Close to 50% of employees think that their company gives little or no support to employees with cancer

Date: 18 de July de 2022
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  • People diagnosed with cancer report that support in the workplace is mainly provided by their colleagues
  • 60% of workers ask for a comprehensive support plan for employees with cancer call for a business support plan for people diagnosed with cancer
  • One in ten employees living with cancer have had to change the type of job they do, either within the same company or elsewhere
  • More than 1,000 workers participated in the 1st edition of the Cancer & Work Barometer in Catalonia, published by the FECEC
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47% of employees think that their company gives little or no support to employees with cancer. People living with cancer, in fact, reports that their colleagues are the main source of support in the workplace. Moreover, six out of ten workers call for a comprehensive support plan for employees with cancer, and 76% call on the company to increase their efforts to raise awareness of cancer in the workplace.

These are some of the conclusions of the 1st edition of the Cancer & Work Barometer in Catalonia, promoted by the Catalan Federation Against Cancer (FECEC). More than 1,000 people of working age took part in this study, which was conducted by the social science and research consulting agency GAPS.

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For people living with cancer, work remains essential

61% of people living with cancer say that work, remains essential, giving their life meaning and motivation– 10 percent more than their healthy peers.

When it comes to returning to work after cancer, 88% say their job is the same as before the illness. However, side-effects of cancer and its treatment often mean that reasonable adjustments and accommodations are needed. These include, for example, flexible and reduced working hours, or combining in-person and remote work. It is important to highlight that, one in ten people have had to change the type of work they do, either within the company or elsewhere.

The Barometer also found that, once diagnosed, the vast majority of people of working age take sick leave at some point. Those who continue working, do so to maintain a sense of normalcy,  boost their self-esteem, or because of financial issues.

12% of the workers interviewed for the Barometer have or have had cancer, and 57% work or have worked alongside someone living with cancer.

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When it comes to cancer stigma in the workplace, more should be done

Although survival rates have greatly increased in recent years, the word cancer still has a strong, negative and tragic connotation for workers, being associated with concepts such as ‘disease’, ‘fear’ and ‘death’.

In fact, four in ten workers believe that people diagnosed with cancer do not have the same opportunities as others.

Although there is no obligation to do so, workers tell their employers that they have been diagnosed with cancer, with only 16% of those affected choosing not to communicate that they have the disease. The trend is increasingly towards more communication.

Those workers who do report it feel that they receive support and empathy from the company, as well as a certain sense of sadness from their coworkers. However, they report changes in how they are treated. 27% say that people become more distant or find it more difficult to talk to them.

1st edition of the Cancer & Work Barometer in Catalonia

In Catalonia, 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women will develop cancer in their lifetime. However, investment in research and new treatments have reduced mortality rates, significantly improving survival and turned cancer into a chronic disease. This paradigm shift means that many people of working age who are diagnosed with cancer will have an active working life after overcoming the disease.

This is why the FECEC has been promoting the programme #aftercancer since 2015, and is now working on the Cancer and Work Barometer in Catalonia, in which more than 1,000 people of working age have participated. The Barometer is a useful, informational tool that aimed at improving the work-life balance of people with cancer (and other chronic diseases) in the workplace. 

Technical note:

The 1st edition of the Cancer and Work Barometer in Catalonia was administered by GAPS, Política i Societat (a social science and research consulting agency with more than 20 years of experience in conducting studies on opinion, attitudes and behaviour) and supported and promoted by the Catalan Federation Against Cancer (FECEC). The research was carried out using an opinion poll with online surveys of 1,002 working people aged between 16 and 65 living in Catalonia, distributed proportionally to the active population with cross quotas of sex-age and province. To guarantee that workers diagnosed with cancer were included, this group was over-represented, applying a filter to specifically target workers who meet this requirement. Thus, of the 1,002 surveys, 124 correspond to people who are or who have been diagnosed with cancer. Data collection took place between 31 January and 16 February 2022. The overall margin of error is ±3.16%, with a confidence interval of 95.5% and the case of greater uncertainty, where p=q=50 and k=2.

Access the Cancer and Work Barometer in Catalonia here

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The launch event is sponsored by Laboratorios Janssen.

Author: FECEC

FECEC warns that “the next pandemic will be cancer if urgent action is not taken to prevent it”

Date: 24 de February de 2022
  • FECEC calls for more investment and health professionals for primary care and warns that accumulated collapse continues to cause delays in cancer diagnosis at risk of worse prognosis.
  • It shows that, despite efforts to standardise early screening programmes in cancer, two years after the outbreak of the health crisis, the pandemic is still on the bill and does not work 100%.
  • This year FECEC-Junts contra el Càncer receive more demand for psychosocial care services.

