For women with cancer time spent in a chemotherapy clinic is valuable lifetime. Chemotherapy is not only physically, but also mentally very stressful, and tugs at the strength of the patients. During this stressful time, every feeling of security, peace and confidence is a relief. With their clinical, purpose-oriented appearance, most chemo treatment rooms or chemo outpatient clinics do not create an atmosphere of serenity. To change that, we founded the Initiative Rosi.
Together with Professor Dr. Jalid Sehouli, director of the Charité gynaecological clinic, we are working on a pilot project for the chemo outpatient clinic at Charité Berlin. We want to redesign the clinic and also establish a content-related concept so that patients can make their time worth living during this difficult phase. In addition we want to provide the women with diverse, interactive and intercultural offerings, which should include e.g. language classes, guest lectures and themed discussions, but also entertainment media or free cosmetic consultation. A warm and secure environment should enable women to redirect their attention, to relax and to feel comfortable.
Approximately 3,000 patients per year come to Charité because of their cancer diagnosis. They all benefit from the changes in the chemotherapy clinic’s rooms, since they spend sometimes 7 to 8 hours daily for their treatment. Some only a few months, while others 5 to 6 years.
Currently, the chemotherapy clinic’s rooms are small, sterile and uncomfortable. In such an environment, the thoughts of the patients are only able to revolve around the illness. With the transformation and the new contextual concept, we want to give women the opportunity to use their time meaningfully and to feel fully human again.
In the beginning of April we started with the first round of our crowdfunding campaign for 6 weeks and found numerous supporters for the project. Thank you for believing in Rosi and for bringing life to the chemotherapy outpatient clinic.