POLA card – an easier way to respond to cancer related challenges!
In Lithuania, more than 18,000 persons are affected by cancer each year. Despite the population decline, the number of diagnosed cases is gradually increasing. Today, about 100,000 people with cancer are treated or are subject to a regular screening for potential recurrence of cancer. Cancer is an insidious disease, which can affect people of any age, including infants. At early stages, symptoms are rarely displayed, while methods of treatment give no guarantee of terminal cancer remission. The treatment process is lengthy and wearisome. The disease often produces a number of lasting adverse effects, including disability and decreased income, while treatment and subsequent recovery require substantial resources. Although Lithuania offers high level health care services, there is still a great need for psychological, emotional and financial support.