Integrated cancer care a priority

The Adeje council’s departments of Health and of Social Welfare, with councillors Amada Trujillo Bencomo and Isabel Fernández González respectively, have signed an agreement renewing their commitment to the programme for “integrated care for oncology patients in Adeje”, in partnership with the Spanish cancer association, the AECC.

Both councillors said that the kind of services that the programme can offer are not part of the usual local authority services, so they sought the collaboration of the AECC to be able to provide this kind of assistance programme. Amada Trujillo Bencomo says that thanks to that commitment, “Adeje now has the necessary resources to offer help at psychological, social and health levels, both for those affected directly by cancer as well as their families. This assistance is available from the moment a diagnosis is received through treatment and operations, and, if the cancer leads to a patient death, assistance for the family is there if requested or required.

The programme is currently used by 122 persons in Adeje who are affected in some way, in particular those with reduced economic resources and who need specialised care and attention. The overall aim of the programme is to improve the health and quality of life of those affected by any type of cancer. The offices are based in the Adeje department of health, (C/Tinerfe el Grande 32, Edificio de usos multiples, 1º floor), Monday to Friday, 8am – 3pm.

Also present at the signing of the agreement were AECC provincial president Juan Julio Fernández Rodríguez, director Carlota Cobo Hernández and Maria Dolores Sebares, a member of the executive committee of the association.

The AECC is a non-profit making private organisation with offices and representatives all over Spain. It works to raise funds for investment in research and offers help to those living with and fighting cancer.

 

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Signing up for better services

The people of Adeje were given the chance to sign a petition in support of the work of the AECC, the Spanish cancer association, asking the regional government to increase funding for research into cancer. Two tables were set up by the Adeje department of health, under councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, at the Town Hall and outside the Adeje health centre, coinciding with World Cancer Research Day.

The councillor commented on “the importance of the work being carried out to advance the scientific investigation in the fight against this illness”. She also emailed all of the council staff members to encourage them to sign the petition, and anyone can sign up online,
http://news.aecc.es/public/m/no-podemos-parar-de-investigar.

According to the AECC, “In 2030 the target is a 73% cancer survival rate – today in Spain it’s only 53%, which is why we have to, as a minimum, double the amount we are investing in cancer research in this country.”

 

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A break for cancer patients

The Atlantic Holiday Centre hotel is giving 12 cancer families a VIP holiday

The Atlantic Holiday Centre hotel in Callao Salvaje this week donated 12 week-long holidays to individuals from Adeje who have been fighting various cancers. The cancer sufferers are all under the care of Spanish cancer association and Adeje council socio-sanitary programme.

This week the 12 individuals, who are also dealing with on-going oncological treatments, with members of their family, were invited in to receive their vouchers from Adeje’s health councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo and the hotel director Charlotte Abildtrup. Their stay in the recently reformed hotel will be all inclusive.

The councillor commented, “last year we were delighted to be part of this new initiative which was hugely beneficial to the 10 individuals who were given holidays – people who are suffering not just from cancer, but from high levels of personal stress during the palliative process”. This year the hotel has increased the number of donated holidays to 12. The councillor underlined the importance of being able to enjoy their free-time in a qualitative way, which can also help in their recovery.

Charlotte Abildtrup, hotel director, said that “we are delighted to be able to help these people and their families, to offer them a chance to relax and take a break from the stress related to dealing with their cancer. We know that these people are fighters, that they have daily challenges to overcome, which is why, during these summer months, we will be delighted to welcome them here and hope they enjoy all the hotel has to offer”:

Councillor Bencomo added, “Gestures such as these go to show that solidarity has no limits or frontiers”.

The Hotel Atlantic Holiday Centre offers guests large apartments, fresh water and salt water pools, a children’s zone, tennis courts, a park, leisure zone, a gymnasium and restaurants not to mention first class service and personal attention.

