Launch of the joint survey on the impact of the war in Ukraine on cancer services


4 months since the breakout of the war, the situation in Ukrainian is still concerning. We are constantly worrying if the cancer patients in the country have access to timely proper treatment, and we never stop thinking about how we can help to improve the quality of local cancer services.

The Special Network on the Impact of the War in Ukraine on Cancer, co-created by ECO and the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) in February 2022, of which ESSO remains an active member, has recently launched a survey in order to:

• Support the WHO, EU, and national governments in responding to cancer service pressures due to the war in Ukraine;

• Achieve accuracy of policy response to these needs; and,

• Assess and monitor trends and impact on patients and healthcare systems over time.

The survey is targeted towards practitioners working in hospitals and cancer centres, as well as patient organisations supporting Ukrainian cancer patients in countries surrounding Ukraine: Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia.

This is a multi-arm survey developed and conducted in conjunction with the following organisations: American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), ECO Patient Advisory Committee the European Oncology Nursing Society (EONS), the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO), the European Society of Oncology Pharmacy (ESOP), the European Society Surgical Oncology (ESSO), the European Society for Radiation Oncology (ESTRO), the Organisation of European Cancer Institutes (OECI) and the European Cancer Organisation (ECO).

Separate arms of the survey have been developed to understand particular needs for:

• medical oncology and pharmacy services;

• oncology surgery services;

• radiation therapy services; 

• patient organisations.

ESSO has sent the survey to all our individual members in the relevant targeted countries surrounding Ukraine as well as additional contacts to our knowledge in those countries. Our national affiliated societies in Hungary, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, and Slovakia are also committed to disseminating the survey within their society membership.

The survey will close on 10 July. Results will be published and shared by the end of the summer.

We strongly encourage our members from the targeted countries to participate in the survey and help circulate it to your contacts in these countries. 

Please click here for further information and to complete the survey.

As a medical professional association with more than 4000 members worldwide, ESSO has been monitoring closely the development of this critical situation and is helping with its maximum capacity since the day the war broke out.

To find out our actions in securing medical care in Ukraine, and channels to support the Ukrainian Society of Surgical Oncology and cancer patients in Ukraine.

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