EuropaColon Slovakia is an independent, not for profit colorectal cancer patient organisation.
EuropaColon Slovakia was launched in May 2007.
Its goals are to raise awareness of colorectal cancer amongst the general public; educate the population on how to recognise early symptoms of the disease, provide a free hotline for patients and their families to learn more about how to treat colorectal cancer and offer an online e-counseling facility. The organisation connect patients, doctors, politicians, media and the general public in the fight against this highly treatable disease if diagnosed in its early stages.
New club for support and information to colorectal cancer patients in Slovakia
A new support club for patients has been established by EuropaColon Slovakia with the National Oncological Institute (NOÚ). Attention in the past years has been dedicated to raising awareness about prevention, early diagnosis and treatment of cancer. This year, EuropaColon Slovakia decided to move operations further and direct attention to the needs of patients with colorectal cancer (CRC).
“We found also that patients already suffering from colorectal cancer (CRC) would have welcomed our help,“ says Jana Pifflová Španková, President of the new Club, “after diagnosis, it is usually difficult for patients to cope with their new situation – the possibility of having someone to whom they can refer, someone with whom they can discuss their concerns and problems associated with treatments etc., especially someone who survived a similar experience, is very valuable.”
The club will open from the beginning of April on Tuesdays and Thursdays, for two hours per day, from 10:00 to 13:00. Once a week, from 8:00 to 10:00, a specialised physician will be available. Counselling services can also be offered, depending on demand. EuropaColon Slovakia aims to assist patients in their needs; capture their voice and relay it to others; identify what they miss in real life and what troubles them and then address all their issues by cooperating with experts.
The aim of the Patient’s club is to create mutual contacts, provide information, as well as an interesting programme of activities and create for patients an atmosphere where they will not need to feel discriminated and stigmatised because of their condition.
The Patients’ Club, currently operates only in Bratislava. EuropaColon Slovakia would like to expand into other regions of the country. Patients may obtain additional information via a free information phone line or at the web page www.europacolon.sk.
EuropaColon Slovakia is training a team of volunteers who will promote assistance to the patients personally and in direct contact inform patients about what they need to know to help them cope with their changed health status, including psychological and socio-economic aspects. All volunteers will undergo training with a psychologist to ensure their professionalism.
In February, EuropaColon Slovakia organised national seminar for volunteers (advisors) focused on social assistance, social state benefits for disability compensation due to oncological diagnosis, social assistance of government authorities, information on onco-disability pensions and the support system due to the aftercare of the patient at home.
The programme was focused on the extension and training of new staff, consultants and psychological training to provide advice to the patients in the late stages of CRC and pancreatic cancer.
On the 6th of March 2015 in the framework of Europan Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month, EuropaColon Slovakia started with the provision of social advice and support in The East-Slovakian Oncological Institute in Kosice (the second largest city in Slovakia) and also improved advice and psychological support for the patients in late stage.
During the last week of March, The Organisation shoot the television documentary, which focuses on advice and assistance provided in the "Centres of support for patients" through the stories of three patients and former patients, providing professional support and help in the "Centres of support for patients" - more than 500 patients till now!
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Click on the dates below to see EuropaColon Slovakia's activities during that year.
The focus of ECCAM 2014 activities for EuropaColon Slovakia was on early diagnosis and surgical treatment. For that purposes a patient story was broadcasted on Slovak national television, in the broadcast cycles called "Ambulance". For the movie click here: http://www.rtvs.sk/tv.programmes.detail/archive/4561?date=04.03.2014. The main achievment of ECCAM was the launch of the Patient support group in Kolsice, the second support group for CRC patients established in the Eastern Slovakia region/The group was opened on the 1st of April in the Eastern Institute of Oncology in Kolsice.Here is the press release for the group
ECCAM 2013 "Test your own risk of colorectal cancer" supported by Dr Rudolf Hrcka PhD - Head of the CRC National Screening Programme and Patrik Herman - Award winning TV celebrity.The aim of the campaign is to educate citizens to understand and action identifying pre-disposition to colorectal cancer.
For ECCAM 2013 EuropaColon Slovakia launched a national CRC billboard awareness campaign to identify young people at risk of familial colorectal cancer.
The campaign was sponsored by Roche Pharmaceuticals, Slovakia's largest state insurer and one of Slovakia's largest train companies.
The campaign received extensive press activity (please see below). Banners were also displayed on famous web portals and Facebook.
In addition thanks to intensive lobbying over the last 5 years by EuropaColon Slovakia, the Slovakian Health Ministry launched a National CRC Screening Programme on the 1st April for all citizens over 50 years of age.
Press materials in Bratislava, 21 March 2013
Please find the Press Release Materials below. - Please NOTE that they contain both Slovakian and English versions and that the English version needs to be reviewed.Press Material 1Press Material 2Press Material 3
• 5 March 2009 - Press Conference with the Ministry of Health launching Awareness and Screening Campaign: free FOBT test, letters (inserts) in the largest circulation newspapers with a central laboratory responsible for accepting all FOBTs for analysis along with follow-up communication to respondents with the result
• 6 March 2009 - Slovake TV weekly medical magazine will cover CRC during the month (“Diagnostika rakoviny hrubého creva - Marec európsky mesiac osvety o kolorektálnom karcinóme”)
• While in Brussels europacolon Slovensko met with Slovakian MEPs to discuss local and national issues and present the ideal of the Eurocolon Roadshow. As a result all venues where the Eurocolon was presented were free of charge and sponsors were very impressed by the fact that the show has in fact started in Brussels.
• 20/5/2008 launched CRC awareness Roadshow with the EUROCOLON – the EuropaColon Tour Slovensko 2008. First part of the roadshow has covered north part of Slovakia; the second part will cover the south part. The Road show has been supported by the Prime Minister of Slovakia.
• Launch of an awareness campaign for GPs.
• Awareness campagin for public/ patients in East (Kosice) and Western-North (Zilina) part of Slovakia for patients.
• In June 2008, EuropaColon – Slovakia launched a very successful Slovak media campaign which included the insertion of an educational flyer informing of the prevention strategies that can be adopted to reduce the risk of developing CRC
• EuropaColon – Slovensko established on 22 May 2007
• EuropaColon – Slovensko launched their website: www.europacolon.sk
• Since 22 June 2007 continuously providing and financing a free 'info-line' 0800 800 183 for the citizens of Slovakia.
• The first National Public CRC Survey undertaken in October/ November 2007
• Extensive national media coverage achieved in printed media, television and radio too numerous to list