ESSO Statement on the war in Ukraine

03/03/2022

As a medical professional association with members throughout the world, the European Society of Surgical Oncology strongly condemns the use of violence and stands in solidarity with those who are undergoing a difficult time as a consequence of political crisis and conflicts in Ukraine. Common ground shall be found through diplomatic solutions to restore peace and prosperity in the countries affected by war.

We believe that under no circumstances should the right of being treated properly be deprived from any cancer patient. A stable and secured social environment is vital for any treatment procedure. It is equally fundamental for surgeons to perform in stabilized conditions.

Proper cancer diagnosis and treatment should be delivered to all cancer patients. The access to surgical cancer surgery must be guaranteed. We call for sustained and uninterrupted access to essential healthcare and protection of health facilities, health professionals, patients, and medical supplies.

Through the European Cancer Organisation, we are also supporting the work of the WHO Emergency Committee in mapping organisations that can provide access to cancer treatment to refugees in order to mitigate some of the terrible humanitarian impact arising from the conflict. We ask our member societies and individual members to consider contributing to these relief efforts. Peace is the cornerstone of all our actions.

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