LT-based cancer survivors hold forum on Cancer Management and Survivorship

LA TRINIDAD, Benguet, March  23 (PIA) --  The organization of La Trinidad-based cancer patients and survivors dubbed as the Ribbons of Hope, held its  first  forum for the year last  March 10 at the Strawberry Hall of the  Benguet State University(BSU) here in  effort to enhance understanding of  cancer.


Medical Oncologist Dr. Karen C. Tadeo of the Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC) extensively discussed  Cancer Management and Survivorship to   81 cancer patients, survivors, BSU employees, nutrition and nursing students. She explained management modalities such as surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

A survivor has to contend with physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs, so standards of survivorship care were also tackled. It includes prevention and surveillance of new and recurrent or second cancers, assessment of late psychosocial and physical effects, intervention for consequences of cancer and treatment as well as medical problem, symptoms, psychological distress, financial and social concerns.

The lecture included management options for anxiety, depression and distress, possible impairment of some cognitive function and cancer related fatigue which are highly possible among survivors.

Survivors are advised to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight, engage in an active and regular physical activity, maintain a healthy diet high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains yet low in sugar and fat, limit red meat and avoid processed meat, minimize alcohol intake and avoid tobacco products.

Councilor Horacio Ramos Jr. who chairs the Sangguniang Bayan Committee on Health, gave updates on the proposed ordinance institutionalizing a comprehensive health care support program for cancer patients and survivors in the municipality and other related ordinances.

The forum ended with a meeting of the Ribbons of Hope members where they agreed on membership fees, annual dues, mutual aid and plans for the year.

Cancer patients and survivors who are interested to join the group can contact 09082118688 or 09214182126.

The Ribbons of Hope was organized primarily to inspire other patients and survivors in particular and the community in general. It  is committed to  serve as  the municipality’s partner in cancer-related programs with the end view of enhancing   awareness, understanding and acceptance of cancer so that appropriate information is given to  and proper management modalities can be decided upon  by whoever is confronted with the illness. It welcomes invitations for sharing or lectures/fora at the barangay, institution or agency levels.

The series of activities conducted since  the first cancer  forum in June 2017   were  made possible  with support from the La Trinidad municipal government  led by  Mayor Salda, Councilor Ramos, Ms. Anna Ota-ot and Laarni Dagas as well as  lecturers and other partners such as BSU, Minda’s Buddies and donors such as Rise & Brew, Valley Bread and Cranberry. Maria Aprila Cruz (JDP/MAWC – PIA CAR with reports from Dr. Imelda Degay- BSU)


Benguet Destinations

Strawberry Farm

La Trinidad is know to be the “Strawberry Capital of the Philippines” because of the strawberry fields. Visitors can experience strawberry picking and also taste different products made from strawberry like the strawberry ice cream and strawberry “taho”.

Asin Hot Springs

Located at the outskirts of the city of Baguio, this attraction gives it’s visitors the chance to indulge in serious relaxation. Asin Hot Springs has been knwon to do wonders for the mind, body and soul because of the spring’s natural minerals like sulfates, calcium and chloride.

BenCab Museum

The BenCab museum, located at KM 6. Asin Road, houses the permanent collection of Philippine National Artist Benedicto Cabrera (BenCab) in several galleries, as well as venues for art shows and exhibitions. The Philippine Contemporary Art Galleries highlight the artist’s collection of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. The smaller exhibition rooms contain other collections accumulated by BenCab through the years.

Bell Church

The home to beautiful landscaped gardens and intricately designed arches and buildings adorned with flags, bells and dragons. Bell church holds some artifacts about Buddhism and literatures about the history of China.

Mt. Pulag

Mt. Pulag is the highest peak in Luzon and the third highest in the Philippines which is 2,922 meters above sea level. The view from the top of Mt. Pulag never fails to amaze its climbers.

Kabayan Mummies

Also know as the Fire Mummies of the Philippines, the Kabayan Mummies are from the Ibaloi tribe of Benguet. This have been included in the 100 Most Endangered Sites in the World by a non-profit organization that focuses on the preservation of important historical monuments and sites.

Ambuclao Dam

The Ambuclao dam is popularly known as the biggest rock filled dam in the Far East and is considered as one of the major projects in Luzon that feeds electricity to the grid lines of Luzon.

Rose Gardens

Rose lovers will surely be pleased with Rose Gardens. A famous tourist attraction located in La Trinidad. Here, you will find a large variety of roses, chrysanthemums and other ornamental plants.

Mt. Ugo

This is considered to be one of the major destinations in the Cordilleras. It is the highest mountain located in Tinongdan, Itogon via the Benguet-Vizcayay boundary that boasts of stunning views of neighboring mountains and the great Luzon valley.

Kalugong View Point

A trek to Mount Kalugong is something that adventure seekers and nature lovers woudn't miss. The Kalugong View Point will give you a breathtaking experience and a panoramic view of the La Trinidad Valley and ther villages.
EL Kikasa