Fecec will continue to advance to overcome challenges after cancer

Date: 11 de April de 2019

In Catalonia, more than 36,500 new cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2017 according to the latest data collected by the Oncology Master Plan: 20,759 men and 15,782 women. In addition, 17,156 people died: 10,394 men and 6,762 women. Despite this data, cancer survival rates grow year after year and the percentage of patients surviving after five years is 54% in men and 62.5% in women.


However, these people face new difficulties after cancer: physical, psychological or emotional consequences due to treatment, difficulties in the social, labor, economic and financial fields and lack of knowledge of rights and procedures that do not help to resume their lives after cancer.

That is why the Catalan Federation of Organizations against Cancer (FECEC) organized, on April 6, ‘Celebrate life after cancer’, an initiative to give a voice to people who have overcome cancer, to help make their needs visible and raise awareness among society of the difficulties faced by people after cancer. Through talks, conferences, discussion panels of experts and testimonies and various activities, this reality has been made visible by combining fun, learning and sensitization.

There is little awareness of the difficulties of resuming life after overcoming the disease. In other words, there is a lack of knowledge of rights and procedures that are not covered after the remission of the disease.

FECEC’s ‘After cancer’ program

This seminar is part of the ‘After cancer’ program developed by FECEC since 2015. First, with the two studies to detect needs: ‘Study for the improvement of the integration and reincorporation of women who have had breast cancer ‘and the study to’ Improving the Experience of Cancer Survivors in Catalonia’.

And, second, offering services such as the ‘After cancer’ portal, with resources and information directed only to people who have overcome the disease and in the workplace, by offering the service ‘Resume, Labor Orientation after Cancer’ and the pilot test ‘What to do when cancer appears at work’ to improve the return to work.


“Peppers for cancer” raised 79,657 euros for patients and family

Date: 13 de February de 2019

During the fifth edition of the solidarity campaign promoted by the Catalan Federation of Entities against Cancer (FECEC) and Condis Supermercados held on February 1 and 2, 79,657 euros were collected with the sale of 53,105 bags of peppers. After five years, this initiative promoted by the FECEC has contributed with more than 380,000 euros to aid programs for cancer patients and their families.

pebrots cancer

This year, the number of volunteers who participated in the campaign increased to 900 people (200 more than the previous year) from all over Catalonia who encouraged people to buy a bag containing two peppers, one green and one red, for a token amount of 1.5 euros. The peppers, unselfishly provided by the Agroponiente food company, could be purchased at 493 Condis de Catalunya stores and at “”.

The collaborating volunteers came from the organizing entities as well as from an important call to which different institutions adhered. In addition, solidarity is also encouraged at Condis among its staff and collaborators, who participate from the points of sale and the central platform.

The sponsors of this fifth edition were journalists Elisenda Carod and Silvia Tarragona, meteorologist Tomàs Molina, Dr. Germà Lluch, researcher Manel Esteller and baker Daniel Jordà. During the presentation ceremony of the campaign held on January 31, Daniel Jordà made “coques” (pizza’s Catalan cousin) and other recipes with ‘solidary’ peppers with the collaboration of the rest of the sponsors.

Peppers also on social networks

Volunteers and many other people wanted to extend the call through social networks by sharing photos and videos with their bags of peppers with the hashtags #pebrotscancer and #sumaT and posting them on Condis’ (@ condislife) and FECEC’s (@fececfederacio) Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. Celebrities such as actors Queco Novell and Carlos Latre also joined the campaign through social media.

Author: FECEC

‘Cohesion: The Strength of Volunteerism’ was the subject matter of the XIV Volunteerism Meeting within the field of Oncology

Date: 16 de May de 2018

On Saturday, May 5, the Espai Francesca Bonnemaison hosted the XIV edition of the Volunteerism Meeting within the field of Oncology organized every year by the Catalan Federation of Organisations Against Cancer (FECEC).

XIV trobada

This annual meeting aims to promote the recognition and the connecting link between all volunteers working in this field in Catalonia. The day is also a token of appreciation to the effort and commitment of the volunteers to improve day by day the quality of life of people with cancer and their families.

This year, the meeting emphasized the volunteers’ cohesion and the feeling of belonging to the entity they collaborate with. The African proverb “If you want to travel fast, walk alone; if you want to travel far, walk together” synthesizes today’s essence. For this reason, this edition has ‘Cohesion: The Strength of Volunteerism’ as a motto.

