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 Risk in Cancer Patients: Melvin LK Chua, MBBS, FRCR, PhD, and Conghua Xie, MD, PhD

Last week, a research team under the direction of Conghua Xie, MD, PhD, and Melvin LK Chua, MBBS, FRCR, PhD, reported in JAMA Oncology that patients with cancer at a hospital in Wuhan, China, experienced an increased risk of COVID-19 infection relative to other members of the community. In this interview with i3 Health, Dr. Chua and Dr. Xie discuss their findings and analyze possible factors contributing to the increased risk of COVID-19 infection in patients with cancer. Can you comment on the ...
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Head and Neck Cancer: Reducing In-Hospital Mortality With Eric Adjei Boakye, PhD

​Over 4% of head and neck cancer (HNC) patients who are hospitalized die during their stay in the hospital. How can this number be reduced? In a cross-sectional study recently published in JAMA Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery, a research team led by Eric Adjei Boakye, PhD, found that among a variety of other patient- and hospital-related factors, male sex, weekend admissions, and treatment at nonteaching hospitals are associated with increased in-hospital mortality. In this interview with i...
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Increased COVID-19 Risk in Patients With Cancer

Patients with cancer are at increased risk of infection with severe adult respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), which causes COVID-19, according to a medical records review of patients with cancer at a hospital in Wuhan, China. "Patients with cancer from the epicenter of a viral epidemic harbored a higher risk of SARS-CoV-2 infection… compared with the community. However, fewer than half of these infected patients were undergoing active treatment for their cancers," note the investiga...
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Head and Neck Cancer: What Factors Affect Risk of In-Hospital Mortality?

​Along with a variety of other patient- and hospital-related factors, male sex, weekend admissions, and treatment at nonteaching hospitals are associated with increased in-hospital mortality for patients with head and neck cancer, report the authors of a cross-sectional study published today in JAMA Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. Using the 2008 to 2013 National Inpatient Sample database, the investigators identified adult hospitalized patients diagnosed with either primary or secondary he...
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