Dubai's new cancer 'drop-in centre' to support female patients


A unique 'cancer drop-in centre' has been launched in Dubai to support female cancer patients.

Al Jalila Foundation's Majlis Al Amal (Hope Lounge) is the first of its kind community centre in the UAE dedicated to female cancer patients and their wellbeing.

The facility, located on the ground floor of Al Jalila Foundation, is a safe space for patients and their family members to enhance their emotional health in a supportive environment.

Patients can drop-in at any time for information, a chat over tea or coffee, use the in-house library, take part in classes, or attend educational sessions presented by specialists volunteering their time.

All services are offered free of charge.

The Centre is run by volunteers and many opportunities are available for community members to donate their time and expertise.

In the UAE, approximately 4,500 new cases of cancer are reported annually, making cancer the third leading cause of death affecting more women than men.

Earlier this year, Al Jalila Foundation announced that it will open the Hamdan Bin Rashid Cancer Charity Hospital in 2024 to provide life-saving treatment to patients unable to afford quality care.

The announcement of the new drop-in centre marks the end of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Al Jalila Foundation’s month-long #PINKtober campaign in partnership with ‘Brest Friends’, the UAE’s first cancer support group, founded by Dr. Houriya Kazim in 2005.

The drop-in centre draws on the success of 'Brest Friends' that has proven a strong support network is integral to the patient’s healing journey.

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