Moffitt Cancer Center Presents Latinos y el cáncer Educational Symposium

September 08, 2016

TAMPA, Fla. – More than eight years ago, at a Christmas party, a friend gave William Carrillo a bear hug. Several days later, the Sarasota resident still had pain in his shoulder from that hug, and soon discovered he had multiple myeloma.

After his sister-in-law did some research on treatment, Carrillo reached out to Moffitt Cancer Center’s Dr. Melissa Alsina, who confirmed his diagnosis. Fortunately, after chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant, Carrillo is living a healthy life in his retirement years.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, Carrillo will share his story when Moffitt hosts its biennial Latinos y el cáncer Educational Symposium from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The free event, conducted entirely in Spanish, will take place in the Vincent A. Stabile Research Building, 12902 USF Magnolia Drive.

Cancer is the leading cause of death among Hispanics in the United States, according to the American Cancer Society. The Latinos y el cáncer Educational Symposium is designed to provide cancer education and resources to the Hispanic community. Moffitt physicians and other experts in cancer will hold interactive sessions to discuss cancer prevention, early detection, physical health and nutrition.

“The main goal of this symposium is to increase awareness among the Hispanic community on the importance of cancer prevention and research, and on the treatments available for common cancers,” said Alsina, of Moffitt’s Blood & Marrow Transplant Program who will speak at the symposium. “The idea is to reach out to the Hispanic community in their language to help them learn about cancer and about how this disease is, in many cases, very treatable and even curable.”

Attendees will have the opportunity to register for the National Marrow Donor Program to become potential bone marrow donors, a cause very close to Carrillo’s heart. Free skin cancer screenings will also be performed onsite.  

Complimentary lunch and parking will be provided. Space is limited.

To register, email or call 813-745-1988.

About Moffitt Cancer Center

Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. One of the three largest cancer centers in the United States based on patient volume, the Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2 million square feet to research and patient care. With more than 5,000 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.