Arona provides further support for cancer patients
Arona is offering cancer patients free transportation to the metropolitan area and physiotherapeutic and aesthetic support.
Councillor for Social Services, Elena Cabello, signed agreements with the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC) and with the Association of Women with Breast Cancer of Tenerife (Ámate). There will now be free transportation for patients and family members to hospitals in the metropolitan area such as water rehabi-litation programmes and comprehensive, psycholo-gical, aesthetic and physio-therapeutic support.
Arona council has renewed the three specific pro-grammes that it currently maintains for cancer patients and their families and that it carries out in collaboration with both the Association of Women with Breast Cancer of Tenerife (Ámate), and the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC), which add to the close cooperation with other organisations, such as the Career for Life Foundation, with which it contributes to fundraising for research and other projects that improve the quality of life of these people.
Kilometre solidarity is the programme that allows Arona to offer cancer patients free transportation from the headquarters of the AECC of Los Cristianos to hospitals in the metropolitan area, where they receive treatment, a funda-mental issue for themselves and their families, in the absence in the southern region of a public and comprehensive medical service for them. The agreement also contemplates the maintenance of apartments and shelters for those who are forced to move, in addition to providing family members with a break in the accompaniment tasks.
“Mucho por vivir” is a swimming programme in the Los Cristianos municipal swimming pool for cancer patients who have undergone the removal of a lymph node and have received radio-therapy, with the aim of improving their quality of life and improving mobility of the affected limb .
The Mayor of Arona, José Julián Mena, stressed the importance of “supporting 365 days a year for cancer patients, with physiotherapeutic, psychological or aesthetic services, in addition to facilitating transport to hospitals in the metropolitan area, always with the claim of the need for these treatments to be offered, once and for all, in the southern region, as we have been demanding for many years. ”
Elena Cabello said: “Arona tries to provide compre-hensive and real support to cancer patients, providing different services to them and their families, to improve their quality of life and also, in the case of transport, treatments. Having to travel regularly to hospitals when suffering from cancer, with the mobility difficulties we have on motorways, can become a very important problem. ”