Coinciding on 4th February, World Day Against Cancer, the president of the Catalan Federation of Anti-Cancer Entities (FECEC), Maria Assumpció Vilà, cautions that "if urgent measures are not taken to straighten out the situation in the health system the next pandemic will be cancer". FECEC asks the Generalitat for more resources and more health professionals to primary care.

Delays in cancer diagnosis continue

FECEC entities record in their day-to-day work with cancer-affected people that saturation at primary care causes delays in fast diagnostic circuits, where there is a suspicion of tumor. These delays in diagnosis are a worse prognosis for the treatment and cureability of the disease.

The successive waves of COVID-19 have brought primary care, already heavily worn after two years of pandemic, and years of cuts to the public health system. That is why FECEC calls for an urgent budget item and for more health professionals to be recruited to reverse the current collapse.

On the other hand, stressing that once the person is diagnosed with cancer, oncological care in hospital centers seems to function without delay in treatment.

We also wish to point out that, as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, FECEC have received more demand for psychosocial care services such as psychological accompaniment, legal advice and rehabilitation therapies...

The pandemic is still billing the screening programs

In June 2020, the screening program for breast cancer was resumed and in September the programme for colon and straight cancer in Catalonia, after months of a health crisis. Despite efforts to normalize its operation, at this stage the pandemic still causes affections. There is a direct link between the functioning of these programmes and the future incidence of cancer. In fact, the detection of this disease at more advanced stages poses a risk of worse prognosis, in terms of treatment and the chances of healing. With regard to early detection, FECEC urges the establishment of population screening for cervical cancer, approved by the Interterritorial Council of the National Health System.

Cancer in numbers

In 2022, more than 280,000 new cancer cases are expected in Spain compared with 276,239 registered the previous year, without counting the effects of COVID-19 as regards diagnostic delays. These are data from the report "Cancer in Spain 2022" by the Society of Medical Oncology (SEOM).

The European Commission notes that the number of cancer cases could increase by almost 25% by 2035, if no effective measures are taken, and this would make cancer the first cause of death in Europe.

Author: FECEC

Maria Assumpció Vilà, new president of FECEC


The Assembly of the FECEC has unanimously appointed Maria Assumpció Vilà as the new president of the federation. Vilà has developed almost its entire career in the third sector. From 1978 to 2010 it has been linked to the fight against cancer. She was one of the founders and manager of Oncolliga, executive and technical secretary in the Spanish Anti-Cancer Association and also managed some areas of oncological volunteering. From 2010 until October 2021 he was Syndicate of Greuges of Barcelona.

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With these words Maria Assumpció Vilà begins term :

With a great deal of illusion and responsibility, I take the position of President of the FECEC. I worked with the federation 20 years ago. At that time I shared with other people involved the need to group and work together all the Catalan entities that, from different sides, we were fighting against cancer. In the last eleven years, my professional life has, however, been directed in another direction, the defence of the citizenship of the city of Barcelona. Now, at the end of this stage as a syndicate of grievances, I come back to where I did much of my career and volunteering. Indeed, from 1978 to 2010, my career was the fight against cancer.

I come to the presidency of the FECEC following the departure of Ramon M. Miralles, for health reasons, and that saddens me. He's an example to follow. You have managed to take the federation on the right track. I take the lead with the will to continue along the same lines and face up to the challenges of the future with energy and illusion.

Undoubtedly, the union does the force. For this reason, it is important to row together in order to achieve better results and to accompany us in this race against the disease, which will continue to evolve and make its way, with the aim of giving the attention that is due to cancer patients and their relatives. In this respect, the EEVC will continue to ensure that the impact of COVID-19 on the diagnosis and care of oncological patients is minimised, and also with the will to make the problems of people who have overcome cancer more visible, especially in the working environment.

I need the effort of everyone, of all the entities and all the people, that we form this great family and that we have a hunting path in front of us. I ask you to join me in this challenging and necessary path to achieve the best for a society that needs us and that expects a lot from us.

Thank you.

Maria Assumpció Vilà

Author: FECEC


Date: 15 de April de 2021
The spectators of the webinars, a total of 435, put a very good mark on the cycle of talks organized by the FECEC on the occasion of the 20th anniversary.


