Guam- Cancer survivors and their families packed Adelup Tuesday morning for the launch of the Guam Cancer Passport.
The booklet was done through the help of the Department of Public Health & Social Services and members of the Guam Comprehensive Cancer Control Coalition. Incorporating the advice of 5 cancer survivors, Coalition Chair Angie Mummert says the passport will help newly diagnosed cancer patients and their families learn and navigate through the initial steps of treatment.
“We had quite a bit of advice from about 5 particular cancer survivors and they were instrumental” said Mummert. “And actually, asking us to create this passport booklet and to help them again realize their dream of having this guide for people that really need that information to make their journey with cancer a little bit better and so they can live longer
Marie Borja Luarca is one of the 5 cancer survivors who contributed to the passport. After creating a checklist of what to do when she had breast cancer, she hopes the booklet provides insight to cancer patients about the disease.
“It’s a guide. It’s a passport of sorts to answer questions that we all had when we received our diagnosis” said Luarca. “That’s basically it…just to give you some sense of a journey, a route to take in your planning stages because some folks may stay on island for treatment, others have may to go off island. But before that happens, you have all these questions in your head and you need answers.”
The other 4 cancer survivors who contributed to the passport include Donna Baker, Patrick Wolff, Fred Tyquiengco and Remi Pangan. Tyquiengco and Pangan, however, did pass away in 2010.
Booklets will be distributed to various clinics and health providers throughout the island. For information, contact the Department of Public Health.