Within the framework of this month of February, where the fight against cancer is celebrated worldwide, All.Can Colombia, an organization dedicated to evaluating the efficiency of cancer care, has conducted the “Second Great National Survey” of cancer patients in Colombia. is introduced.
The survey, which is expected to include approximately 1,200 patients in 51 municipalities of Colombia, aims to better understand the needs of cancer patients in the country.
The research, carried out in collaboration with the National Cancer Institute (INC) and the Colombian Association of Hematology and Oncology (ACHO), will be carried out between February and April 2024, focusing on regions and rural areas.
Jairo Aguilera, coordinator of the Oncology Services Evaluation and Monitoring Group at INC, highlighted the importance of this survey: “This is a great opportunity to better understand the needs and perceptions of cancer patients in Colombia and work together to improve every time it shows.” More so, both access and its care pathways, gathering information that allows us to identify important areas for improving cancer care and efficiency in our country.
In the first survey conducted among 800 patients across the country in 2022, it was found that 62% of respondents were initially misdiagnosed. This second survey will focus on characterizing barriers to cancer diagnosis and treatment.
Therefore, the National Counseling Center (CNC) is developing the survey and is currently in the call phase, inviting patients suffering from cancer to participate in the study.
Natalia Arenas Losada, Director of Health Projects at CNC, stressed the importance of highlighting the shortcomings faced by people with cancer in Colombia in order to improve their health status.
The call is open to women and men over the age of 18 who have a new diagnosis, are undergoing initial treatment, active cancer and palliative care, as well as mothers and/or caregivers of the affected pediatric population .
The All.Can Colombia organization therefore calls on all patients to join this initiative and share their experiences to contribute to changing the landscape of cancer treatment in the country.
If you would like to participate see the registration form here or visit the official All Can site for more information about the survey.