Hand-in-hand in the fight Against Cancer

Pallative therapy is treatment aimed at relieving symptoms. This supportive care helps people cope with the symptoms of cancer and cancer treatment. It helps improve quality of life during and after cancer treatments by making patients stay active and feel better. And it eases the way for people in the late-stage illness.

Patients who receive palliative care along with cancer treatment tend to live longer and better than their other counterparts. Those who opted for palliative care appears to have less depression, anxiety, pain and fewer hospitalizations. Hence, palliative care is referred to as an important part of caring for those afflicted with diseases. It makes one feel better but it is not designed as a cure for the disease. Rather, it helps cancer treatments do a better job.

I was invited to a round-the-table discussion on cancer as part of Festival Mall's month-long awareness building and fundraising campaign directed at increasing public knowledge of cancer.

According to Dr. Rumalie Corvera, a Hospice and Palliative Medicine Specialist at the Asian Hospital Cancer Institute, Project Pink follows a 12-point guide to help patients handle their treatment better and manage cancer effects on their lives. The objective is to manage stress, ease worries and keep the patients' spirits up. With a brighter outlook and less worries comes a better feeling during treatment and beyond cancer. It gives hope that symptoms can be controlled. Palliative care looks into the social, spiritual, emotional and physical aspects of the patient. With the holistic approach, hospice care makes it possible for cancer patients to enjoy a high quality of life.

Ruth.ph, an umbrella organization which supports Project Pink Philippines, offers "Palliative Care Encounter" and "Palliative and Hospice Care Empowering" through their Plan for HOPE (Hospice Opportunity for Patient Empowerment).

Newly-diagnosed patients should start on palliative care with their first visit to a cancer doctor. Asian Hospital has palliative care specialists who can work with a patient's health care team to create tailor-fitted plans that address the patient's needs be it emotional aspect, pain and side effects management or other concerns.

Kris Yabes, ACI Community Relations Manager, relates that there is hope for those who are struggling against cancer. Asian Cancer Institute provides in-kind support for activities aligned with the mission and objectives of the Institute. Indigent cancer patients may submit an application for Cancer Institute sponsorship through a bonafide social worker.

All these organization fundraise all throughout the year so that they can fulfill their mission to support  cancer research and primarily assist  local families fighting against cancer (both financially and emotionally) when they needed it most.