Toronto’s SickKids hospital welcomes three more cancer patients from Ukraine

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A mother hugs her daughter at a checkpoint run by local volunteers after arriving from Ukraine, crossing the border in Beregsurany, Hungary, Saturday, Feb 26, 2022. Hungary has extended legal protection to those fleeing the Russian invasion. (AP Photo/Anna Szilagyi)

Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children says three more pediatric cancer patients from Ukraine have arrived for treatment.

Dr. Sumit Gupta, a staff oncologist at the hospital, says the patients and their families arrived in Toronto on Wednesday and are just starting to settle in.

SickKids is now caring for a total of five cancer patients from Ukraine.

Gupta says the hospital has the capacity to accept more patients from Ukraine, but notes it’s a “very fluid situation.”

The hospital says the patients will undergo initial assessments over the coming days to put care plans in place for them.

Gupta says the hospital is “ready and willing” to develop care plans that will aim to address all the medical and psychosocial needs of the patients, both arising from their cancer, as well as the circumstances that their families have fled.

This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Meta and Canadian Press News Fellowship.

 

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