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Declaration of Rights


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.