“I am and I will” is the claim of the World Cancer Day 2019, the World Day against Cancer that is celebrated worldwide on February 4. A day in which not only doctors, oncologists, experts, patients and former patients but all citizens are invited to show support, to increase the collective voice for greater awareness and prevention.
The statistics of cancer in the world
Cancer is the second most common cause of death in the world: more than 9 million people die of cancer every year, although at least a third of common cancers can now be prevented. Up to 3.7 million lives could be saved each year by improving strategies for prevention, early detection and treat
The social campaign “I am and I will” and the project AYA in Humanitas
“I am and will be” is the 2019 campaign of the World Cancer Day: Humanitas Cancer Center and the patients of the AYA (Adolescents & Young Adults) project also join the initiative through the social campaign.
The project dedicated to onco-haematological patients between 16 and 39 years of age has been realized with the aim of improving the quality of life of patients during the course of treatment, supported by a clinical and psychological point of view in the diagnostic, therapeutic and follow-up phases.
During the disease patients have the opportunity to share spaces dedicated to them, being able to compare experiences, doubts, fears, hopes and successes. A special room dedicated to them is set up inside the Cancer Center, where patients can spend time together, sharing a breakfast with friends, watching a film, reading, playing video games as well as participating in several free activities organized for them such as creative writing courses, photography, cooking and more.
During their clinical journey, AYA patients are supported by specialists from Humanitas Cancer Center who follow them through all stages of treatment through a multidisciplinary approach (genetic, gynaecological consultations dedicated to the preservation of fertility, cardiological, endocrinological, physiotherapeutic and psychological) with the aim of reducing long-term clinical complications and improving their quality of life.