Portuguese-Norwegian cancer research
In collaboration with Rikshospitalet University Hospital in Norway, researchers at Porto University are working to increase awareness of gastric and cervix cancer.
Through the project "Prevention and Early Diagnosis of Cancer and Precancerous Lesions of Cervix, Stomach, Breast and Thyroid" the Institute of Pathology and Molecular Immunology at the university of Porto (IPATIMUP) will organise information sessions to encourage prevention and early diagnosis of cancer. Upper secondary school students and their teachers, undergraduate students from the medical faculties, physicians, health technicians and patients will all be given access to information on specific issues related to cancer prevention and treatment.
The information campaign "CancerMobile" is already being carried out, in which primary and secondary schools are being informed about cancer related issues. IPATIMUP is also in the process of developing a website providing information about cancer, prevention and treatment. The website will also feature an electronic interface between IPATIMUP researchers and the general public, allowing anyone with a cancer related question to be able to contact specialists within the field.
In a addition to the information campaigns, pilot-projects on the identification of individuals with higher risk of developing gastric and cervix cancer will also be carried out, as well as the professional training of physicians and technicians in charge of diagnoses.
"We would be very happy to identify ourselves as promoters of a better quality of life for the Portuguese population. We are looking forward to a reduction in the disparity of the Portuguese outcomes with regard to cancer management in comparison to other countries in the European Economic Area," said Fernando Schmitt of IPATIMUP.
The collaboration with Rikshospitalet University Hospital stretches back to the 1970s, and several researchers at IPATIMUP have carried out their doctoral and postdoctoral studies in Norway. Thanks to the project support from the EEA Grants, the research institutions have been able to continue their collaboration also in this project, and the Norwegian partner is now providing expertise in areas including HPV genotyping and exfoliative cytology.
Photo: His Majesty King Harald of Norway visits IPATIMUP.
Prevention and Early Diagnosis of Cancer and Precancerous Lesions of Cervix, Stomach, Breast and Thyroid
Type & project assistance:
IPATIMUP - Instituto de Patologia e Imunologia Molecular da Universidade do Porto
Type of institution:
Grant agreement date:
21 November 2007
The purpose of the Project is to increase awareness of gastric and cervix cancer, its causes and prevention among the population, and to improve the capacity of the health system to effectively deal with cancer through early and correct diagnosis, with the overall objective of reducing the incidence of cancer, with an emphasis on gastric and cervix cancer, and to improve the survival rate of cancer patients. Reference is made to the application, dated 9 May 2006 and subsequent correspondence with the Focal Point dated 12 December 2006, 12 March 2007, 7 and 8 and 16 May 2007.
The completed Project shall include the following activities and results:
- Renting a car for the purpose of disseminating information about cancer, the "cancermobile" will combine displays and exhibitions about cancer prevention with a sounding and adequate program of short educational sessions;
- school programs; information and training of teachers, sessions and seminars for different audiences (with an emphasis on secondary school pupils);
- pilot-projects; elaboration of gene-environmental models to identify the individuals at high risk of developing cancer;
- creating a web page with information on cancer prevention and early diagnosis;
- training of technicians and pathologists, and
- evaluation of the results.
The Project Promoter is Instituto de Patologia e Imunologia Molecular da Universidad do Porto (IPATIMUP).
The Project Promoter will implement the Project in partnership with the Department of Pathology, Rikshospitalet-Radiumhospitalet Hf Medical Center, Faculty Division Radiumhospitalet ,of the University of Oslo. Throughout the Project, the Project Promoter will colaborate with Administração Regional de Saúde do Norte (ARSN), and the Department of Education of the Porto City Hall.