Powered by St. Jude, Together, a Web-Based Patient Education Resource on Childhood Cancer, Plans to Launch in Seven New Languages
Newswise — (MEMPHIS, Tennessee – October 18, 2021) In recognition of Health Literacy Month, Together by St. Jude announces plans to launch in seven additional languages: Farsi, Mongolian, Portuguese, Sinhala, Swahili, Tamil and Urdu.
In 2018, St. Jude launched Children’s Research Hospital Together, a comprehensive online resource for patients and families of children and teens diagnosed with cancer. Today the website is available in 8 languages: Arabic, Burmese, Simplified Chinese, English, French, Hindi, Russian and Spanish. With over 500 pages of content, the website has reached more than 6 million people in more than 220 countries and territories.
Together contains reliable information about diseases, treatment options and side effects. It also provides supportive care resources and shared stories of hope, healing, and experience.
Together supports the mission of St. Jude Global, a cross-functional effort, led by the Global Pediatric Medicine Faculty, aimed at advancing the science of the global problem of childhood cancer.
“Together by St. Jude aims to reach as many families and patients with childhood cancer around the world as possible, especially in low- and middle-income countries,” said Beth Bartholomew, manager of the website.
“Because childhood and adolescent cancer is rare, many families cannot find reliable sources,” says Alberto Pappo, MD, a member of the St. Jude faculty and advisor for the website. “It is vital that the information is in different languages so that it can be accessible to families worldwide.”
The information on the Together website is generated from the latest research and best practices in pediatric oncology. St. Jude employees manage, produce and review articles, animations, illustrations and video features published on the site.
“When a child is diagnosed with cancer, it is overwhelming,” says James R. Downing, MD, president and CEO of St. Jude. “It is critical that parents and patients have reliable and actionable health information, educational resources and the perspective of others affected by childhood cancer. By providing patients and families with this information in their native language, Together gives people around the world access to our St Jude expertise and a support system for other families experiencing childhood cancer.”
The site also offers resources that span a range of cancer experiences, including long-term survivors and next of kin — not just from St. Jude, but from families treated at other hospitals in the US and around the world.
The website also includes:
Together is an extension of the vision of St. Jude founder Danny Thomas. He founded the hospital in 1962 because he believed that “no child should die in the dawn of life.” The institution strives to go beyond the walls of its hospital and affiliated clinics to provide a trusted resource and community to families around the world, regardless of where children are being treated.
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is a leader in how the world understands, treats and cures childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. It is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center dedicated solely to children. Treatments developed in St. Jude have helped increase childhood cancer survival rates from 20% to 80% since the hospital opened more than 50 years ago. St. Jude freely shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved in St. Jude means doctors and scientists around the world can use that knowledge to save thousands more children. Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing and food – because the whole family should be concerned about helping their child. For more information, visit stjude.org or follow St. Jude on social media at @stjuderesearch.
St Jude Global
The St. Jude Global Initiative, led by the St. Jude Department of Global Pediatric Medicine, leverages the resources and expertise of St. Jude and partners around the world to improve the survival rates of children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases regardless of nationality or geographic location. It focuses on three core areas: education, capacity building and research. In May 2018, the World Health Organization designated St. Jude as its first WHO collaborative center for childhood cancer in an effort by both organizations to expand efforts that will improve pediatric cancer survival rates worldwide. In September 2018, WHO and St. Jude launched the Global Childhood Cancer Initiative, a five-year collaboration aimed at transforming cancer care worldwide to cure at least 60% of children with six of the most common cancers by 2030.