We are delighted to welcome yet another strong full member: the “Portuguese Association Against Leukaemia-APCL” (Associação Portuguesa Contra a Leucemia) from Lisbon.
‘APCL’ is a non-profit organization that was founded in 2002 by blood cancer survivors and their doctors from Instituto Português de Oncologia Francisco Gil in Lisbon, with a mission to assure effective and accessible medical treatmeant for all the patients who suffer from leukemia and other haematologically-related types of cancer.
After having supported Portugal in the development of its Voluntary Bone Marrow Donor Registry, which now places Portugal amongst the most socially-supportive countries in the world, ‘APCL’ has been focusing its activities in the areas of promoting scientific research, as well as delivering advanced training for health professionals.
Learning, integration and optimisation of new therapeutic approaches in clinical practice is another of the ‘APCL’s goals and, together with Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, the association created the Advanced Training Programme in Blood Cancer. This programme is geared towards specialists, biomedical scientists, senior health technicians, interns and nurses, academic centres and clinics.
Amongst various of its daily activities, the ‘APCL’ always puts patients in the centre of attention by providing them financial, social and psychological support, keeping them up to date with the latest medical news and making sure that they reach best possible quality of life.