FECEC’s president Ramon Maria Miralles inaugurated the event at 10 a.m. along with Bernat Valls, General Manager of the Government of Catalonia’s Civic and Community Action and Meritxell Budó, President Delegate of Barcelona Provincial Council’s Department of Social Care.

One of today’s talks was “Volunteering: Ethical and bioethical considerations” by Mr. Sergio Ramos, Philosophy graduate, Master’s Degree in Bioethics, PhD in Philosophy, and professor of Bioethics at the University of Barcelona.

Subsequently, two workshops took place: ‘Body percussion as a tool for social cohesion and emotional experience‘ by Santi Serratosa (body percussionist, musician and music therapist) and  ‘Together we can achieve much more’ by Jordi Muñoz (personal recreator, music therapist and trainer of trainers as well as Director and founder of El despertador).

The Vall d’Hebron Hospital Choir closed the XIV Meeting.

Author: FECEC


Date: 16 de March de 2018

The fourth edition of the “Peppers for Cancer” solidarity campaign held on 2-3 February and promoted by the Catalan Federation of Organisations Against Cancer (FECEC) and Condis Supermercats raised 82,833 euros with the sale of 55,223 solidary pepper bags; 11.5% more than the previous edition. The funds will be allocated entirely to support programs and care for cancer patients and their families.

 pebrots cancer 2018

More than 700 volunteers participated in the sale of charity peppers offering a bag with a red and a green pepper at a symbolic price of 1.5 euros. Available in 469 Condis de Catalunya stores and on “” online store, the peppers were donated by Grupo Agroponiente.

Volunteering comes from the entities themselves as well as from an important call which different councils, hospitals, institutions and companies joined: La Caixa, Kern Pharma, SAGE and the University of Barcelona among others. Condis also promotes solidarity among its staff and collaborators, who participate from the point of sale and from the central platform.

According to Carme Condal, executive vice-president of Condis, “for us, helping cancer patients and their relatives is a meaningful gesture. It makes us very happy to know that once again, we have surpassed the number of charity peppers bags sold. That is why we would like to thank all the volunteers who have made this campaign possible another year and also, to sponsors and collaborators of Condis for their willingness and sincere dedication to this cause.”

In the words of Núria Casaldàliga, a member of the FECEC Board of Directors and director of Oncolliga, “we have been carrying out this campaign for 4 years and vindicating the need for such initiatives to help spread the work that we carry out from FECEC entities. If we work together to improve the quality of life of patients and support their families we will achieve better results without a doubt.”

On this occasion, the campaign was endorsed by journalist Xantal Llavina, actor and presenter Quim Masferrer, researcher Manel Esteller, Dr. Germà Lluch, actors Francesc Orella, Candela Anton, Pau Poch and Abel Folk and chef Sergi Cócera. Sergi Cócera prepared two solidarity recipes with peppers with the help of the actors during the presentation of the campaign.

An outstanding echo on social networks

“Peppers for Cancer” has had a strong echo in social networks, where citizens shared their solidarity by posting their photos and videos with their pepper bags on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram Condis (@condislife) and the FECEC (@fececfederacio), with the hasthtag #pebrotscancer and #sumaT.

In addition, this year, the initiative had the support of singers Mónica Naranjo and Gisela, journalist Mònica Terribas, swimmer Gemma Mengual and actors Bruno Oro, Roger Berruezo and Nil Cardoner among others on social networks.



Date: 29 de December de 2017

FECEC won the third edition of the Somos Pacientes Awards (# somospacientes17) (We Are Patients) for their ‘After cancer’ digital portal project ( in the ‘Patients – Better web development’ category.

somos pacientes

The awards ceremony took place on December 13th during the V ‘We are Patients’ Symposium  held in Madrid. The decision on this edition’s winners was taken by a jury comprised of individuals of the highest scientific and professional prestige.

These awards recognize the effort, dedication, talent and imagination that patient associations make throughout the year to provide assistance, services and solutions to their users and society in general.

The ‘We Are Patients’ awards are granted by the Farmaindústria Foundation through the Somos Pacientes online community of associations of patients and people with disabilities. Farmaindústria is the National Trade Association of the Spanish-based pharmaceutical industry and comprises a large majority of pharmaceutical laboratories, which represent almost all the prescription medicines sales in Spain.

This edition’s finalists and winners are just an example of the many initiatives and activities of value and interest launched by the associations of patients and people with disabilities over the last year, of which more than a hundred have been candidates for these awards.


