A Message from the Lymphoma Coalition Board of Directors
Lymphoma Coalition has watched with growing concern the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. Ukrainian health professionals are doing their utmost to ensure that patients continue to receive the best possible care and treatment despite the profoundly difficult and precarious situation. The protection and safety of all patients with lymphoma, as well as healthcare professionals, is paramount and access to healthcare, lymphoma treatment, and the delivery of assistance and support must remain a priority.
Lymphoma Coalition pledges our support to all of our Member organisations affected by what is unfolding and to their respective networks, partner organisations, people living with lymphoma, as well as the staff, volunteers, and friends from neighbouring countries.
Currently, Lymphoma Coalition has built a collaboration amongst Member organisations and other existing partners and allies in Central and Eastern Europe, also including select pan-European organisations and scientific societies. Together, we are making every effort to provide concrete help, identifying tangible ways to assist patients in need and supporting the efforts of healthcare professionals across borders. This initiative is based on ongoing communications with haematologists in Ukraine, who have voiced how the broader lymphoma community can best assist.
Together, the following actions are being taken:
- Identifying hospitals who can provide medications, access to medical equipment and other critical supports to hospitals in Ukraine and neighbouring countries (namely Poland, Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Slovakia) who are treating Ukrainian patients that have been displaced by the conflict. The surrounding countries are graciously welcoming and supporting those from Ukraine, even though there are unbudgeted costs being incurred by healthcare systems that are already stretched from the additional costs of the Covid-19 pandemic.
- Reaching out to hospitals across Europe to identify those that can help with diagnostic (CT or PET/CT) and treatment procedures for these patients. This is an urgent need, especially for those with an aggressive lymphoma that will die without treatment.
- Working with Reference centres across Europe to provide Cross Border Health (CBH) assistance for patients with lymphoma that is especially challenging to treat, ensuring they get to leading specialty physicians who can provide the best care.
- Communicating any help for Ukrainian patients that other countries can provide, especially the top four EU countries of Germany, Italy, France, and Spain.
- Facilitating contacts with clinicians who are able to provide patient consultations and translate medical reports, as well as an extended group able to inform patients, or offer linguistic support in both Ukrainian and Russian languages.
As we continue to explore and implement additional actions, Lymphoma Coalition recognises the importance of collaboration to maximise the benefit to those in need.
Thus far, this initiative has been built from LC’s existing network in Europe. If you would like to help, please contact us.
Information available to assist people in need of help
For those needing assistance, below you will find a list of resources that may help, or you can contact us directly.