We provide psychological support to cancer patients and their relatives over 18 years old in Russia across several cities (Moscow, Voronezh, Yarsolavl, Tyumen and Saratov to name a few) to help reduce mortality rate and to improve cancer patients' quality of life. This is done through organizing various programs and events, such as art therapy, individual one-on-one psychological therapy, beauty days and so on. We also provide informational support mainly by collaborating with oncology clinics.
The survival rate from cancer in Russia is lower than in many countries, only at about 45% as opposed to 64% in the US. According to the US NLM, cancer-related deaths were found to be 41% higher in individuals diagnosed with depression. Due to low income levels in Russia, it is often hard for people to find resources to obtain professional help in addition to the already expensive cancer treatments. Lastly, even private medical insurance plans do not cover psychological treatments in Russia.
We educate cancer patients on the importance and positive effects of psychological support through collaboration with oncology centers. Our fund helps cancer patients through an array of programs and events. Our recipients can obtain individual therapy with psychologists focusing on a systematic approach for each patient having 5 sessions. We organize art therapy sessions, photo picnics, yacht regatta competition for cancer survivors and beauty days for women suffering from breast cancer.
The project will help over 100 cancer patients to get psychological support and to educate a wider community in Russia on the importance of the psychological help. We estimate our target audience at more than half a million people only in Moscow. In the long term, we plan to collaborate further with oncology clinics and governmental medical organizations to raise awareness about importance of psychological support and petition for it to be included in medical plans.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).