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COVID-19

AACR Cancer Progress Report 2021 Showcases 50 Years of Advances in Cancer Research and Treatment

The AACR Cancer Progress Report 2021 celebrates the gains made in cancer research since the National Cancer Act was signed into law on December 23, 1971. The report also recognizes the negative impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on cancer research and patient care, the disproportionate toll both...

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International Study of the Effects of COVID-19 Lockdowns on Planned Cancer Surgeries

In a prospective cohort study reported in The Lancet Oncology, members of 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. Study Details The study included 20,006...

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Jonathan Lim, MBBS, MRCP: The Future of the Oncology Workforce Since the COVID-19 Pandemic

Jonathan Lim, MBBS, MRCP, of Christie NHS Foundation Trust and the Francis Crick Institute, discusses results of an ESMO survey, which showed that the risk of poor well-being, distress, and burnout has continued to rise since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, despite improved job performance and sustained resilience. Those most at risk, he says, are women aged 40 years and younger (Abstract 561O).

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Oncology Care Remains Under Strain in the Ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic

The resurging COVID-19 pandemic has reawakened challenges for patients and physicians—ones we all hoped were over—and presented stressful situations for patients and providers. Hospitals in some states, particularly those with lower vaccination rates, have faced levels of urgent illness that have...

Gastrointestinal Cancer
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Rates of Diagnosis of Gastrointestinal Cancers—and Stage at Diagnosis—Before and During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Japan

In a study reported in JAMA Network Open, Kuzuu et al found that the COVID-19 pandemic in Japan was associated with reduced rates of new diagnoses, as well as reduced rates of diagnosis at earlier stages, for some gastrointestinal cancers. Study Details The retrospective cohort study included data...

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Resurgence of COVID-19 Infection in a Large Highly Vaccinated U.S. Health System Workforce

In a letter to the editor in The New England Journal of Medicine, Jocelyn Keehner, MD, of the University of California San Diego Health (UCSDH), and colleagues describe a marked resurgence of COVID-19 infections among fully vaccinated workers in the UCSDH workforce in July 2021.1 The resurgence...

Solid Tumors
Hematologic Malignancies
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Antibody Response to COVID-19 Vaccination in Patients With Hematologic or Solid Cancers

In a study reported in JAMA Oncology, Mair et al found that antibody response to COVID-19 vaccination was poorer in patients with hematologic or solid malignancies compared with health-care workers. The investigators also identified factors associated with poorer antibody response among patients....

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Effectiveness of mRNA COVID-19 Vaccination in Preventing Symptomatic Infection in Health-Care Personnel

As reported in The New England Journal of Medicine by Pilishvili et al for the Vaccine Effectiveness among Healthcare Personnel Study Team, a case-control study has shown that full vaccination with the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines was highly effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 infection in U.S....

Global Cancer Care
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Building a ‘Better Normal’ of Oncology Care to Strengthen Global Health Security After the COVID-19 Pandemic

During the opening session of the 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting, Julio Frenk, MD, PhD, MPH, President of the University of Miami, gave a riveting presentation in which he described the devastating effects of the global COVID-19 pandemic on patients with cancer as well as on fragile and fragmented...

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FDA Authorizes Booster Dose of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine for Certain Populations

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has amended the emergency use authorization (EUA) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine to allow for the use of a single booster dose to be administered at least 6 months after completion of the primary series in individuals aged 65 years and older;...

Colorectal Cancer
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COVID-19 Lockdown May Be Associated With Higher Tumor Burden in Newly Diagnosed Patients With Metastatic Colorectal Cancer

In a French study reported in JAMA Network Open, Thierry et al found that tumor burden assessed as plasma circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) was significantly higher among patients with newly diagnosed metastatic colorectal cancer screened for a clinical trial after vs before the first COVID-19 lockdown ...

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Global Cancer Care

Estimated Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Cancer Diagnosis and Survival in Chile Over the Next Decade

In a simulation-based study reported in The Lancet Oncology, Ward et al estimated that delay in diagnosis due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Chile will lead to an early surge of newly diagnosed cancers at later stages, resulting in excess mortality over the next 10 years. As stated by the...

