Negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the management of cervical cancer patients in Zambia.
Negative impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the management of cervical cancer patients in Zambia. Ecancermedicalscience. 2020;14:ed103 Authors: Lombe D, Phiri M, Msadabwe S Abstract International travel has largely been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Due to this situation, Zambia has not been able to import radioactive isotopes for High Dose Rate (HDR) brachytherapy, Iridium 192 (I192) and this has led to suspension of treatment for patients. Cancer of the cervix is the most common cancer in Zambia and brachytherapy is a core component of the treatment armamentarium. Mitigation strategies may include external beam radiotherapy boost or hysterectomy but both systems are overburdened and fragile. PMID: 32728388 [PubMed]
The adolescent health community must act quickly in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic to protect hard-won gains in human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccination coverage. HPV vaccine protects against six cancers and could nearly eliminate cervical cancer, which disproportionately and unfairly burdens women of color. For more than a decade, U.S. primary care providers have worked tirelessly to establish the adolescent vaccine platform as part of routine care, but they have faced unique challenges with regard to HPV vaccination.
Intercultural bilingual school at Andahuaylas province, Peru. Photo courtesy Sergio Chaparro Hernández (CESR) By Laura Adriaensens and Sergio Chaparro HernándezANTWERP, Belgium / BOGOTA, Colombia, Sep 11 2020 (IPS) “It’s a major paradox, no?” asks Hugo Ñopo, a researcher at the Peruvian think tank Group for the Analysis of Development (GRADE). Since the beginning of the pandemic, Peru has presented itself as an example for the region: it quickly implemented drastic prevention measures, followed scientific recommendations and prepared an economic support plan for the most vulnerable se...
Before the pandemic, about 1,000 new patients came to Boston’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute for treatment consultations each week. When COVID-19 hit Massachusetts this spring, the number of new consultations fell by half and the hospital moved as many appointments as possible online. Now, with daily case counts relatively low in the area, the hospital is back to scheduling about 800 consultations per week, using a mixture of telemedicine and in-person appointments, says associate chief medical officer Dr. Andrew Wagner—but that still means about 200 cancer patients per week are not getting the treatment consult...
Future Oncology, Ahead of Print.
The COVID-19 pandemic presents serious challenges for brachytherapists, and in the time-sensitive case of locally advanced cervical cancer (LACC), the need for curative brachytherapy (BT) is critical for survival. Given the high-volume of LACC in our safety-net hospital, we developed a strategy in close collaboration with our gynecology oncology and anesthesia colleagues to allow for completely clinic-based ICBT.
Conclusion: Based on clinician responses, it appears that most practices across India have suffered a fall in patient volumes. The responses from government sectors point towards a bigger hit in this segment of practice. While the management of endometrial cancers and cervical cancers was mostly unchanged, most cases of advanced ovarian cancer received neoadjuvant chemotherapy. Cervical cancer, when managed by chemoradiation, was likely to have altered radiation schedules. PMID: 32728383 [PubMed]
This article presents in detail the issues and possible solutions with currently available literature for COVID-19 and radiation, in particular brachytherapy management of locally advanced cervical cancers. The review attempts to provide possible explanations and pathways based on COVID-19 testing, brachytherapy processes including application, imaging, and fractionation, keeping in mind the overall treatment time. PMID: 32695203 [PubMed]
In the last five months, 1.41 crore individuals were screened for hypertension, 1.13 crore for diabetes and 1.34 crore for oral, breast or cervical cancer, the ministry said. Despite the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, medicines were dispensed to about 5.62 lakh hypertension patients and 3.77 lakh diabetes patients at the HWCs in June alone, according to the statement.
Conclusions: Since many health care interventions are reflected in the workload of a pathology laboratory, this study enabled us to identify areas for “deconfinement” health care actions. Our findings indicate that various areas in medicine were affected, but the impact seemed largest for cancer screening. Health care professionals should assure that consultations related to cancer screening are postponed instead of cancelled.Pathobiology
Authors: Del Pilar Estevez-Diz M, Bonadio RC, Miranda VC, Carvalho JP Abstract During the COVID-19 pandemic, health services worldwide are going through important adaptations to assist patients infected with COVID-19, at the same time as continuing to provide assistance to other potentially life-threatening diseases. Although patients with cancer may be at increased risk for severe events related to COVID-19 infection, their oncologic treatments frequently cannot be delayed for long periods without jeopardising oncologic outcomes. Considering this, a careful consideration for treatment management of different malig...