The online survey will be conducted from January 15 to February 7, 2021.
Dr. Karen Winkfield, executive director of the Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance in Nashville, Tennessee, said at a press conference: “We must have seen individuals delay receiving radiation due to concerns related to COVID.” “However, in ensuring the safety of our patients and employees. On the premise, we have done a very good job in the national radiation oncology department.”
Winkfield added that patients will also return for cancer screening.
Shelley Fuld Nasso, CEO of the National Cancer Survivors Alliance in Silver Spring, Maryland, said that although telemedicine has proven to be important, many patients still do not have access to or use the necessary technology. ability.
Nassau said that for many patients, telemedicine creates a feeling that they have lost the emotional support they need, as well as a sense of isolation and limited contact with the cancer care team.
She said: “We learned from patients that they want to be able to connect with the entire team, not just one person they might see on telemedicine.”
Nassau also mentioned two patients whose doctors initially passed their cancer to others.
“[These patients] They must promote their own diagnosis-screening will not find their cancer-but they know the symptoms they feel are not right and seek treatment, even if they face a delay in diagnosis. “.
Nassau added that not everyone is willing or able to defend themselves.
She said: “We need to ensure that the system is effective for everyone, regardless of their health literacy or self-advocacy ability.”
Unemployment related to the pandemic and the losses caused by it Health insurance Dr. Laura Makaroff, senior vice president of prevention and early detection of the American Cancer Society, said that this has also caused huge losses to cancer screening and diagnosis.
But Makaroff predicts that as more and more Americans get vaccinated, there will be an increase in screening and cancer diagnosis.
“People will feel more comfortable in healthcare, but I think we as a country also need to recognize that we are working hard to reduce these barriers so that patients can safely engage in healthcare and understand the risks of delaying healthcare or delaying screening. Far greater than any risk of possible exposure to COVID,” Makarov said.