Caring for Ukrainian Cancer Patients: 20 months of YCE’s support - Youth Cancer Europe (YCE)

Caring for Ukrainian Cancer Patients: 20 months of YCE’s support

Today, after 20 months since the conflict began, Youth Cancer Europe is still standing with unwavering determination to assist Ukrainian cancer patients in the midst of the ongoing war.

Throughout this challenging period, our mission remains unchanged: to ensure that Ukrainian people living with and beyond cancer have access to the essential treatment and cancer care they require.

Our Ongoing Efforts

Right from the beginning, YCE members, staff and volunteers jumped into action and organized a coordinated response and operational support for cancer patients in the country. On February 26th, just two days after the conflict began, we launched our crisis response.

Our primary focus has been on gathering information and facilitating communication with Ukrainian cancer patients. We’ve worked tirelessly to ensure that they are aware of the free medical services and specific cancer medicines and/or therapies for Ukrainian refugees in different European countries. Moreover, we’ve provided guidance on EU legislation, country-specific regulations, and legal provisions. We’ve gone the extra mile to assist patients with registration processes,in order to access health services.

Our Strong Ties with the Ukrainian Community

Throughout these challenging times, we’ve stayed as close as possible to our dearest members from Ukraine. We hosted a special “War and Cancer” online webinar. It was a powerful moment where we connected with our Ukrainian people, listened to their inspiring stories of resilience, courage and strength, as they shared their experiences of traveling across borders for cancer treatment in various parts of Europe.

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We’ve been staying close with our awesome Ukrainian patient community in Cluj-Napoca by having regular meet-ups. Together, we attended the World Cancer Concgres 2022 and we had an incredible time at the Untold festival, making great memories together.

Earlier this year, we had the pleasure of having Nicoleta Pauliuc, Romanian Senator and a dedicated member of the National & European Parliamentarians for Cancer Action attending one of our special events dedicated to Ukrainian refugees who are cancer patients and benefitted from YCE’s evacuation and operational support, currently accessing cancer therapy in România.

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work!

All this time, UICC – Union for International Cancer Control was our constant ally in this fight so we wish to express our heartfelt appreciation. With their continuous support, we’ve reached countless cancer patients and their families, helping them find safety in neighboring nations and secure the life-saving treatment they urgently require.
YCE has also worked closely with The Little People Romania, a cancer charity, who have played an important role in coordinating the efforts for Ukrainian cancer patients.

YCE’s Ongoing Mission

The fight continues, but so does our commitment. As long as the war continues and patients need our help, Youth Cancer Europe will remain dedicated to:

Guiding and Connecting: We’ll be here to guide patients and connect them with the right clinics and healthcare professionals who can provide the care they require.

Connecting to Local Support: We’ll continue to connect patients to local NGOs and aid organizations, ensuring they receive the support and resources they need.

Offering aid in the translation of medical and legal documents

Supporting patients and their families to get safe and appropriate housing, food, and social care

Provide Mental Health support through peer support 

You can count on us to keep you updated with the latest news and our exciting progress. Just make sure you keep an eye on our social media channels.

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