Half of Latina breast cancer survivors suffer from depression. These rates are much higher than the average among other survivors. Dr. Kimlin Tam Ashing-Giwa at City of Hope in Los Angeles shares her research on the psychological aspects of recovery for women of color with our host Maria Hinojosa. She discusses the role of spirituality, family and beliefs about women’s responsibilities in helping or hindering detection, treatment and recovery.

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Dr. Kimlin Tam Ashing-Giwa is professor and director of the Center of Community Alliance for Research and Education at City of Hope.  She received her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  She serves on the Executive council of Los Angeles American Cancer Society (ACS) and The Intercultural Council on Cancer (ICC).

7 thoughts on “The Psychology of Breast Cancer

  1. Dear Maria Hinojosa,

    I heard this piece on the radio, and then listened to it again on the Internet. Near the end of the interview, you said to Dr. Ashing-Giwa, “You’re actually saying that how Latinos and Latinos look at cancer needs to change profoundly.” I don’t understand how you reached that conclusion. What I heard was, a) Latinos are more likely to delay access to care because they rely on their faith in God/spirituality to cope with cancer, and b) immigrants who have left their family and familiar culture, and who have less earning potential and live in stress environments are more likely to suffer from depression than other women. How do those facts lead you to the conclusion, “…how Latinos and Latinos look at cancer needs to change profoundly.”? Is it the case that some of the information and/or opinions Dr. Ashing-Giwa gave were edited from the portion of the interview broadcast on the radio?

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