Promoting Mutual Tolerance, Respect and Understanding through Cancer Palliation
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC), Haifa, Israel
- *Corresponding Author:
- Michael Silbermann
Technion-Israel Institute of Technology
Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC)
Received date: December 09, 2011; Accepted date: December 10, 2011; Published December 12, 2011
Citation: Silbermann M (2011) Promoting Mutual Tolerance, Respect and Understanding through Cancer Palliation. J Palliative Care Med 1:e103. doi: 10.4172/2165-7386.1000e103
Copyright: ©2011 Silbermann M. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Last week I was privileged to organize a Pediatric Palliative Care Workshop of the Middle East Cancer Consortium (MECC) in Larnaca, Cyprus, that brought together health-care professionals from Turkey, Cyprus (both Greek and Turkish parts), Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq, Pakistan, Morocco and Uganda. This forum meets every year in Cyprus to explore the best ways to alleviate the suffering of cancer victims. It is inspiring. Universal empathy for the terminally ill and the dying breaks through political walls and overpowers religious and cultural differences. The dominant language in the meeting is that of compassion, solidarity and human decency. Such a gathering calls for hope where geopolitical conflicts rule, for the building of bridges to common ground. The faculty from the United States described the most recent advances in palliative care, whereas the participants from the Middle East exalted the role of the extended family as an important companion of the dying during their final journey. The familiarity with death, which is decreasing in developed countries, produces a unique appreciation of the gifts of life and of the sacredness of each human being endowed with a special mission for which no advanced technologies can stand in.