A Stronger and Supportive Care System is PH 'game plan' Against Cancer
by Sherry Tadeja, July 25, 2018 2:56pm
Photo by Sherry Tadeja/Inside Manila
According to a 2012 study, among 13 out of 100 males and 14 out of 100 females in the Philippines are likely to be diagnosed with some type of cancer if they would live up to the age of 75 years old. This only proves that cancer is a prevalent disease in the country, worse, at some point can be present in one's life.
Cancer is a growing threat in the country, affecting Filipinos and their families physically, emotionally, socially and financially. As a firm response to this pressing situation, a multi-stakeholder gathering led by Hope From Within held an advocacy and movement forum called "Cancer Game Plan PH". Here’s what went down during the significant and moving event.
Status of cancer in the Philippines
Representatives from concerned organizations, Department of Health (DOH), Philippine Alliance of Patient Organizations (PAPO), Philippine Society of Oncologists (PSMO), Sun Life Financial Philippines shed light to the current situation of cancer in the country. Helpful steps on how the patient and their families can address such disease were also discussed during the event.
Dr. Clarito Cairo, Cancer Program Manager of DOH started the program by giving an overview of the status of cancer in the Philippines, and alternative support programs of the government.
Informative forum with professionals and concerned organizations
An open forum was held where invited medical professionals’ answered inquiries both from the attendees.
Dr. Clarito Cairo and Dr. Herdee Luna of the Philippine Society of Medical Oncology (PSMO) gave insightful knowledge about cancer. They also provided options and solutions diagnosed patients can take a look at. Highlighted in the talk is the immunotherapy an on-trend treatment today against cancer.
Testimonies from cancer survivors and their family as caregivers
The event was moderated by Diego Castro, a longtime lung cancer ambassador and the face of "Hope From Within: Test, Talk, Take" campaign. He introduced the newest ambassadors of the Cancer Game Plan PH; notable television actress Susan Africa; medical oncologist and Facebook community founder of "Kaalaman at Katotohanan Tungkol sa Kanser" (KKK) Dr. Meredity Farcia; occupational medicine and breast cancer survivor Dr. Gia Sison; multi-sport athlete and cancer survivor Louie Sanggalang; and Melanoma survivor Danny Dimabuyu.
A symbolic commitment
The event ended with a symbolic pact between all the guests headed by Fatima "Girlie" Lorenzo, president of the Philippine Alliance of Patients' Organizations (PACO) where she encouraged them to actively involve themselves to the cause. A symbolic bow and arrow were used to deepen and expand the commitment to fight cancer and save more lives.
No matter where we found ourselves in life, it's important to come up with a game plan. A well thought of course of action to follow in situations that are unfamiliar.
See this Facebook live video of the Cancer Game Plan PH:
For more information, visit Hope From Within's official Facebook page.