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Get involved: multilingual cancer glossary project

An exciting new project has been announced to develop a glossary of cancer terms translated into at least 15 different languages. This glossary will be a resource for professional translators, interpreters and bilingual workers in Australia.

The project will be led by the Australian Cancer Survivorship Centre in collaboration with Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Cancer Council Australia and Breast Cancer Network Australia.

The proposed glossary will be a unique central tool that will enable language professionals access to accurate, culturally and linguistically appropriate terminology. It will also build on previous work to deliver culturally appropriate written resources for cancer survivors and their carer’s in Arabic, Cantonese, Mandarin, Greek, Italian and Vietnamese.

Maintaining uniform terminology of cancer terms across community languages is challenging due to the nature of languages and a lack of consistent definitions. The languages chosen for the glossary will include those spoken by people with the most common cancers in Australia, by incidence and prevalence.

This project has been made possible by Cancer Australia’s supporting people with cancer grant. NAATI will be following this project and provide further updates when they become available.

For more information please contact Georgina Wiley at Georgina.Wiley@petermac.org or on (03) 8559 6222.