Target: Georgy Golukhov, Head of Healthcare Dept.
Goal: Provide adequate treatment for terminal cancer patients
Cancer patients in Russia face unfathomable hardships alone. Their families are faced to care for them with no resources for pain treatment or the variety of other symptoms that arise in terminal cases. While the World Health Organization has stated that pain medication is necessary in late stage cancer, it is largely unavailable for Russian patients. The government and medical institution must stop ignoring the lack of proper hospice care for those suffering with terminal cancer.
Patients are sent home and told that there is nothing more that can be done once the cancer is deemed incurable. However, there is much more that can be done. Terminally ill patients experience severe pain, breathlessness, and challenging depression during late stages of cancer.
In the past two weeks alone, eight cancer patients reportedly committed suicide in Russia. Media outlets suggest that these people were desperate, seeing few options for help. The deputy mayor of Moscow called the suicides an “aggravation of psychiatric disorders” caused by the seasonal changes. However, suicide notes suggest that the patients could not endure the illness and were not receiving enough support.
Demand that Russia stop ignoring the indolent treatment of cancer patients and provide better medicines and treatment.
Dear Georgy Golukhov,
Terminal cancer patients in Russia face hardships that no one should have to endure. With the technology and medicine that exist today, cancer patients are still suffering in vain. In light of the recent suicides of several cancer patients, it’s clear that change is desperately needed.
Shortly before taking his own life, one of the patients left a note that placed blame on the Russian government and Health Ministry. Another wrote explicitly that he was “tired of living in agony.” Despite the deputy mayor’s attempt to brush off the suicides as seasonal depression, these notes prove the real reason for the incidents.
Cancer patients need strong pain medications like morphine, and this fact is supported by the World Health Organization. Currently, patients must jump through hoops to obtain pain medications, and many pharmacies do not even carry them. The commonly used morphine substitute, Krokodil, is linked to a variety of horrible side effects, all of which terminal cancer patients should not have to endure.
These victims have made it clear that better treatment and medicines are needed to make late stage cancer more tolerable. Now the government and health administration must act.
[Your Name Here]
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