COVID-19: Impact on Cancer Research and Care

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted multiple aspects of oncology, including patient care, research, continuing medical education (CME), and cancer care providers' psychological well-being, according to survey data presented today at the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Virtual Congress 2020. "The ongoing SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and ensuing coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is challenging cancer care and services worldwide," report the investigators, led by Guy Jerusalem, MD, PhD, Head of Medi...
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How Cancer Type Affects COVID-19 Outcomes: Lennard Lee, DPhil, MRCP, BMBCh

While patients with cancer are at an increased risk of experiencing poor outcomes from COVID-19, there is significant variability in COVID-19 risk and mortality among patients with different tumor types and demographics such as age and sex, with those with hematologic malignancies facing the highest risk. In this interview with i3 Health, Lennard Lee, DPhil, MRCP, BMBCh, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham's Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, discusses the signific...
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COVID-19 and Cancer: Tumor Type Affects Risk and Outcomes

Among patients with cancer, different tumor types and patient demographics are associated with varying COVID-19 risk and mortality, with patients with hematologic malignancies experiencing the highest susceptibility and poorest outcomes, according to a study recently published in The Lancet Oncology. Patients with cancer have been identified as a subgroup with increased susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. "However, cancer encompasses many different diseases, with a dive...
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​Connecting With Patients With Cancer in Spite of COVID-19: Kiri A. Cook, MD

The stress of having cancer and the physical and financial toll of treatment can be difficult for patients, even under normal circumstances. During the COVID-19 pandemic, patients face additional stressors, including not only the fear of mortality from COVID-19 but also the emotional impact of isolation. This sense of isolation can be present even in patients' cancer care, as many appointments take place through videoconferencing and telephone calls; even when in-person appointmen...
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COVID-19 Pandemic Causing Delays in Breast Cancer Care

 A high proportion of patients with breast cancer report significant delays in cancer care and treatment during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the results of a patient survey now published in Breast Cancer Research and Treatment. As the pandemic continues to evolve, the majority of new cancer care guidelines have focused on minimizing the risk of spreading COVID-19 without compromising the outcomes of patients with cancer. However, because delays or interruptions in treatment can negat...
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