3 Ways to Counter Covid-19’s Threat to Community-Based Cancer Care

Americans take great cancer care for granted. We pride ourselves on access to the best specialists and the most innovative medicines. And this January we learned of the largest ever single-year drop in the rate of cancer deaths across the country. The Covid-19 pandemic is putting this success at risk, as is the loss of

Axing the ACA Means Young Adults with Cancer Lose Coverage

A new study led by UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospitals and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) has quantified the impact of repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA), which enables 18- to 25-year-olds to remain on their parents insurance plans, including cancer patients who require long-term medical follow-up. Read the full article here on UCSF.

Experts Discuss Oncology Care and Payment Reform in Avalere Webinar

Oncology payment and delivery reform has seen plenty of discussion, especially in the wake of a pandemic that changed virtually everything about daily life, including the way physicians practice and patients’ attitudes toward seeking care. The future of oncology care was the key topic of interest in a panel discussion held by Avalere Health on

Women With Cervical Cancer May Have Increased Risk of Injury During Diagnostic Workup

Among women participating in cervical cancer screening in Sweden, those with a diagnosis of invasive cervical cancer had an increased risk of iatrogenic injuries (as a consequence of medical intervention) and non-iatrogenic injuries (caused by accidents and self-harm) requiring hospitalization, according to results published in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American

Trump’s Antibody ‘Cure’ Will Be in Short Supply

Nearly two weeks ago, President Trump told Americans that they would soon be getting an antibody treatment that he had promoted, without evidence, as a “cure” for the coronavirus. This weekend, as the country braced for another major wave of coronavirus infections, Mr. Trump’s health secretary promised such therapieswere just around the corner. But these

Nurses Should Discuss Patients’ Mental Health Early On

The Commission on Cancer has protocols for screening and treating patients with cancer who have depression. However, those same kinds of procedures are not in place for patients with anxiety, which could make up a larger percentage than those with depression in the oncology space. “We say to patients with cancer, ‘You’re not alone in

Major Health Toll From Collapse in Cancer Screenings in Pandemic

Dr. Constantine Mantz recalls a patient he saw recently who had noticed a lump in her breast very early in the year. "She was unable to go for her mammograms and ultrasounds as had been prescribed by her family physician because facilities had shut themselves down," said Mantz, a radiation oncologist and chief policy officer