DECLARATION OF RIGHTS OF PEOPLE WITH CANCER
This Declaration was adopted by the All India Cancer Support Conference , Delhi: 25 and 26 Nov. 2000
Declaration of Rights
For the well being of people with cancer (adopted by Hitaishini)
I have the right:
- to equal concern and attention whatever my gender, cast, age, life style, degree of able-bodiedness, sociao-economic status, or religious belief.
- to be treated with respect and dignity, and to have my physical, emotional, spiritual social and psychological needs taken seriously and responded to throughout my life, whatever my prognosis.
- to know I have cancer, to be told in a sensitive manner and to share in all decisionmaking about my treatment and care in honest and informative discussions with relevant specialists and other health professionals.
- to be informed fully about treatment options and to have explained to me the benefits, side-effects and risks of any treatment.
- to a second opinion, to refuse treatment or to use complementary therapies without prejudice to continued medical support.
- to have any special welfare needs acknowledged, including those arising out of physical disability, and benefit claims responded to promptly.
- to be considered for medical and life insurance.
- to be granted medical leave as and when required during treatment, and after, for periodic check-ups.
- to be employed, promoted or accepted on return to work according to my ability and experience and not according to assumptions about my disease and its progression.
- to easy access to information about local and nationalo services, cancer support and self help groups and practitioners that may be useful in meeting my needs.
- to receive support and information to help me understand and come to terms with my disease, and to receive similar support for my family and friends.
- to receive quality care even through I may not be able to afford it.
- to receive continuing care, ensuring my quality of life, after my cancer comes back and is no longer considered curable.