Mamak which is one of the biggest municipalties in Ankara Turkey, works hard to improve health projects especially in cancer early diagnosis and psychosocial support in cooperation with training hospitals and the public, showing the power and responsibilities of local authorities. Psychodrama group therapies and breast cancer screening by the cooperation of the patient was the two main targets included in the content of the presented program.
According the list of breast cancer patients provided by a nurse team and the family physicians in Mamak Municipality population, the patients were invited to participate psychodrama group therapy sessions two hours once in a week . The sessions were semistructured considering the basic needs of the patients . However, the theme for each session was very often decided on site spontaneously. The psychodrama group sessions primarily targeted to support and strengthen the patients after the cancer diagnosis.
The second important step in the project was to organize the patients who participated in the group sessions to work voluntarily to encourage their neighbourhood to go for the breast cancer screening. The attempt spread like a snowball.
The presentation will mainly focus on the patients' needs and expectations and the possibilities by which local authorities can support national health policies.