This Monday, Felipe VI highlighted the inauguration of the Botton-Champalimaud Pancreatic Cancer Center, in Lisbon, as a symbol of Portugal’s “commitment” to work for the health and well-being of people.
“This center represents the firm commitment of Portugal – and the spirit of our countries – to the progress and well-being of people”, said Felipe VI, in a short passage in Portuguese, then returning to Spanish to praise the “ambitious project” which aims to strengthen the fight against pancreatic cancer: “It is an act of enormous importance for science, for our societies and for the health of all our citizens”.
In a speech given to the Prime Minister, António Costa, the Health Minister, Marta Temido, the President of the Champalimaud Foundation, Leonor Beleza, and the President of the Republic, Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, the Spanish monarch thanked the head of State for his invitation. Portuguese and also stressed that he feels “always at home” in Portugal, including also a Queen Letizia in this feeling.
Without failing to highlight the work of health professionals and researchers, Felipe VI emphasized the importance of this center – the first worldwide dedicated to pancreatic cancer and with three operating rooms with advanced technology, capacity for ten patients a day, 25 inpatient rooms and 15 intensive care rooms, two laboratories and 200 researchers – who will have the challenge of combating the fourth cause of cancer death in Europe.
“The launch of a project like this represents an opportunity to advance knowledge in the field of cancer cancer. Each new evidence can be crucial. Every small step is always important. And the fact that this initiative brings together efforts and resources , research and assistance is also a major research project, as it will bridge the gap between research and its translation to clinical practice,” he stressed.
The King of Spain stressed that an alliance between the two countries “is not new” and recalled their active participation in the European Plan to Fight Cancer, approved in February, in the midst of the covid-19 pandemic, which aims to implement an approach ” integral “in the fight against cancer, based on four pillars: prevention, early diagnosis, treatment and quality of life for patients.
“Europe, and within it Portugal and Spain, share clear objectives in the fight against pancreatic cancer. We are sure that setting up this center is a real stimulus for improvement because it will represent a substantial advance in the management of this lethal tumor. like our populations, even globally,” he explained, ruling that “collaboration” is as important as cancer research.