Interpreting for Cancer Care

  • 09/14/2019
  • 12:00 - 16:15
  • Confluence Health, 1000 N. Miller St, Wenatchee, WA
  • 28


NOTIS Community Interpreting Division presents

Interpreting for Cancer Care

What is this?  Cancer care can be a complex process involving multidisciplinary teams and a variety of diagnostic procedures and treatment options. When interpreting in cancer care, interpreters may encounter highly specialized vocabulary, explanations of complex concepts and procedures, not to mention difficult to pronounce medication names. Communication between a cancer care team and a LEP patient may be further complicated by cultural differences in understanding what cancer is and in expectations of what happens when a patient is diagnosed with cancer. Interpreters need to be aware of the language they might encounter in a cancer care appointments as well as challenges specific to interpreting in oncological settings. 

This 4-hour workshop will provide an overview of cancer as a group of diseases, common oncology terms, types of cancer and related anatomy and physiology, symptomatology, diagnostic procedures, common treatments and their side effects as well as challenges that interpreters face when interpreting for cancer care. The participants will be provided with handouts which will include a copy of the PowerPoint Presentation, a glossary, written practice and role-playing exercises. The workshop will be interactive and allow the participants to review the material through group activities and oral interpreting practice.

Yuliya Speroff is a Russian-English CoreCHI™ and DSHS-certified healthcare and social services interpreter. Yuliya first started interpreting over 10 years ago in her hometown of Novosibirsk, Russia and has since interpreted in a variety of settings – from a fighter jet factory to a live brain surgery, and most recently at a number of hospitals in Seattle. Yuliya also holds an MA in Business Management and is certified as both an English and a Russian language instructor with more than 10 years of teaching experience. Yuliya’s The Medical Interpreter blog focuses on providing medical interpreters with resources and information for continuous professional development.

When?  Saturday, September 14, 2019
Check-in at 11:30 a.m. PLEASE ARRIVE AT 11:30 a.m. to sign in.
Class from 12:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. (includes 15 minutes break)

Where?  Miller Street Conference Room, Confluence Health
1000 N. Miller St, Wenatchee, WA

Cost?  $40     NOTIS members, $60 Non-members (Click to Join NOTIS).

CE credits? 4 CE credits have been awarded for this workshop from the Washington State DSHS, the Washington State AOC, CCHI and the ATA. Certificates of Attendance will be awarded to all who arrive on time and stay for the entire workshop. Please allow yourself enough time to get to the site, find parking and sign in before the workshop begins. While latecomers are welcome to stay for the educational value of the workshop, DSHS will not provide CE credit if you arrive late, for any reason.

Registration?   Via the web (before midnight on September 11)
Click HERE to register to pay online.

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation; if you do not receive a confirmation, your registration did not go through.

Mail-in registration is not available for this workshop.

Limited on-site registration will be allowed for this workshop. The on-site registration fee for NOTIS members will be $50; the on-site fee for non-NOTIS members will be $75. There is no guarantee that there will be handouts available for anyone who does not pre-register.

If registering for more than one person, please submit a separate registration for each.

Registration will be limited to the first 50 applicants.

Refunds?  We regret that no refunds can be given after September 11th. A $10 processing fee will apply for refunds requested before September 11th.

Parking? Free parking is available right beside the Confluence Health facility where the training will take place at 1000 N. Miller St. in Wenatchee. 

Refreshments? In order to offer this learning opportunity at an affordable price, no refreshments will be provided. We encourage you to bring your own snacks and coffee.  

Anything else? If you require accommodation, please contact the NOTIS Office Manager ( at least 3 weeks in advance if possible.

Questions about class content?
Please contact Yuliya Speroff at

Questions about registration?
Please contact Naomi Uchida at
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