The first cycle of webinars "Cancer: present and future" this March has concluded with success of participation. The cycle has included talks, dialogues and round tables on the most relevant aspects of the disease. On the occasion of the 20-year history of the FECEC, the first part of the series of webinars had a total of 435 viewers, including those who followed it online in real time and deferred via youtube. The webinar “Physical activity is health” is the one that had the most viewers, with a total of 109, and one that has obtained the best score, along with “Sequelae after cancer treatment”, rated with a 4.79 out of 5. On average, the five talks have obtained a very good rating, with a 4.6 out of 5. The webinars have featured prominent speakers such as Dr. Agustí Barnadas, director of the Medical Oncology Service of the Hospital de Sant Pau and Dra. in Biochemical Engineering Emma Roca, firefighter and ultra-distance athlete. Also speaking were Astrid Barqué, a graduate in Physical Education and a graduate in Sports Science, Dra. Elena Roura from the Alícia Foundation, the psychooncologist from the Kàlida Foundation, Sara Garcia, Dr. Patricia Martí, psychologist at Fundació Oncolliga, psychologist Mati Segura, sex and couple therapist, and the head of the Oncology department at La Roche Posay, Jesús Pérez Fierroa. The series of presentations was sponsored by Novartis, Pfizer, TRAM. In the coming months we will announce the second part of a series of webinars scheduled for November.   Author: FECEC

FECEC celebrates 20 years of history next to cancer patients and their families in Catalonia

Date: 16 de March de 2021
To commemorate 20 years of existence by supporting cancer patients, FECEC is organizing several communication actions and free webinars, which will take place throughout 2021.


The Catalan Federation of Organizations against Cancer (FECEC) was born in February 13 of 2001 with the aim of integrating efforts in the fight against oncological diseases in Catalonia. Its official presentation to the Parliament of Catalonia took place on October 15 of the same year. Today we celebrate 20 years of history pursuing the same initial goal: to work to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families in Catalonia. And we want to celebrate that. FECEC is a second-level organization that brings together various organizations that work to improve the quality of life of cancer patients and their families. The federation is an information census and provides services to federated cancer organizations. In addition, it encourages volunteering in the field of oncology, develops programs in the areas of dissemination and prevention, survivors and psychosocial research. Today, FECEC has 15 federated entities that together care for about 15,000 patients and families with psychosocial care services, we collaborate with more than 5,000 volunteers and employ more than 90 professionals. We celebrate 20 years of living with patients To commemorate these 20th birthday, we have organized several activities, adapted to the circumstances that the pandemic demands of us, such as free webinars as well as different communication actions that will review our history. You can follow all this through our social networks and this website, which we are launching and which we have created for this purpose: On this page you can find all the congratulations we receive from other organizations and volunteers. We have also selected the 20 most significant photos in our history and we have explained the details of that moment, that action, that person or that program. The webinars will be divided into two blocks: one cycle is taking place in March with 5 conferences on different topics, and the other in November with another 5 lectures. The main focus of the webinars, entitled ‘Cancer: Present and Future’, is obviously cancer.


Author: FECEC

La FECEC organitza els tallers ‘Jo també menjo fruita’ a Lleida

Date: 9 de November de 2020
La FECEC ha organitzat 42 tallers de prevenció del càncer sota el nom ‘Jo també menjo fruita’. Els tallers s’estan impartint a 21 centres educatius on s'han beneficiat 1.050 infants de P5 de diferents municipis de la província de Lleida i s’allargaran durant el mes de novembre i desembre. foto3 Els municipis que participen en aquest programa són: Solsona, Cervera, Alpicat, La Pobla de Segur, St.Llorenç de Morunys, Mollerussa, Vallfogona de Balaguer, Alcarràs, Torrefarrera i Tàrrega. Els tallers compten amb el suport de la Diputació de Lleida des de l'any 2012. El taller de prevenció del càncer ‘jo també menjo fruita’ promou un estil de vida saludable entre els nens i nenes i les seves famílies, sempre sota els valors d’una alimentació equilibrada i activitat física amb una actitud amena i positiva. Enguany, degut a la situació de la pandèmia s'han adaptat l'activitat amb les mesures de seguretat. Els objectius d’aquesta activitat són: donar a conèixer el Codi Europeu Contra el Càncer, conscienciar les famílies de la importància d’una alimentació sana per a gaudir d’una vida saludable, sensibilitzar les famílies de la necessitat de menjar diàriament i de forma variada fruita i verdura, donar consells simples de com fer-ho, explicar als infants perquè és important menjar diàriament fruita i promoure un estil de vida saludable. El taller ‘jo també menjo fruita’ forma part d’una de les activitats del programa de prevenció del càncer de la FECEC i vol conscienciar la població de la seva responsabilitat sobre la nostra pròpia salut, i de la necessitat d’adoptar estils de vida saludables per tal de prevenir el càncer i altres malalties tal com es recull en el Codi europeu contra el càncer. foto fruitafoto frutia 2foto Author: FECEC

