I AM NOT A STATISTIC | THE HUMAN ELEMENT OF THE BEATING CANCER PLAN #europeancancersummit
View video message from Csaba Dégi, Co-Chair of the European Cancer Organisation’s Survivorship and Quality of Life Network
EU initiatives such as the Beating Cancer Plan and Cancer Mission are laudable in their attention to all aspects of the cancer care continuum, including survivorship and quality of life. But are the initiatives published during 2021 elaborated far enough to assist the breadth, complexity, and particularities of needs for all that happens after and around treatment?
A cancer diagnosis is scary and stressful. Cancer can cause social isolation, depression, fear, and anxiety which can lead to feeling lonely or out of control. It’s important for persons affected by cancer to understand their quality of life so that they take steps to improve it. We know that cancer patients who have good mental health will be able to complete their plan for action with less difficulty, for example planning survivorship. The goal of our session at the ECO Cancer Summit is to take a proactive approach to managing and maintaining a better quality of life in cancer care.
More information here: https://www.europeancancer.org/summit#extra-1.