It is with great sadness that we share the news that Doctor Victor Calvagna, head of the children’s cancer services in Malta, died on 4th January 2022, following a tragic accident. He was a personal friend and colleague to many who worked with him during his early years of training in paediatric oncology at the Royal Marsden Hospital in the UK. He went on to build an excellent children’s cancer service in his home country of Malta, mentoring other health care professionals to develop expertise in the field. He co-founded with a parent, Puttinu Cares, a children’s cancer support group, borne out of the desire to offer a holistic approach to care for families with children suffering from cancer. This has supported the entire care pathway, even when it involves travel overseas for some more complex elements of treatment.
Victor will be remembered for his quiet determination to build the best service possible for his patients, his enthusiasm for life, embracing new activities, including ballroom dancing and running, and his dedication to the families affected by childhood cancer in Malta. His premature death has deprived the world of a charismatic leader whose expertise and camaraderie will be hugely missed.
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In expressing our condolences to his wife, Carmen and their daughters, we hope they may gain strength from the legacy of the service in which Victor has played such a key role, and be supported by all those in Malta whom he strove so hard to help in his lifetime.