The National Cancer Organization is the nation's largest non-profit association, operated since 1990, which has national coverage through its club network, association network and the Solstice Services. It is present in more than fifty cities and towns in the country, including in the supported border region.
Our community has emerged as a voluntary, self-motivating movement of people with cancer. At the time of his departure, we decided to:
- support the patient and his relatives as a support service,
- influence on health and social security measures,
- to achieve positive changes in the field of healing and rehabilitation, in the enforcement of patients' rights, in the formation of the prespective of professionals and "laymen"
- and brings together the domestic associations and clubs of cancer patients.
An accredited job that has been in employment for disadvantaged and disabled people for many years. Our goal is to prepare these people psychologically, mentally and professionally so that, after the time they have worked in, they will also be able to stand in the labor market in market conditions. For two and a half decades, the association has been able to help heal the cancer patients from the hospital and improve their quality of life. We consider prevention to be a priority task, which can be achieved mainly through the transition to a healthy lifestyle. We have also developed a program that we have been able to apply successfully under the TÁMOP.6.1.2 / A project as a "Healthy and Persuasive Lifestyle Program". The aim of the National Cancer Organization is to represent national interests of cancer patients in Hungary; patient advocacy, labor market rehabilitation, liaising with local associations and clubs of patients, helping their work, widespread awareness of disease, providing humane and professional information to the patients, providing information about their rights, maintaining and providing support services for the local Solstice Services nationwide. We consider the importance of harmonious family relationships and the strengthening of family cohesion as a priority for the successful management of cancer diseases. Our program was also sponsored by the Ministry of Human Resources through which our interactive Family Friendly Blog is still working. Many of our international relationships live and work, which is a prerequisite for successful international programs. One of these is the "Europa Donna" European Breast Cancer Organization, where we represent Hungary. So we contacted our Czech, Slovakian and Polish partners with whom we are jointly involved in the Kick-Off project from the Czech Republic. We believe that within the large European organization of 47 countries, it is very important for the V4 countries, which come together in many ways in a joint palace form, to improve their organizational and professional relationship to stay up to date. Among other things, the Kick-Off project is also an excellent opportunity for this.
As a national organization we have a wide range of Hungarian relations including the National Institute of Oncology and the Oncology Centers of the country, notably the Oncology Center of the Ferenc Csolnoky Hospital in Veszprém or the Semmelweis Hospital and University Hospital of Miskolc. But we do not only work with big hospitals, but also with the Kazincbarcika City Hospital, where our local club and association also works. In our work it is very important to know the new results of research and training, so we maintain close contact with the University of Debrecen, Semmelweis Medical University and the University of Pécs. It is of the utmost importance that we have been invited to the National Anti-Cancer Program Council, which we have been active since then, to honor our professional and advocacy work.
The specific tools to help our patients:
- Information by telephone or in person help services, and self-help groups available rehabilitation services available treatment and care facilities medical aids the patient's rights
- Counseling in individual or small group form psychological counseling and training lifestyle counseling nutrition counseling and cooking educationsocial and legal consultation
- Organizing patient leaflets, conferences, forums
- Educational publications for patients and their relatives
- Operation of Hospital Volunteer Service
- Voluntary Assistant Training
- Rehabilitation and development programs physiotherapy, therapeutic swimming, relaxation methods Nordic Walking Education and Tours - Walk For Health creative therapies (fine arts, music) "Why me?" - a problem-discussing group with new patients lifestyles camps, excursions
The Solstice Support Services are the outlying centers of the National Cancer Organization.
- telephone, personal consultancy,
- helping conversation for cancer patients and their relatives, problem-solving, personality development groups
- relationships with inpatient institutions, clinical, oncoradiological departments, oncologists, social care institutions
- contacts with local civil and social forums and institutions
- organizational and methodological assistance to self-help groups in their area, voluntary assistance services
- psychological, lifestyle, social, legal counseling
- operation of hospital and home visitor services
- local, regional conferences, forums, lectures, etc. organization
Over the past decades, our organization has been striving to change the professional and lay attitude, the public perception that cancer is a taboo, we do not talk about it, it is a kind of secretion and destiny that surrounds and is equal to irreversible suffering and death.
Our clubs and self-help groups say with unbroken belief that "only you can do it, but you can not do it alone". They strive to help each other in the treating of the disease, in maintaining hope, in mutual assistance, in lifestyle changes, in crisis situations. With their lives and service they announce that you can be healed from cancer and if complete healing does not take place, as a chronic patient, we can continue to live a full, creative, joyful life.