Daliana Virgu, Author at Youth Cancer Europe (YCE)

4 months into the war in Ukraine
cancer patients desperate for help
as the fighting rages on

We all read the upsetting reports of a new wave of airstrikes and shelling hitting civilian infrastructure, causing massive suffering & loss of life, in spite of International Humanitarian Law prohibiting attacks which may be expected to cause incidental loss or damage to civilians and civilian objects. According to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the number of civilian casualties has now surpassed 10,000

Destruction of civilian infrastructure means that millions of Ukrainians have lost their homes and livelihoods, left without access to clean water, electricity or gas and no means of transport or access to medicine and health services.

The World Health Organisation Surveillance System for Attacks on Health Care confirmed 295 attacks on healthcare facilities, medical transport, warehouses, supplies, medical personnel and patients.

4 months of war in Ukraine 4 months of YCE’s support to hundreds of Ukrainian cancer patients who fled their country and are now continuing their cancer therapy in 18 European countries.

At YCE’s recent WAR AND CANCER webinar Natalia told us how she was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma stage IV right when the war started, but wasn’t able to access medication. She was also in danger of thrombosis because of her lymphoma, told by her doctor that she was going to die either from thrombosis or from cancer. Urgent action was needed. Through the help of Inspiration Family, she was referred to Youth Cancer Europe and was able to get to Warsaw, Poland, to start cancer therapy.

“One week after my 5th round of chemo I feel perfect, full of energy and hope. If anyone asks me if there is life after a cancer diagnosis, I would say yes, but [only] if you have access to medicine.”

Natalia H.

As the war in Ukraine shows no signs of abating and the humanitarian situation continues to deteriorate, we need ever-increasing support to continue with our work.

Our heartfelt thanks go to the UICC Solidarity Fund and Peace Boat Disaster Relief, Japan, as well as all the individual donors who have helped our work.

The heart-warming messages received by our colleagues and volunteers remind us that our work makes a difference and keeps us motivated to go on.


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