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Pioneering service for cancer sufferers

As a result of the on-going partnership between the Spanish Cancer Association – the AECC – and the Adeje department of health protection and quality of life, presided over by councillor Amada Trujillo Bencomo, residents of the borough who are suffering from cancer can soon access a free service offering physical, psychological and social assistance for them and their families. The goal of this pioneering service, as outlined by AECC president in Tenerife Juan Julio Fernández, is to meet the needs of the more vulnerable members of our society who are suffering as a result of this illness.

At the launch of the new service, the Adeje mayor José Miguel Rodríguez Fraga said, “This is a resource that we are putting at the disposal of our people, to provide a service designed for those suffering from any cancer. With this programme in place we can extend the assistance on offer and improve the quality of life for those affected. However we will also continue to stress the importance of education, prevention and early detection as vital tools in maintaining good health”.

Juan Julio Fernández explained that the association has been working for a long time to put this service in place. “Medicine isn’t the only thing we can give to patients, we are also looking at other treatments and help”. He pointed out that, according to current statistics, one in three men and one in four women will present with some form of cancer, which is why early detection is very important as well as making sure there are sufficient resources available to fund research and cure investigations. “In the last 20 years, thanks to studies and scientific advances, the survival index of cancer patients has risen by 40%”.

The AECC and the Adeje council have both committed to allocating resources to the new service to allow for the engagement of professionals to offer a personalised service to affected individuals. The SAO – the Oncology Attention Service – is a resource that will offer a series of therapies such as physiotherapy, oncology services, psychological expertise and social advice and assistance.

The physiotherapies offered will be oncology-based, including pelvic floor treatments, treatment for lymphedema, FMI patients, problems with the central nervous system, breathing, bones and soft tissue. The programme will also offer water-based therapeutic activities using the heated pool in the Los Olivos centre which is adapted for people with particular needs.

According to Adeje health councillor, Amada Trujillo Bencomo, the services will be available through the offices of the health department who are also offering a range of materials and therapy tools to improve the treatment range available.

Psychological services will give offer individual therapy sessions to those suffering from commonly seen cancer-related issues such as depression and stress and anxiety.

The social programme looks at the quality of life of those who have been afflicted by cancer and will offer assistance in many areas, both professional and personal, including help in re-entering the labour market and resuming their social activities. There is also an offer or an assessment of the social welfare situation of the individual patient, the issuing of relevant disability certificates where necessary, offer of prosthetics, economic assistance, food vouchers, loans of orthopaedic materials where needed, occupational workshops and home help where appropriate, among other things.

The Adeje council has a commitment to offer a dedicated space for the use of AECC professionals to offer the above services as well as appropriate storage space for materials and resources.

Get ready to swim for life

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Next Saturday, September 17th, a pink wave will take over Tenerife Top Training, T3, in Adeje with the annual Swim for Life taking place.

Once more the beneficiaries of this charity event will be the Spanish Cancer Association (AECC), Amate, cancer research and the Pink Room help centre situated in Adeje. This is the third year the swim is taking place, and is held under the general Walk for Life banner, a cancer walk that takes place in South Tenerife every December.

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Swimmers must be over 12 years of age, and have until September 12th to register at nadoporlavida@gmail.com to take part on the official competitive races (25m, 50m and 100m, different strokes) event. More information on donating and taking part is on http://www.migranodearena.org/es/reto/11575/nadar-por-lavida-2016/. If you don’t want to swim you can simply turn up and join in the fun on the day and take part in the Aquagym and enjoy the wonderful paella – but you will also need to register on nadaporlavida@gmail.com. The event is from 10.30am 2.30pm.

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The first 150 swimmers to register will receive a free pink commemorative swimming cap and all those taking part in the day can enter a draw for a free weekend for two in La Gomera.

Thanks to the following bodies for support: Walk for Life, Adeje Council, Tenerife Top Training, Rotary Club Tenerife South and Swim Club Tenerife Masters, as well as the Tenerife Swimming Referees, and various private companies.

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