Pediatric cancer patients evacuated from Ukraine arrive in US

Four Ukrainian children with cancer are currently receiving medical care at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, the US State Department announced on Tuesday.

After Russia invaded Ukraine on February 24, young patients could no longer receive their cancer treatments. The children, aged 9 months to 9 years, were first evacuated to Poland with close family members, before being flown to the United States.

St. Jude said in a statement that it was the first U.S. hospital to see Ukrainian patients and that in addition to receiving cancer care, the children would benefit from “trauma-informed psychosocial therapy.” and schooling. The State Department, which backed the children’s airlift, said they “represent a small proportion of the thousands of patients whose cancer treatment has been interrupted and who, even in the midst of a pandemic and with weakened immune systems, were forced to flee their homes.”

The United Nations estimates that since February 24, at least 10 million Ukrainians have been displaced from their homes. St. Jude Global’s SAFER Ukraine program works with more than 600 Ukrainian cancer patients, helping them get their medical records translated and find cancer care in other countries.

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