Abrazo EnCasa

Technology #ua17-002

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Catherine Marshall
Associate/Designated Campus Colleagues, Disability & Psychoeducational Studies
Janice Crist
Associate Professor, Nursing
Managed By
Lewis Humphreys
Licensing Manager (520) 626-2574

Title: Abrazo EnCasa


Invention: This invention focuses on providing support for Latino cancer survivors and their informal cancer caregivers.


Background: Reserach has shown that Latino cancer survivors experience significantly higher levels of distress and lower quality of life compared to non-Latino cancer survivors. This can be due to poor patient-physician communication, secrecy and shame about cancer, concerns about one’s body image and sexuality, worry for their family, desire for education on health-related topics, financial concerns, feelings of depression and isolation, and physical limitations. The technology presented here would give Latino cancer survivors access to information that will help reduce unnecessary emergency or conventional health care visits.



  • Psychoeducational support for Latino cancer survivors and their caregivers



  • Provides access to information
  • Addresses all psychosocial domains identified by the Institute of Medicine
  • Helps increase their mentality after concluding cancer treatments


Licensing Manager:

John Geikler


(520) 626-4605