Despite Covid’s ‘hellacious impact,’ NCI chief sees some advances for cancer patients

Looking at cancer often means taking the long view. Research scientists, oncologists, and patients are all waiting to see what the coronavirus pandemic’s long-term effects might be on cancer detection and treatment, all while trying to navigate daily life made more precarious by the Omicron variant.

Eighteen months ago, as the pandemic’s first wave was tearing through the U.S., Ned Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute, sounded the alarm that, based on 10-year modeling, delaying cancer screening and care could turn one public health crisis into another. In a recent conversation, he told STAT knowing whether that prediction will come true may take a long time, but other lessons are being learned despite or because of Covid right now.

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Despite Covid’s ‘hellacious impact,’ NCI chief sees some advances for cancer patients

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