World Cancer Day 2023

World Cancer Day is an international day recognized on February 4 with the primary goal of reducing the number of deaths from cancer by raising cancer awareness, encouraging its prevention and promoting its detection and treatment.

In the countries where Anera works, access to adequate healthcare is a challenge for most. Receiving life-saving cancer treatment and medicines is almost unattainable – especially in vulnerable or refugee communities. Anera’s medical donations team recognizes the struggles cancer patients face in Palestine and Lebanon and works closely with our healthcare partners to procure critical medications for the fight against cancer.

Getting Cancer Medications and Treatment to Where They are Needed Most

Lebanon’s Crisis Impacts Cancer Patients Amid Medicine Shortages

Working closely with local establishments in Lebanon, Anera’s team delivers essential medications to those who need it most.

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Donated Medicine Helps Gaza Cancer Patients Get Treatment at Home

Anera recently distributed chemotherapy medicine to Shifa Hospital in Gaza.

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Donated chemotherapy meds in the Shifa Hospital pharmacy

Donated Cancer Medicines Help Save Lives in Lebanon

Anera has been able to distribute a substantial supply of anti-cancer and insulin medications. The medications are an essential part of a new biological therapy for cancers like melanoma, leukemia, and solid tumor cancers such as lung cancer.

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Relieving Pain in Cancer Patients

Rana Yamout, pain and palliative care specialist at Naif Cancer Center at AUBMC in Lebanon talks about the importance of cancer medicine donations and how vital they are for their patients.

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Thuraya with her mask on
Thuraya is able to receive chemotherapy treatment in Lebanon thanks to medical donations from Anera.

World Cancer Day 2022

So far in Anera’s fiscal year for 2022, the medical donations team has received 6 shipments containing anticancer medication. These shipments would not be possible without the support and donations from Direct Relief, International Health Partners, and Hikma Pharmaceuticals. Beneficiaries of these cancer medications have been the Ministry of Health in the West Bank, Shifa Hospital in Gaza and the Health Care Society in Lebanon.

Cancer Medicines Delivered and Their Practical Usage

Hydroxyurea Cureaml – can be used for cancer and sickle cell.
Cyramza (Ramucirumab) – a monoclonal antibody developed for the treatment of solid tumors.

Capecitabine – used to treat breast, colon or rectal cancer.
Cyclophosphamide – used to treat cancer of the ovaries, breast, blood and lymph system and nerves.

West Bank:
Nintedanib – used for chemotherapy for lung cancer.



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