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Study Finds Up to 15% of Patients With Cancer Experience 'Long Haul' COVID-19

New details about patients with cancer who have been infected with COVID-19 have emerged from the large observational OnCOVID study. According to data presented by Alessio Cortellini, MD, and colleagues at the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress 2021 (Abstract 1560O_PR),...

Lung Cancer
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Almost Two-Thirds of Surveyed Thoracic Oncologists Reported Using Telehealth for the First Time During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Nearly two-thirds of thoracic oncologists surveyed indicated they used telehealth tools for the first time during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a report issued by Baird et al at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 2021 World Conference on Lung Cancer (Abstract...

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Rates of Adverse Reactions to the Moderna mRNA-1273 COVID-19 Vaccine in Patients With Cancer and Recent Radiotherapy

In an Italian single-center study reported in a letter in The Lancet Oncology, Scoccianti et al found that patients who underwent radiotherapy for cancer within the 6 months prior to receipt of the Moderna mRNA-1273 COVID-19 vaccine did not experience a difference in adverse reactions to the...

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COVID-19 Pandemic Spurs Quick Uptick in Telehealth Adoption, ASCO Provides Guidance for Oncologists

ASCO recently released a new set of standards and practice recommendations specific to telehealth in oncology.1 These new standards provide guidance for which patients can be seen through telehealth; the establishment of the doctor-physician relationship; the role of allied health professionals and ...

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Matthew Smeltzer, PhD, on International Lung Cancer Clinical Trials: The Impact of COVID-19

Matthew Smeltzer, PhD, of the University of Memphis, discusses a study of 171 trials in 45 countries that saw reduced enrollment as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the recommended steps to remove barriers and improve participation are more flexibility in allowing telehealth visits with researchers as well as clinicians, local lab testing and scans, altering trial schedules, and mailing experimental agents to patients whenever possible (Abstract PL02.09).

Lung Cancer
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IASLC 2021: Single-Center Study Examines Psychological Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Patients With Lung Cancer

Patients coping with lung cancer treated at one hospital in Mexico reported high levels of anxiety and saw their treatment delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a study presented by Oscar Arrieta, MD, at the 2021 International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) World...

Lung Cancer
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IASLC 2021: Enrollment in Clinical Trials for Lung Cancer Declined Significantly During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Enrollment in lung cancer clinical trials declined by 43% during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to research presented by Smeltzer et al at the International Association for the Study of Lung Cancer (IASLC) 2021 World Conference on Lung Cancer (Abstract PL02.09). IASLC Survey To assess the impact...

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Resurgence of COVID-19 Infection in a Large, Vaccinated Health System Workforce

In a letter to the editor in The New England Journal of Medicine, Keehner et al describe a marked resurgence of COVID-19 infections among fully vaccinated members of the University of California San Diego Health (UCSDH) workforce in July 2021. The resurgence appears to be driven by the confluence...

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Rates of Newly Diagnosed Cancer Among U.S. Patients During the First Full Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic

In a study of Quest Diagnostics data reported as a research letter in JAMA Network Open, Kaufman et al found significant decreases in monthly new cancer diagnoses during the first full year of the COVID-19 pandemic compared with the prepandemic period. As stated by the investigators, “We previously ...

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Teleoncology for Veterans With Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In a single-center study reported in JCO Oncology Practice, Jiang et al found an overall high level of satisfaction with teleoncology care during the COVID-19 pandemic among veterans with cancer in the United States, although a preference for in-person visits was commonly expressed. Teleoncology...

Palliative Care
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How COVID-19 Is Spotlighting the Role of Palliative Medicine

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the tragedy of patients dying in isolation, separated from family and friends to limit infection in hospital settings. The process has altered the experience of serious illness for patients and their loved ones, including their ability to grieve, share important...

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Global Cancer Care

Effects of COVID-19 Infection in Children and Adolescents With Cancer: Global Analysis

In a Global Registry of COVID-19 in Childhood Cancer cohort study reported in The Lancet Oncology, Mukkada et al found that approximately one-fifth of children with cancer infected with COVID-19 worldwide had severe illness, with an associated mortality rate exceeding that reported in the general...

Leukemia
Lymphoma
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Study Explores Relationship Between Anti-CD20 Therapy and Reduced Responses to mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines

Patients with lymphoma or other lymphoid cancers should continue to take steps to protect themselves from COVID-19 even if they have been vaccinated against the disease, a new study by Jennifer Crombie, MD, and colleagues published in Blood Advances suggests. The study found that patients who had...

