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Challenges of oncological care in Poland hosting Ukrainian refugees of war

Published:November 09, 2022DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejca.2022.10.002
      We would like to point out the current situation of Ukrainian patients with cancer , who are refugees of war in Poland, as a comment, the report of patients seen in Maria Sklodowska-Curie National Research Institute of Oncology, Krakow branch during the first 6 weeks, presented in the current issue of European Journal of Cancer. During first 3 months of war more than 3.5 million people from Ukraine crossed Polish border (more than 75% of total number of refugees) and about 2 millions of them decided to stay in our country and more than 1 million received citizen identification number. Responding to this situation, the Polish parliament together with the Polish National Health Fund adopted the legislation that all refugees of war from Ukraine are authorised to receive health care equal to citizens of Poland (including access to cancer medications, reimbursement of prescribed drugs, no cost access to the surgery and radiotherapy). The National Health Fund on 9th March 2022 established this special, general, official hotline and webpage for oncology patients from Ukraine to coordinate the healthcare of them [ ]. This hotline is in Ukrainian, Russian, English, and Polish languages and patients are directed to the proper oncological centres as the hotline cooperates with about 20 key Polish public comprehensive cancer centres. Assuming that 2.6 million refugees would stay temporary in Poland, we can expect approximately 52 000 prevalent cases overall and 3300 new cases of cancer in this population per year [
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      • Barańska K.
      • Wojciechowska U.
      • Tyczyński J.E.
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      • Grela-Wojewoda Aleksandra
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