New book offers guidance for cancer patients and survivors

Aiming at supporting, empowering and advocating for people living with cancer, Dr Hala Al-Saeed, a psychotherapist and autism counsellor, launched her book titled ‘Psychological Support for Cancer Patients’. At the launch ceremony, a copy of the book was gifted to Sheikh Dr Khalid bin Jabor Al Thani, chairman of the Board of Directors of Qatar Cancer Society (QCS), and Mrs Mona Ashkanani – General Manager.

From left, HE. Sheikh Dr. Khaled bin Jabr,                 Dr. Hala Al-Saeed, Mrs. Mona Ashkanani

The book offers practical advice and guidance to both patients and cancer survivors. It promotes the importance of raising awareness of cancer, methods of prevention, early detection, professional development and scientific research. Sheikh Dr Khalid thanked Dr Al-Saeed for her initiative, which reveals the true meaning of social responsibility.

His Excellency said, said “We at Qatar Cancer Society always strive to be the community partnership platform for making Qatar a leader in cancer prevention and its burden control.”

HE. welcomed the book, which will be launched from Qatar at the level of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries, especially since he is the president of the Gulf Union for Cancer Control.

Regarding the idea of the book, Dr Al-Saeed said, “The idea stemmed from an internal challenge that resulted from the death of my son from cancer, after a journey of suffering that I experienced in several countries while accompanying him for treatment.

We cannot change fate, but we can change society’s perception and highlight the cancer patients and their families and the extent of their suffering during this difficult journey, in which they are in dire need of psychological and social support.” She added.

“I have a plan to print an unlimited number of copies and distribute them in many Gulf and Arab countries. The coming period will witness the translation of this book into English to expand the base of its beneficiaries,” She added.

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