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COVID-19

At the July 2020 AACR virtual meeting on COVID-19 and cancer, Solange Peters, MD, PhD, European Society for Medical Oncology President, and Head, Medical Oncology Department, Centre Hospitalier Universitaire Vaudois, Lausanne, Switzerland, delivered the keynote address, providing an update on the COVID-19 and Cancer Consortium cohort study.
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Nationally renowned oncologist Maurie Markman, MD, President of Medicine and Science at Cancer Treatment Centers of America, led a panel of experts in discussing how existing anticancer agents, such as kinase inhibitors and the corticosteroid dexamethasone, may be used for the treatment of patients with COVID-19 in a July webinar of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care (AVBCC) on COVID-19.
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“COVID-19 has been like a 9/11 moment in healthcare,” said Michael Kolodziej, MD, Senior Advisor, ADVI Health, at the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care (AVBCC) July 28, 2020, webcast. “We don’t have a playbook. It’s required us to rethink.”
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Since March 2020, Cancer Support Community has broken records for the number of calls coming into its national network, said Elizabeth Franklin, LGSW, ACSW, Executive Director of the Cancer Policy Institute and Co-Chair of the Policy and Advocacy Committee of the Academy of Oncology Nurse & Patient Navigators (AONN+), in a webinar of the Association for Value-Based Cancer Care (AVBCC) on COVID-19.
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With new cancer diagnoses down by 37% since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, and data from IQVIA showing that 22 million people postponed cancer screening tests and 80,000 patients delayed or missed diagnoses, America’s comprehensive cancer centers and integrated delivery networks (IDNs) are anticipating a major “shadow curve” in new cancer cases in the months and year to come.
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The COVID-19 pandemic has created significant barriers to care, which can lead to increased mortality rates for thousands of patients with cancer. Nurses and nurse navigators are focused on using their skills and experience to combat this trend. Ongoing efforts include educating patients on the importance of undergoing cancer screenings, utilizing telehealth services to enhance communication with patients, addressing staffing shortages, and taking the necessary steps for preparing for potential spikes in COVID-19 cases.
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Community oncology practices say they are recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and keeping their eye on the goal of value-based care. The strategies they are using to accomplish these initiatives include innovation, long-term integration of telehealth, and the leveraging of advanced practice professionals.
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It is a Herculean effort to develop a novel vaccine on an unprecedented timeline. Experts discuss the latest research regarding the development of vaccine candidates for the COVID-19 virus and some of the issues that will need to be addressed when a successful candidate has been identified, including clinical trial enrollment, manufacturing, and distribution.
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August 27, 2020: Vaccines: COVID-19 Recovery, the Road Ahead
It is a Herculean effort to develop a novel vaccine on an unprecedented timeline. Experts discuss the latest research regarding the development of vaccine candidates for the COVID-19 virus and some of the issues that will need to be addressed when a successful candidate has been identified, including clinical trial enrollment, manufacturing, and distribution.
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August 26, 2020: The Road to Recovery for Community Oncology Practices: COVID-19 Recovery, the Road Ahead
Community oncology practices say they are recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic and keeping their eye on the goal of value-based care. The strategies they are using to accomplish these initiatives include innovation, long-term integration of telehealth, and the leveraging of advanced practice professionals.
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