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.Author: