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The Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends (PASYKAF)

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Cyprus Association of Cancer Patients and Friends (PASYKAF), established in 1986, is a voluntary health association dedicated to eliminating cancer through cancer prevention and early diagnosis and improving the quality of life of cancer patients and their families through education, awareness, advocacy and service. 
The Association is a member of international and European cancer organisations such as: International Union Against Cancer (UICC), European Cancer Leagues (ECL), European Cancer Patients’ Coalition (ECPC), IATH and Associate Member of EuropaColon. 

The voice of The Association was first heard through the words of Dr Anna Achilleoudi, founder and the president The Association, who stated in public: 'I am a breast cancer survivor, cancer is curable if early diagnosed and treated. I am a living example'.

Over 3000 cancer patients are newly diagnosed each year in Cyprus, 300 of whom are colorectal cancer patients, therefore indicating the immense need for informative and supportive services to be available to the Cyprus population. We, the people of PASYKAF, offer our services to any patient regardless of nationality, religion, and language.

In pursuit of its mission The Association established services based on European standards which brought comfort, boosted hope whilst maintaining the patient's dignity through the hardship of cancer.  Every year, the multidisciplinary team of The Association provides its services to more than 5,000 patients and their families.

Their objectives were already put in action:

  • To enlighten the public with the correct information on matters of prevention and early detection.
  • To promote continuous awareness, education and training of medical, paramedical and nursing staff on new developments of cancer diagnosis and treatment.
  • To initiate intervention aiming at rehabilitation.
  • To provide cancer patients and their families with moral and financial support.
  • To struggle for the improvement of cancer diagnostic and treatment services in Cyprus by educating and training both professionals and the public.

All services and support programmes listed below are available in the districts across Cyprus free of charge. 

  • Home Nursing Care
  • Psychology and Social Support
  • Day Care Centres
  • Physiotherapy
  • Lymphoedema Service
  • Post Mastectomy Support
  • Transport Service
  • Promotion of Public Awareness on cancer prevention
  • Campaign for Population Screening Programmes with recent emphasis on the  colon cancer
  • Advocacy for Patients’ Rights  
  • Education of Health Professionals

Progress to Date:

  • In 1990, the Psychosocial Support and social rehabilitation service began. 
  • Two years later, in 1992, a multi-disciplinary Home Care Service began to operate
  • In 1995 the Association established the Physiotherapy Service.
  • In 1998 the Day Care Centres were opened - patients can participate in groups and activities which provide companionship, friendship and support.
  • In 2005, the Patients' Transport Service provided its service to 465 patients. 
  • In 2009, 3501 patients and relatives were the recipients of support, care and help from PASYKAF professionals free of charge.
  • In 2013 Promoting Public Awareness involved numerous presentations by health care professionals in companies, schools and municipalities. During ECCAM 2013 targeted presentations took place in the community where the colorectal cancer screening programme using FIT started. PASYKAF involvement was instrumental for the satisfactory response in the following 4-5 months that followed. As a result 25 new cancers have been prevented.
  • Various publications relating to health promotion are distributed in local communities through schools and public places.  

PASYKAF Wins ImpactPANC Award 2018!

Empowering Caregivers of Pan Can Patients for Enhanced Patient Outcomes (EC for EPO)

Celgene launched the 2018 “ImpactPANC” competition designed to recognise and honour patient organisations that demonstrate excellence in crafting novel solutions that innovatively meet the needs of people living with pancreatic cancer and those who care for them.

2018 Theme: Supporting the Needs of Caregivers in Pancreatic Cancer

Celgene extends its sincere thanks to all WPCC organizations who participated in their 2018 ImpactPANC award program indicating that this year’s theme, “Supporting the Needs of Caregivers in Pancreatic Cancer” resulted in some outstanding submissions. They indicated that the panel of judges spent significant time reflecting upon the applications and reviewed each independently giving much consideration to the evaluation process. According to Celgene, it was a very challenging and difficult task to select the five winners of this year’s program.


Summary of National Cancer Plan

National Strategy on Cancer

Telephone / Fax Numbers:

Nicosia: 22 345444  Fax: 22 346116, 
Limassol: 25 747750  Fax: 25 747668
Larnaca:  24 665198  Fax: 24 665193
Paphos: 26 952478  Fax: 26 221986
Paralimni: 23 730460  Fax: 23 740399

ECCAM 2018

 The Cyprus Association have produced a fantastic report for all the activities organized by althea GI group of PASYKAF Cyprus! Click here to read it.

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