In many countries, during the early months of the pandemic but also in subsequent waves, prevention and outreach programmes were suspended, treatments were delayed or cancelled, people living with cancer and their families faced enormous challenges to travel to and visit care centres.

Telemedicine and new developments in therapies and treatment protocols, as well as innovative ways to deliver support and conduct outreach, allowed many organisations to continue their work despite these disruptions. However, the health community anticipates a significant rise in late-stage diagnosis and mortality in the months and years to come.

To better understand how the pandemic affected cancer care and people living with cancer, read the testimonials and stories relating the experiences of UICC's members and partners available on this page.


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Stories on challenges, adaptations and innovations to cancer care




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Regional responses

How did UICC's members and partners react to the current challenges facing a global pandemic? Read their stories in the selected blogs and news.


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The private sector mobilises for cancer care