ASCO Stands with Ukraine’s Cancer Community, Demands Safety for Patients and Healthcare Workers Throughout Region

March 2, 2022
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ASCO stands with our Ukrainian members, the worldwide oncology community, and healthcare providers around the globe in condemning Russia’s unprovoked war on Ukraine. We call for an immediate cessation of these hostilities and demand full protection and safety for all Ukrainian patients, healthcare workers, and medical facilities.

As a global cancer society, ASCO represents oncology professionals in Ukraine and its neighboring countries including Poland, Romania, Moldova, Slovakia, and Hungary, now receiving thousands of fleeing Ukrainians. From within Ukraine and the surrounding regions we are hearing daily reports of cancer treatment interrupted by acts of war, including damage to medical facilities and shortages of critical supplies. Countless patients now need to find cancer care in new and unfamiliar surroundings with limited medical records and minimal resources.

Together with our European members and international partners, we and our members are providing active support for oncology care in Ukraine and in countries that are receiving these displaced patients to help avoid life-threatening disruptions in their cancer care.

Interruption of life-saving cancer care simply adds to the massive pain and needless suffering caused by war. We are compelled by our vision of a world where cancer is prevented or cured and every survivor is healthy, to work together with all of our members to protect the health and well-being of people with cancer everywhere.

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