New U.S. cancer diagnoses fell sharply as the coronavirus pandemic hit

(Elizabeth Cooney/ Stat) — By almost every measure, far fewer cancers are being diagnosed during the coronavirus pandemic, whether the decline shows up in screening mammograms and colonoscopies or in other tests ordered after troubling symptoms prompt a doctor’s visit. A research letter published Tuesday in JAMA Network Open notes a steep downward slope in […]

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Analysis: Quebec is facing a ‘disaster’ in cancer care, experts warn

(Aaron Derfel/ Montreal Gazette) — Three months into the COVID-19 pandemic, Quebec is facing an unprecedented crisis in cancer care, with thousands of people walking around with malignancies that have gone undiagnosed and a potential backlog of about 24,000 oncology surgeries can no longer be delayed, experts in the field warn. The crisis is all […]

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Understanding stage 0 breast cancer

(WebMD) — So the doctor says you have stage 0 breast cancer, and now you have lots of questions. What does that mean? Is it even really cancer? The truth is, doctors aren’t entirely sure either. Some experts consider it the earliest stage of breast cancer. Others think of it as a sort of precancer […]

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Researchers say blood test can detect cancer years before symptoms

(Nicola Davis/ The Guardian) — A blood test can pick up cancers up to four years before symptoms appear, researchers say, in the latest study to raise hopes of early detection. A team led by researchers in China say the non-invasive blood test – called PanSeer – detects cancer in 95% of individuals who have […]

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Trial hopes to give cancer patients an immunity boost

(Steph Crosier/ Kingston Whig-Standard) — During a time when even very healthy people are being told to stay home, a new vaccine is being tested in Kingston and across the country to protect immune-suppressed cancer patients who are forced to potentially expose themselves to COVID-19 in order to receive their treatments. “Unlike many of our […]

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Sitting all day can raise your risk of cancer

(Katy Gillett/ The National) — It’s something many of us have heard before: sitting too much can kill us. But a new study that was published on Thursday is the first to definitively show a strong association between not moving and cancer death. That being said, the research also proved that with one small lifestyle […]

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COVID-19 continues to impact cancer patients and their treatments: survey

(Canadian Press) — A new survey indicates that Quebecers with cancer are still feeling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic when it comes to services offered by the health network. The second survey by the Coalition priorite cancer au Quebec, in the works since April, reveals that one out of two respondents say their treatments […]

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High-risk mammogram patients ‘hesitant’ to show up for appointments amid COVID-19

(Carolyn Ray/ CBC) — Staff at the Nova Scotia breast screening program are trying to reassure patients that it’s safe to come in after an alarming number of high-risk women skipped their mammogram. “It’s a little disheartening. If people aren’t comfortable coming, they really shouldn’t take an appointment,” said Trena Metcalfe, the program manager for […]

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Delay cancer treatment or risk COVID-19? Doctors and patients weigh the risks

(Alexandra Mae Jones and Sandie Rinaldo/ CTV National News) — An international study into the impact of COVID-19 on cancer patients has found an alarming trend: the death rate is more than twice that of other people who contract the virus, leaving doctors searching for answers on how to continue care. The study, which had […]

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UK researchers develop non-invasive test for early detection of endometrial cancer

(Technology Networks) — In the largest study of its kind, researchers have confirmed a new non-invasive test can be used to help with the early detection of endometrial cancer and at-risk patients. Published in the journal, Cancers, the study signals the next step forward in providing an inexpensive tool for diagnosing patients with endometrial cancer […]

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