GLOBAL CAMPAIGN: Antimicrobial resistance – the biggest threat to cancer treatment.
Antibiotic resistance (AMR) will set cancer treatment back for decades, while the incidence of cancer cases will continue to rise in the years to come. For patients this may mean higher mortality, more difficult and more expensive treatment, and many side- and late effects. Many treatment options will disappear entirely.
The Norwegian Cancer Society has launched a global campaign to raise awareness among the cancer community of the devastating effects of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), including for cancer patients. Cancer affects everyone. As a large patient group, we can use our voice both to contribute making people understand why antimicrobial resistance is one of our times most important threats to health, and to push decision makers in the right direction.
Following the campaign launch, NCS Secretary General Ms Anne Lise Ryel was invited by the Norwegian Government to present the patient perspective and our campaign at a Nordic Council of Ministers High Level Ministerial Meeting on Antimicrobial Resistance in Aalesund, Norway June 27th 2017. Her speech, which generated considerable attention among the participants, can be found here as a web-TV broadcast at the Norwegian Government website (you can select Anne Lises presentation in the “Hopp til kapittel” drop down menu in the bottom right corner).
Funding research is our main priority. Research implies hope for a cure for cancer in the future. It also implies optimal and quality cancer treatment for patients through excellent cancer research in Norway.
The NCS provides approximately 13 percent of all direct funding for cancer research in Norway, thus contributing to promoting a research environment of top international standard in the country. A list of open calls for research projects can be found here.
Cancer prevention and international collaboration
Through our work on disseminating information and knowledge, along with initiating projects and supporting political advocacy campaigns, the NCS endeavours to contribute to reducing the number of cancer cases. Our main efforts are focused on areas with a high potential for cancer prevention such as tobacco, sun protection, diet and physical activity.
The NCS is also actively involved in international projects. Since tobacco is the single main cause of cancer globally, we support various international tobacco prevention projects.
Our efforts include supporting political advocacy programmes to include the fight against cancer and other non-communicable diseases in the development aid priorities of the Norwegian authorities and decision makers. This also comprises the revised UN development goal.
Our goal is to achieve optimal life quality for cancer patients and their families through information and intervention campaigns, projects and political advocacy.
One of our major accomplishments in collaboration with the Norwegian health authorities has been the establishment of Vardesenter, centres catering for the needs of hospitalized cancer patients. Another important milestone has been providing additional support to patients and caregivers through the services of a “cancer coordinator”.
We also offer direct support to patients and their families through our Cancer Helpline, through services focused on patients’ rights and living conditions, and through working with volunteers and peers in collaboration with patient organizations. As well as offering financial support, other major work areas include providing services for children and adolescents, rehabilitation programmes and palliative care, and psychosocial support.
It is important for us to focus on highlighting cancer care, and particularly on topics that are sensitive and taboo.
Communication and fundraising
The Norwegian Cancer Society is in constant dialogue and communication with cancer patients, families and other relevant bodies through various channels. Besides launching our new website in 2012, we have also increased our competency in digital communication, thus allowing access to large numbers of people through social media channels such as Facebook, Twitter and our own blog.
Our goals include fundraising to promote activities, and providing comprehensive and credible information on cancer and the various activities in our organization. The NCS is dependent on fund raising and donations and runs several campaigns and fundraising events during the year to draw attention to current issues.