The Catalan Week of Cancer Prevention promotes healthy lifestyles among teenagers

Date: 17 de November de 2017

Watch the spot # menjasaimoute17:

With “Act against cancer: Eat healthy and move!” as a motto, FECEC, Together Against Cancer promoted once again the Catalan Week of Cancer Prevention (SECAPC) from September 29th to October 8th.

This edition of the SECAPC was aimed at promoting healthy lifestyles among the teenage population in Catalonia in order to prevent cancer. The aim of SECAPC is to spread the European Code against Cancer, where two common recommendations stand out: The daily intake of at least five pieces of fruit and / or vegetables and a moderate 30-minute physical activity on a daily basis.

In Catalonia, 18.1% of the population between 10 and 17 are overweight and 4.7%  obese. In this age group, the prevalence of overweight is higher in men (19.9%) than in women (16.2%). The main causes of this problem are poor eating habits and an increase in sedentary lifestyle.

In view of this situation, FECEC devoted this SECAPC edition to this group. This year, the #menjasaimoute campaign was supported by actors  Candela Antón and Marcos Franz, from the popular TV3 series “Merlí”.

Price draw for 2 Go Pro cameras

These two actors were the protagonists of this year’s #menjasaimoute17 campaign spot in support of SECAPC along with a group of youngsters from the Guineueta’s  (Barcelona) educational leisure recreation center.

During the campaign, the two actors invited the public to participate in the draw of two Go Pro cameras by taking a photo of themselves displaying a healthy habit and sharing it with the hashtag # menjasaimoute17. The draw took place on the 10th at the portal and the name of the winners was made public through social networks.

The idea was to gather more people sensitive to cancer prevention. The spot was broadcast by Betevé, La Red, the channel, TRAM and TMB screens, the DiR Channel and La Generalitat’s Ministry of Health channels.

The spot was broadcast by RAC1, Betevé and La Red radio stations.

More than 250 3rd grade students attend La matinal # menjasaimoute17

SECAPC includes this year ‘the Matinal # menjasaimoute17’, which took place on October 4th at the Guineueta market with an audience of more than 250 students from four high schools from La Guineueta neighborhood: IES Guineueta, Centre d’Ensenyament Molina, Jesús Maria school and IES Oriol Martorell.

Four workshops were held during the morning: one aimed at learning the recommendations from the European Code Against Cancer, another on healthy eating,  one on zumba and the last one on Animal fit by the DiR Foundation.

The popular cook Ismael Prados from the University of Barcelona’s Nutrition campus conducted  the workshop of healthy eating.

Ernest Codina, presenter and co-founder of portal, conducted the event. Actress Candela Antón also attended the event in support of the campaign.

Twenty activities and shows throughout Catalonia


Besides the campaign # menjasaimoute17, the activities of the SECAPC included 20 workshops for the preparation of healthy menus and the ‘Hort d’en Marçal’ show.

The workshops, aimed at an audience of all ages, offered resources to implement the basic food recommendations in order to have a healthy and balanced diet. This activity was conducted by collegiate nutritionists-dietitians.

The ‘Hort d’en Marçal’ show, for children between 5 and 7 years old and performed in more than a dozen municipalities, explained the properties of fruit and vegetables through puppets and was accompanied by a workshop to prepare and eat fruit skewers.

Along with these two initiatives, different events related to physical activity took place, such as the Great People’s Walk in Abrera (October 1) and the Castellnou del Bages Popular Walk (October 8).

SECAPC’s aim is to disseminate the European Code against Cancer. Two common recommendations stand out: The daily intake of five pieces of fruit and / or vegetables minimum and a moderate 30-minute physical activity on a daily basis.

Author: FECEC


Date: 10 de October de 2017
  • In Catalonia, there are more than 110,000 people who have overcome or chronified the disease. The figure increases every year by 1.6 to 1.7%.
  • The portal #aftercancer wants to respond to the needs of information and services these people have in order to adjust to a new reality, organizing and dividing the information into 5 blocks.
  • We also want to make visible the needs of this group in order to raise awareness of this new reality among society.

The Catalan Federation of Entities against Cancer (FECEC) has just launched the first digital space in Catalonia aimed exclusively at those who have overcome or chronified cancer.

foto despresdelcancer

It is estimated that there are more than 110,000 people who have overcome or chronified the illness. A figure that increases from 1.6 to 1.7% every year.

