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Survey: Cancer Patients, Including New Yorkers, Increasingly Face COVID-19 Health Impact

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“The situation is getting worse, not better for cancer patients during this pandemic.” ~ Lisa Lacasse, president of the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN).";s:

A new study shows cancer patients and survivors are finding it increasingly challenging to get necessary health care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
87% of respondents to an American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network survey of cancer patients and survivors said the pandemic had affected their health care in some manner, up from 51% in April.

Julie Hart is with the American Cancer Society's Cancer Action Network:

"COVID-19 is impacting their ability to access care, their ability to pay for care, and also this combined medical-financial stress is impacting the mental health of cancer patients."

The survey found of those in active treatment, 79% reported delays to their health care (up from 27%), including 17% of patients who reported delays to their cancer therapy.

The web-based survey was taken by more than 1,200 cancer patients and survivors between April 30 and May 14. This sample provides a margin of error +/- 3% and 96% confidence level.

Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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