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8th Edition of Nursing World Conference

October 17-19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA

October 17 -19, 2024 | Baltimore, USA
NWC 2018

Lina Mayorga

Speaker at Nursing Conferences - Lina Mayorga
Oncology Research + Education Consultants, United States
Title : Nursing research and education: Empowering Latina cancer survivors through development of an innovative “Nueva Luz” survivorship education program for Latina breast cancer survivors


Aims: Latinos currently are the largest ethnic minority in the United States, as the number of Latinos and breast cancer survivors continues to grow. The need to develop education programs that are culturally congruent and linguistically appropriate for non-English speaking and limited English proficient ethnic minorities is increasingly vital for this population. Nueva Luz is an English and Spanish quality of life (QOL) intervention developed to address the educational needs of Latina breast cancer survivors and provide strategies to assist in their transition into survivorship.

Methods: A qualitative approach was used to evaluate the English and Spanish educational intervention (Nueva Luz). A purposive sample of eight Latina breast cancer survivors was selected from the group who received the intervention to participate in a digitally recorded interview. A semi-structured interview guide was used to evaluate and elicit information about the Nueva Luz education program. Data was analyzed using thematic analysis.

Results: Participants evaluated Nueva Luz and provided feedback regarding the intervention content, feasibility of implementation, acceptability, practicality, and the cultural and linguistic appropriateness. Providing a culturally congruent tailored intervention in the selected language of the participant and incorporating Latino core cultural values in all patient interactions is vital when working with Latinos in a health context. Findings provide evidence that the one-on-one tailored approach is a feasible and acceptable method of providing a bilingual psychosocial intervention. The provision of printed bilingual information along with the verbal instruction from a bilingual and culturally competent health care provider can be effective in helping Latina breast cancer survivor’s transition successfully into survivorship, improve QOL and contribute to better patient outcomes

Conclusions: The study informs our understanding of the cultural context in patient education content, delivery of psychosocial interventions and the impact of a tailored English and Spanish education on the QOL of Latinas following primary breast cancer treatment. . However, more intervention research is needed with Latina breast cancer survivors that consider contextual factors affecting survivorship outcomes and QOL The findings may also have relevance for other ethnic minority cancer survivors and provides evidence that may inform additional development and testing for future research.


Lina Mayorga is a psychosocial researcher and educator for Oncology Research Education Consultants.  Her educational background is in Epidemiology, Health Education and Biostatistics. She is a Certified Health Education Specialist. Her experience includes spearheading the development, evaluation of multiple educational programs for Spanish speaking patients and the community, including pain management, eating hints during cancer treatment and physical activity and nutrition. As well as, developing bilingual clinical educational materials and conducting research studies on educational interventions in collaboration with Nursing Research & Education. She's presented her findings and research at multiple national and international conferences as well as publications.