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Update to NCCN: Cancer and COVID-19 Vaccination Guidance Announced

Today, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) announced significant updates to the NCCN: Cancer and COVID-19 Vaccination guidance. This is the fourth version of NCCN’s COVID-19 vaccination guide and incorporates the latest data plus recent approvals from the U.S. Food and Drug...

Breast Cancer
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Study Finds Drop in Breast Cancer Screening Rates in Low-Income Communities During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A new study found that during the COVID-19 pandemic, breast cancer screening rates declined among women aged 50 to 74 years at 32 community health centers that serve lower-income populations in the United States. The report, published by Stacey A. Fedewa, PhD, and colleagues in the journal Cancer,...

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ASCO Joins Statement Supporting Mandatory Health Employer COVID-19 Vaccination

With COVID-19 case counts rising amid the spread of the Delta variant, ASCO has joined more than 50 health-care professional societies and organizations that represent millions of workers throughout health and long-term care in calling for all health-care employers to require their employees to be...

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FDA Grants Approval to the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine

On August 23, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the first COVID-19 vaccine. The vaccine has been known as the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, and will now be marketed as Comirnaty, for the prevention of COVID-19 disease in individuals aged 16 years and older. The vaccine also...

Hematologic Malignancies
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Seroconversion After COVID-19 Vaccination in Adult Patients With Hematologic Malignancies

In a single-institution retrospective study reported in a research letter in JAMA Oncology, Ollila et al found a low rate of seroconversion after COVID-19 vaccination among adult patients with hematologic malignancies. Study Details The study included 160 patients at Rhode Island Hospital receiving ...

Hematologic Malignancies
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Study Finds COVID-19 Vaccine Is Safe in Patients With Hematologic Malignancies, but 25% of These Patients Do Not Produce Detectable Antibodies

About one in four patients with blood cancer fail to produce detectable antibodies after COVID-19 vaccination, but results vary substantially by type of blood cancer, according to a study by Greenberger et al published in the journal Cancer Cell. Although earlier studies have shown that certain...

Lung Cancer
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Lung Cancer Screening Rates Improved in 19 States Despite the COVID-19 Pandemic

A new population-based study showed that although national lung cancer screening rates decreased in some states, 19 states actually experienced significant improvements in screening rates despite the COVID-19 pandemic. Overall lung cancer screening rates remained low and unchanged, according to...

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Breakthrough COVID-19 Infection in Fully Vaccinated Health-Care Workers

In an Israeli single-institution prospective cohort study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, Bergwerk et al identified breakthrough COVID-19 infections among 39 of 1,497 health-care workers fully vaccinated with the BNT162b2 (Pfizer-BioNTech) vaccine. As stated by the investigators:...

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Study Shows Cancer Trials Adapted Rapidly During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Cancer clinical trial research rapidly adapted to the circumstances of enrolling and treating patients in clinical trials during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to findings from a study of enrollment during 2020 and early 2021 published by Joseph M. Unger, PhD, and colleagues in JAMA Network ...

Breast Cancer
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Incidence of Axillary Adenopathy in Screening or Diagnostic Mammography After COVID-19 Vaccination

In a single-center retrospective study reported in a research letter in JAMA Oncology, Robinson et al found a vaccine-related axillary adenopathy incidence rate of 3% among women undergoing screening or diagnostic mammography within 90 days of receipt of at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine....

Prostate Cancer
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Prostate Cancer Surgery Rates in Black vs White Men With Nonmetastatic Disease During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In a retrospective cohort study reported in JAMA Oncology, Bernstein et al found that prostatectomy rates during the initial wave of the COVID-19 pandemic were dramatically lower among Black men vs White men with previously untreated nonmetastatic prostate cancer. Study Details The study involved...

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ASCO/Friends of Cancer Research Joint Position Statement Encourages Enrollment of Patients With Cancer in COVID-19 Vaccine Studies

Individuals with cancer or a history of cancer should be eligible for clinical trials—including COVID-19 vaccine trials—unless there is safety justification for exclusion, ASCO and Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) asserted in a recently released joint position statement. To date, clinical...

