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Participation in the Union for International Cancer Control’s Asia-Pacific Cancer Society Training (APCaSoT) Program

Being supported by the Union for International Cancer Control and managed by the Cancer Council Queensland, one representative of Eminence participated in the weeklong Asia-Pacific Cancer Society Training (APCaSoT) Program at the Cancer Patients Aid Association (CPAA) in Mumbai, India.

The “UICC Asia-Pacific Cancer Society Training (APCaSoT) Grant” is funded by the William Rudder Memorial Fund and gets administered by the Cancer Council Queensland, Australia and managed by the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC). This training was completed under the supervision of Mr. YK Sapru, Chairman, and CEO of CPAA and facilitated the exchange of information, technology, and skills needed to better serve cancer control activities, and support for cancer patients.

The whole week was designed to give the participants idea about how CPAA works in terms of providing total management of cancer in Mumbai. The CPAA is a long lasting association of UICC who has been providing cancer management support to cancer patients having a ration card and taking treatment in Mumbai, India. During the first day of the training the CPAA coordinator walked the participants through different units of CPAA - covering the following aspects:

  • Overview of CPAA;
  • Tobacco Control Activities of CPAA;
  • Media Campaign activities of CPAA,
  • CPAA web-site;
  • Palliative care;
  • Diagnostic and screening;
  • Insurance policy for cancer;
  • Cancer patient’s rehabilitation centers.
  • Psycho-Oncology Training using a trans-disciplinary approach (incorporating medicine, nursing, palliative care, psychology, social work, nutrition/diet, exercise, and other disciplines) to develop, test, and implement optimal interventions to
    • Support and empower patients, family members and friends touched by cancer,
    • Improve quality of life,
    • Discover effective ways of managing physical and psychological symptoms that affect well-being.
    • Impact of eHealth on patient psychosocial adjustment to cancer and reliance on health care services,
    • Cross-cultural aspects of cancer care,
    • Optimal symptom management such as pain control and fatigue.
  • In addition, there were the following info-social visits
    • Tata Memorial Cancer Ward and Palliative Ward

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