Cancer is not choosy. It can afflict anyone of us, whatever our beliefs, occupations, and backgrounds. But even if cancer is not choosy, we ourselves have a choice to stand behind those who didn’t ask for this disease. Let us choose to be cancer warriors for the welfare of those whose choices were taken away by cancer.
The pandemic changed the way medical services are delivered nationwide.
But cancer treatment should not be delayed or postponed. So much help is needed so that cancer patients need not be deprived of the care they deserve.
In the Philippines today, the Dept. of Health cites that cancer kills 300,000 victims yearly, or 800 individuals every day, or 33 patients every hour.
The figures are quite revealing.
These latest figures on the Philippines’s cancer cases as of 2020 are from WHO/ GLOBAL CANCER OBSERVATORY, MAR. 2021:
Number of new cases : 153,751
More women are afflicted than men : 86,484 vs. 67,267
Fatalities : 92,606
More men died from cancer than women : 47,046 vs. 45,560
Most prevalent kinds per gender
WOMEN : BREAST COLORECTUM CERVIX LUNG OVARY
MEN : LUNG COLORECTUM PROSTATE LIVER LEUKEMIA
Few of us realize that new cancer patients actually are in the hundreds of thousands–just for one year. But remember, one case is already too many, especially if that one case is you.
Imagine being told that you have the big C. You’d feel horrible, at the very least, in the face of all these figures. In recognition of the overwhelming needs that cancer patients have, the Cancer Party List today is supporting hundreds of cancer patients, with different kinds of cancers, in various stages.
The Cancer Party List knows that not only does cancer take a toll on a patient’s emotional and physical well-being—the family as well shares the bigger worry: the cost of treatment and how it taxes everyone’s finances, peace of mind, and sense of security.
The out-of-pocket expenses for treatments can be quite costly. There are different types of cancer treatments, some patients may have to undergo only one, but most will have a combination of therapies. Easily, surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and myriad medical tests and procedures amount to hundreds of thousands If not millions of pesos, depending on what stage the cancer is. Truly, the journey of cancer patients Is very costly and can easily drain one’s finances.
The government is at the center of creating welfare programs for cancer patients. President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11215 or the National Integrated Cancer Control Act on February 19, 2019. Included in the Act’s many programs is the creation of the National Cancer Center and the recognition/inclusion of cancer patients as PWDs, who are therefore entitled to enjoy the same PWD discount on specific purchases. But even if the public sector is at the forefront of caring for cancer patients, the government still needs much help from private organizations and individuals. For years now, the Cancer Party List have been actively supporting cancer patients and their families. As early as 2001, the CANCER PARTY LIST, then registered as CANCER, INC. believed that a clearer anti-cancer health agenda is needed: to give it a fighting chance to succeed, it planned for its long term goals to be achievable vis-à-vis advancements in science and medicine.
The Cancer Party list became the first-ever health-oriented advocacy group to be accredited by the Commission on Elections in 2015. During the contentious debates in passing the Sin Tax Law and the Graphic Health Warning Law, among other issues, it was present in every venue—the congressional plenary and the plenary of the streets. Presently the group prides itself with 22,126 members and volunteers who share the common mission of building an atmosphere of quality cancer education, creating an environment for effective patient care, and pursuing an evolving standard of treatment and rehabilitation processes.
To date, CANCER Party List counts quite a number of accomplishments in terms of patient and hospital engagements, including:
1) 6,524 patient-beneficiaries were given financial assistance, chemotherapy treatment, surgery, radiation therapy, and the like;
2) 528 visits to cancer wards of private and public hospitals throughout the country;
3) 706 medical missions extending varying medical services within and outside Metro Manila;
4) 247 symposia and fora to help enhance awareness and education of the public and different stakeholders on the subject of cancer;
5) 302 donated hospital equipment and wheelchairs.
For the families of cancer patients, it is unthinkable not to exhaust all the means to get the prescribed medical care for their loved ones. You scrounge and save for the treatments. You beg and hope that the funds will come. Such is the case for so many cancer patient- families, today.
There is not one among us, who does not know somebody who has cancer. This gives us more reason to champion the cause of cancer patients and to support the CANCER PARTYLIST. More than ever, volunteers are needed to help this worthy cause. Visit https://cancerpartylist.com