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Lessons From the Pandemic: How COVID-19 Can Lead to Improvements in Cancer Care

The COVID-19 pandemic may have put the world on pause, but it also showed the medical community that rapid progress is possible with focus and collaboration. During the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Virtual Oncology Policy Summit, “Defining the ‘New Normal’ 2021 and the State of...

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Expert Point of View: Clifford Goodman, PhD

Moderator of the session at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network Virtual Oncology Policy Summit, Clifford Goodman, PhD, Senior Vice President at The Lewin Group, said he was struck by the diverse impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic had on cancer care. One area that remained relatively...

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Impact of COVID-19 on Cancer Treatment and Early Detection: Data-Driven Insights

From a dramatic drop in caseloads to missed screenings and diagnoses as well as the emergence of telemedicine, COVID-19 turned the world of oncology upside down. During the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Virtual Oncology Policy Summit, “Defining the ‘New Normal’ 2021 and the State of...

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Study Finds the COVID-19 Pandemic Created Significant Disruptions in Cancer Screenings at Federally Qualified Health Centers

A new study has found that the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to significant disruptions in breast, colorectal, and cervical cancer screenings at federally qualified health systems spanning 15 states across the United States. The postponed screenings have created backlogs that systems will need to...

Breast Cancer
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Initial Pandemic-Related Disruptions in Breast Cancer Care May Result in Increased Mortality Over the Next Decade

During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, elective medical procedures, including screenings for breast cancer, were curtailed to prioritize urgent medical needs and reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus in health-care settings. A study showed that, as of May 2020, preventive...

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Majority of Patients With Cancer Achieve Immune Response After COVID-19 Vaccination

In a U.S. and Swiss study, nearly all patients with cancer developed an immune response to COVID-19 mRNA vaccines 3 to 4 weeks after receiving their second dose. However, a small group of the patients exhibited no response, raising questions about how their protection against the virus will be...

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Paul G. Richardson, MD, on Multiple Myeloma and COVID-19: An Update

Paul G. Richardson, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses challenges patients with multiple myeloma have faced as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the research he and his international colleagues are conducting to better understand these difficulties and improve patient care.

Multiple Myeloma
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Study Finds Response to COVID-19 Vaccination Varies Widely in Patients With Multiple Myeloma

Patients with multiple myeloma had a wide variety of responses to COVID-19 vaccines—in some cases, no detectable response at all—pointing to the need for antibody testing and precautions for these patients after vaccination, according to a study published by Van Oekelen et al in Cancer Cell. Mount...

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Study Suggests Substantial Delays in Diagnosis and Treatment for Cancer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

A new study has found evidence of the adverse effects the COVID-19 pandemic had on cancer detection and surgical treatments. The study, published by Robin Yabroff, PhD, MBA, and colleagues in JNCI: The Journal of the National Cancer Institute, found a 10.2% decline in real-time electronic pathology ...

Global Cancer Care
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Harnessing a Worldwide Effort to Combat COVID-19 and Cancer

This past October, in a virtually held ceremony of the General Assembly of the Union for International Cancer Control (UICC), Anil K. D’Cruz, MBBS, MS, DNB, FRCS (Hon), Director of Oncology at Apollo Hospitals in Mumbai, Chennai, and Delhi, India, began his 2-year tenure as President of the global...

Hematologic Malignancies
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Convalescent Plasma Therapy for Patients With Hematologic Cancers Hospitalized for COVID-19

In a retrospective cohort study reported in JAMA Oncology, Michael A. Thompson, MD, PhD, FASCO, and colleagues found that the use of convalescent plasma therapy was associated with improved 30-day mortality among patients with hematologic cancers hospitalized for COVID-19. Study Details The study...

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ASCO/Friends of Cancer Research Joint Position Statement Encourages Enrollment of Patients With Cancer in COVID-19 Vaccine Studies

Individuals with cancer or a history of cancer should be eligible for clinical trials—including COVID-19 vaccine trials—unless there is safety justification for exclusion, ASCO and Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) asserted in a joint position statement released today. To date, clinical trials...

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All-Cause Mortality in COVID-19–Positive and COVID-19–Negative Patients With Cancer

In a large cohort study reported by Sharafeldin et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, researchers from the National COVID Cohort Collaborative (N3C) found that COVID-19–positive vs –negative status was associated with an increased risk of all-cause mortality at 1 year among patients with...

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