UPDATE: LESSONS LEARNED AND LATEST NEWS ON COVID-19 & ONCOLOGY

May 2022 Covid-19 Ariez

ANALYSIS OF THE IMPACT OF THE FIRST COVID-19 WAVE ON HEAD AND NECK CANCER CARE IN THE NETHERLANDS

Researchers in the Netherlands have analysed the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on diagnosis and treatment of head and neck cancer (HNC). As expected, a lower incidence in HNC was reported during the first COVID wave in early 2020, mainly in oral cavity and laryngeal cancer. However, after the first COVID wave, when non-COVID care resumed its normal pattern, the expected increase in incidence was not observed… Read more

COVID-19 PANDEMIC LOCKDOWNS WIDELY AFFECTED PLANNED CANCER SURGERY WORLDWIDE

The application of curative surgery as part of cancer treatments was severely impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdowns. A prospective cohort study reported in The Lancet Oncology by the COVIDSurg Collaborative found that substantial proportions of patients did not undergo planned surgery for cancer in regions with moderate or full COVID-19-related lockdowns… Read more

SIGNIFICANT IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON THE CARE PATTERNS OF ENDOMETRIAL CANCER PATIENTS

Endometrial cancer is considered a disease with good prognosis, since most patients are diagnosed at an early stage of the disease. However, physicians have started delaying non-urgent procedures in order to face the growing need for assistance of COVID-19 patient. This study reports a significant impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on the patterns of presentation and treatment of endometrial cancer patients… Read more

BIVALENT BETA-CONTAINING MRNA-1273.211 BOOSTER VACCINE GENERATES HIGHER ANTIBODY TITERS THAN MRNA-1273 BOOSTER

Severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus-2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants have caused multiple waves of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) infection globally. Booster campaigns have been set up to reduce the burden of the pandemic. This phase II/III study evaluated the safety and immunogenicity of the bivalent vaccine candidate mRNA-1273.211… Read more

ANECDOTAL REPORTS OF MORE EXTENSIVE STAGING AT CANCER DIAGNOSIS CANNOT BE CONFIRMED USING ANTWERP NETWORK HOSPITAL DATA

The Covid-19 pandemic had a huge impact on the Belgian healthcare system in March and April 2020. All non-urgent procedures and examinations were postponed and screening programs were paused. It was anticipated that this would lead to a delay in cancer diagnosis… Read more

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