Could a pause in screenings increase missed cancer diagnoses?

When the COVID-19 pandemic began in the U.S. in 2020, most hospitals and physician ’s offices paused elective and preventive care services to focus on treating large numbers of COVID patients, preserving medical supplies and bed space in hospitals, and reducing the risk of non-COVID patients being exposed to the virus. Cancer screenings were one ofRead more …Could a pause in screenings increase missed cancer diagnoses? originally appeared inKevinMD.com.
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The most commonly used molecular diagnostic technique is the polymerase chain reaction (PCR). PCR detects a short section of genetic code of interest, a cancer gene, human mRNA or a pathogen's genome. It is used by every specialty in medicine and surgery, with increasing frequency and importance. In this article, the history, steps of the cycle, uses, forms, advantages and disadvantages of PCR are discussed. With the SARS coronavirus-2 pandemic having such an enormous impact on the delivery of elective surgery, decisions to proceed or defer are made by surgeons on a daily basis, based on PCR results.
Source: Surgery (Medicine Publishing) - Category: Surgery Authors: Tags: Infection Source Type: research
In this study, clinical patient characteristics related to COVID-19 outcome and advanced care planning, in terms of non-oncological treatment restrictions (e.g., do-not-resuscitate codes), were studied in patients with cancer and COVID-19.
Source: European Journal of Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: Original Research Source Type: research
AbstractPurpose of ReviewSince the past year, the fast spread of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has represented a global health threat, especially for cancer patients, that has required an urgent reorganization of clinical activities. Here, we will critically revise the profound impact that the pandemic has generated in lung cancer patients, as well the most significant challenges that oncologists have to face to maintain the highest possible standards in the management of lung cancer patients in the pandemic era.Recent FindingsEvidences suggested a higher susceptibility and mortality of lung cancer patients due to CO...
Source: Current Oncology Reports - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
In this report, the first case of COVID-19 positive C.auris fungemia detected in Turkey was presented. A 71-year-old male patient with a history of myocardial infarction, diabetes mellitus, donation of a single kidney and lobectomy surgery due to lung cancer was hospitalized in the pandemic thoracic surgery service due to the findings consistent with viral pneumonia on thoracic computed tomography. Favipiravir 2 x 600 mg and intravenous dexamethasone 1 x 6 mg therapy was administered. The patient tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 polymerase chain reaction, and severe involvement of the left lung was detected in the following ...
Source: Mikrobiyoloji Bulteni - Category: Microbiology Authors: Source Type: research
ConclusionsDuring the first wave, there was a mismatch between 1) GPs' reported availability/preparedness to adequately care for at-risk patients, and 2) some GPs discouraging at-risk patients to come for consultations, at-risk patients' perceptions that their care was not “urgent” in a pandemic setting, and patient perceptions that GPs were otherwise unavailable/overburdened.Key messagesQualitative data offer explanations for health service use reductions during the COVID-19 pandemic.Results provide potential paths forward and highlight GP views of being an underutilized resource.
Source: The European Journal of Public Health - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
The death of Colin Powell, an 84-year-old former four-star general who served as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff under U.S. President George H.W. Bush and Secretary of State under President George W. Bush and is perhaps best known for his role in bringing the U.S. into its second war in Iraq, is a high-profile reminder of a grim reality: COVID-19 is not just a pandemic of the unvaccinated, as current president Joe Biden likes to say, but a pandemic of the elderly, too. From early on in the pandemic, we’ve known the virus disproportionately kills older people, and the overall data make that pretty clear: About 5...
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We report the experience of a dermatologic radiation therapy department concerning a group of patients with a diagnosis of NMSC selected for a radiation treatment plan aimed to minimize the number of their accesses to our department.PMID:34658271 | DOI:10.1177/03008916211051426
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Technol Cancer Res Treat. 2021 Jan-Dec;20:15330338211050764. doi: 10.1177/15330338211050764.ABSTRACTA pandemic of coronavirus diseases 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak is a major public health emergency that has spread in the fastest speed, and caused the most extensive infection world widely. Transbronchial biopsy (TBB) and computed tomography guided percutaneous needle biopsy (CTPNB) is the most common and significant method for the diagnosis of lung cancer. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the indications of TBB and CTPNB must be managed strictly. Therefore, it is extremely indispensable to perform meticulous and individualized ma...
Source: Technology in Cancer Research and Treatment - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
We report the experience of a dermatologic radiation therapy department concerning a group of patients with a diagnosis of NMSC selected for a radiation treatment plan aimed to minimize the number of their accesses to our department.PMID:34658271 | DOI:10.1177/03008916211051426
Source: Tumori - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Based on our study, the use of complementary therapies presumably decreased due to the restrictions imposed in the epidemic, however, the use of herbs did not change significantly. One-tenth of the respondents used naturopathic cure to prevent coronavirus infection. Orv Hetil. 2021; 162(42): 1678-1686.PMID:34656998 | DOI:10.1556/650.2021.32327
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