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"Joven & Fuerte": Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer in Mexico - Initial Results

VOLUME 69 - NUMBER 4 / July-August (In-depth Review)  doi: 10.24875/RIC.17002280

Cynthia Villarreal-Garza, Founder and Director of Joven y Fuerte: Programa para la Atención e Investigación de Mujeres Jóvenes con Cáncer de Mama en México, Mexico, Centro de Cancer de Mama, Hospital Zambrano Hellion, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, and Departamento de Investigacion y de Tumores Mamarios, Instituto Nacional de Cancerologia, SSA, Mexico City, Mexico
Andrea Castro-Sanchez, Joven y Fuerte: Programa para la Atención e Investigación de Mujeres Jóvenes con Cáncer de Mama en México, and Cátedras CONACyT, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología, SSA, Mexico
Alejandra Platas, Joven y Fuerte: Programa para la Atención e Investigación de Mujeres Jóvenes con Cáncer de Mama, Mexico City
Melina Miaja, Joven y Fuerte: Programa para la Atención e Investigación de Mujeres Jóvenes con Cáncer de Mama, Mexico City; Centro de Cáncer de Mama, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, N.L. Mexico
Alejandro Mohar-Betancourt, Epidemiology Unit, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología, SSA, Mexico City, Mexico
Regina Barragan-Carrillo, Breast Cancer Centre, Zambrano Hellion Hospital, Tecnologico de Monterrey, Monterrey, NL, Mexico
Alan Fonseca, Joven & Fuerte: Programa para la Atención e Investigación de Mujeres Jóvenes con Cáncer de Mama, Mexico City
Yoatzin Vega, Joven & Fuerte: Programa para la Atención e Investigación de Mujeres Jóvenes con Cáncer de Mama, Mexico City
Bertha Alejandra Martinez-Cannon, Joven y Fuerte: Programa para la Atención e Investigación de Mujeres Jóvenes con Cáncer de Mama, Mexico City; Centro de Cáncer de Mama, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, N.L. Mexico
Dione Aguilar, Joven & Fuerte: Programa para la Atención e Investigación de Mujeres Jóvenes con Cáncer de Mama, Mexico City; Centro de Cáncer de Mama, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, N.L.
Enrique Bargalló-Rocha, Joven & Fuerte: Programa para la Atención e Investigación de Mujeres Jóvenes con Cáncer de Mama, Mexico City; Department of Research and Breast Tumors, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología, Mexico City
Servando Cardona-Huerta, Centro de Cáncer de Mama, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Monterrey, N.L.
Omar Peña-Curiel, Centro de Cáncer de Mama, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico City, Mexico
Juan Matus-Santos, Joven & Fuerte: Programa para la Atención e Investigación de Mujeres Jóvenes con Cáncer de Mama, Mexico City; Department of Research and Breast Tumors, Instituto Nacional de Cancerología, Mexico City

Despite the high rates of breast cancer among young Mexican women, their special needs and concerns have not been systematically addressed. To fulfill these unsatisfied demands, we have developed “Joven & Fuerte: Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer in Mexico,” the first program dedicated to the care of young breast cancer patients in Latin America, which is taking place at the National Cancer Institute of Mexico and the two medical facilities of the Instituto Tecnológico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey. The program was created to optimize the complex clinical and psychosocial care of these patients, enhance education regarding their special needs, and promote targeted research, as well as to replicate this program model in other healthcare centers across Mexico and Latin America. From November 2013 to February 2017, the implementation of the “Joven & Fuerte” program has delivered specialized care to 265 patients, through the systematic identification of their particular needs and the provision of fertility, genetic, and psychological supportive services. Patients and families have engaged in pedagogic activities and workshops and have created a motivated and empowered community. The program developed and adapted the first educational resources in Spanish dedicated for young Mexican patients, as well as material for healthcare providers. As for research, a prospective cohort of young breast cancer patients was established to characterize clinicopathological features and psychosocial effects at baseline and during follow-up, as a guide for the development of specific cultural interventions addressing this vulnerable group. Eventually, it is intended that the program’s organization and structure can reach national and international interactions and serve as a platform for other countries.

Keywords: Breast cancer. Young women. Survivorship. Program. Mexico. Latin America.

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