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Culturally sensitive palliative care represents new approach
San Francisco Chronicle

When doctors diagnosed Pilar Alcantara with advanced breast cancer, she felt lost and intimidated.

Growing up in Mexico, she learned to deal with illnesses using home remedies and prayer. She was taught that doctors weren’t to be questioned, and she preferred not to know the details of her illnesses or treatment plans. She felt hopeless, but that was before she connected with a Portland, Oregon-based nonprofit that takes cultural habits and beliefs into account while focusing on comfort and quality of life for patients with serious or terminal illnesses.