Tough Decisions as COVID Delays Cancer Surgeries

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Many cancer patients have faced delays to their health care during the coronavirus pandemic, but with what consequences?
“Researchers at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston analyzed 15 years of data to determine how long surgery for certain types of cancer can be delayed without harming patients’ chances of survival. The study began in early spring, as the pandemic led many hospitals to cancel or postpone non-emergency procedures, including surgery for cancer.”
WebMD– “We were worried that the surgeons and patients were being forced to make treatment decisions without a clear understanding of the risks,” said Dr. Scott Fligor, a general surgery resident who led the review.

 

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