer patients. We believe that no one should be alone on their cancer journey.
Asian Cancer Resources & Support Services:
All services are provided in five languages: Cantonese, Mandarin, Korean, Vietnamese, and English.
AHSC Cancer Program Milestones
2007: AHSC expands scope of service to include breast cancer services with support from Susan G. Komen. ACS Foundation and Avon Foundation also supported this effort.
2013: AHSC begins contract with ScreenWise to provide breast and cervical cancer screenings.
2016: OHSU Knight Cancer Institute awards AHSC Phase 1 funding to research the needs and experiences of Asian cancer patients.
2019: OHSU Knight Cancer Institute awards AHSC Phase 2 funding to implement an Asian-focused patient navigator program.
2019: AHSC launches Asian Cancer Support with generous three-support from The Collins Foundation.
“My father has been feeling burnout from taking care of my mother who has been house bound most of time due to cancer. Since he received counseling and support from the program, he was able to do better self-care and motivated to do more fun things with my mother. He has been making progress in communication with my mother and having more quality time with her. I really appreciate all your support and help.”
— Tiffany L.
“A volunteer called me and shared her own breast cancer experience. I realized I was not the only one who has been struggling with caregiving issues and cancer treatment. She was very supportive, and I was able to open up for on-going telephone counseling from Asian Cancer Support program.”
— Ying N.
“My husband and I cannot properly explain the deep gratitude and appreciation we have for everything the center has done. The emotional support and the words of encouragement helped me go through this hard time. Also, thank you for taking the time to research the cancer information in Chinese. It is really helpful to understand my treatment.”
— Hing Jun C.