​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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COVID-19: Patients With Cancer Experience Worse Outcomes

Compared with patients without cancer, patients with cancer have a greater risk of contracting COVID-19 in a hospital setting and experiencing severe clinical outcomes from this disease, according to the results of a study now published in Cancer Discovery.Due to coexisting medical conditions, immunosuppression caused by treatment, and poor overall health status, patients with cancer experience an increased vulnerability to infections compared with the general population. However, due to the rec...
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Cancer Survivorship During COVID-19: Optimizing Care and Quality of Life

In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, cancer survivors face heightened physical and psychosocial challenges, as well as barriers to health care delivery. The authors of an editorial recently published in the Journal of Cancer Survivorship have provided specific suggestions as to how health care workers involved in cancer care can help to address cancer survivors' needs during this difficult time."The recent COVID-19 pandemic has affected the world and has the potential to disproportionately aff...
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