Champion against breast cancer

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Part of the institution’s team that has been consolidated over the past 30 years and today is fully engaged in the October Pink campaign: breast cancer is the most prevalent among women in Brazil

The month of October was chosen to make the world aware of the need for prevention and early diagnosis of breast cancer. In 1990, in New York, there was a Race for the Cure of Cancer and the American foundation called “Susan G. Komen for the cure”, (http://www.komen.org) launched, on that day, what would become a worldwide campaign icon: a pink ribbon symbolizing breast cancer. This bond was distributed to runners and, since then, has come to be known and publicized as the symbol of the fight against breast cancer. In Brazil, the first demonstration took place on October 2, 2002 when the Ibirapuera Obelisk, in São Paulo, was lit up in pink.

Breast cancer is the most prevalent among women in Brazil. According to the National Cancer Institute (INCA), about 66 thousand new cases of breast cancer are expected in 2020 alone. diagnosis ends up being late ”, highlights the Oncocamp oncologist, Alice Helena Rosante Garcia.

The specialist says that in its 30 years of existence, Oncocamp always seeks to renew the way of calling attention to the importance of the October Pink campaign. “We seek to involve patients and their families with actions such as walks around Lagoa do Taquaral, explanatory lectures, makeup day, photo day, meeting with psychologists, nutritionists and physiotherapists. We seek to pass in a playful way the need to always be attentive to the signs of the body when something is not going well ”, he says.

Part of the institution's team that has been consolidated over the past 30 years and today is fully engaged in the October Pink campaign: breast cancer is the most prevalent among women in Brazil

Due to the pandemic, this year, Oncocamp innovated by distributing kits with lip gloss, protective masks with fabrics alluding to the theme, and of course, the distribution of bows. “There was even a movie session during chemotherapy with popcorn in a pink bucket, respecting all safety rules”, says Alice.

The oncologist also highlights that the pandemic of COVID 19 brought many fears and challenges for everyone, with conflicting information and the disease has not yet been mastered. “As doctors and human beings, we have two major challenges: the pandemic and cancer and one cannot wait for the other to solve it. In this scenario, Oncocamp has always guided patients on the need to not stop treatment, maintaining uninterrupted care ”, he says.

Oncologist reaffirms his vocation

As the Doctor’s Day is celebrated on October 18th, oncologist Alice Garcia remembers the certainty of having chosen the right profession. And in this trajectory of a lot of dedication and love he also inspired his daughter and nephew to follow this path. “I was a teenager when I chose to do medicine. I remember that I had to face a newly widowed father who, probably because of his pain and grief, did not want to see his fifth daughter (we are six) leaving home to study. But, at my insistence, my father ended up being my great supporter ”, he recalls. “Today, I still find medicine to be a sublime profession. And being a doctor teaches me daily that we are finite and that we have a lot to learn every day ”, she says.

Alice points out that oncology is a dynamic, innovative specialty that challenges and changes every day with new treatment options. “Seeing patients heal from extensive and aggressive illnesses is a balm and a joy. At Oncocamp we have more and more stories of overcoming and curing patients who certainly would not have had the same chance of recovery a few years ago. Seeing the teammates younger, safer and committed to improving each day more, gives us a good feeling of accomplishment ”, says the doctor.

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