Her Majesty Queen Letizia of Spain received the Spanish Group for Rare and Infrequent Tumours (GETHI) at Zarzuela Palace in Madrid yesterday. Six members of the organisation attended the meeting at Her Majesty’s home.
The Queen spent several minutes in discussion with the attendees and learning about the organisation. The group said on Twitter that it was “an honour” to meet Queen Letizia and speak with her about their work.
Rare tumours account between 20 and 24% of the total of neoplasms diagnosed in Spain.
GETHI was founded in 2012 by members of 17 Spanish hospitals in the framework of the Spanish Society of Medical Oncology. Casa Real said that it “is a cooperative group dedicated exclusively to the basic, translational and clinical research of rare and infrequent neoplasms, which aims to become a reference at the international level in order to offer the professionals who treat these patients the best and newest treatment options, both at the healthcare level as well as at the research level.”
The organisation’s objectives include quantifying health importance, promotion of the coordination of the different population-based “Tumour Registries” in Spain, preparing guidelines for the care of patients with rare tumours and raising awareness about health problems associated with rare and infrequent tumours.
Queen Letizia also held an audience with the Permanent Commission of “UNICEF Spanish Committee” of which she is the honorary president. UNICEF is the United Nations Children’s Fund which bases their work on the Convention on the Rights of the Child. They told her about the current situation regarding their organisation, as well as their future projects and ongoing children’s issues across the globe.
Spain’s Queen is an active participant in UNICEF Spain’s activities who stays continuously informed and grants her support for numerous projects of the organisation.