During the last decade, “Iranian Cancer Control Center” (MACSA) as the leading institution in provision of supportive and palliative care in Iran, has delivered completely free services to over 20000 cancer patients and their families, regardless of their socioeconomic status.
MACSA services are now available in Isfahan, Tehran, Mashhad, Qom, Kerman and Kashan and the services are planed to soon be available all around Iran. MACSA services are aimed to best feet the needs of the patient and the family, hence are accessible within various settings, including outpatient clinic, inpatient ward home care network and online counselling center.
MACSA is, as well, a pioneer of research and education in cancer palliative care in Iran. Gaining a deep understanding of palliative and supportive care, its challenges and its requirements in compliance with the needs of the society are in close association with the development of the field. As well, educating health professionals about palliative care and educating palliative care professionals is preliminary to provision of a quality care.
Since palliative and supportive care is not supported by health authorities in Iran, all MACSA costs are covered by charitable donations.