Correspondent in Lisbon
The Kings of Spain accompanied the President of Portugal, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, in the inauguration of a pioneering center in the fight against pancreatic cancer, one of the most difficult to cure, in the
Champalimaud Foundation, located in Lisbon.
Until that building in the Belém area, near the Jerónimos Monastery, the Spanish monarchs arrived, in addition to the Minister of Health, Carolina Darias, after landing at the Figo Maduro air base, from where they first moved to the Citadel of Cascais for a private lunch with Rebelo de Sousa.
It was early in the afternoon when they headed for the official ceremony in the center called Botton-Champalimaud, where the Portuguese Prime Minister joined, the socialist Antonio Costa. This is how part of an ambitious research strategy characteristic of the prestigious foundation was revealed, which has an agreement in force with the Reina Sofía Foundation, chaired by Felipe VI’s mother. The goal is to prosper in research on degenerative diseases, such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s.
Now this project is added, which has been set up thanks to the collaboration of the Botton family, founders of the yogurt brand Danone and that they contribute 50 million euros to move forward.
The King’s words highlighted the importance and significance of the opening: “It is an act of great importance for our societies, for science and for the health of all our citizens.”
Felipe VI also stressed: “Many of the tumors that, in the past had a very poor prognosis, are now diseases with high percentages of cure. Without a doubt, a call to hope to fight cancer, in general, and pancreatic cancer, in particular.
According to the explanations developed by the Monarch: «This plan aims to tackle cancer in a comprehensive way, around four areas of action. Each and every one of them is essential in the response to pancreatic cancer: prevention, early detection, the same treatment and the quality of life of patients».
The cell therapy will be one of the strategic areas at the Botton-Champalimaud Pancreatic Center, which not only intends to explore the knowledge of the biology and evolution of pancreatic cancer, but above all to develop forms of treatment and innovative clinical trials, capable of offering patients a more concrete hope for better disease control
The new building will be a research center and hospital and has three operating rooms equipped with the most advanced technology, 25 inpatient rooms and 15 intensive care rooms, as well as a totally innovative day hospital.
Felipe VI concluded his speech by appealing to the ties that unite Spain with Portugal: “The opening of the Botton-Champalimaud Pancreatic Cancer Center is great news for everyone. And for Spain, given the closeness and ties that bind us to Portugal, it is even more so ».
Nor did he want to forget other reflections in this regard: «Europe and, within it, Portugal and Spain, share clear objectives in the fight against pancreatic cancer. We are sure that the launch of this center will be a real stimulus to improve because it will mean a substantial advance in the management of this lethal tumor. It will benefit all our populations, even globally. Because, while it is clear that research is key against cancer, so is collaboration itself. We are sure that all the findings carried out by researchers and doctors in this center that we inaugurate today in Lisbon, will be shared with their counterparts in Spain and the rest of the EU. In this struggle, as in many others, it is the closest cooperation that will allow us to move forward.
George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism