Programs funded by Greece Race for the Cure®
Psychosocial support groups are organized and implemented by experienced mental health professionals: health psychologists – psychotherapists and social workers. The main objective of the Psychosocial support groups is the provision of individualized psychosocial rehabilitation services, depending on the needs of each patient and on the stage of each patient’s treatment.
Helpline for breast cancer patients
The Hellenic Association of Women with Breast Cancer “Alma Zois” operates the Support Helpline. Breast cancer patients and survivors may call daily at 210 8253253 and speak with a Health Psychologist or a Social Worker. Also, legal advice may be given by councelor on specific days and hours
In “Alma Zois”, a helpline staffed by legal counselor , provides access to legal information concerning the employment rights of women with breast cancer, insurance coverage and state benefits to any patient with breast cancer nationwide.
Genetic Counseling and testing
Hellenic Association of Women with Breast Cancer “Alma Zois”, in cooperation with the National Center for Scientific Research “Demokritos”, conducts a genetic counseling and testing program for women who have already experienced breast cancer, as well as for three more first-degree members of their family.
Each woman has the opportunity to choose the scope of the analysis concerning: The existence of a mutation in the genes BRCA1 and BRCA2 The breast cancer predisposition and ovarian The predisposition for any form of cancer.
Nutrition, skin care and beauty tips
The program aims to improve the patients’ functionality and psychological status through personalized information and practical assistance on issues caused by treatment side effects affecting their body image. Patients can visit the Association’s offices, on specific days and have an appointment with the make up artist and / or nutritionist for their personalized service.
Training program for Healthcare Professionals in Communication Skills with Oncological patients
Subsidized seminars for health professionals dealing with oncology patients, aiming at their training in Communication Skills.
Metastatic breast cancer awareness campaign
The aim is to inform about metastatic breast cancer, empower patients, improve their quality of life and spread the message that metastatic breast cancer is NOT equal to death.
Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness and Clinical Examination Program
“Alma Zois” in collaboration with Hellenic Society of Breast Surgeons (HSBS) and Municipality of Athens conducts Young Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness and Clinical Examination Program. Program includes appointment with a HSBS’s specialized breast cancer surgeon, where women get informed about breast cancer prevention and get a clinical breast examination. If deemed necessary by the doctor, women are referred for additional free tests (mammography, ultrasound or cytological exam) in diagnostic centers.
Grant for research in the field of psycho-oncology (specializing in breast cancer) in Greece.
Study of cancer’s psycho – emotional distress and the ways of improving patients’ life quality is a research field of great importance, since a big part of cancer patients experience severe emotional and adaptation difficulties after cancer diagnosis.
Therefore, acknowledging the importance of psycho-oncology research, specializing in breast cancer, “Alma Zois” will fund for the academic year 2018-2019 two (2) doctoral thesis that have already been approved or will be until 31/05/2019 in Greece.
Thesis should pertain to groundbreaking research in the field of psycho-oncology and in particular breast cancer in one of the following thematics: Breast cancer patients’ distress in Greece Metastatic breast cancer patients’ needs and ways of improving their life quality The program is carried out in Higher Education Institutions and research centers in Greece and will last till consummation of the funded thesis.
Breast cancer Workplace awareness program
Informative interventions are provided free of charge to companies or organization interested in the program. Participants: • Breast surgeon or Oncologist – Pathologist or Radiologist Talks about «Early breast cancer detection» • Social worker or Psychologist of Hellenic Association of Women with Breast Cancer “Alma Zois” Talks about «Prevention’s limiting factors» • Woman with breast cancer experience, Association’s trained volunteer. Talks about «Personal breast cancer experience» During the intervention women have the opportunity to discuss about all the issues that concern them with specialists as well as to receive informative brochure about breast cancer prevention.
All Alma Zois' programs are provided for free
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Grant for funding of clinical equipment at hospitals
Grant for funding of clinical equipment in pathology laboratories, breast centers, radiology departments, oncology and radiotherapy clinics at University Hospitals and Anti-Cancer Hospitals in Greece