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Cancer Patients in Greece Say Overlooked During Pandemic

July 4, 2021

ATHENS – With the attention of the world and medical community focused almost singularly on the near 1 1/2-year-long COVID-19 pandemic, cancer patients in Greece said they weren't being given enough information.

That came in a second nationwide survey of 512 cancer patients and those who recovered from the disease, with 52 percent complaining the state and medical system didn't give them timely instructions and recommendations, said Kathimerini.

The poll was taken by the Hellenic Cancer Federation-ELLOK together with IQVIA, and showed a jump of 10 percent from a previous survey about their unhappiness about the state's role in helping them.

Some 42 percent were dissatisfied, compared with 10 percent in the 2020 sampling of  patients, while 45 percent saying they government was only moderately effective – a jump from 27 percent – and 13 percent rating it effective.

And 80 percent said they should have been prioritized for vaccinations as the Coronavirus targeted those with multiple or underlying conditions.

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