In this episode of a webinar series called Targeted Talks, Debra Patt, MD, PhD, MBA, oncologist, and breast specialist, Texas Oncology, speaks with Alex Spira, MD, PhD, FACP, medical oncologist, Virginia Cancer Specialists, about the impact of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic on community cancer centers and hospitals in the United States.
As a result of COVID-19, many have been scared to come into doctors’ offices even for cancer screenings. Patt and Spira explain that these issues are likely to cause a snowball effect in the oncology field. Delayed cancer screenings have caused delays in diagnosis, and late diagnoses caused more patients to be diagnosed with advanced stages of the disease. Most importantly, Patt and Spira predict that COVID-19 will directly lead to increases in the number of cancer deaths over the next few years.