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We know the winners of the 2nd edition of the DKMS Foundation Grant

MedExpress Team

Medexpress

Published June 13, 2023 12:00

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For the second time, the DKMS Foundation has awarded grants for initiatives and projects involving psychological support for patients with blood and hematopoietic diseases and their families. This year's edition received as many as 35 applications, 10 of which will receive financial support for a total of PLN 648,679.

The DKMS Foundation is not only a Marrow Donor Center, but also an organization that works to improve the conditions and quality of treatment for patients with cancer and hematological diseases. The DKMS Foundation Grant Project, implemented within the framework of the Program for the Development of Polish Transplantation and Patient Support since 2022, is aimed at non-governmental organizations, and its goal is to provide psychological assistance to hematological patients and their relatives in the process of treatment and recovery.

In times of widespread and fundamental social, cultural and economic changes, cancer is still perceived and experienced as one of the most serious crises in a person's life. The key task of psycho-oncological support is to adapt to the new situation and equip the patient and his loved ones with the psychological capabilities and tools that will allow them to function effectively in this difficult situation.

- For many patients, a cancer diagnosis is the most difficult experience in life. It is the moment when one confronts the fragility of life and the passing of time. Fortunately, most patients focus on treatment and increasingly seek the help of a psycho-oncologist. By talking to a person with expertise, the patient can better understand his emotional state, which consequently has a positive effect on the patient's overall functioning. That's why I'm glad that the DKMS Foundation has taken it upon itself to support the care of the area of psycho-oncology, which is of great importance in the process of the patient's treatment and recovery," says Dr. Mariola Kosowicz, clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, psycho-oncologist, head of the Mental Health Clinic at t...

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