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A Ukrainian radiologist writes about the effects of war


Dr. Kmetyuk Yaroslav, PhD.

Dr. Kmetyuk Yaroslav, PhD, is Chief of Radiosurgery at Feofaniya Clinical Hospital in Kyiv. He said he had been living in the basement of his clinic since the start of the war due to Russian shelling near his home and many cancer patients remained in Kyiv and needed medical attention.

“We did not stop irradiating patients for a single day. PET/CT had to be stopped due to lack of personnel. Last week, colleagues were able to move to an area near the clinic and resume operation of the cyclotron and the laboratory. I hope we will succeed soon with FDG production,” Yaroslav wrote in the letter dated March 30.

He continued: “Whenever the city is bombarded or covered with missile fire, the patients have to go down to the basement at the alarm signal. But it is clear that we cannot interrupt the radiotherapy in progress. I decided myself that when we start PET we will not interrupt the examination either. We will not let the patients down…”

Feofaniya Clinical Hospital is located a few kilometers south of downtown Kyiv, nestled next to the forests of Holosiivskyi National Nature Park. According to his websitethe hospital continues to provide oncology care, including outpatient chemotherapy treatments.

A photograph taken in the waiting room of the Feofaniya Clinical Hospital in Kyiv

A photograph taken in the waiting room of the Feofaniya Clinical Hospital in Kyiv, Ukraine (March 2022). Photo courtesy of Journal of Nuclear Medicine.

On Sunday June 5, Russian rockets hit the Ukrainian capital for the first time in more than a month, according to news reports.

100 days of war

The Ukrainian health system is under severe pressure after 100 days of war, the World Health Organization (WHO) reiterated in a statement. June 3 report.

“WHO has increased its presence, both in Ukraine and in countries hosting displaced Ukrainians, to help meet growing health needs,” WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a statement. a statement.

As of June 2, there have been 269 verified attacks on health facilities, killing at least 76 people and injuring 59, according to the WHO. Some health facilities have been destroyed, while others have been overwhelmed by people seeking care for trauma and injuries resulting directly from the war.

“WHO is doing everything in its power to support the Ukrainian Ministry of Health and provide essential medical supplies and equipment. But the medicine Ukraine needs most is the one WHO cannot. provide: peace,” Ghebreyesus said.

Yaroslav’s letter was in response to Dr. Ken Herrmann, chairman of the European Association of Nuclear Medicine (EANM) Oncology and Theranostics Committee, who reached out to offer the association’s support as well as his support personal.

“I contact you today in my role as Chairman of Nuclear Medicine in Essen. We are all shocked by the invasion of your country and the current events in Ukraine. As a native of East Berlin, I am emotionally affected and it reminds me of my personal story,” Herrmann wrote.

Yaroslav, vice-president of the Ukrainian Society of Nuclear Medicine, noted the EANM’s decision to terminate Russia’s membership in the EANM in a show of support for his country, and he signed with a simple request.

“Pray for us,” he said.

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