On the one hand, the growth of this group raises the need to offer  support to help these children and adults adapt to a new situation.

This support must offer, among other things, the coverage of specific operational needs such as sequelae management, dietary advice, job and educational counselling, etc. The person must go from being in the hands of others to being in his/her own hands.

It is necessary to increase the understanding of cancer survivors’ reality and promote social changes aimed at labor re-insertion, or to bear in mind the financial criteria and avoid social stigma as well.

The online portal, #aftercancer (, was created with the aim of helping those people who have overcome or chronified the disease by offering information resources and tools on how to deal with everyday life after cancer. The portal also aims to showcase this group’s needs so as to raise awareness of this new reality among society.

The digital space consists of five blocks: How I am (with contents on the management of sequels in order to improve and adjust to physical and emotional changes). I take care of myself (recommendations to adopt a healthy lifestyle and improve the quality of life), I get organized (practical information for labor, financial and legal needs in order to re-organize  life), Support and Services (collection of services within the psycho-social and labor fields offered by the federated entities) and I Share (space to share experiences from different witnesses).

Each block tries to respond to each area’s unresolved needs.

This space is the result of a long road that FECEC began in 2014 with the study on how to Improve the experience of cancer survivors. Subsequently, the day was organized in 2015 to present the study on ‘Labor re-insertion of and breast cancer’ with the idea of addressing this issue among all the agents involved and overcome the labor difficulties suffered by people who have overcome the treatment of cancer.

The digital space #despresdelcancer has the support of “la Caixa” Obra Social Foundation and the Perelada Group.

Author: FECEC

Finalitza la Setmana Catalana de la Prevenció del Càncer amb èxit de participació

Date: 9 de October de 2017

La Setmana Catalana de la Prevenció del Càncer  (SECAPC), celebrada del 29 de setembre al 8 d’octubre i que cada any organitza  la Federació Catalana d’Entitats contra el Càncer (FECEC), finalitza amb èxit de participació.

1. matinal menja sa

Enguany l’espot de la campanya #menjasaimoute17  ha estat protagonitzat pels actors de TV3 de la sèrie ‘Merlí’, Candela Antón i Marcos Franz que han fet una crida a la participació ciutadana perquè enviï les seves fotos menjant sa o fent activitat física i la comparteixi a les xarxes amb el hashtag #menjasaimoute17 per participar en el sorteig de dues càmeres Go Pro.  

La idea del sorteig era sumar més gent conscienciada amb la necessitat de prevenir el càncer. Aquí podeu veure els guanyadors del sorteig.

Juntament amb aquests actors, la Setmana Catalana de la Prevenció del Càncer ha tingut el suport del cuiner Ismael Prados,  del Campus de l’Alimentació de la UB que va dirigir el taller de menús saludables i del fundador del portal, Ernest Codina que va presentar la matinal #menjasaimoute17 celebrada el 4 d’octubre al mercat de la Guineueta.

Enguany la FECEC també va convidar als alumnes de  3er d’ESO de quatre instituts del barri de la Guineueta. A més l’espot i la falca de la campanya s’ha pogut veure a BTV, La Xarxa, Canal Salut, la xarxa de transports municipals TMB i TRAM de Barcelona, Rac1 i el Canal de la Fundació DiR.

Més d’una vintena d’activitats i espectacles per tot Catalunya

A banda de la campanya #menjasaimoute17, les activitats de la SECAPC han inclòs una vintena de tallers i espectacles dirigits a un públic de totes les edats amb l’objectiu de conscienciar la població sobre la necessitat d’adoptar estils de vida saludables per prevenir el càncer.

En total s’han organitzat una dotzena de tallers de confecció de menús. Aquests tallers tenien la finalitat de donar eines i recursos per implementar les recomanacions alimentàries bàsiques per tenir una dieta sana i equilibrada. Aquesta activitat ha estat impartida per nutricionistes-dietistes col·legiats.

L’altra activitat organitzada dins la SECAPC, l’espectacle infantil ‘Hort d’en Marçal’, s’ha representat a més d’una desena de municipis. Aquest espectacle destinat a nens d’entre 5 i 7 anys explicava mitjançant titelles les propietats de la fruita i la verdura i anava acompanyat d’un taller per fer una brotxeta de fruita. Aquesta activitat ha tingut una participació de més de 3000 persones i una valoració molt positiva per part dels professors.

