The Give Life association is launching guides with essential information about cancer, in a form that’s easily digestible for patients
Starting this month, personalized treatment guides for 16 types of cancer will be available for Romanian patients with these diseases and their families. The guides offer precise medical information, verified by top European doctors. The project is taking place with the support of the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), the highest organization of European oncologists, and is part of the “Voluntar de Profesie” program, an initiative of the Vodafone Romania Foundation.
Mr. Petre Ciobanu has just finished being treated for colon cancer, after three complicated surgeries at the “Sf. Ioan” Emergency Hospital of Bucharest.
Petre Ciobanu and his wife, Cati
“When I found out about his disease, I tore through the internet trying to find information. At one point, though, I stopped, because all the articles I found were at odds with each other. It was very demoralizing”, says his wife, Cati. The free guides offered as part of this project are already available at www.daruiesteviata.ro/ghidul-tau-in-cancer and offer the certainty of certified advice from specialists who are up to date on the newest cancer information. The funds needed to print them are being offered by Roche Romania.
The 16 guides are in reference to the following types of disease: breast cancer, prostate cancer, bladder cancer, liver cancer, melanoma, cervical cancer, endometrial cancer, pancreatic cancer, stomach cancer, acute myeloid leukemia, chronic myeloid leukemia, cancer of the esophagus, colorectal cancer, lung cancer, ovarian cancer and follicular lymphoma.
”Upon hearing they have cancer, anyone would like to know how this disease will change their life. It’s not a condition that you can say you’ll treat with a simple surgery or with a week-long treatment. The information in these guides is meant to help the patients get oriented, answer the questions that appear throughout the treatment, and make them see the importance of post-treatment follow-up, so that, with the support of the doctors and their families, they can go through this more easily”, says Carmen Uscatu, President of the Give Life association.
The information can also be downloaded on phones / tablets / iPads, from the www.daruiesteviata.ro website. In addition, most oncology departments will receive informational materials (posters and flyers) with a QR code that allows you to download the files immediately.
According to the World Health Organization, cancer is the second cause of death in the world, and the number of people affected by malignant diseases is estimated to increase by 50% until 2050. For every three people, one will get cancer. Every year, about 100,000 Romanians are diagnosed with various types of cancer, while 400,000 have survived the disease.
The Give Life Association
The association was created in 2012, in order to support cancer patients by developing projects meant to inform and counsel them, modernize oncology departments and perform advocacy activities. For more details about their projects and the ways in which you, too, can support cancer patients, go to: www.bursadefericire.ro and www.daruiesteviata.ro.
The Vodafone Romania Foundation
In its 17 years of activity, this foundation has financed over 848 programs regarding health, education, and social services, in the benefit of children, young people, elder members of society, and people with physical, social or economical disadvantages. So far, the Vodafone Romania Foundation has invested 20 million Euros in projects undertaken by partner non-profit organizations. For more details on the foundation’s programs, go to www.fundatia-vodafone.ro