POLA card – an easier way to respond to cancer related challenges!
The POLA card project is one of the major projects of Lithuanian Cancer Patient Coalition, implemented since 2013. It is aiming to provide and develop a membership card for POLA community (cancer patients and their family members), also serving as a loyalty and discount card providing a possibility to engage into the programmes of POLA and its partners. The latter includes service and goods providers which had signed cooperation agreements for the benefit of POLA cardholders. Every cancer patient can apply for it: https://pola.lt/prekes/pola-kortele/
In Lithuania, more than 18,000 people are affected by cancer each year. Despite the population’s decline, the number of diagnosed cases is gradually increasing. Today, about 110,000 people with cancer are treated or are subject to a regular screening for potential recurrence of cancer.
Cancer is an insidious disease, which can affect people of any age, including infants. At early stages, symptoms are rarely displayed, while methods of treatment give no guarantee of terminal cancer remission. The treatment process is lengthy and wearisome. The disease often produces a number of lasting adverse effects, including disability and decreased income, while treatment and subsequent recovery require substantial resources. Although Lithuania offers high-level health care services, there is still a great need for psychological, emotional and financial support.