The aim of Knowing disease: patients first project is to analyse the relationship between the oncological experience of disease/illness and the correspondent biomedical knowledge.
This research, carried out at Ipatimup and funded by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, was based on interviews with cancer patients, whose experiences, doubts and cancer illiteracy inspired the development of a series of booklets with the seal of the Portuguese Directorate General of Health.The booklets center around colon, esophagus, breast, prostate, lung, stomach, bladder and thyroid cancers. In order to overcome fears, myths and incomprehensible medical terms, they contain a clear, accessible and educational language.