Medication needs of cancer patients are very broad. Not only do they include chemotherapy medications, but also medicine to treat side effects, to prevent complications, to increase blood counts, and many others. Among them, are antiviral drugs.
Cancer patients recovering from toxicities associated with chemotherapy and other treatments are often vulnerable to infections, and suffer more severe illness as a result of infection. Antiviral drugs, just like antibiotics and antifungals, are essential for protection of cancer patients during their lengthy treatment process. Most recently, we have used your donations to purchase medications to support cancer patients needing intensive care.
Foscavir is a medication that treats viral infections - usually herpes viruses, such as herpes simplex and drug-resistant CMV. Often, it's the last resort drug used in intensive care units. Although it has been available since 1990s, it is not registered in Russia. For that reason, the hospitals are unable to acquire it and have to ask charities for help with making it available for gravely sick patients. The medication has to be on hand, because once the infection spirals out of control, it is a matter of days, and sometimes hours, before it becomes lethal.
Thanks to your support, we were able to pay $2,700 towards the costs of acquiring Foscavir for hospitals in St. Petersburg in August, and we anticipate another bill soon. Thank you so much for helping us support cancer patients with this vital medication and save lives!
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