Thanks to COVID, New Cancer Diagnoses Fell by Nearly Half

During the COVID-19 pandemic, guidelines from the American Society of Clinical Oncology and other organizations have recommended that cancer screening procedures involving in-person visits, such as mammograms and colonoscopies, be postponed. These delays have contributed to a whopping 46.4% drop in the combined rate of new diagnoses for six cancers. This is the finding of a cross-sectional study, results of which have now been published in a research letter in JAMA Network Open, a...
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COVID-19 and Cancer: Age, Comorbidities Linked to Outcome

During the early stages of the pandemic, measures taken to prevent patients with cancer from contracting COVID-19 included limiting hospital attendance and delaying systemic anticancer treatment. "Whilst dictated by the necessary adoption of a precautionary principle in the context of rapidly escalating viral transmission, these measures rested on the assumption of a detrimental effect of cancer and active anticancer therapy on outcomes from SARS-CoV-2 infection," write the authors of a newly pu...
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​COVID-19 and Cancer: Addressing Patients' Concerns With Mark A. Lewis, MD

Patients with cancer often have concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, from which they are potentially at increased danger as a result of their cancer and/or due to immunosuppressive treatments. Mark A. Lewis, MD, Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology at Intermountain Healthcare, Murray, Utah, recently published a perspective piece in The New England Journal of Medicine contemplating the challenges of balancing the necessity of cancer care against the risks of COVID-19. A couple of week...
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COVID-19 Outcomes in Patients With Cancer: Miao Liu, MD, PhD

Patients with cancer face unique challenges in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic: not only do they have an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 in hospital settings, but they also experience more severe clinical outcomes from the disease compared with patients without cancer. In this interview with i3 Health, Miao Liu, MD, PhD, one of the investigators who recently reported these findings in Cancer Discovery, discusses the difficult challenges that patients with cancer face as they continue t...
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Oncology Practice and COVID-19: Addressing the Challenges With Mark A. Lewis, MD

The COVID-19 pandemic has created multiple challenges to cancer care, ranging from the risk of exposure to novel coronavirus involved in having patients come to the hospital or clinic for treatment to the risks that immunosuppressive cancer treatments––and cancer itself––may pose in making patients more susceptible to COVID-19. How should these risks be balanced against the necessity of life-preserving cancer therapies? Mark A. Lewis, MD, Director of Gastrointestinal Oncology at Intermountain He...
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