La Trobada de Voluntariat en l’àmbit oncològic se celebrarà el 21 de novembre

Date: 10 de April de 2020
La XVI Trobada de Voluntariat en l’àmbit oncològic que cada any organitza la FECEC, inicialment prevista pel 9 de maig, ha canviat de data i es celebrarà el 21 de novembre. fecec_624x208_01 La programació s’ha hagut d’adaptar al nou context del coronavirus que estem vivint tots i per això ha posposat la jornada tenim en compte les mesures de prevenció establertes i donant suport a l’acció #JoActuo i #JoEmQuedoaCasa com a mostra de responsabilitat i implicació de la ciutadania en la lluita contra el coronavirus. Enguany la Trobada tindrà el títol de ‘El valor dels petits gestos’ i comptarem amb la presència de Francesc Miralles, escriptor català llicenciat en filologia alemanya i especialitzat en psicologia i espiritualitat. La jornada s’estructurarà en dues parts. La primera, com cada any, consistirà en una xerrada inicial a càrrec del sr. Miralles i a diferencia dels altres anys comptarem amb tres tallers adequats al moment que estem vivint. La FECEC organitza la Trobada com un espai per fomentar  el nexe d’unió entre tots els voluntaris que col·laboren en aquest àmbit arreu de Catalunya i per reconèixer la seva tasca solidària. Author: FECEC

Thanks to all the volunteers for having participated in the XV Meeting of Volunteering in the Oncology field!

Date: 19 de November de 2019

The yearly Oncology Volunteering Meeting organized by the Catalan Federation of Organisations Against Cancer (FECEC) was held on 16 November on its 15th anniversary.


In this very special edition, the day was devoted to "Volunteering, a way of understanding life" since we believe that volunteers have an attitude towards life that goes beyond the duration of their volunteering activities and that it is important to focus on this trait.

The event was conducted by Ignasi Gaya, a journalist working for Televisió de Catalunya’s News Services. At ten o'clock in the morning, there was a welcome speech by Dr. Ramón Maria Miralles, FECEC’s President and by representatives of the Employment, Social Affairs & Families ministries of the Catalonian Government, Barcelona Provincial Council and the Barcelona City Council as well.

Throughout the day, there were various talks and colloquiums. One of them was "The happiness of giving to others and to oneself' conducted by Dr. Jose Luís Bimbela, Doctor in Psychology, Professor, Researcher and Consultant at the Andalusian School of Public Health.

Later, two simultaneous workshops titled ‘Sound & silence as well-being tools' and 'Listen from the depths' took place.

The first was delivered by Edgar Tarrés, specializing in the creation of experiences and the second by Dr. Maria Rufino, Doctor in Psychology of Human Learning at the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

At the end of the meeting, we had a small event celebrating our 15th anniversary!

We were very happy at FECEC to be able to celebrate such a landmark all together. During these years, we have been able to maintain this space to promote the link between all the volunteers who collaborate in this area of Catalonia and to recognize and thank their solidary work.

It is for this reason that we wish to thank all the volunteers of FECEC member entities for having participated in the XV Meeting!

Click on this link to see the photo album of the day!

    Author: FECEC

SECAPC has promoted more than thirty activities to prevent the risk of cancer.

Date: 17 de September de 2019
  • SECAPC’s VIII edition held Sep27 - Oct 6 consolidates.
  • “Eating healthy is not a sacrifice and it is within everyone’s reach” is #menjasaimoute19’s campaign message

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The month of October marks the return of the Catalan Week for Cancer Prevention (SECAPC), which is organized every year by the Catalan Federation of Organisations Against Cancer (Federació Catalana d'Entitats contra el Càncer).

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In its eighth edition, the campaign has consolidated throughout Catalonia in the effort towards cancer prevention and awareness. More than 20 activities are organized in 23 municipalities and 10 schools across Catalonia on behalf of the #menjasaimoute19 campaign promoting healthy lifestyles among the population.

This year, under the slogan ‘Eat healthy and move', FECEC emphasizes the fact that eating healthy does not have to be a sacrifice and that it is within everyone’s reach in addition to reiterating the message about the need to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

FECEC’s campaign is based on the recommendations of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) International Agency for Research on Cancer and contemplated in the European Code against cancer, which states that 50% of cancers can be prevented by following healthy habits, such as eating a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, engaging in regular physical activity, walking for 30 minutes a day, and avoiding the consumption of tobacco or alcohol.

This routine must be followed by other measures such as following screening and vaccination programs, avoiding excessive sun exposure as well as to carcinogenic substances and living in a smoke-free space.

In fact, the campaign also serves to disseminate the European Code against cancer, which provides 12 tips to reduce the risk of malaria, and stresses the importance of food and physical activity.

Children's workshops and shows

Besides the #menjasaimoute19 campaign, SECAPC's activities include more than 20 healthy menus workshops and the 'l'Hort d'en Marçal' show.

The workshops, aimed at an audience of all ages, aims to offer resources to implement basic food recommendations for a healthy and balanced diet. This activity is conducted by dietitians and nutritionists.

The children's puppet show 'Hort d'en Marçal', intended for children between 5-7 and performed in more than 10 municipalities, explains the properties of fruit and vegetables through puppets and includes a workshop on how to make a fruit brochette.

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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. GRUPO ok 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: