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Delaying cancer treatment by just a month can put patients at a sharply greater risk of dying, according to research published Wednesday, the latest to sound the alarm over the coronavirus pandemic’s impact on other health conditions.
Treatment delays happen in normal times, but the spread of Covid-19 has caused unprecedented disruption to healthcare services.
In a new study published in the BMJ medical journal, researchers in the UK and Canada found that delays in treatment — whether for surgery, radiotherapy, or other treatments such as chemotherapy — for seven types of cancers had a significant impact on patient mortality.
“There has never been a systematic attempt to look at all the evidence on what delays in different types of treatment mean for cancer…