On Monday 3 February, The Crown Princess attended an anniversary day to mark the tenth anniversary of the National Cancer Strategy. The aim of the strategy is to improve the quality of care for patients with cancer.
The National Cancer Strategy was commissioned by the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs in 2009. The strategy has largely focused on developing regional cancer centres (RCCs) which work to make cancer care more equal, accessible and patient-focused.
The anniversary day, which was held at Karolinska Institutet in Solna, was attended by around 800 people working or involved in developing cancer care in Sweden.
The Crown Princess gave a speech, in which she said:
"Just like so many others in our country, I have friends and relatives who have had cancer. They all say the same thing: When you're at your most scared and most excluded, when you're alone with your disease, that's when the way you're treated means everything. It may be the nurse who manages to give you hope when everything looks dark. Or the doctor who puts pride to one side and asks a colleague for help. This is the kind of commitment and professionalism that can make all the difference when you're struggling to keep fighting – for yourself or for someone you love."
The Crown Princess then presented awards within the following categories: Care Process Leader of the Year, Contact Nurse of the Year and Honorary Award of the Year.