La SECAPC, que anualment celebra la FECEC, vol conscienciar la població sobre la importància d’adquirir hàbits saludables per prevenir el càncer. Hi destaquen dues recomanacions comunes:  d’una banda, la ingesta diària de cinc peces de fruita i/o verdures, com a mínim, i de l’altra, la realització de 30 minuts d’activitat física moderada  cada dia.

Author: FECEC


Date: 26 de June de 2017

The promoting entities (FECEC and PIMEC) have extended collaboration partnerships in the region with hospitals, CAPs (Primary Care Centers), labor advisors and companies who have spread the word about the program, enabling the first demands to be met.


The support program for companies, workers and self-employed workers ‘What to Do When Cancer Appears at Work’, promoted by the Catalan Federation of Entities against Cancer (FECEC) and the Small and Medium Business Company of the Vallès Oriental (PIMEC) has been successfully established in the region after its launch last January.

Throughout these months, the two driving forces have created collaborative alliances in the territory allowing them to extend the knowledge to those responsible for a business about what to do when one of their workers is diagnosed with cancer.

People who have had cancer sometimes have difficulty returning to work. The program seeks to minimize the negative impact of the disease on both the organization and the affected worker.

It is a program with a social value that aims to create a more inclusive healthcare business culture in the workplace and maximize the chances of people living with cancer to maintain or restart an active occupational role after the diagnosis and treatment of the disease.

Currently, the program already has the support of three companies (Tapla industries, the Association of electricity, plumbing, gas and related companies of the Vallès Oriental and Comas and Partners) who bear the OncoCompromeses (Onco-Committed) seal.

In order to disseminate the program among those diagnosed with cancer, the Hospitals of Granollers, Sant Celoni and Mollet del Vallès have joined the program; especially, the Oncology Service team which covers all three centers and all of the region’s Primary Care Centers as well.

From the very beginning, the support of Perez-Sardà Coll Labor Consulting, the leading trade unions (UGT and CCOO), trade associations and MC Mutual has been key for the dissemination of the program among those responsible for micro, small and medium enterprises.

Such collaborations have contributed to: The spreading of the program among agents of the territory, the research of companies to finance the project and its dissemination. In this regard, the program has already met the first demands.

At FECEC, we believe it is important to create such framework to inform micro, small and medium-sized companies, workers and freelancers, to help manage a situation of cancer at work, to inform about the resources available to accompany this situation and what options they have at the time of making decisions.

‘What to Do When Cancer Appears at Work’ is an innovative program inspired by experiences in the UK and Denmark. The agreement between FECEC and PIMEC -a commitment for collaboration with the program- was signed last December.

Author: FECEC


Date: 31 de May de 2017

On Saturday May the 6th, the Francesca Bonnemaison Space hosted the 13th edition of the Volunteer Meeting in the field of Oncology, organized every year by the The Catalan Federation of Organisations Against Cancer.


This annual event aims to promote public recognition and the connecting link among all the volunteers who work in this field in Catalonia. This day is also a show of appreciation for the efforts and dedication of volunteers to constantly improve the quality of life of people with cancer and their families.

Under the title, ‘Smile, You’re a Volunteer”, the meeting reflected on the need to work optimism among volunteers as an attitude to relativize the difficulties of life and in particular to better confront those difficulties that come along with the work of volunteers.

FECEC’s president, Ramon Maria Miralles opened the sessions at 10:00 with Maite Fandos, Barcelona Provincial Council Welfare deputy. According to Miralles, the work done by the volunteers is crucial to the functioning of organizations: “We are very aware that volunteers are the most significant identity trait of organizations fighting against cancer, and we wish to express our appreciation for your support and dedication at the same time.”

Then, psychologist and author of “Being happy in Alaska” (Ed. Grijalbo) Rafael Santandreu, gave a talk entitled “Being happy as a volunteer.” As a novelty, the Meeting has introduced two simultaneous workshops, one entitled ‘Why should a volunteer smile?” by Maria Conxa  Porrera, teacher and founder of the personal growth group “Recerca Personal” (Personal Research) and “The Art of Stopping Time (and Feeling Happy)” by Miquel Antonijuan, coach and promoter of projects with social impact at Fundació Nous Cims (New Summits Foundation). In these workshops, participants were able to share their own experiences and views.

The day was conducted by Ignasi Gayà, Televisió de Catalunya (TV3) News Services journalist.

The ceremony was closed by the Mèlt Quartet, winners of third edition of the ‘Oh Happy Day’ TV show.

Download the photo album of the event.

Author: FECEC