Understanding Oncology: Tools for Interpreters
Cancer – the big “C”
Cancer is one of the leading causes of mortality. It is a major cause of morbidity as well and not an uncommon reason for healthcare appointments. Chances are that you will be called to interpret more than one oncology interaction in your interpreting career. In this workshop, various aspects of oncology will be reviewed, including basic cancer definitions and terminology, etiology of cancer, various types of cancer and how they are managed, signs and symptoms and tips for managing oncology related appointments, including chemotherapy and hospice.
Kimberly Kelstone, CI, CT, RN has been interpreting over 25 years. She is a nurse in an emergency observation unit in Rochester, NY. Specializing in medical settings, Kimberly was involved in establishing the Interpreters in Healthcare member section of RID and has interpreted for countless Deaf patients & their families as well as Deaf medical residents, researchers, doctors, and other professionals in various healthcare related fields. She is currently pursuing a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with a Midwifery specialty through Stony Brook University on Long Island. She received her AAS from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, her first Bachelor’s (ASL studies) through Empire State College and second Bachelor’s (Nursing) through the University of Rochester. She had the good fortune to also receive training through the CATIE center specific to their Medical Immersion program. Kimberly is currently an adjunct professor with the Master’s Degree in Health Care Interpreting through the National Technical Institute for the Deaf, and also has presented locally, regionally and nationally on medical interpreting topics.