Qatar Cancer Society implemented the 'I’m a survivor and I will inspire you with my story' campaign throughout June - Global Awareness Month for People Living with Cancer.
The initiative involved patients, survivors and their families who provide them with primary care.
The campaign highlighted the stories of people living with the disease and how they could raise hope in the hearts of others by sharing their stories, QCS said in a statement.
Dana Mansour, head of Individuals Living with Cancer Support Department at QCS said, “The campaign was launched as a sustainable initiative within the community's psychological and social support programmes for this category.”
Some of the people who attended an event by QCS
Throughout the campaign, QCS conducted various events, lectures and workshops that emphasised the importance of psychological and social support for this group, most notably organising an awareness day for visitors to the National Center for Cancer Care and Research, in addition to events at the QCS headquarters. These included a presentation on the stories of some people living with cancer and workshops on psychological support as well as recreational and interactive workshops aimed at children living with the disease and their families, the statement noted.
“Along the awareness campaigns, media campaigns were launched through all available outlets, which presented a more positive image of this category and the importance of activating their role in society and changing the stereotypes about cancer and people living with cancer,” she added.
There are three phases of 'survivorship': the first stage is 'acute survivorship' that starts at diagnosis and goes through until the end of initial treatment; the second stage is 'extended survivorship' that starts at the end of initial treatment and continues through the months after; and the third stage is 'permanent survivorship', when years have passed since the cancer treatment ended and there is little chance of the cancer coming back, according to QCS.