DROP IN CANCER SCREENINGS AND TREATMENT AMID PANDEMIC

MetroFocus | August 13, 2020

When the COVID-19 crisis first hit the tri-state region, non-essential medical visits were put on hold to allow hospitals and doctors to cope with the crisis. As a result, a large number of patients postponed critical cancer screenings, diagnosis and treatment, indefinitely. Continuing fears over coronavirus also means that many patients are putting off these screenings even now, despite that fact that COVID cases in the region have dropped dramatically. That’s particularly serious in New York City, where every week hundreds of New Yorkers are diagnosed with cancer. Memorial Sloan Kettering Physician-In-Chief Dr. Lisa DeAngelis joins us to discuss this alarming trend.

Aired on August 13, 2020.